THE TWILIGHT SAGA Extended Editions Triple Feature Blu-ray Review
For those of you who mourned when The Twilight Saga released its concluding film back in 2012, Summit Entertainment has found a few ways to keep your favorite characters alive. Err, undead. With the release of Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse in their full extended glory, fans have a chance to bond with Bella (Kristen Stewart), Edward (Robert Pattinson), and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) all over again.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the better part of the last decade, The Twilight Saga revolves around the unusual teenage experience of Bella Swan, who at the beginning of the bestselling book series turned majorly successful move franchise returns to the town of Forks, Washington to live with her father, the ever amusing Sheriff. As Bella acclimates herself to her new/old surroundings, she finds herself mesmerized by the mysterious Edward Cullen. Edward and his siblings are the center of unwanted attention with their unimaginable beauty and secretive lifestyle – they don’t participate in school activities, no one has ever seen their house, etc. Oh, and they turn out to be vampires.
Bella and Edward embark on an epic journey worthy of being slapped with the title, star-crossed lovers, and everything it entails. Among their adventures, the emergence of werewolves as the natural enemy of vampires – enter Jacob Black, both a werewolf and in love with Bella. There’s also crazed vampire vengeance, an illusive vampire hierarchy, and half-vampire/human hybrids. Despite all the odds, Bella and Edward come out of the fifth film (fourth book) practically unscathed.
Obviously, there’s a lot more to the story. If you’re interested in epic romances and vampires who sparkle, you should definitely check out this series, assuming you haven’t already fallen in love with it. The books are also a decent read (unless you go into it expecting an actual Shakespearean tragedy).
As a fan of the series, it’s nice to see that there’s still enough interest in the material. The convenience of a triple feature means that you don’t have to purchase each disc separately, especially since there’s no bonus material to speak of. In fact, if you watched the deleted scenes on the original Blu-ray discs, most of what you’ll see in the extended scenes scattered throughout these versions will give you a sense of déjà vu. And, it should. Although the additional material is seamlessly edited together, you won’t be getting anything new.
It’s hard to me to recommend buying this disc for anyone who isn’t hoarding all available Twilight Saga merchandise (of which I’m a serious offender). If you already own the original versions, you can simply check out the deleted scenes among the bonus features. However, if you haven’t gotten around to purchasing all three of these discs, this is a great way to do so without having to buy them separately.
-The Twilight Saga: Extended Editions Triple Feature on DVD — $19.98
–The Twilight Saga: Extended Editions Triple Feature on Blu-ray — $24.99
The Twilight Saga: Extended Editions Triple Feature comes to Blu-ray (plus HD digital copy) and DVD (plus digital copy) on January 13.