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Star Wars: The Force Awakens [3D] [Includes Digital Copy] [Blu-ray/DVD] [Blu-ray/Blu-ray 3D/DVD] [2015]

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    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (19793 out of 20105)

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    Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    In this thrilling continuation of the epic space opera, ex-stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega), scrappy desert dweller Rey (Daisy Ridley), and droid companion BB-8 get caught up in a galactic war when they come across a map containing the whereabouts of the vanished Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). They soon embark on an epic adventure that brings them face-to-face with heroes from the past, as well as new villains such as Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order, a fascist regime that has emerged from the ashes of the old Empire. Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew, and Anthony Daniels return to reprise their roles as, respectively, Leia Organa, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and C-3PO. Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Gwendoline Christie co-star. J.J. Abrams directed from a script he co-wrote with Lawrence Kasdan and Michael Arndt. The film also features new contributions from composer John Williams and sound designer Ben Burtt, whose familiar palette of sounds have helped define the Star Wars universe. ~ Violet LeVoit, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Domhnall Gleeson
      Domhnall Gleeson - Gen. Hux
    • Harrison Ford
      Harrison Ford - Han Solo
    • Mark Hamill
      Mark Hamill - Luke Skywalker
    • Carrie Fisher
      Carrie Fisher - Leia
    • John Boyega
      John Boyega - Finn



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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Childhood revisited... Mostly

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      doc8998
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      As a child of the 70s, growing up on the original Star Wars (and the phenomena it created- for those who weren't lucky enough, for example, school (yes, SCHOOL,) took us twice on field trips to see Star Wars in the theater,) the original film and trilogy holds a special place in my youth. And while the prequel trilogy is much (and often rightfully so,) derided, The Force Awakens brought me (New) hope (ha!) That perhaps some of the magic has returned. And that's really what has been the problem with the saga since Return of the Jedi ended and with each film since. The proper balance of good storytelling with a near childlike magical wonder. The original trilogy, throughout all three films, whether by intent or luck, managed this balance in a way that no other Star Wars film made since can quite capture. For example, the great and abundant humor throughout the original films was (same word again,) BALANCED perfectly. It helped take the edge off of scenes that otherwise may have been too much for younger audiences. When it came to the prequel trilogy, this humor went from striking a perfect balance to becoming so overbearing that it rarely allowed to appreciate any sort of serious scenes. In fact, the same sort of ham-fisted humor made its way into the serious scenes by (among the MANY flaws,) allowing the largely wooden acting to be just as heavy-handed. It was all too much. When it comes to Force Awakens, and made worse in films following it, they've reigned in the humor to a perfect balance again, but some of the more serious tones have become overbearing. They've tried to "grow up" the stories to match the ages of many of us that grew up with that original series. And that's the shame. I, like many of my age group, grew up on Star Wars and we wouldn't have been able to if it weren't for the way the stories had been told: accessible to even the youngest of us. Watching these new films, myself with a young son much the same age as I was when Star Wars hit; they attempt to make it accessible, but just do not. My son enjoys scenes and characters, but many of the plotlines are simply told in a way that are meant for those of us who WERE kids, but not for those who still ARE kids. Of the newest three films, Force Awakens is clearly the best. JJ Abrams is a wonderful storyteller who, of the three directors so far, still retains much of the wonder at the big universe he's been granted access to. Rogue One and Last Jedi seem just happy to take what's given and make it more complicated, more *adult* in their stories. If you're interested in the best of the new films, Force Awakens is the best choice. While it may not be perfect, it's the closest you'll find in reminding you of your first childhood experiences with Star Wars.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Fun Movie, Decent Bonus Features, Shiny SteelBook

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      Travis
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      STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS isn't particularly innovative, but to its credit, it isn't about trying to reinvent the wheel. It's about reminding us that the wheel still goes round, and that we like going round. The greatest strength of the movie is how accessible it is to newcomers. Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren, Poe Dameron, Maz Kanata, and BB-8 are all interesting and entertaining. The original STAR WARS movie treated its universe's backstory as something that everyone in-story already knew about, and that we could glean here and there as needed. The way that existing characters are presented in THE FORCE AWAKENS allows for the same thing. If you know who Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Princess Leia are, great; the movie does right by all three. But if you don't, all that matters is that Rey and Finn have only ever even heard of these people, either. As for the Blu-ray, the bonus features are solid though they feel less than comprehensive. The full documentary, "SECRETS OF 'THE FORCE AWAKENS': A CINEMATIC JOURNEY", is a mostly satisfying survey of the film's production, from the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney all the way up to postproduction visual effects. Most of the rest of the supplements really feel like they ought to have been included in their entirety in the doc itself; most are represented in abridged form there. Still, they do stand alone nicely and I can appreciate the balance between covering these subjects more attentively, and keeping the making-of doc moving along. Note that there are six deleted scenes included here, but if you redeem the Disney Movies Anywhere Digital HD code, you'll have access to a seventh, "TUNNEL STANDOFF", which is easily the most entertaining of the lot! It's clearly incomplete, as it lacks any kind of resolution, but Harrison Ford and John Boyega had such delightful chemistry that it's worth the 59 seconds to watch. Lastly, the Best Buy exclusive SteelBook. To be honest, I was underwhelmed by the very simplistic aesthetic of Kylo Ren on the front and Captain Phasma on the back, though it's growing on me. I do appreciate that the art under the trays inside the package is the same image (more or less) that appears under the CD package tray of the soundtrack album, of the MILLENNIUM FALCON confronting two TIE Fighters.

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Cool Packaging for a Mediocre Movie

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      PolygonBronson
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      Tl;dr version: Movie is mostly awful, worse than The Phantom Menace, but it comes in a cool steelbook. Worth buying on sale only. Full Review: I'm a Star Wars fan and have been most of my life so when I saw that they were making a new movie I was understandably excited. I saw many of my friends post on social media after seeing it that it was the best thing since sliced bread. When I finally was able to go see it I was incredibly disappointed. I don't want to spoil the "plot" for anyone that has yet to see it so I will summarize spoiler free. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has more plot holes than a space colander, zero character development, zero location development, no real peril/struggle, a laughable villain, and one of the laziest endings ever conceived in cinema. I really like J. J. Abrams as a director (Star Trek was fantastic and one of the few movies that can make me teary in the opening scene) but he is not a writer and should not have been able to touch this script. You would think with a recycled plot that it wouldn't be worse than the plot it stole. No, it's worse in every way. Overall it has very little originality with fan service scenes so forcefully tacked on that it would make a rancor cringe. Don't get me wrong, I watch and enjoy a lot of bad movies. I enjoy watching DOOM, which is widely considered to be one of the worst video game film adaptations of all time. However, no one is kidding themselves with it unlike The Force Awakens. I wouldn't have such a beef with Episode VII if people weren't so willfully blind to its flaws. I'm pretty sure I'm one of the few people in the universe that thinks The Phantom Menace is superior to The Force Awakens in almost every possible way. However, with all that being said it's not all bad. The special effects are on the awesome side of incredible. A female lead was a great move and I like what very little they tell about her. Sound design is excellent. There are couple of brief times where is the writing isn't totally inane and forced and a couple of legitimately funny jokes. So with all that being said you are probably wondering why I bought this. I bought it because it was on sale, it was a cool steelbook, and it completes my Star Wars film collection on blu-ray. I'm a completionist, plain and simple.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      ~ Limited Steelbook Edition is "Phantastic"!! ~

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      Chimuel
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      Okay, having watched Episode VII in the theater back in December like everyone else for the most part, I really enjoyed the movie. I have been a long time fan ever since the beginning on May 25, 1977. Today, I bought the Limited Steelbook Edition from another retailer. I found the packaging very well done and much like the recent steelbook editions for I - VI. You get all the formats in one package, 1 DVD edition of the movie located on left side when you open it, 2 Blu-rays on right side. One is the film, the other is the Special Features or Bonus Features, then the digital download copy insert. The Blu-ray looks fantastic on the Ultra 4K 65"! The sound is awesome at English 7.1 DTS HD, plus other languages at 5.1 DTS HD. **The following may contain "spoilers" if you have not seen it by now ** It is basically 30 years after the Battle of Endor and remnants of the Old Empire have regrouped and formed "The First Order". Luke is in hiding and the "Resistance" is led by General Leia among others. A new "enemy" has emerged as well for the "Dark Side", Kylo Ren, but he is no Sith, not yet anyway. Old favorites are back from the original series as well as the droids from all 6 prior movies. A new droid makes it's appearance, BB-8 and is really a good character. "Rey", a scavenger, may just yet find that she has "Force" abilities she may or may not be completely aware of until the very end. There are familiar situations, etc. that "take you back" to the past, for certain. That didn't bother me, really. Hey, as long as I didn't see JarJar Binks in this one, I am a much happier SW fan. lol If you really want a nice package for your Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Movie, you really should get the Steelbook Edition and to compliment your other 6, if you have them. I have attached the photos to my review below! The back cover to the steelbook is a picture of Captain Phasma. Kylo Ren and his red lightsaber are on the front... Inside is a battle scene of the Millenium Falcon flying and getting shot at from a pair of Tie Fighters. ** NOTE ** ALL Special Features in this set are on the BLU-RAY second disc, "Bonus Features". ** There are NO Special Features on the DVD edition, just the movie itself with a decent menu. ** Special Features are described in the "Details section" for this movie here on Amazon. Loved them all.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      fanboys are fickle

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      tripletopper
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      In Star Wars IV, Darth Vader was a bada$$. Then in V working to VI, they show a human side, ultimately redeeming his former evil deeds by saving his son, and all that was seen as ingenious. Star Wars 1-3 shows his pre-Darth Vader life and his turn to the dark side. Fan boys were complaining that Anakin started as a whiny kid, but didn't we all start as whiny kids? They also complained that a selfish love motivated him to do wrong, and he killed the one person he loves, because he was consumed with power and hate, and the fanboys said what a wimp. Now they complain that the key villain in VII, Kylo Ren is a complex torn villain instead of the "mustache twirling" villain Dart Vader in IV. A different set of fans would complain that the villain WAS a mustache twirler. You can't satisfy everyone. Number 4, which came out first was a simple good, sometimes funny, usually action packed picture that started as a tech demo for the space battles and special effects. 5 and 6 were the way Lucas wanted it, and so ws 1-3. It's meant to show the nature of something innocent when mishandled could turn disaterous, like Anakin's love of Padme. It also shows that it is possible for people with evil reputations to go back to good at the time when it does the most good. (Vader saving Luke from the Emperor.) Since every movie other than the first one made had themes of the nature of good and evil, and complex choices people make, number VII is par for the course. Anything this anticipated would be a target for pre-release criticism. A note about the 3D. Usually when a movie is made in 3D, there is one key scene that you think would look cool in 3D, even if you watch it in 2D. There are no obvious 3D scenes, but the 3D looks cool enough to notice in 3D all throughout the film, but a 2D watcher couldn't pick out the scene that was thought of to justify 3D.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Nostalgia of Star Wars

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      Rezikai
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      As a kid who grew up in the OT days and mostly in the "Dark Times" of the mid 80's through the mid 90's the lack of Star Wars on film was frustrating. I even rewatched the 2 ewok movies. Then the prequels were announced and heaven and earth were going to change for the better with those films.... Well 16 years later we can see the prequels were pretty bad. Much worse then we expected after the Ewok in ROTJ debacle. Poor Gary Kurtz,.. Ahem. Anyways when Disney bought LFL and announced new movies I was dubious to say the least. Would we get more bad-slapstick and horrendous dialogue. Man it may have killed Star Wars permanently for me if it had been... While I'm no fan of JJ Abrhams I'll say he actually understood what fans of the OT needed. They needed to relive that nostalgic feel that lacked in the prequels. While PT nods are in the film if you know where to look they didn't get too wrapped up in the previous 2 trilogies backlog of lore except for maybe the want of Vader by Kylo and really who didn't want to be Vader back in the day. Easily my favorite film of 2015 and one of the few physical movies I've purchased in a long time.... ago in a galayx far, fa... ack.. no. No ... just it was good.. a little too mary-sue-ish for 1 of the main cast but we let it slide b/c the rest of the film wasn't so terrible it seemed like a train wreck. -Rez

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Abrams Does It Again: This IS Star Wars!

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      rbl2552
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      Whenever a new film appears in a series that is "iconic," it causes a stir among the fans and critics alike. Star Wars, as a continuing story, causes perhaps the biggest stir, and the fact that J.J. Abrams was at the helm this time made that stir into a high-speed blender. His reboot of the Star Trek universe caused equal amounts of praise and consternation in "those who care," and his touch on Star Wars is also predictably controversial. ****However, I'm here to say that Star Wars: The Force Awakens works, and it works mainly because of Abrams' great care to make Episode 7 after the model of the original Star Wars (A New Hope) rather than any of the prequels. From where I sit, The Force Awakens IS Star Wars in the way we boomers remember it. It has spaceship battles, light-saber battles, psychological battles, the classic series humor, and--perhaps key--it has Han Solo, Chewbacca and the Millennium Falcon. It walks and talks like Star Wars, and so it is! *As for the releases on DVD and Blu-Ray, I was pretty irritated at the choice to only include the full "extras" package on Blu-Ray and just "toss in" the DVD as an afterthought. I don't have a Blu-Ray player, I am not alone in this predicament, and I think it was premature to assume that Blu-Ray is ow the primary medium for playing hard-copy discs. Having said that, I bought the Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital combo package, since it was only $2 more than the solo DVD, and I can access all the special features in the digital version. And the DVD of the film itself looks and sounds very good. So all in all, I'm satisfied with the purchase, and--what the heck--I've got the Blu-Ray edition for the inevitable day when I break down and get the BR player. So go for it folks, and give JJ Abrams the credit for bringing back Star Wars with all the elements we liked about the original

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Tell That To Kanjiklub

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      I never got to see this on screen nor on blue ray. Unless the movie was purposely shot this way some scenes are dark, and I don't mean with the force. Sometimes I can't tell what's being said and have to watch with captions on. Sometimes I can hear the musical score and sometimes it's drowned out. Perhaps the movie was like this. I was going to get the other edition until I found out the bonus material only is on the blue ray disc, I find this disturbing. After watching this twice the disc had started to skip and freeze (oh really it's cold?). Unless the movie was like this it seems chopped up and poorly edited. Perhaps the blue ray may be worth my selling a few rathtars to get better quality, don't know. As far as the movie itself (spoilers ahead) as a lifetime star wars not I find the recycled plot disturbing and some vital information is missing that is in the book but not the movie. And if you're waiting to see Luke who is listed second in the cast yet has probably 3 second part with no lines. Parts of the plot make no sense based on previous films since if Luke is gone Leia was supposed to be the last Jedi and save the galaxy.It's nice to see some of the original cast but time hasn't been kind to any of them. The new star is Rey not Finn as was advertised and sorry but they try really hard to force us to love her and I just can't. The same goes for Poe. I love Finn, a defecting stormtrooper and General Hux who doesn't flinch when superiors throw a fit. Kylo Ren is a disgrace to villians in any star wars movie and can be injured even by jar jar binks in my opinion. The feeling from A New Hope is there because its recycled. Oddly I still enjoy it despite all these huge problems, maybe j.j. Abrams plays a Jedi mind trick on me. The sequel better step up, it's our only hope. But I got a bad feeling about this....

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend



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