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DVD Review: ‘Twilight: Two-Disc Special Edition’ Designed to Satisfy Legions of Fans

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HollywoodChicago.com DVD Rating: 3.5/5.0
DVD Rating: 3.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Good news, “Twilight” junkies. The two-disc DVD of your favorite movie, the vampire romance starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Edi Gathegi, Cam Gigandet, and more really delivers. With excellent video and audio and hours of special features, “Twilight” fans will have only one way to spend their weekend.

As for the movie itself, I won’t dwell on it because you know by now if you are a part of the “Twilight” army. Those of you anxiously awaiting every piece of news about “The Twilight Saga’s New Moon,” now filming in Vancouver, and devouring details about “The Twilight Saga’s Eclipse” already know the pros and cons of Catherine Hardwicke’s first film based on the Stephenie Meyer blockbuster series, the film that put Summit Entertainment on the map.

Twilight will be released on DVD on March 21st, 2009.
Twilight will be released on DVD on March 21st, 2009.
Photo credit: Summit Entertainment

Now, there may be a few of you out there like me, people unfamiliar with the books and who hadn’t seen the film before DVD. After months of hype, I kind of assumed that “Twilight” would be your standard crowd-pleasing fare or maybe something even worse based on the critical response of a few of my friends.

Having seen it for the first time on DVD, I can clearly see both sides of the “Twilight” phenomenon - the rabid fan base and the people ready to tear it down.

The dialogue is particularly weak, there’s a spark missing between the leads that would have enhanced the film, and the special effects/action scenes are really quite awful. Even if you’re a big fan of the books, they could have done better with the movie. But all of these are things that could be fixed with a new director on the sequel and Pattinson and Stewart do have their own charms and talents (even if their chemistry needs some work).

What’s easy to see after watching “Twilight” is why this has become such a massive hit both on the page and on the big screen. It’s a romance as old as time - the boy from the wrong side of the tracks. This one just happens to be a vampire. It’s Prince Charming for the age of My Chemical Romance.

Before we move on to the DVD details, I urge all of you who even remotely like “Twilight” to check out “Let the Right One In”. It rules.

Twilight will be released on DVD on March 21st, 2009.
Twilight will be released on DVD on March 21st, 2009.
Photo credit: Summit Entertainment

Enough about the movie. You want to know about the DVD. Summit is relatively new to the big dance with “Twilight” being their first major hit, so how did they treat the girl that brought them to the party? Pretty damn well.

Fans will probably watch the movie again first and notice that the video and audio are above par. Watched upconverted on a Blu-Ray player, I noticed very few problems with the video and the audio in Dolby Digital 5.1 is very good, especially for standard DVD.

But what about the special features?

The first disc includes:

A Commentary by Director Catherine Hardwicke, Kristen Stewart, and Robert Pattinson (122 minutes)

Hardwick, Stewart, and Pattinson stepped into an audio recording booth to “Take you through how we did Twilight.” The three are clearly friendly, which makes for a lot of laughs and in-jokes but not a great commentary.

They don’t really offer a lot of information beyond how cold it was on a certain day or whether or not the shirt Rob’s wearing in that scene is really his own. And Pattinson and Stewart are both a little shy about their characters and craft. At one point, Rob even mentions all the things he could say that he doesn’t want recorded. Thanks dude.

But fans won’t care. They’ll just want to hear Stewart and Pattinson one last time and it is intriguing to hear how well the three get along and how much Hardwicke clearly loved working on the project considering her controversial departure from “New Moon”.

Muse Performing “Supermassive Black Hole” (4:59)

Stephenie Meyer talks about the use of the great band Muse during the baseball fight scene and then Catherine Hardwicke introduces the band performing it live. Muse rules. Check them out if you’re not already a fan.

“Decode” Music Video by Paramore (5:11)

Hardwicke introduces the video by mentioning how much the lead singer of Paramore pushed to be involved with the movie because she’s such a fan of the books. She was allowed to come and see some scenes before writing “Decode,” which plays over the end credits. The video features Paramore in the woods with clips from the movie.

“Leave Out All the Rest” Music Video by Linkin Park (3:36)

No introduction this time. Just a clip of Linkin Park playing their song live from their own concert DVD.

Twilight will be released on DVD on March 21st, 2009.
Twilight will be released on DVD on March 21st, 2009.
Photo credit: Summit Entertainment

Extended Scenes with Director’s Introduction (9:38)

Overall, nothing remarkable here that should have been kept in an already too long movie. It’s all dialogue and character that was correctly trimmed.

“Are People Talking About the Cullens Again?”

Bella’s first day at school at the diner with her dad trying to find more information about the Cullens.

“James, Let’s Not Play With Our Food”

More of “the bad vampires” attacking Waylon. The special effects are still ridiculously bad in this scene.

“You Don’t Know How It’s Tortured Me”

A little bit longer in the meadow with Edward and Bella.

“A Hundred Years Worth of Journals”

More details in Edward’s bedroom when Bella first comes to the Cullen’s house. Way too long. Well cut.

“Don’t Read Charlie’s Mind”

More between Edward and Bella before they head off to the baseball game.

Twilight will be released on DVD on March 21st, 2009.
Twilight will be released on DVD on March 21st, 2009.
Photo credit: Summit Entertainment

Disc two of “Twilight” includes:

Deleted Scenes with Director’s Introduction (5:52)

Once again, nothing remarkable. All moments cut correctly for pacing.

“Edward, She’s Not One Of Us”

The Cullens give Edward their opinion about his new fascination with Bella. Nothing here but “Edward, she’s not one of us.” Read poorly too.

“That’s the First Time I Dreamt of Edward Cullen”

From the first time that Bella dreams of Edward and “a few other crazy ideas that Catherine had right on the spot”.

“Bella, Your Number Was Up the First Day I Met You”

Some of Catherine’s favorite lines from the book and Kristen’s “favorite scene” and it didn’t make the movie. Fans will probably be most drawn to this scene of dialogue between Bella and Edward.

“She’s Brought Him to Life”

More of Dr. Cullen and Esme after Edward and Bella leave the house to go on their tree-hopping journey.

“I Love It When Men Chase Me”

Some more action with the bad vampires during the chase.

Feature: “The Adventure Begins: Twilight’s Journey From Page to Screen” (54:33)

This is the big draw on the DVD set, the full background on the book and the movie with interviews with every player from Stephenie Meyer through the cast of the film. It’s actually a very well-made featurette with behind-the-scenes material that should be a big crowd-pleaser for the fans of the film.

“The Comic-Con Phenomenon” (8:00)

Apparently, maybe you heard, things went CRAZY at Comic-Con last year. Revisit the madness on DVD.

The Theatrical Campaign (various)

The original sneak peek, comic-con sneak peek, teaser trailer #1, teaser trailer #2, and final trailer.

‘Twilight’ is released by Summit Home Video and stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Billy Burke, Ashley Green, Taylor Lautner, Peter Facinelli, Edi Gathegi, and Cam Gigandet. It was written by Melissa Rosenberg based on the book by Stephenie Meyer and directed by Catherine Hardwicke. It will be released on March 21st, 2009. It is rated PG-13.

HollywoodChicago.com content director Brian Tallerico

By BRIAN TALLERICO
Content Director
HollywoodChicago.com
brian@hollywoodchicago.com

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wonderful weekend with twilight

well spending my weekend with twilight would be a great great weekend that i will ever have :)

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thilight

I have seen all twilight movies. Hope that the next one will be at least as good as the previous ones

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