THE TWILIGHT SAGA : BREAKING DAWN – Part 2 – The Blu Review
In the final installment of THE TWILIGHT SAGA, Bella has opened her eyes to a whole new world. A vampire world. She is finally immortal, and can spend forever with her beloved Edward… or so she thinks. Although she is finally an immortal, as promised to the Voltouri, their daughter Renesmee is seen as an immortal child, which is forbidden. The Cullen family is now on a race to prove that Renesmee is the child of Bella and Edward, and that she poses no threat to any of the clans… otherwise, the Voltouri will destroy them all.
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 proved to be the best film in the series. Although it took a risk, and deviated from the book, I think the film did a great job in wrapping up the immortal love story. The film does have its mix of silly, and even ridiculous flaws, but what do you expect? If we have learned anything from the other four films, it’s not to expect a serious movie.
To read my full review of the film itself click HERE.
Audio: English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
The audio is crisp and rich. I honestly could not detect a single flaw. Between the soundtrack, the dialogue, and the added background noises, the audio is fantastically immersive and sharp.
Video: Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video resolution: 1080p Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Just like THE TWILIGHT SAGA : BREAKING DAWN – PART 1 (since they were shot together), the film is a beautiful 1080p high-definition transfer. The film is clear and sharp. The beginning scene of Bella up-close looks phenomenal. Her skin looks natural and well-lit, rather than fake and touched up (like most films today). You can really feel a sense of depth when traveling through the wooded scenes with the Cullen clan. I am extremely impressed.
BLU-RAY & DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*
- “Forever: Filming Breaking Dawn Part 2” – Seven-part “making of” documentary
- Chapter 1: “Rebirth” : A quick look at Bella’s transformation from human to vampire. This segment breaks down the redevelopment of Bella’s character since she is no longer the clumsy, unsure girl that she once was.
- Chapter 2: “Renesmee” : This segment is informative, but it still makes me angry. It’s showcases the casting of Mackenzie Foy as Renesmee. This part is endearing and quite enjoyable. The part that irritates me is when the delve into the special effects process that they used to show her character at various ages. They talk a bit about their choice to use special effects, rather than casting actors of various ages to play the part, but I still don’t agree with their decision. I’m not discrediting the talents of the effects artist. I’m sure their job was a huge challenge. Still, Renesmee looks creepy, and incredibly fake. It is my biggest complaint about the film . A real child would have benefitted the story more. Poor Mackenzie Foy was animated the majority of the film. It is a huge distraction to the story.
- Chapter 3: “The Cottage” : This segment not only goes into the design of Bella and Edwards new cottage, it also examines the making of the highly anticipated sex scene. So… you might not want to skip this one. Just saying.
- Chapter 4: “The Gathering” : An introduction to the new vampires in the film.
- Chapter 5: “The Field” : Footage from shooting on the green screen set, and how the cast adapted to being on the closed set.
- Chapter 6: “The Battle” : Ahh… the final battle. This focuses on the final decisions of the film.
- Chapter 7: “Forever” : A really nice final touch about the film franchise.
- “Two Movies at Once” featurette : This featurette gives us a look into the challenges of filming both movies at the same time… as well as some benefits.
- “The Forgotten” Green Day music video : This is weird to me. Green Day and Twilight do not go together. I like to imagine my Green Day to still be a bit too “rock & roll” to ever be involved in THE TWILIGHT SAGA. I love sushi and milkshakes… but that doesn’t mean I want to blend the two together!
- “Jump to” features : Alas! Twi-Hards can now watch all of Edwards scenes, or Jacobs, without being distracted by scenes that they are not in. Skip to the meat and potatoes of your favorite character, and let the droolfest begin… and without interruption. The only difference is the scenes are shown in a 1.78:1 ratio, rather than the incredible 2.39:1 widescreen aspect. The sound also suffers a bit, dropping to Dolby Digital 2.0.
- Audio commentary with director Bill Condon: This is some of the more thorough commentary that I have ever heard. Director Bill Condon talks about everything from the performances of the cast to the technical side of things. This is a must for any true Twi-Hard.
If you are a fan of the series, THE TWILIGHT SAGA : BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 is a must for your collection. The abundance of bonus features, along with the incredible audio, and first-rate visual transfer make this Blu-Ray a must for any Twi-Hard!