Blu-ray Review: ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2’

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Blu-ray Review: ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2’
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Breaking Dawn Part II

"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" arrives on a single-disc Blu-ray package featuring the much-anticipated finale to the "Twilight" blockbuster franchise. The set includes the film's Blu-ray, UV digital, and iTunes digital copies, as well as a host of supplemental materials. Working as the concluding chapter for the two-part offering based on Stephenie Meyer's fourth novel, this pop-romance piece revolves around its predecessor's plot resolution and the Cullens' recruitment of various vampire allies for a battle showdown involving immortals and werewolves.

Visuals

Shot concurrently with the fourth movie, the picture keeps up with the look and feel of the prior sequel. The production's soap opera-like tone aptly finds its bite for the fans' clamor for sappy and sentimental moments for the story's famous love triangle. It also adds a more exhilarating spectacle to the primarily romantic and dramatic series through extensive battle scenes showcasing a variety of superpowers.

The Blu-ray transfer often features lush colors and fairly sharp details. For the most part, the black levels look fantastic. Except for a few hints of forgivable banding here and there, the images remain free of unwanted intrusions. There are also times when the very glossy effects really expose the limitations of the CG work -- as it turns out much easier to notice how the digital elements are not always seamless with the live-action parts.

Audio

The package houses the film's seven-channel lossless track, along with a stereo option and a Spanish-dub five-channel alternative track. Using the full extent of its 7.1 surround mix, the master soundtrack boasts a sonically defined presentation. Exceptional fidelity and directionality complement both the subtle ambient effects and the frenetic battle effects.

The very wide and spacious front creates a strong sense of space that hosts the crisp and clear dialogue. The potent score helps generate such a warm and engaging soundstage. The main action piece gives the system a nice workout with all sorts of punches, dodges, thuds, and jumps moving across speakers. Bass is consistently deep and responsive, while upper frequencies are always rich and detailed.

Supplements

The disc contains a fan-pleasing collection of extras including a lengthy seven-part production documentary entitled "Forever Filming The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2," an audio commentary by director Bill Condon, a look at shooting the final scene in "Finally, Forever," a look at the movie's worldwide shooting locations and how the final two "Twilight Saga" projects were filmed at the same time in "Two Movies at Once," Green Day's music video for "The Forgotten," and the option to watch all Edward-specific or Jacob-specific scenes in "Jump To…" All video materials are presented in HD format. Subtitles are available in English SDH and Spanish.

Final Thoughts

Amidst the shoddy story and nonsensical plot contrivances, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" serves as an action-packed installment that ties everything quite nicely for the fans' contentment. As the end to the sprawling saga, it has a clear perspective on keeping its target audience entertained. It shows a caliber of indulgence for its many characters and it allows its massive cast members to shine in at least a scene or two. Its highlight battle sequence makes a fun diversion for those with time to spare.

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