Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga - Summit Entertainment - Blu-ray and DVD
If you're not already a Twilight fan, just move along. You've clearly already made up your mind, and yet another new release isn't going to change it. If, however, you're a sucker for this deliciously ludicrous franchise, you may want to pay attention to this new release.
Yes, you probably own all five of the Twilight movies from their individual releases. If you do, then Summit would like to lure you to this new set with several hours of new content (on top of every special feature from all of the past releases). So what are you getting?
On the packaging front you've got a a hardback commemorative photo album. And then there are a whopping 10 discs, the last of which is packed with over two hours of brand new features (and a few more hours of compilations from existing material). Perhaps the best of the bunch is "Twilight FAN-omenon," a 35-minute long look at the surprise cult of fandom that has emerged around this franchise. Even if you don't like the movies, it's impossible to deny their place in pop-culture history, and this does a good job of framing it all.
The next big featurette is "Cast Retrospective," a 66-minute long flashback to the casting process across all five films. There's not actually any new interviews with the cast here, so hard-core diehards have probably seen all of these bits and pieces elsewhere before, but as an all-in-one package, it gets the job done nicely. And speaking of all-in-one packages, this new bonus disc is rounded out with the option of watching all of Edward's and Jacob's major moments from across all of the films. That last one is kind of an odd feature to have, but we're guessing fans won't exactly complain.
Other Notable New Releases
As someone who actually enjoyed The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, I'm looking forward to this week's inevitable Extended Edition. Not so much for the extra bit of film (only 13 minutes in total), but because this set actually has some special features worth getting excited about. There are several hours worth making-of material included this time around, and so if you're a fan of the way Jackson brings Tolkien's world to life, you're going to want to check this set out.
White House Down did not deserve to bomb when it hit theaters earlier this summer. This is a fun, charismatic action movie that proves Channing Tatum is a star that deserves to stick around for awhile. It's not nearly as serious (or violent) as Olympus Has Fallen, and even though it's easily (and justifiably) pitched as "Die Hard in the White House), this is instead closer in tone to Die Hard with a Vengeance than anything else. Rounding out the rest of this week's mainstream movies is Grown Ups 2, so if manchild Adam Sandler movies are your thing, have at it. If they're not, you should probably turn to a number of more interesting indie flicks hitting this week.
The biggest of the indie bunch are Lovelace and Parkland. Neither are grand slams, but both have interesting merits that should make them worthwhile for one reason or another. For Lovelace, it's Amanda Seyfried giving her best performance to date as the famous adult actress who became a poster child for an entire industry. For Parkland, it's to see the JFK assassination from a different perspective-- that of the men and women working in the hospital where the president was treated.
Next up is Brian De Palma's erotic thriller Passion, a remake of the 2010 French movie Love Crime, starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace. Those two names, the words "erotic thriller," and Brian De Palma in the director's chair may have you enticed, but you'll probably want to temper your expectations a bit. For something a little more outside of the box, look toward Computer Chess, an '80s-set comedy about a man battling a computer in a chess tournament. And lastly there is the lush French film Renoir, a biopic about the impressionist painter and his film director son, but told through the life of a model that inspired both of their works.
For something decidedly less adult, turn to new Blu-rays of Mickey's Christmas Carol and Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year. If you have youngsters in your house, you always want to have quality entertainment for each major holiday, and these two are both great options. Neither are new films (they're from 1983 and 2002 respectively), but both are given nice HD upgrades.
A Good Week for TV Box Sets
We normally don't cover new TV releases, but there are quite a few shows getting big, complete box sets this week, so we might as well mention them. First up is Boy Meets World: The Complete Collection. If you grew up in the '90s, there was no escaping Boy Meets World, and now you can relive all of the magic of Cory, Topanga and Shawn all over again -- and for a pretty decent price, too. Eighty dollars for the set averages out to about $11 per season, which is a pretty reasonable cost for some worthwhile nostalgia. Plus, you clearly need to get this before Girl Meets World hits TV in 2014.
And speaking of unavoidable '90s shows, Saved by the Bell gets a new complete box set this week. I'm actually more partial to Boy Meets World, but there's no denying what Saved by the Bell meant to kids like me growing up. If you were born between 1978 and 1990, odds are you've seen every episode of this classic, whether you actually liked the show or not. And yes, this does include the College Years.
If sci-fi shows are more your thing, there's a 15th Anniversary Blu-ray set of Farscape out now, which is without hesitation one of the coolest shows the Syfy channel has ever been involved with. This is actually the second time the whole show has been released on Blu-ray, and if you already own it, you're not going to want to double dip for this one. But if you don't own it, this is the set to get.
For new shows there's CBS' Under the Dome, an adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same name. There's some cool stuff in the first few episodes, but then it enters typical wheel-spinning, TV-drama mode. You should probably just watch it on Amazon Prime.
Dexter and Weeds -- two Showtimes show that fluctuated between "Great!" and "Remember when this show was great?" -- both get complete collection Blu-ray sets this week. The Dexter set is actually available in multiple packaging options, and they're all pretty groovy. The Weeds set isn't nearly as elaborate-- there isn't quite as much iconic imagery to associate with it, so just enjoy a scantily clad Mary-Louise Parker. And lastly there is a four-disc DVD set of Happy Tree Friends, which contains the entire TV season, as well as the 70+ Web episodes. It's got a niche audience for sure, but if you know someone who dug the series' plucky, violent sense of humor, you should probably keep this in mind come holiday shopping time.
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