Featured In Issue 140, May/June 2009

WSR Score2.5
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Summit Entertainment
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Some violence and a scene of sensuality
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Catherine Hardwicke
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Bella Smith (Stewart) doesn't expect much when she moves to the small town of Forks, Washington, until she meets the mysterious and handsome Edward Cullen (Pattinson)—a boy who's hiding a dark secret: he's a vampire. As their worlds and hearts collide, Edward must battle the bloodlust raging inside him as well as a coterie of undead that would make Bella their prey. Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling novel Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. (Gary Reber)

Special features include audio commentary with Catherine Hardwicke, Robert Pattinson, and Kristen Stewart; five extended scenes (HD 09:36); five deleted scenes (HD 05:54); The Adventure Begins: The Journey From Page To Screen, a picture-in-picture Bonus View feature; three music videos (SD 13:43); the Comic-Con Phenomenon (SD 07:58); the theatrical campaign, including a sneak peek and trailers (SD 12:22); up-front previews; plus BD-Live interactivity.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture is stylized, with distorted fleshtones that appear very pale. There appears to be an overall green tint to the imagery, which is surreal in appearance. The effect is to project a cold image quality. Yet some objects exhibit nicely saturated color with warm hues. Contrast can be excellent at times, with deep blacks and nicely delineated shadows, and dimensional as well. Resolution, at times, is revealing of fine facial features and textures and at other times is much softer. The picture is often visually dynamic and chilling in character and is overall pleasing. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is conventional, with production-sound dialogue that often sounds forward and not well integrated with the scenes. The music score is nicely recorded with a wide and deep soundstage and provides surround envelopment. There is a scene featuring a grand piano that is reminiscent of a well-produced music video with dramatic set lighting. Bass extension is occasionally deep, with below-25 Hz energy in the .1 LFE channel. Overall, this is an effective soundtrack except for the forward dialogue presence. (Gary Reber)