In life, it’s not usually good to put the cart before the horse. In fandom, that’s pretty much what we do all the time, so while it might sound silly to discuss the Blu-ray release date for a movie that isn’t even in theaters yet, that’s exactly what we’re going to do for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
So here goes. Making Star Wars got a tip from Jedi Bibliothek (which seems to be down right now or I would link that site too), a German site devoted to Star Wars books, comics and other print media that books originally scheduled to go on sale April 26, 2016, are now being moved up to April 5. Since the wave of books for next spring is supposed to be tied to promotion for the home video release of The Force Awakens, Making Star Wars feels there is “a good chance” that the Blu-ray and DVD release will come that same day.
Obviously, this is just reading the tea leaves at this point, but we can at least reason it out a little more. April 5 is a Tuesday, which is still the day most new physical disc releases take place. It’s less than four months after the movie hits theaters, which isn’t especially unusual in this decade, though it’s possible The Force Awakens isn’t officially done with its theatrical run by then.
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History doesn’t help us, because when Revenge of the Sith came out a decade ago, it was on DVD only, not appearing on Blu-ray until 2011.
(Fun side note: Episode III was also the first Star Wars movie not released on VHS in the United States. Amazing but true.)
My only other thought here is that blockbuster movies now tend to be available on digital HD before they go on sale in physical form. That makes me wonder if the April 5 date will be for streaming with the actual discs following a bit later.
In any case, we’ll certainly learn more about the Blu-ray release date for The Force Awakens well before we see it show up in stores or arrive via Amazon Prime, but it might be wise to circle April 5 on that 2016 calendar just in case.