To call Star Wars: The Force Awakens a "blockbuster" at this point would almost be an understatement, given all of the box office records it has broken thus far. As of now, it has taken in a record $819.6 million domestically and $1.77 billion worldwide, the third-largest global tally of all time. Fans have revisited this modern classic over and over again in theaters, but many are eagerly awaiting the VOD, Blu-ray and DVD release, which has been set for an undetermined date this spring. The home video release will most likely bring a slew of deleted scenes that didn't make the theatrical cut, and now we have details about some of the scenes fans may see. During an interview with Collider, special effects supervisor Chris Corbould teased one scene in particular, which involved Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong'o).
"There was a particular part of a scene that never made it, where they go underneath the castle and they're going into the underground passageways, and Stormtroopers are coming down the stairs and Maz uses her powers to collapse the ceiling. From my point of view, [that] worked absolutely brilliantly because you had all the main actors running up and then Maz does her bit and then the whole ceiling collapses in front of them, but that never made it. That was a shot I was quite proud of, actually, it worked really, really well."
It was always assumed that Maz Kanata was strong with the Force, especially since she has been keeping Luke Skywalker's lightsaber safe for the past 30 years. While we don't know for certain if Maz was a Jedi or not, it seems she certainly does have significant powers. It isn't known for sure if this scene will be included on the Blu-ray or DVD release, but hopefully we'll find out more about this upcoming release very soon.
ILM visual effects supervisor Roger Guyett also confirmed that there was a snowspeeder chase scene that was cut out, but he added that it wasn't a "huge scene." Another ILM VFX supervisor, Patrick Tubach, revealed that there were additional scenes that were cut involving the Rathtars. Here's what he had to say about that sequence.
"There was a little bit more with the Rathtars going on, just a little bit more of that chase moment going through the hallways and everything. There were some cool stunts and some cool individual shots in there that just didn't make it for one reason or another, and I think it all had to do with the pacing. I totally understand why it's not there anymore, but you have to feel that out. You don't know what you have until you do it.
While it hasn't been officially announced when Star Wars: The Force Awakens will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD, many are assuming that the home video release could happen on May 4, a.k.a. Star Wars day. That hasn't been confirmed yet, but we'll keep you posted as soon as more details are available. What do you think about these deleted scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens?