Summit was kind enough to send us a copy of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse DVD/Blu-Ray to watch a few days early of its December 4 release (thanks!). While it was fun to watch the amazing quality of Blu-Ray (I could literally see the flyaways in Kristen’s wig), I was – of course – particularly excited for the special features. As a reminder, here’s what is included:
* It’s not life or death – Bella and Angela talking about college and Edward being jealous of Jacob
* I can’t wait to see what you’re going to do next – post graduation with Charlie and Bella
* Just keep the window closed
* From now on I’m Switzerland
* Someone’s creating an army
* Bella, I envy you
* What did I say about a low profile
* Jacob’s thoughts are pretty loud
Audio commentary with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart
Audio commentary with Stephenie Meyer and Wyck Godfrey
6 part documentary:
* Introducing David Slade
* Pre-production: setting the stage
* The heart of Eclipse
* The dark side of Eclipse
* Lights, camera, action
* Post-production: leaps in technology
Jump to … (favorite moments in Eclipse)
Deleted Scenes: I loved the first deleted scene, which is a scene from the book where Bella and Angela are at home talking about college plans and Edward’s jealousy toward Jacob. We see so little of Bella’s interactions with her human friends in the movies simply because of time constraints, but it was great to see her being a completely normal teenager. Plus it was nice to see more of Christian Serratos, who does a great job in the scene.
The other special features provide additional background and behind-the-scenes details on the film, but the feature that fans are most anxious for is the audio commentaries with Rob and Kristen and with Stephenie and Wyck. Ever since the Twilight DVD which featured hilarious commentary from Rob and Kristen (along with director Catherine Hardwicke), we’ve been waiting to hear from the two actors again – and for Eclipse, it’s well worth the wait.
Commentary with Rob and Kristen: During the taping of their commentary, Rob is in Los Angeles and Kristen is in Montreal, which you might think would make the conversation a bit stilted. But it doesn’t – the two of them have such a good repartee that you’d never know they were thousands of miles apart (plus, at one point, Rob mentions going to a sheet of questions they were likely given to keep the conversation flowing). Throughout the giggles, we get hilarious commentary from the two of them. Not to give too much away (because part of the fun is not knowing what these two will say next), here are a few gems in the first 20 min:
- Rob noting that Kristen acts “sexier” than Xavier when bitten by a vampire.
- The inevitable hair discussion – Rob begins by talking about his “follicle issues,” while Kristen quickly pokes fun, with exasperated tones, at her wig. This line of thought pops up multiple times through the commentary.
- Rob’s thoughts on all the kissing in the film.
- The two discuss the character of Billy’s mustache, and how it appears different on and off screen.
- Rob asks Kristen for her thoughts on how Bella will look as a vampire in Breaking Dawn.
Commentary with Stephenie and Wyck: While Rob and Kristen’s commentary is mostly spent goofing around and providing random bits of info, Stephenie and Wyck are much more serious in their commentary, talking about how pieces of the movie came together and how they look on screen. After Wyck introduces Stephenie as the “the God of Twilight” (loving the title) and Stephenie notes that this is only her second time seeing the film since it’s been completed, the two immediately begin discussing details of the opening scene with Xavier Samuel as Riley, including how he was cast, what it was like filming with the rain, and how beautiful the scene is. Stephenie and Wyck provide tons of interesting behind-the-scenes details, including this info from the beginning of their commentary:
- They discuss the complications involved with Kristen’s wigs, calling them “the biggest problem with making this movie.”
- They note that the opening scene with Rob and Kristen was the first scene they shot after being apart following New Moon, but that there was no awkwardness because of the connection between the pair.
- Wyck spends some time making fun of Charlie’s police skills, while Stephenie acknowledges that murders and vampires isn’t what Charlie was expecting as chief of police in Forks.
- Stephenie notes that Edward is nicer about taking Bella’s car apart in the movie – he’s not jokingly playing with the car part like he does in the book. She also explains that she wanted the scene to convey that Edward was desperate to protect Bella vs desperate to control her.
- Wyck asks Stephenie if she cares that Jackson’s hair is longer in Eclipse than Twilight and New Moon. But Stephenie says she likes Jackson’s wig here – “this is what his hair should look like,” so doesn’t matter that it’s longer than in the other movies.
Overall feedback on the special features: You’re going to love them