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The Twilight Saga Eclipse DVD: A Fan’s Perspective 

Menu Screen
So this was much cooler than the other ones. A background of mountains with flashes of the movie while the character photos moving left to right(I just realised there are no capital letters in the Twilight font, took me a while!)

Special Features

Music Videos

Does anyone else think these are a waste of space? Nothing we haven’t seen before. Although I do really like Metric’s song “(Eclipse) All Yours”

Deleted Scenes

Many of you have already seen these online. Theres only 2 of these with the directors commentary either on/off. D-Slade is his typical adorable self. He really likes to wave his hands around a lot with what he’s saying. He has an Eclipse wolf screensaver on his computer in the background.

1. It’s not life or death

Angela and Bella chat about Edward and his “jealousy” problems with Jacob. I loved this scene in the book and was disappointed when I didn’t see it on screen. However I do understand why they cut it, so it’s great to see it on the DVD. Christian Serrato’s glasses are really cute and she wears these cool star earrings. DS compliments Kristen’s performance. Her wig looks really good in this one!

2. I can’t wait to see what you’re going to do next

This is a moment between Charlie/Bella straight after graduation. Charlie tells Bella how proud he is of her and Bella feels guilty when he mentions her having future children she thinks she can’t have. I think we saw paparazzi photos of this scene. I think that was the fandom’s first sneak peek at Eclipse? I agree with DS that the shot of Charlie clapping in the audience was very powerful and enough for me to see how proud he was of Bella.

Extended Scenes

Again, many of you have probably seen this. We get DS commentary again.

2. Just Keep the window closed

OK I LOVED THIS SCENE IN THE BOOK, and I loved it in the movie. I wish they kept it in. Seriously, so cute. They didn’t want to dwell too much on the row. DS: “they didn’t need it”

3. From now on I’m Switzerland

A few extra lines in the scene about Bella wanting them to work together.DS said there’s too much rivalry. He wanted the story to be more emphasized over the rivalry. I agree, it wasn’t needed.

4. Someone’s creating an army

It seems to be its like Edward saying an extra 4 lines about Aro wanting Alice/Edward and Bella wanting to be changed straight away. It’s interesting they cut out a flashback of Edward/Alice in Italy by Aro’s side. But they wanted it to stay in the 1 room.

5.Bella, I envy you

A little bit extra of Rosalie as a human, cradling a baby. This would help with BD but would be confusing with the audience who may wonder if it was Rosalie’s child. Cute, beautiful scene.

6. What did I say about a low profile?

I’m sick of the newborns. A few extra lines with Xavier lecturing the newborns. Did I mention he’s great in this scene?

7. Jacob’s thoughts are pretty loud

Edward and Bella after Jacob kiss. Edward talks about how he understands Jacob stitched her up. DS: “Retrod over areas already well covered”. DS praises the performances. It slows down pacing. DS likes simplicity.

Robert/Kristen Commentary

Heres a few highlights that I remembered after watching the commentary. Look down below and I left a link where someone has written down pretty much all the funny parts.

·         Rob describing Victoria’s neck tasting like “butterscotch”
 

·         Rob: (randomnly)  Boobs! Kristen “(laughs) are you drunk?!”
 

·         Edward not liking Jacob, Edward is victimised. I see where Rob is coming from
 

·         Describing the bear that wandered on the set.
 

·         Rob: The lobster from Appaloosa!
 

·         Rob and Kristen saying Booboo in a funny voice every time his character comes on screen. Kristen ends up realising they shouldn’t be making fun of his name.
 

·         Rob making fun of the word “wolf” sounding like “woof”
 

·         Kristen actually played the role of the 3rd wife. Wish they showed us that.
 

·         Rob/Ashley Greene slapping each other in the background when Jasper/Bella have the flashback talk
 

·         Kristen “your hairs all bushy” Rob: “my hair’s freaking out!”
 

·         Kristen: Bite that pillow!
 

·         Kristen saying shhh, shutup, laughing a lot
 

·         Rob: they’re verr comm.” Imitating jasper
 

·         Rob/Kristen laughing at the questions someone gave them to give them something to talk about“what was the weather like this day?”
 

·         Kristen “aww stupid movie!!” (at the proposal scene being so cute)
 

·         Rob: “you look like your milking him”
 

·         Anna messaging Kristen apologising for being crap for her speech, Kristen thinking she was fabulous
 

·         Rob commenting on Alice being drunk walking down the stairs at the graduation party when she’s supposed to be having a flashback
 

·         Talking about the leg hitch. Both of them thinking it hilarious it was famous in the fandom.
 

·         Kristen signing off“ok, we’re done, bye!”

http://www.facebook.com/notes/bella-edward/eclipse-dvd-commentary-spoilers-with-robert-kristen/10150090838118013

Stephenie Meyer/ Wyck Godfrey Producer Commentary

OK I know many expected this to be pretty boring, but these 2 are actually funny and interesting, though not as entertaining as Rob/Kristen. They did it before the premiere, so they wonder at the audience’s reaction to certain scenes. If you can’t be bothered watching it yourselves, here are the best parts:

 

·         I love how they say Australian. Ostralian! (I’m from Australia and we don’t say it like that)
 

·         Supposedly a drunk friend was recording Xavier in his video audition he sent in.
 

·         The title art was initially different. SM: It was boring.
 

·         They chat about Bella having a voiceover at the start of every movie. Wyck suggests Kristen’s voiceover for BD will simply be “I’m pregnant”.
 

·         SM describes the wig being a “diva”. i.e. requiring attention

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They joke about how Charlie is always drinking beer describing him as being the most alcoholic cop in movie history. SM describes him as the unsung hero of the Twilight series. Everyone loves Charlie. Then Wyck says he’s a “sung hero”. People have actually written songs about him so lookout on the next soundtrack.

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SM: Kristen’s skin is beautiful. (I whole heartedly agree SM!)

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They talk about fighting over the music. SM wanted Florence and the Machine song in the Beck and Bat for Lashes scene.

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SM likes Jasper’s hair despite it changing every movie. She thinks they finally got it right.

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They love Sarah Clarke. SM concludes Charlie and Renee are getting married again.

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(Wyck and Stephenie should get married already: they’re great together)

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In the Bella riding off on Jacob’s motorbike scene they laugh about the windshield wipers on Edward’s car stopping right in front of Rob’s face all the time.

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They call the wolfpack nudists running around in “jorts”

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Imprinting: They decided the Claire/Quil story will be held until BD

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A few people on set replicated the “spider monkey” scene in the Cullen house soundstage.

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The tribal story scene was the worst scene to shoot besides the baseball scene in Twilight.

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Kristen as the 3rd wife made the test audience laugh-unintentionally funny so they cut it.

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SM talking about the books of the Twilight Saga: “Chris really gets the rough end of the stick. He got the weird one” LOL

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Like me, SM also loves the sound of Bella’s hand crunching Jake’s face.

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All the producers practiced the Jacob/Bella kiss.

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SM walked out of Wyck’s trailer upset after seeing Angryward scene. She knew Jacob’s arm would be ripped off if Eddie ever tried to grab him by the shoulder.

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SM/Wyck call Emmett and Rosalie jerks for not coming to the graduation of their siblings.

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Wyck wanted Jacob to come into the graduation party scene as wolves to make a more dramatic entrance, or wearing jorts. [laugh]

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Like Rob, Wycke also jokes that Alice looks drunk walking down the stairs before the flashback.

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Wycke to SM: “ you’re a logic nazi!”

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SM: Talking about changing the style of the wolves between NM and Eclipse: “It’s just like the hair. Next time the wolves will be panthers!”

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Jacob wolf looking arthritic as he walks away from Bella-I totally thought that as well

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Wyck doing a Tenessee accent (its terribly funny)

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Like Rob, SM also commenting about Jasper’s “They’re verr come in the south”

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SM on the kid Jasper killed in the flashback: “That kid was nice, it was sad when we had to kill him. We should have picked some child actor who nobody liked”

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Talking about having a hot Rod party. SM : “the thing about wyck is, he lies a lot, and you can’t tell when he’s lying or not.” Wyck: “Can we put Andy Samberg in BD?”

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SM has heard “imprint” and “battle” too many times, she no longer likes those words

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SM was there for the leg hitch scene (there may be hope for the BD sex scene to be hot?)

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SM: “Kristen’s really authentic and vulnerable. “ (thumbs up SM!)

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Kristen running down to talk to SM wondering if she could do anything else during the leg hitch scene.

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Proposal scene: Rob keeps the ring under the bed. The first time they forgot about giving him the ring.

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Leg hitch: They knew it was a fandom request

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Wyck talking about Bella trying to seduce Edward: “I thought she could have had him.”  SM: “If only she had you there to advice her wyck.”

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They were almost going to flashback to Edward courting Bella back in the olden days in black/white. Would have been unintentionally funny.

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In proposal scene Rob stressed out a lot. In the end the scene looked effortless

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Scene where Riley/Victoria kiss. Wyck: “He bites her lip!” SM: “ooh yeh I think you would lose a bit of lip there.”

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Korts=khaki shorts, Wyck plans to make a new line. SM will make a swing dance commercial for them.

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Taylor dropped Kristen going up a hill when he had to carry her.

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They all bought parka’s for the mountain top scene. It was hot, they didn’t need them. They send their thanks to producer Bill Bannerman

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First take of tent scene, Jacob kept his distance not touching her at all. They reshot as SM insisted he be holding her.

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Edward/Jacob bromance is mentioned a few times

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They mention people having to shaking the tent outside to imitate the wind.

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For the tent scene Taylor emptied a trash can (everyone wondered why). It was for Kristen to make her feel more comfortable because she was terribly sick that day

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SM and Wyck commenting on Kristen not wearing her big jacket when walking out of the tent in the morning. They suggest Kristen throwing down the jacket in the scene and saying “you knew he was listening. i hate that coat!!”

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Jacob/Bella kissing scene: 2 different filming locations. SM added the last little kiss between J/B. SM: This required more demonstrative kissing “everyone was kissing everyone!”

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THEY FILMED JACOB/BELLA GETTING OLD TOGETHER. They had a grey bella wig and everything. But everybody laughed L so they cut it out. WHY ISNT IT ON THE DVD?!?! WHERE IS IT?? WHEN WILL WE GET TO SEE IT?!!

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OK i don’t get this. SM: “At least they cut the part where they then continued the hunt and they leaped over a log and now Bella is being played by a very muscular stunt man i believe. Also now bella is ripped. It was a very interesting aspect of her vampire transformation.” NO IDEA.

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They had a nickname for a newborn whose make up stood out: The “neon newborn”

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SM: “Esme kicks butt. A lot of creative ways to kill people.”

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SM mythology issues. She believes it looks too easy to kill a vamp. They should have to work more to do it.

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There was a Bree/Esme scene that was cut. Its not on the DVD.

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SM “bryce’s face kills me” “crazy beautiful its unreal”

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SM: “Xaviers face is so noble.”

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Wyck: (joking about Xavier)We really did take his arm off for this shot. Method acting

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Edward trying to get Victoria to attack him and not run away. Wycke: “Turn him into “ass” SM: “Oh wycke. These movies would be really different if you were writing them. They would be funny!”

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SM about Bella/Edward running from Victoria: “Hide behind the tree, that would fool her!”

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Wyck: “Kristen should do an all out action film. She’s really really athletic.” (I agree!) SM: “Oh she so should. I loved watching her run in New Moon, in Italy”. Wyck: “Really?” SM: “yeh she looks so good”

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They sped up the speed of blood running down Bella’s arm

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There were shots of Riley’s disbelief as Victoria ignored his screaming that were cut out.

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SM  on Edward: “i learnt this one in Italy!” as he bites off Victoria’s head.

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SM (funny voice): “Theres Leah. Screwing things up again!”

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W: “There was a shot where a wolf phased into naked Jacob, Ultimately too nudie.”

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SM: “I am always jealous of Jane’s outfits.”

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Rob/Kris kept laughing off camera trying to get Dakota to laugh when she was in character as Jane. They succeeded.

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SM went around saying “Pity” a lot after seeing the movie. (imitating Jane)

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Bree falls to the ground screaming. SM: “She’s so cute.”

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SM talks about auditions for Bree: 250 people screaming. Many of them badly. It was a painful experience.

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SM on Bella talking to Jacob when he’s sick: “Everyones listening. And they all want to beat you when you come back out.”

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They say the Jacob/Bella scene at the end is a great scene!

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Then they complain about sheens of sweat, pillow sweat etc.

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Then they start joking about bad medical props. Wyck: Carlisle is to medicine like Charlie is to the police force. LOL

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Wycke: Kristen’s fantastic again.

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There was song before metric that was supposed to be in the final scene that they got attached to. It was already released. They don’t say what song it was.

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They talk about the score which was made in England. SM: “Maybe we should film Isle Esme in England. Because its very tropical and warm!”

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SM on Bella’s final speech: “It feels like she’s made progression. She understands herself a little bit more.”

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Wyck on Edward giving Bella the ring at the end: “You missed the fight where she threw it at him. Oh yeh good offscreen!”

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Wyck had a fantastic idea for Bella when Edward wouldn’t let her see Jacob.SM: “She storms upstairs. Theres a Picture of Joan Jett stuck by her mirror. She nods to herself and pulls out the scissors”. W: She looks in the mirror at herself and cuts her hair! Like joan jett. SM: Then we would be done! W: Then entire movie with hair like joan jett. That would have been fun. SM: No one ever listens to you Wyck. [laugh]

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Wyck: “There are a few people we would like to thank....” SM thanks the Craft services, they’re like set mums. They make grilled cheese sandwhiches like no other.

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Then they get serious and thank the director, assistants etc.

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They laugh and joke together at the end. Its cute. Wyck: We’ll see you on BD! (well i wouldn’t mind another commentary like this Wyck!

 

 

Jump to Edward/Jacob

Cool but a little weird. There’s an annoying, loud fast forwarding sound as they move between the scenes. It really wakes you up. Also, the scenes don’t look HD...

 

Photo Gallery

Some really cute photos, a lot you can find in the movie guide, but a few of them are new BTS photos. Again, why aren’t these in HD? Some of them are almost blurry.

 

BEHIND THE SCENES OF ECLIPSE

 

Introducing David Slade:

 

Theres a funny intro of DS messing around on set. I LOL’ed at him giving thumbs up and a  “that was very good!” to Bella hitting Jacob. Cast and SM talk about DS. DS talks about himself. He is a very technical guy who seems to walk around with this long telescope thing he likes to look through. Also there’s lots of emoting using his arms. He starts talking about compound curves and technical stuff and I tune out.

 

 

Pre-Production

 

Peter Facinelli is hilarious talking about vampire boot camp. He talks about why everyone’s running so fast on the hamster wheel treadmill thing saying “they put a bit of cheese up there..then we all try and get the cheese..”. Lots of shots of them all working out and fight training together. They talk about building the Cullen House and the Snowy mountaintop set.

They discuss the engagement ring. They had 4 different versions. Like the end product, the other versions were also ugly (even worse!) SM drew a crappy picture for the designers in the end. They talk about the quilt. They make you want a quilt just like it.

 

 

The Heart of Eclipse

 

Lots of flashbacks from Twilight and Eclipse filming. Quite a lot of new BTS stuff from those movies. Even a little bit from the first Jacob/Bella truck meeting in Twilight with the back of Catherine Hardwicke looking on. I miss CH’s enthusiasm.. The cast and SM talk about the love triangle a lot. SM reveals she sobbed when she wrote about Bella giving up Jacob. Talk about Jasper/Rosalie’s flashbacks.

 

 

The Dark Side of Eclipse

 

They talk about the plot. We have heard it all before but there a bit more footage of BTS. They talk a lot about Victoria and the vampire army. They tell us what newborns are and what they are like over and over (thanks, but really, we already know). Xavier is a lovely person. Everyone was wowed by Xavier’s performance. DS thinks Victoria could love Riley. Not sure where he got that idea from.

 

 

Lights, camera, action

David Slade was attracted to the movie by the story and the challenge. They go through many scenes such as Riley’s scene at the beginning, the meadow scenes (some cute Rob/Kris moments laughing on set). DS assistant is pretty funny.

 

Also the “Bella jumping on Jacob’s bike scene”. Michael Welch tells us there will be flying monkeys in the background, that it will be big action scene. Very funny guy.

 

 The first wolfpack scene: All the guys messing around with chicken jokes. Julia Jones astounded by their energy.

 

 Volturi roof scene: More newborns (borinnggg. I’m sorry. But there was too much newborns in the movie. Anyone else skip the evil vampire parts in Twilight? ). Bit of extra Jodelle. Xavier looks particularly attractive. They tell us it was cold in the lake.

 

Most challenging day: The tribe story night. It was raining. DS describes the rain sounds as “sizzling sausages”. They had to ADR (additional dialogue recording, DS calls it absolutely diabolical rubbish) the entire scene. Oh and there’s a bear by catering everyone wanted to see.

 

Tent scene: They talk about their characters. (I should find that interesting but I do not)

 

I feel sorry for poor Taylor having to carry Kristen for a scene. Kristen had to have her butt moulded for this rig that was supposed to carry her!  Pretty funny. Taylor couldn’t sign his name the next day.

 

There are these little segments called “Taylor Time” with superhero music in the background. First one is DS’s assistant throwing grapes into Taylor’s mouth. Next segment is Kristen doing the same (wearing her Blackhearts hoodie!). Last one Taylor throws a football over this black screen to Kristen’s assistant John Farandorf?(otherwise known as ASB!) though we don’t actually see him

 

Final fight scene between Eddie/Victoria. Xavier has really nice skin. Crazy rigs were set up. Lots of throwing stuff around really. There’s this shot of Rob running from Victoria which looks totally funny (flippy anyone?). They all laugh after the take of Bryce getting her head ripped off. Bryce talks about it being a great day getting her head ripped off by rob then jokingly recalls she’s married . Lots of shots of everyone smiling and all the kisses in a little montage. Quite cute.

 

 

Post Production: leaps in technology

 

This segment starts off with Wyck saying “Victoria is back!” (Thankyou Wyck, no really). They show us how they did the ravine chase with the reappearance of the magic carpet and some cool rigs. Then boring wolf stuff talking about adding many million more hairs than King Kong. I like the shots of the real wolves they observed though. I want one. Like Kristen has one. They show these funny big cardboard cut outs of the wolves they had to act to. Shots of Taylor wearing the telly tubby suit. Don’t know how they kept a straight face there.

 

Vampire fighting. Lots of wires used. Cute playing around. Rob fighting is pretty funny.  It’s quite cool seeing how they did the final newborn fight. They talk about tearing heads off etc.

 

Finally there’s this really, REALLY cute sequence at the end with shots of the cast all smiling, laughing and having fun on the set at different scenes. If you don’t watch anything else, watch that, because it’s cute. About 1 hr 24 mins in to the behind the scenes stuff. I love seeing BTS meadow stuff. They are such beautiful scenes.

 

 

CONCLUSION

 

The best part: The 2 commentaries

 

The worst part: Wondering why they didn’t include flashbacks of old Jacob/Bella in the deleted scenes. Wondering why they didn’t show Kristen as the third wife in the BTS. Wondering if they are holding material from us so they can make a super deluxe limited edition gold studded Twilight box set (with bonus Twilight bookmarks that sparkle for real!)  that will cost us a gazillion dollars.

 

Anyway, I’ve really enjoyed my DVD so far. I’m sure some quotes from the commentaries will go down in fandom history like the Twilight one did. I’ll be sure to watch it many times again and it was definitely worth my money, and the money of any fan of this series and the actors.

 

I hope I haven’t bored you to death. Sorry my grammar/spelling kind of died near the end, but its 3am here!

 

Countdown to Breaking Dawn DVD: Approximately 1.5 years 

 

 


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