Four months after the initial (2D) Blu-ray was released, caused a brief explosion in disc sales, then subsided and has mostly been forgotten, Disney and Lucasfilm finally announced a release date for a new ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 3D Collector’s Edition‘. Will you double-dip, or are you good with the copy you already own?
I’m a little perplexed by the timing of this announcement. We’ve already hit a point where people’s enthusiasm for ‘The Force Awakens’ has mostly faded and been replaced by newer flash-in-the-pan interests. I don’t understand why the 3D version wasn’t released alongside the 2D copy back in April. Although the Collector’s Edition does add an audio commentary and small selection of new bonus features that weren’t on the previous disc, they don’t look nearly as comprehensive (or, frankly, even that substantive) as the true die-hard fans probably hoped.
Honestly, other than the 3D aspect, the new disc doesn’t seem particularly enticing to me. I might be more excited if it included an audio upgrade to Dolby Atmos. Unfortunately, Disney still refuses to support Atmos on Blu-ray.
As far as the 3D goes, it’s pretty clear that the public’s interest in that has long since waned. I doubt that will be a huge sales motivator. Even as someone who owns a 3D projector and is at least a moderate fan of the format, I think I’m content to let this one pass. I’ve only watched ‘The Force Awakens’ in 2D and I didn’t feel I missed anything. From most accounts, the 3D conversion didn’t add much to the movie.
Am I missing the boat here? Are you eager to scoop up the new 3D Collector’s Edition when it’s released in November?