Dec 062010
 

As usual, unless you are a fan of the Twilight films you probably won’t enjoy this film. It’s not for everyone, and really only applies towards the younger female crowd. But as a guy, I enjoyed them and feel Eclipse will likely appeal more towards guys then the previous two films and hopefully will drag in some new fans along the way.


The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)

Genre(s): Drama, Romance
Summit | PG13 – 124 min. – $32.99 | December 4, 2010

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
David Slade
Writer(s):
Stephanie Meyer (book); Melissa Rosenberg (screenplay)
Cast:
Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Bryce Dallas Howard, Billy Burke, Dakota Fanning

Theatrical Release Date: June 30, 2010

DISC INFO:
Features:
Audio Commentaries, Documentary, Deleted/Extended Scenes, Photo Gallery, Music Videos
Number of Discs:
1

Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video:
Anamorphic Widescreen 2.40
Subtitles: English, Spanish

THE MOVIE – 4.5/5

Are we ready for round THREE? Well, once again, I love Twilight and my passion continues on with Eclipse. I’ve read all the books, listened to the audio versions, and own a ‘Team Jacob’ shirt (just kidding). Not only did I see Eclipse the weekend it hit theaters, but now twice on Blu-ray (and DVD). So, there is my bias. I like the books, I like the films, and if you don’t, you probably shouldn’t even be reading this review.

After a rather short time between the two films, Eclipse is finally available to own. But how well does it stack up to the previous two films? Much like New Moon, it’s better than Twilight. No doubt about that. It takes on a more mature feeling which allows the male audience to enjoy the film a bit more, and includes several ‘adult’ themes that is sure to make the 15 year old boy inside of you double over with laughter. Thankfully, that’s a good thing since the Edward/Bella/Jacob love triangle is as strong as it will ever be.

Eclipse opens up shortly after New Moon concludes (an actual timeline is not given, but we know it’s very close to Graduation Day). The film opens with an engaging side story about a young boy named Riley (Samuel) from the town of Forks, being stalked and attacked by an unknown Vampire where he is bitten and eventually turned. His true intentions soon come to light – he’s building an army of newborn Vampires (said to be stronger than normal vampires) to attack the Cullen clan. Why? Because the Cullens are out to kill his lover, Victoria (now played by Victoria Howard – who not only looks incredibly similar to Rachelle Lefevere, but might even be a better choice), because she told him that they are trying to kill her because she is in their “territory”. As viewers, we know that is not true, but little Riley believes it and Victoria continues to manipulate him to do her bidding.

Edward (Pattinson) and Bella are still going strong, while Jacob (Lautner) continues to hide away and ignore Bella’s (Stewarts) attempts at a friendship. All Bella wants to do is graduate so she can be married and turned into a Vampire, and Jacob wants her to choose a ‘real life’ where she can have children and grow old. But with the threat of Victoria still imminent, the Werewolf pack continues to grow and their extreme dislike for the Cullen clan continues.

Eclipse really puts Edward, Bella and Jacob front and center most of the film. The high school friends have a scene or two (compared to the previous films where they had many), and even scenes on the Reservation are tailored back some. We do get to see the history of two of the Cullens (Rosealie and Jasper), but the rest of the Cullens are fairly sidetracked (I don’t believe Esme or Emmett have more than a line or two). Honestly, I don’t really see this as a bad thing since they both will have rather large roles in next two films (Breaking Dawn Part 1 and 2), but David Slade really wants us to focus on the core three characters.

Some interesting changes this time around are the deaths of Vampires. In the previous two films, we’ve only really seen two Vampires die. And when that happened, it was off screen. In Eclipse, we get a brutal battle where Vampires are merely ceramic-like creatures that shatter and squeeze out noises like glass or chains whipping across the floor. It’s an interesting – and welcome – change that makes the epic battle far more enjoyable.

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5

This release includes an attractive slip cover.

There are two informative commentaries: the first is with Actors Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson while the second features Author Stephanie Meyer and Producer Wyck Godfrey.

Making of Eclipse:
Introducing Dave Slade (5 Minutes)
Pre-Production – Setting the Stage (13 Minutes)
The Heart of Eclipse (14 Minutes)
The Dark Side of Eclipse (9 Minutes)
Lights, Camera, Action (25 Minutes)
Post Production: Leaps in Technology (23 Minutes)

– – Much like the previous two films, the meat and potatoes of the features are in these six featurettes. Pretty epic in length (90 minutes), this covers every single aspect of the film from the Actors preparing for their roles, to who the new director is, CGI etc. As usual, fans will eat this up I found this to be very informative.

Deleted and Extended Scenes (13 Minutes) – Up for watch are 2 Delete and 6 Extended Scenes. The deleted scenes are incredibly boring (Bella and a school mate, Bella and her Dad) while the extended scenes don’t add much to the story (besides an extra bit of Rosealie as a human – which would have been great considering her role in Breaking Dawn).

Rounding out the Disc is the ability to Jump To several scenes with your favorite characters (oh gees), a Photo Gallery and Two Music Videos.

VIDEO – 4.75/5

Eclipse is presented in 2.40:1. Summit continues to knock these DVDs out of the park. While the original Twilight had a smaller budget, New Moon and Eclipse had the ability to spend more money to make the film look nicer – and it shows. Deep blacks, grain intact, and colors looking very drab (exactly how they are supposed to look). I watched the DVD version shortly after the Blu-ray, and found it to look incredible. Not sure what Summit is doing, but please, continue!

AUDIO – 4.75/5

Summit has included an English 5.1 Track for this release. Unlike the first film, Eclipse sounds really great. Dialogue is clear, and the rears are used nearly the entire film. It all heats up to the conclusion (a giant battle of Werewolves/Vampires vs. “other” Vampires which made my place shake.

OVERALL – 4.5/5

As usual, unless you are a fan of the Twilight films you probably won’t enjoy this film. It’s not for everyone, and really only applies towards the younger female crowd. But as a guy, I enjoyed them and feel Eclipse will likely appeal more towards guys then the previous two films and hopefully will drag in some new fans along the way.

Going be a long wait till Breaking Dawn Part 1… but can’t wait!

Brad Lowenberg
Published:
12/06/2010

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