Both the extended edition of the next-to-last Twilight movie, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, and the final film of the sparkling vampire/hunky werewolf series, Breaking Dawn Part 2, are available on Blu-ray and DVD on March 2, 2013. And although it's highly unlikely any diehard Twilight fan would need a review of either Part 1's extended edition or Breaking Dawn Part 2's Blu-ray release, I'm offering up this take on the last two films of the blockbuster series as they head into stores to be snatched up by Twihards.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Extended Edition - The extended version of Breaking Dawn Part 1 comes to home video with scenes that didn't make the theatrical cut put back into this special edition. Among the scenes fans will now have the chance to check out are Jacob's flinging of a dog bowl at Rose's head and the scene in which Bella tells Edward she'd consider staying human longer. And if you're not great at catching what's new, you can always listen to the audio commentary by director Bill Condon. Condon talks about the new scenes (totaling eight extra minutes of footage) as they pop up and explains why they weren't included in the final cut that made its way into theaters. Unfortunately, that audio commentary is all there is as far as bonus material on the Breaking Dawn Part 1 Blu-ray and DVD extended editions.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet review: - The love triangle featuring a high school girl, a permanently teenaged vampire, and an Indian who shapeshifts into a wolf comes to a close with the fifth film of the franchise. Director Bill Condon and Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg play around a little outside of the box this time around, not sticking completely with author Stephenie Meyer's version of the final Twilight story. Their decision to play things a little loose makes for a much better Twilight finale than it would have otherwise, although we're still stuck with the insane idea of a teenager 'imprinting' on a baby.
As expected, Breaking Dawn 2's bonus features include an extensive collection of behind-the-scenes featurettes. There's the seven-part "Forever Filming" documentary that is meant for the hardiest of fans (who have a couple of hours just to watch the feature-length documentary). Also included is a "Two Movies at Once" featurette which describes how they managed the logistics of creating the sets, the hair and make-up, costumes, and everything else that went into being able to shoot two films at once when both films are dramatically different. And once again Bill Condon handles the task of tackling the commentary track. Nope, sorry Twihards...Kristen and Rob did not provide a feature-length commentary track for the final film. The other neat little extra is the Green Day music video, "The Forgotten."
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