The Force Awakens Deleted Scenes Disappoint

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After much anticipation, fan-editors worldwide were disappointed to find that the quality of the deleted scenes on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens official Blu-ray did not offer much in the way of usable alternate scenes.  Soon after the cinematic release of the film, rumors circulated of up to 20 deleted scenes, which would have offered a potential goldmine for faneditors.

J.J. Abrams was even quoted as saying the first cut of the movie ran for over 2 hours and 30 minutes, suggesting a wealth of deleted material exists for the film.

Unfortunately, as it turned out, only 5 minutes of deleted scenes were included during this first release, all including an unhelpful time-stamp hard wired into the upper left-hand corner of the screen (an attempt to deter faneditors?).  Most scenes were only short sequences that added little depth, except perhaps a brief but powerful shot of Kylo Ren exploring the Millennium Falcon:

So, it appears that editors will have to be patient for their Force Awakens fix, and hopefully a more useful and wide ranging offering of extra material is included on the inevitable future re-releases of the film in the coming months.