The ability to have all of the Twilight Saga movies in one box set has got to be a seismic moment for fans of the Stephenie Meyer series. And one also has to think that Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga is a “no-brainer gift” when it comes to holiday giving and fans of the films Twilight through Breaking Dawn. But, is it worth it?
In short, that would be a definite yes for fans of the saga. Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga is timed to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the first film landing in theaters. The set is available as a 10-disc Blu-Ray and as a 12-disc DVD. With over two hours of brand new exclusive content and over ten hours of every special feature ever created for the multi-billion dollar franchise, there is a whole lot of Edward, Bella and Jacob to digest. But, for those who have been utterly devoted since Meyer released her first book, those hours will fly.
Among the highlights are new interviews with the cast that have the benefit of hindsight to what is a phenomenon. As each successive film was released on DVD and Blu-Ray, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner talked about the film while it was still fresh in the minds. These additional interviews on the Twilight Forever set are utterly fascinating because each now has the experience behind them and they are downright reflective and nostalgic for the film series that made them international superstars.
Also a standout is The Twilight Saga: Breaking Character feature which brings to life never-before-seen moments on the set of all five movies. It’s fascinating that these have never been released, and show what foresight Summit Entertainment had for their series that would become legend.
The fans themselves get the spotlight in the featurette Twilight FAN-omenon. Movie Fanatic found this feature surprisingly provocative and not a one-sided portrayal of the movies' legions of fans by the filmmakers themselves. And every Twilight fanatic who sees the documentary short can surely see something of themselves in every single person profiled.
Although the Jacob and Edward love triangle was really decided by the end of New Moon, it still lingers as one of the most popular battles for a character’s heart that we can remember. So, it is so appropriate that the Twilight Forever set includes two featurettes directed firmly at each character who vied for Bella’s heart. The Edward and Jacob storylines are gone over in detail with two separate features, Twilight Forever: Edward’s Saga and Twilight Forever: Jacob’s Saga.
As music played such a pivotal role in the entire five-year run of these movies, it is only appropriate that Twilight Forever contains some of the best and most popular music videos from all five films.
And we usually don’t think too much of the packaging of a set, unless it is an element that truly pushes the worth of it. And Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga gets it right as the discs are presented in a double-sided box that highlights the characters that fans have truly taken to heart. With one side featuring Edward and Bella, and then the other side featuring Jacob, someone in packaging at Summit Home Entertainment, we have to say, knew exactly what they were doing when this set was put together.
We would be remiss if we did not also salute the inclusion of a commemorative photo album that features dozens of never-before-seen photos canvassing the entire series, from stills to behind-the-scenes pics.
Perhaps we should re-think our Top 10 Twilight Moments as this entire set now deserves a place on it!