This week’s new home video releases include a couple of long-awaited box sets, an even longer cut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (read our review here), and a classic from filmmaker D.W. Griffith. Briefly:
One of the creepier parts from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, aside from a grown man falling in love with a baby, was the very strange CG-created face that was grafted onto the child actors playing Bella and Edward’s offspring Renesmee. It was downright weird, but it turns out that things could have been a whole lot creepier. A new extra from the Twilight Forever Blu-ray box set reveals the animatronic version of Renesmee that was initially used on set for filming before eventually being tossed out. The nickname for the doll was “Chuckesmee”, and it became clear that this thing was absolutely horrifying and would never work onscreen. All of this was done in service to the source material, which describes the child as aging very rapidly. The disturbing result begs the question: how did no one realize this was a terrible idea sooner?
Hit the jump to watch the video of the animatronic baby on the set of Breaking Dawn – Part 2. Click here to purchase the Twilight Forever Blu-ray set, which came out today.
Now playing in theaters is director Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate. The pic centers on the relationship between Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), as the story follows the early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of highly controversial information leaks. I caught the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Condon has done a great job crafting a fascinating and entertaining look at WikiLeaks and the current landscape of news and information sharing. The Fifth Estate also stars Laura Linney, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Mackie, Peter Capaldi, Alicia Vikander, Dan Stevens, and Carice van Houten. For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch these clips.
At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an extended video interview with Bill Condon. During our wide ranging conversation he talked about the challenge of telling a story that’s still happening, balancing dramatization with facts, the level of interest in the film while it was in production, casting, his editing process, deleted scenes, and more. In addition, Condon talked about his extended cut of Dreamgirls that he’d love to release (it’s never been seen), his supercut of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2, what drew him to A Slight Trick of the Mind and how tough was it to get Ian McKellen to play Sherlock Holmes, and much more. Hit the jump to watch.
A trailer for Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga has been released online. The comprehensive set includes all 5 Twilight films on either 10 Blu-ray discs (plus Digital HD UltraViolet) or 12 DVDs, plus an exclusive photo album. This trailer teases the packaging as well as the over two hours of new bonus content, including retrospective interviews and previously unreleased behind-the-scenes footage. Director Bill Condon revealed to Steve that he cut together a “supercut” of both The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2, but unfortunately for fans that’s not included here.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to buy the set on Blu-ray. Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga will be released in stores on November 5th.
Jamie Campbell Bower shines in his role as Jace, a heroic young Shadowhunter wise beyond his years, in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the exciting big-screen adaptation of the first book of Cassandra Clare’s blockbuster fantasy adventure series directed by Harold Zwart. Alongside fellow Shadowhunters Isabelle (Jemima West) and Alec (Kevin Zegers), Jace fights off demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other supernatural denizens of the Shadow World to help Clarissa “Clary” Fray (Lily Collins) in her dangerous quest to retrieve an ancient Cup that holds the key to her mother’s future.
At a recent roundtable interview, Bower talked about his familiarity with the books and using them as a tool for creating his character, his 4-1/2 months of extensive training for the role, the kick-ass Hotel Dumort action scenes, the collaborative directing process with Zwart, working opposite Collins, bonding with his friends on set, his emotional reaction when shooting ended before finding out he’d be in the sequel, his favorite tattoos, his innovative idea for a tattoo cover-up, staying in touch with his friends from Twilight, his childhood love of horror, writing music, and his upcoming films, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes and the action thriller Overdrive. Check out the rest of the interview after the jump:
The ultimate Twilight collectors set has finally been announced. While it was all but guaranteed that Twilight fans would be getting a comprehensive Blu-ray collection now that the Twilight saga is complete, we didn’t know for sure when the set might hit shelves. It was announced today that Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga will be released on both Blu-ray and DVD on November 5th, and it’s quite the set. The collection includes all 5 Twilight films on either 10 Blu-ray discs (plus Digital HD UltraViolet) or 12 DVDs, plus an exclusive photo album.
In addition to the over 10 hours of extras that have previously been released on home video, Twilight Forever includes over two hours of new bonus content, including retrospective interviews with the cast and previously unreleased behind-the-scenes footage. This is a pretty extensive collectors item, and should make for a swell holiday gift. Hit the jump to get a closer look at the box set and to read a full list of the special features.
One of the movies under most people’s radar is director Wes Ball‘s The Maze Runner. Based on the James Dashner’s young adult novel of the same name, the story centers on a group of teens who appear in an area known as “The Glade” but have no memory when they wake up. The only way out appears to be through a shifting maze of massive walls that harbor dangerous creatures known as Grievers. Only one of the teens, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), holds the secret to their escape. With the film hitting theaters February 14, 2014, you can expect a trailer in the coming months, and a lot more info on the film. Until then…you’ll just have to trust me when I say it’s a film that could be very cool.
Last weekend at Comic-Con, I landed an exclusive video interview with producer Wyck Godfrey. He talked about how he got involved in the project, the franchise potential, Easter Eggs, when will we see a trailer, the difficult shoot, filming on location, being at Comic-Con, and a lot more. In addition, he talked about The Fault in Our Stars, and confirms an ultimate box set of the Twilight movies is coming (he produced all the Twilight films) that will be loaded with new material fans haven’t seen. Hit the jump to watch.
It looks like Twilight fans will be in for a pricey treat at the beginning of March. Hot on the heels of the announcement that an extended edition of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 2nd comes the news that the home video release of Breaking Dawn – Part 2 will also take place on the same day. Part 2 will be available on Blu-ray, DVD, VOD and digital download on March 2nd, and the disc comes complete with a seven-part “making of” documentary called “Forever: Filming Breaking Dawn Part 2,” a featurette documenting the back-to-back production of Part 1 and Part 2 called “Two Movies at Once,” and audio commentary from director Bill Condon. We can also safely assume that an extended edition of Part 2 will be released at a later date, so start saving up, Twihards.
Hit the jump to check out the artwork, a trailer for the Blu-ray, and to read the complete rundown of special features.
Before we get to the home video release of the final installment in the Twilight franchise, Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Lionsgate is readying the release of an extended edition of Part 1 on Blu-ray. We recently learned that the extended edition includes 8 minutes of deleted and extended scenes put back into the film, and today one such scene has been released online: the “morning after” sequence. As you may or may not be aware, the entire plot of Breaking Dawn – Part 1 consists of Kristen Stewart’s Bella and Robert Pattinson’s Edward getting married, bumping uglies, and having a baby. This new scene, which I can only assume was deleted because of its alarming awkwardness-factor, features the two characters conversing over breakfast the morning after Edward deflowered Bella, breaking the bead in half in the process.
Hit the jump to take a look at the clip, and click here to read the Blu-ray details. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Extended Edition hits Blu-ray on March 2nd.
As we await the 85th Academy Award nominations announcement on Thursday morning, we now have a look at the opposite end of the 2012 film spectrum. The 33rd Golden Raspberry Award nominations have been announced, celebrating the very worst of what 2012′s movie slate had to offer. Leading the pack is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 with 10 nominations, as the film landed a nomination in every single category. The Twilight closer will go head-to-head with Battleship, A Thousand Words, That’s My Boy, and The Oogieloves in Big Balloon Adventure for the Worst Picture title.
It’s easy to beat up on the Twilight franchise, and even though I wouldn’t go so far as to call Breaking Dawn – Part 2 a good movie, it’s in no way the worst movie of the year. The sheer amount of beheadings alone in director Bill Condon’s climactic fight sequence is enough to make the movie worth watching. Anyway, hit the jump to check out the full list of Razzie Awards nominations.
If you’re a Twilight fan, you might want to circle March 2nd on your calendars. That’s because Summit is releasing an extended cut of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 on home video that weekend which includes eight minutes of new and extended scenes added back in by director Bill Condon. He said in the press release:
“As Twilight series devotees know, there was a lot of ground to cover in adapting Breaking Dawn to the screen. Between the wedding, the honeymoon, the birth, and everything in between, naturally there were things that didn’t make it into our final cut. But I wanted to make sure that for all the Twihards out there, there was a chance to see some of these cut scenes – several of which are fan favorites from the book.”
Hit the jump for the cover art, full press release, and a trailer for the extended edition.
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries) and based on the iconic novel by Jack Kerouac, On the Road tells the provocative story of Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), a young writer whose life is shaken and ultimately redefined by the arrival of the free-spirited and fearless Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund) and his girl, Marylou (Kristen Stewart). As they travel across the country on a personal quest for freedom from the conformity and conservatism that engulfed many during that time, the duo encounter a mix of eclectic individuals who forever change them. The film also stars Viggo Mortensen, Kristen Dunst, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Elisabeth Moss and Alice Braga. Click here for all our previous coverage.
At the film’s press day, co-stars Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart talked about why they were so passionate about this project, how challenging it was to stay attached over the years, how they broke the nudity in the film to their parents, the ideals of the time period that they can most relate to, their favorite locations on the shoot, what the younger fans of Twilight might think of this film, and what can make a great road trip. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
This week on The Collision, we’ll be talking about the end of The Twilight Saga, its appeal, and its legacy. We then move from talking about the franchise as a whole to its final installment, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. As always, we finish up with our recommendations.
Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Spy Movies and Skyfall“), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.
No records were broken but The Twilight Saga went out the way it came in: huge. From 4,070 locations, Breaking Dawn Part 2 took in an estimated $141.3 million – topping the $138.1 million of last year’s Breaking Dawn Part 1 but falling slightly under the series’ record of $142.8 million set by New Moon. Worldwide, Twilight’s swan song has brought in over $340 million since its release which makes you wonder – how long before Summit can get a prequel in the works?
|| Breaking Dawn Part 2
|| Wreck-It Ralph
|| Taken 2
|| Pitch Perfect
|| Here Comes the Boom
|| Cloud Atlas
I try and heed the wise words of Conan O’Brien and resist the urge to be cynical. I really do. But while digging through our The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 coverage in anticipation of this week’s post I stumbled across this poster for the film and all of my best laid plans went to waste. There is just no excuse for a franchise of its stature to have a poster that terrible. I’m far from an expert in graphic design, but mercy…I re-read Adam’s original post several times hoping to find the sentence where he points out that the poster was the Grand Prize winner of Summit’s “Design the Worst Damn Movie Poster Possible” contest. Sadly, there was no mention of such a contest. This was real and it made my heart hurt.
All cynicism aside, in this week’s Top 5, The Twilight Saga comes to a merciful end with interviews and things of the like, Damon Lindelof‘s draft of the Prometheus script becomes available for your reading pleasure, news regarding the debuts of Star Trek Into Darkness‘ first trailer and first 9 minutes of the film surfaces, a handful of images and a video from the set of Thor: The Dark World make their way onto the Interwebs, and believe it or not, more news regarding Star Wars: Episode VII gets discussed. I trust you know where to find a brief recap and link to each.