On DVD This Week: Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, Doctor Who, and More

by | April 4, 2016 | Comments

This week on DVD and Blu-ray, we’ve got the hotly anticipated blockbuster sequel to the Star Wars franchise, some noteworthy TV, and a couple of indies. Read on for details.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) 93%

You may have heard a thing or two about this one. Daisy Ridley and John Boyega star in J.J. Abrams’ continuation of the Star Wars franchise, which picks up 30 years after Return of the Jedi and finds some familiar faces and new allies squaring off against another evil empire. Special features include an extensive making-of doc, snippets of a table read, deleted scenes, and inside looks at the creature design, BB8, and the score, plus more.

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Doctor Who: Season 9 (2015) 90%

If you were able to resist picking up the fragmented releases of Doctor Who‘s ninth season, good on ya. Now you can grab the whole season in one set, which comes with a prologue, deleted scenes, a Wil Wheaton interview with stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman, video from their Comic-Con panel, and more.

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Banshee: Season 3 (2015) 100%

Antony Starr and Ivana Milicevic star in Cinemax’s gritty, sexy drama about an ex-con who assumes the role of town sheriff when the real sheriff is killed before anyone meets him. The season three set comes with extras on each of its four discs, including deleted scenes, commentary tracks, and more.

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The Expanse: Season 1 (2015) 78%

Thomas Jane and Steven Strait star in this Certified Fresh SyFy original space drama about a detective, a ship captain, and a diplomat who are involved in a mystery involving a missing woman living in the Asteroid Belt. The season one set comes with a trailer and some deleted scenes.

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The Hallow (2015) 70%

This horror film centers on a scientist whose study of an Irish forest conjures an assortment of malevolent supernatural beings. Special features include a making-of doc, several behind-the-scenes featurettes, a storyboard gallery, and more.

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Tumbledown (2015) 70%

Jason Sudeikis and Rebecca Hall star in this romantic comedy about a journalist and an academic who fall in love when they connect over the journalist’s late husband. Extras include a making-of doc and a featurette on the music in the film.

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