Star Wars: The Force Awakens… To Buy or Not to Buy?

Mihir Patkar 05-04-2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the most anticipated movie of 2015, had some high expectations to live up to Will The Web's Unreasonable Expectations Ruin Star Wars: The Force Awakens? Read More . For most fans, director J.J. Abrams managed to give them a new hope (almost literally) for future episodes in the saga.


Disney, the producers of the movie, has now launched the Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD versions of the movie, ready to purchase for people who either missed it in cinemas or who want to rewatch it again and again. But is there enough new stuff included to warrant purchasing your own copy of The Force Awakens? Or should you skip this particular purchase? Let’s find out…

What’s New With This Release?

As with most major home releases, the Blu-ray packs in a few deleted scenes from the theatrical release. That’s right, Abrams and friends have added previously unseen footage, which includes how Han Solo figures out Finn is lying to him when they first meet!

Unfortunately for fans, there is no director’s or actors’ commentaries included in the package. Instead, you get a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the film, which goes in-depth into the characters (providing previously unexplained nuances about them), the brainstorming process between the filmmakers, and interviews.

Along with this documentary, you get peeks into how composer John Williams scored the movie, how the creatures in the new movie were made, the digital effects used in the film, and an in-depth look at the climatic snow battle between Rey and Kylo Ren.

Almost everything about Star Wars goes viral, of course, but the first table read photo really made the film more than a concept for fans everywhere. Seeing these actors, both old and new, with scripts in their hand got the adrenaline pumping. And now, with this release, you can hear from the cast members about their memory of that epic first meet to read the movie’s script.


And of course, no discussion about The Force Awakens would be complete without talking about the little robot who stole several scenes, along with everyone’s hearts. BB-8, the astromech droid, has already been turned into a high-tech toy you can buy Feline the Force: Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Review and Giveaway Is this droid you’ve been looking for all along? Read More , but we now get to hear the filmmakers talk about their vision for this new member of the Star Wars family and how they made him a fan favorite.

Where to Buy The Force Awakens

That’s a whole lot of extra juice packed into these discs and downloads. Not to mention the fact that you can watch the whole movie over and over, and maybe even catch Star Wars mistakes you’ve never spotted before. So where can you buy the latest Star Wars film and how much does it cost?

DVD ($19.99): Target, Walmart, Toys’R’Us

Digital HD Download ($19.99): iTunes, Google Play, Amazon VideoVudu, Microsoft Devices, Fandango, Disney, PlayStation Store


Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital HD ($19.99-$24.99): Target, Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy,Toys’R’Us, Disney Store

Note: Target has an exclusive special edition of the Blu-ray package, which includes a conversation with lead actors Daisy Ridley and John Boyega.


The Blu-ray pack seems the best of the options available, especially since you get a Digital HD coupon with it which can be redeemed at the applicable service. According to the official Blu-ray information, this means you get a digital copy of the film on iTunes or Google Play, which should satisfy most buyers.


In case your country isn’t supported yet and you can’t buy the digital version, you could just use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to grab it. We also have guides on accessing region-blocked media on Android devices How to Access Region-Blocked Media on Android Here are several methods to access region-blocked content on Android, including services like Manga Rock and Webtoon. Read More as well as iPads and iPhones How to Access Region Locked Video on Your iPad or iPhone [iOS] People are willing to go to great lengths to access video content, and great lengths are indeed required when content often doesn't become available for a big part of the world until months after its... Read More .

But Should You Buy It?


While it’s great that you can get your Star Wars fix, pause for a moment and think whether this is really worth buying right now. There are actually a few reasons you might not want to take your wallet out just yet.

We already know that there’s a 3D Blu-ray version coming out, we just don’t know when. So if you have got yourself a 3D TV 3D TVs: What They Are, How They Work, & What Can They Show In 3D? [MakeUseOf Explains] If you’re in the market for a new TV, chances are it’s going to be 3D - not because you particularly want one that can do 3D, but simply becuase 3DTVs typically have better displays... Read More , you might want to wait it out.


This version of the Blu-ray is also limited to Full HD resolution. It doesn’t support 4K or Ultra HD TV resolutions Should You Buy A 4K / Ultra HD Television? About a decade ago, manufacturers started to sell what's now widely known as an HDTV. But now HD is old news, so the industry has decided to push another new technology; Ultra HD, also known... Read More .

2016 is the year of HDR TVs HDR TV: What It Is & Why You'll Need It in 2016 High Dynamic Range, or HDR, is shaping up to be the big TV buzzword for 2016. But what is it? Will it live up to the hype? Here's all you need to know. Read More , but HDR content is still hard to come by. There’s no support for it on this Blu-ray set. We’ll probably see an Ultra HD Blu-ray set Everything You Need to Know About Ultra HD Blu-Ray Ultra HD Blu-ray is one of the hot topics in home entertainment for 2016. Curious? Here's everything you need to know about it to decide if it's worth getting excited over. Read More in the future. In fact, The Force Awakens was one of the first movies made in Dolby Vision, which includes technology that lets your TV recreate colors and tones exactly the way the director intended. If you want to see Abrams’ true vision of Star Wars, you’ll want to wait it out for this future version.


Finally, let’s face it, streaming media means the end of ownership The End of Ownership: Netflix, Spotify, and The Streaming Generation Streaming media is convenient, but you're giving up something important: ownership of digital media. Read More . So, in reality, you don’t really need to buy a digital version of a movie as it’ll probably show up on Netflix sooner or later. If it’s the extras you want, sure, spend that money, but for the movie alone, waiting for a streaming service is the sensible option.

Another reason to pause before buying would be the eventual Star Wars mega-packs. J.J. Abrams is producing two more movies, so his trilogy would be packaged with the earlier episodes, much like the Star Wars Digital Movie Collection. If it’s just the movies that you’re interested in, then, again, the frugal way is to wait until a streaming services buys the rights to this first film, and then buy the mega-pack later.

Will You Be Buying The Force Awakens?

So, that’s everything you need to know about the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens release on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD. Given this information, what’s your decision? Will you be buying your own personal copy of Episode VII right now, or will you be waiting it out? Whatever your reasons, we’d love to hear them in the comments below!

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  1. Aaron
    August 4, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Dude, there is NO WAY IN HELL this movie is coming to netflix. Disney saves their cash cows for DVD releases only. Have you ever seen a Toy Story movie on netflix? No. That's because all three movies are 20 dollars a piece and still sell as a dvd. What makes you think STAR WARS would be different? If it does come to netflix, it will not be for a very, very long time.

  2. Karel
    July 13, 2016 at 9:59 am

    I buy it in 3D that simple

  3. Mike
    July 9, 2016 at 11:50 am

    I rented it once to tide me over. Now I wait for the 3D blu ray. No way am I buying two copies, way to start off the new ownership/trilogy with money hungry tactics like this... Maybe I'll just buy a used copy so Disney gets none of my money.

  4. RoFo71
    June 3, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    I'm rather bitter about the fact that there's still no 3D BluRay release date. I paid for the digital version to tide me over, but what the funk, Disney? I want to see that dang Star Destroyer in my face!

  5. Davello
    May 9, 2016 at 12:33 am

    I knew they would be releasing multiple versions and formats. I think the original Star Wars, now known as episode VI, has been re-released at least thirty different ways, and that's probably an understatement. But I knew going in that they would be doing this. Disney is the king of this game. But George Lucas took it to another level completely. BTW I wonder how Georgie feels now that his two billion dollar sale is probably going to pay for itself by the end of 2016. May be one of the greatest purchases Disney, or any other company, ever made. Two billion is starting to look like chicken feed about now. Cheez, the Clippers sold for a billion. So George who fancies himself a business person isn't so astute. Even with his own properties.
    I already bought it and am waiting on 3D to get that when it comes out. IM as big a sucker as Lucas or Disney is a con.

  6. The prop Depy
    April 12, 2016 at 2:15 am

    Boy oh boy! Disney is really milking this one! We gotta wait for the 3D version! What a BILLION DOLLARS at the box office wasn't enough Mickey? For a movie that was a blatant rehash of Episode 4, when are you Star Wars fans gonna wake up and realise when your are being ripped off and milked egregiously!

  7. John
    April 11, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Not worth buying unless it is in UHD.

  8. Mark Cochran
    April 8, 2016 at 12:23 am

    I didn't buy a 4k TV for nothing. Gimme some UHD Star Wars, Disney!

  9. dave
    April 7, 2016 at 4:31 am

    This movie is just a piece of sht.
    Just the name a few:
    The black dude ran away because he was afraid of his life but then he fought with his ex-coworkers along with these several guys and this time he is not afraid at all?

    In previous the sith warriors are highly trained and even well trained luke got cut off his arm when he fought with his father. but this time, the black dude and the girl can fight with a sith without any formal jedi training?

    • Kyler
      April 7, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      Really? These are your complaints? The First Order was MURDERING INNOCENT PEOPLE. Finn didn't want to be apart of it. Also, Kylo Ren isn't even a Sith; he just wields the dark side. Chewbacca SHOT HIM IN THE STOMACH LITERALLY 5 MINUTES PRIOR. Plus he was fighting against Finn, a trained stormtrooper (most likely trained in close quarters combat [i.e. FN-2199]) who managed to wound his shoulder. And then fighting Rey WHO IS OBVIOUSLY STRONGER WITH THE FORCE THAN HE IS; and she's been fighting people all her life.

  10. Dan
    April 6, 2016 at 4:31 am

    Waiting for 3d

    • Sixfoot
      April 8, 2016 at 11:04 pm

      Lol please teach the young pad one! Lol

  11. Schuyler
    April 6, 2016 at 4:08 am

    Absolutely waiting on the 3D.

  12. WahWee
    April 6, 2016 at 12:37 am

    Would wait for a Dolby Atmos version too. Mad Max sounds so much better with it (if you have the setup)

  13. Jason
    April 5, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    love all the talk about 4k. I finally made the jump to blu-ray about 2 years ago as blu-ray was supposed to replace DVDs. Seems that this 4k (or Ultra) is supposed to replace Blu-Rays...while DVDs are still out there. I walk into best buy or other shops just to look (and occasionally pick up a blu-ray that's on sale. However I see that Best Buy has way more movies on DVD and not on Blu-Ray...including movies that are on both Blu-Ray and DVD.

    • Mark Cochran
      April 8, 2016 at 12:25 am

      Word, I'm buying the 4k version for this nice 4k samsung I have. Lez, go Diz. Release me some 4k!

  14. no
    April 5, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Always interesting articles - keep the objectivity up!

  15. Chuck Farley
    April 5, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    there is always one...

  16. Rabab101
    April 5, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    WORST Star Wars movie ever