After the birth of Renesmee, the Cullens gather other vampire clans in order to protect the child from a false allegation that puts the family in front of the Volturi.

Studio: Lionsgate
Year: 2018
Release Date: October 23, 2018
Run time: 124 minutes/115 minutes
Rating: PG-13

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50/1 DVD
Region: A

Breaking Dawn Part 1

The Quileutes close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses a threat to the Wolf Pack and the towns people of Forks.

There is a melodramatic tone throughout, amplified by the music, whether it was the piano-heavy soft moments, the epic score (often played over non-epic moments), or the emo rock songs. A little melodrama is fine, but it goes on for most of the movie, and when there is little hook of a story, it just becomes a drag. Even people who are fans to the series will admit that dialogue has never been its strong suit. Bill Condon attempts to make the sex scene and honeymoon to be tender, but it came off more sappy and overbearing.

“Part 1’s” strength is that it is the best-acted of the series. Stewart certainly gives it a good go and Lautner gives what is a half-way decent performance. Pattinson was slumming it, but with some of the cheesy dialogue he has to say, even someone like Laurence Olivier would have struggled.

Condon does have a few moments of visual darkness, including the dream sequence in the beginning with its juxtaposition of bright white clothing and blood and Bella and Edward standing on top of a load of corpses. The birth scene was actually intense and gory. But these are counter-balanced with goofy moments, one of the most infamous being a psychic werewolf argument.

The whole wedding sequence and honeymoon plays like a young girl’s fantasy, sort of idealistic. This is fine, but hardly dramatic and not likely to have wide appeal.

Breaking Dawn Part 2

‘Breaking Dawn Part 2’ will undoubtedly be loved by the majority of the teenage girls who watch it but everyone else is probably going to be bored out of their minds. Having gone through the entire series now, this one here would probably rank as the third in the series after parts one and four but thankfully this isn’t nearly as bad as the second and third entries. There’s quite a few problems with this film from some bad performances to the awful CGI and the drawn out story but, again, I doubt fans of the series are going to mind this stuff too much.

The biggest problem I had with the film is that it’s simply way too drawn out for its own good. I say that because everything here is just building up to the final fifteen-minutes so everything earlier than that is just drawn out dialogue. There are countless scenes where people discuss things and it’s the same stuff over and over to the point where you’re wishing everyone would just drop dead. The dialogue isn’t the greatest anyways so having to listen to it wasn’t all that fun.

Movie Content: 8.5/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. I found the image to be much better looking in both ‘Breaking Dawn’ films over the previous films in the series. We do see the use of a muted color palette again here in ‘New Moon’ where whites and grays are very strong. Blacks are deep. Details are very well done in high definition on Blu-ray with facial details standing out very well. Also the details in the wolves fur stands out too. This is a very atmospheric film that makes you feel like you are a part of this fantasy world.
Video Quality: 9/10

The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. This is a huge improvement over the audio mix in ‘Breaking Dawn Parts 1 and 2’ as I found the audio to be well balanced throughout. The problem with the earlier films was that the mix was on the low end for the first half of the film. Dialogue through the center channel carried more of a punch sounding clearer. The depth that was lacking in the original was there with the dialogue. Sound effects come pouring into the soundfield provide a dynamic experience. I continue to reference to the first film on Blu-ray, but that one was much more front heavy of an experience. Things have changed here as the sound design did take advantage of the surrounds. Fans will not be upset in any way here with the audio.
Audio Quality: 9.5/5

Special Features

Breaking Dawn Part 1

  • Audio Commentary with Director Bill Condon
  • Love, Death, Birth: Filming The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 [HD]
  • Jacob’s Destiny [HD]
  • Bella and Edward’s Personal Wedding Video [HD]
  • Jump To… [HD]

Breaking Dawn Part 2

  • Audio Commentary with Director Bill Condon
  • Forever Filming The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn ~ Part 2 [HD]
  • Two Movies at Once [HD]
  • Music Video [HD]
  • Jump To… [HD]

Special Features: 7/10

Final Thoughts

Overall, despite the frustrating imaginary battle, it was the perfect conclusion to this so-so franchise. Everyone lives happily ever after.
Overall Rating: 8/10