This Week In Home Entertainment: More From Twilight And The Hobbit, Plus White House Down

By Jessica Rawden 2013-11-05 16:43:43discussion comments
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Twilight Forever Blu-ray
The Twilight Saga has been a box office Cinderella story, beginning with Catherine Hardwickeís 2008 film, Twilight, which was made on a paltry $37 million budget and ended up grossing nearly $400 million worldwide. The subsequent films accrued even more financial success, enjoying a following many other teen franchises never manage to attain. Last winter, the saga was completed, and this week Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate have released the definitive collective for the series. Itís called Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga, and it comes with over two hours of brand new bonus features.

The saga follows the adventures and misadventures of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), a young woman looking for friends in a brand new town. Eventually, she finds more than she bargained for in a complicated love triangle with vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and shape-shifter Jacob Black (Tayler Lautner). Eventually, Swan makes a choice, but just as she does, an underhanded war begins to rage in the supernatural community she holds most dear.

The Twilight Forever set highlights the key players in the films and the convoluted love triangle at the heart of the series. You can see the cover art, above, but what it doesnít reveal is the heavy, full-color book that houses each of the five movies in the series, as well as the bonus discs. The packaging is sturdy and is one of the nicest weíve seen this year.

The Twilight Forever set offers a special bonus disc that is filled with new features. Weíve already brought you some snippets from these extras, including the creepy "Chuckesmee" doll. As a whole, the extras provide the most in-depth information about the making of the five films available in one location, and while some of the information may not be new to the most avid of Twilight fans, the social media mentions and the constant nods to the fans should give purchasers the feeling they are part of a club.

The disc starts with "Twilight Fanomenon," an extra that discusses how people were on hand when the first movie began filming, but that they began showing up in droves by the time the film reached Comic-Con. Additionally, nods to many of the fansites related to the series and their owners are also spotlighted. A lengthy "Cast Retrospective" featuring even many of the smaller players in the cast helps to give this sort of feeling that those involved with the films became a sort of family. I watched this stuff for hours, and a lot of it explains little anecdotal stories and feelings each of the cast members had while they were shooting specific scenes. There is tons of information there, from the pains of shooting the final battle on green screen to most of the castís love of Jacob throwing a hotdog at Rosalieís head. Jacob and Edward both get their own extras, which flash forward through each of their moments spent with Bella. If you donít feel like watching all of the movies, this is a great way to catch up on some key moments in the evolution of the characters and the main love triangle involved with the film.

There are clearly both defenders and haters of the franchise, and the Twilight Forever set is for the avid fans only. Itís rare that I would suggest avid fans repurchase a series if they already own one or more copies, but the Twilight Forever set is beautifully executed and worthy of any fanís collection.

You can order Twilight Forever: the Complete Saga over at Amazon.

Other Special Features:
All of the Twilight Blu-ray Extras
All of The Twilight Saga: New Moon Blu-ray Extras
All of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Blu-ray Extras
All of The Twilight Saga: Beaking Dawn, Part 1 Blu-ray Extras
All of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 Blu-ray Extras
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