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"Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 2" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

Bella has just completed her transformation from human to vampire, finally joining the Cullen clan for good.  She also discovers that Jacob has imprinted upon her and Edward’s daughter, making her keenly aware of what is going on in their clan as well.  As their daughter ages at a very rapid pace, they are unsure what will happen to her until they are spotted by an angry Irina.  Irina believes their daughter to be a child vampire, and not a half-human, half-vampire, which is strictly forbidden, and runs off to alert the Volturi.

As the Volturi prepare to destroy the child, as child vampires cannot be trained and will destroy a whole village at a time, Bella and Edward try to gather as much support to help protect their daughter as they can.  All of this sets the stage for a final battle between the Cullens and the Volturi over Renesmee.

Specifications

  • Summit Entertainment
  • 2012, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hour, 55 Minutes
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • English, DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
  • Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson
  • Directed by: Bill Condon
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: No

Commentary

As a mid-30’s man, I’m certainly not the target audience for Twilight.  That said, my wife highly enjoys it and has read all the books multiple times, as well as seen each movie many times.  Sitting down to watch these I was surprised that they were decent, and much better than I expected them to be.  Perhaps a bit too much with green-screen effects that don’t look that great, and acting that certainly won’t win awards, but for escapist entertainment they certainly fit the bill.  If you’re in the target demographic, you’re probably going to wind up really enjoying them, and if you’re watching along with your significant other as they enjoy it, you’ll probably find yourself far more entertained than you expected to be.

Technical

There seemed to be a bit of edge enhancement that was visible as halos in the scenes set against the stark white backgrounds, but otherwise this transfer was very good.  Shadow details, of which there are many, are always there and look quite good.  Detail is superb, and the transfer is good enough that all the special effects issues are visible for you to see.  A really, really nice transfer overall.

I’ve got almost nothing bad at all to say about the sound either.  The surround effects are seamless during the climactic battle, though the subwoofer could be a bit more aggressive sometimes.  If you’re watching this with your wife, unlike a romantic comedy you aren’t going to be left down by the video and audio, as they are really superb.

Extras

Making-Of Documentary, Music Videos, Directors Commentary, and Featurettes.