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Which Twilight set should you buy?
It's a big week for fans of Stephenie Meyer's vampire romance Twilight, which was adapted into the biggest movie phenomenon of 2008 and is headed to shelves this Saturday, March 21. But which exclusive DVD/Blu-ray package should you pick up for your favorite Bella and Edward devotee? For those who react violently at the very mention of Twilight, we've got the perfect antidote: the brutal comic book crime thriller Punisher: War Zone, which reboots Marvel's anti-hero ...again. Also this week, check out Disney's Certified Fresh animated flick Bolt, the Penelope Cruz-Ben Kingsley drama Elegy, and a few classics given the re-mastered treatment (Akira Kurosawa's Dodes'ka-den, the F.W. Murnau box set). Read up on more new releases here.
Twilight fan girls, the most exciting week of the year has arrived! (That is, until Twilight's sequel, New Moon, hits theaters on November 20). The teenage romance about a girl named Bella and her vampire beau, Edward Cullen, was the biggest movie phenomenon of last year, and came out of nowhere to score over $372 million in worldwide sales, spawn a hit soundtrack, and single-handedly keep Hot Topic stores everywhere in business. This Saturday, the savvy folks at Summit will release the first film in the Twilight franchise on 2-disc, 3-disc, and Blu-ray versions with enough bonus materials to satisfy your Twilight jones.
Which Twilight release should you pick up? The standard-issue 2-disc DVD comes with an impressive array of extras, headlined by an audio commentary with director Catherine Hardwicke and her two stars, Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. Hardwicke introduces five deleted scenes, and joins her cast and crew (and Stephenie Meyer) in a seven-part documentary about all aspects of the Twilight production. A Comic-Con buzz piece reveals the 2008 panel that took San Diego by storm, and music videos by Paramore, Muse, and Linkin Park give the MTV crowd a few tangential Twilight extras.
But why settle for the standard DVD when you can get much, much more? A Borders-exclusive 2-disc release offers additional cast interviews and video from the red carpet premiere, plus 10 exclusive collectible cards. Over at Target, you'll find a 3-disc exclusive set that includes a digital version of the film and a third disc of additional Twilight movie footage that includes Edward's piano performance, Pattinson and Stewart featurettes, Bella's Lullaby remix video, a conversation with Stephenie Meyer, and --- most importantly --- a vampire kiss montage created by Hardwicke herself. The Blu-ray release --- available only at Target and Best Buy for the first few months --- contains all of the above-mentioned extra features.
Target's 3-disc exclusive is our recommendation for Twilight on DVD...that is, until Amazon's Ultimate Collector's Edition box set ($109.99) hits on May 5, 2009. (A Twilight charm bracelet and jewelry box and a teaser for New Moon?? We're so there. ) Until then, camp out for your local midnight DVD release party and watch our exclusive DVD bonus clip below.
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