New Moon DVD Details

This just in from Summit Entertainment. It confirms the release date as it appeared on Amazon.com and Blockbuster that appeared earlier this week. We believe that different editions of the DVD as put out by Borders and other companies will have more features on top of the basics listed here.


The Sequel to the #1 selling DVD of 2009 arrives on a Two-Disc Special Edition DVD and Special Edition Blu-Ray Featuring a Six-Part Behind the Scenes Documentary, Music Videos and More

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON

Available March 20, 2010

Los Angeles, California, January 15, 2010— One of the most talked about films of 2009, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, will be released on a Two-Disc Special Edition DVD and Special Edition Blu-ray on March 20, 2010 – a Saturday street date that will allow for fans across the nation to celebrate at retailer’s midnight release parties before taking home the film at 12:01 a.m.

Already a worldwide literary phenomenon, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, a post modern Romeo and Juliet story filled with action, suspense and the supernatural, took in an estimated $300 million domestic at the theatrical box office and had the third largest opening weekend box office in movie history at $142 million.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon Two-Disc Special Edition DVD has a suggested retail price of $32.99, while the Special Edition Blu-ray is set at $34.99. Both are packed with bonus features that are sure to please even the most-hard core fans, including a revealing Audio Commentary with Director Chris Weitz and editor Peter Lambert; a riveting 6-part documentary that takes you behind the scenes; exclusive band rehearsal footage with Muse; and music videos from Death Cab for Cutie, Anya Marina and Mute Math.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen and Anna Kendrick. Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone and Kellan Lutz return to their roles in the Cullen family.

SYNOPSIS

In the second chapter of Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling Twilight series, the romance between mortal Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) grows more intense as ancient secrets threaten to destroy them. When Edward leaves in order to keep Bella safe, she tests fate in increasingly reckless ways in order to glimpse her love once more. But when she’s saved from the brink by her friend, Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner), Bella will uncover mysteries of the supernatural world that will put her in more peril than ever before.

SPECIAL FEATURES

· Audio Commentary by director Chris Weitz and editor Peter Lambert

· Six-Part Documentary takes you behind the scenes of the film

· Rehearsal Footage with Muse, who is featured on the hit soundtrack

· Three Music Videos from Death Cab for Cutie, Anya Marina and Mute Math

· And more!

Street Date: March 20, 2010

Order Due Date: January 19, 2010

Pre-sell Date: January 26, 2010

Feature Run Time: 130 minutes

MPAA Rating (USA): PG-13

Genre: Vampire/Romance

DVD SRP: $32.99

DVD Cat # / UPC: 66113353 / 025192058158

Blu-Ray SRP: $34.99

Blu-Ray Cat # / UPC: 66113354 / 025192058165

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1; English Dolby Surround 2.0; Español Dolby Digital 5.1

Blu-Ray Audio: English DTS -HD Master Audio / English Dolby Surround 2.0 / Español Dolby Digital 5

DVD/BD Subtitles: English SDH & Español Subtitles

DVD/BD Aspect Ratio: 16×9 (2:40) Letterbox

What Does Twilight Mean For an Indie Studio?

Summit Entertainment isn’t Warner Brothers, New Line, Disney or an other mega-conglomerate movie studio. It’s got it’s good an bad side. Good side is (like Chris Weitz mentioned) the studio really knows the material and wants it to be true to source. They aren’t churning out a zillion projects a year where quality is lost to quantity. On the other hand, small studio means less people all doing triple duty on everything from PR to rights acquisition. There’s no one to fall back on in the crunch time. So what does having a blockbuster like the Twilight Saga mean for Summit? The LA Times explores the issues of indie success.

“Summit’s runaway success with “Twilight” is a very big deal, since — like ‘em or not — franchises provide the building blocks for the modern movie business. With them, a studio has the money in the bank (as well as the blockbuster in the can) to help survive a lean year or a couple of costly flops. You never see any of the top execs at Warners crawling out on a high ledge, preparing to jump when the studio is pulverized by a disaster like “Poseidon” or “Speed Racer” or “Body of Lies.” That’s because Warners always has another “Harry Potter” or “Batman” saga sitting on the pad, preparing to launch into the box-office stratosphere. Ditto for Sony with “Spider-Man,” Paramount with “Star Trek” or Disney with “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

See more in the LA Times.

See Twilight Before New Moon

This just in from Summit:

“Responding to the fans of THE TWILIGHT SAGA, Summit Entertainment announced today that it will re-release TWILIGHT, the first film in the franchise, at select theatres nationwide on November 19th, a day before the highly anticipated release of the movie’s sequel, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON.  Despite the first film already being on DVD, fans across the nation have been calling out to see the film once again on the big screen and the studio is honoring their request.

Summit is working with exhibitors to screen TWILIGHT one night only with screenings in the evening just before THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON arrives in theatres.  Select theatres will offer tickets at a reduced price.”

Eclipse Title Treatment Revealed

The Official Summit Twilight movie Twitter just released this photo and tweeted, “Just for our Twithards! We still have something special in store for 200K, tho! Eclipse title treatment!” Originally we were supposed to get this when they hit 200,000 followers on Twitter. They are roughly 80,000 shy of that mark. Wonder what we’ll get when it hits 200K?

Rachelle LeFevere Update 7/31

Just keeping everyone updated here, and that’s to say in the last 24 hours there has been no further comment from either Rachelle or Summit. Conspiracy theories abound on all angles.  Hard to know which have merit and which don’t.

As far as we can tell, Marc Malken on E! has a pretty good statement here as to where this is in all probability going:

“Rachelle Lefevre and Summit Entertainment’s fangs are retracting a little bit today—at least in public, that is.

I’m told the actress formerly known as Twilight’s Victoria isn’t planning on releasing any more statements like the one she sent me yesterday. Same for Summit—the corporate lips are sealed.

Why? Because now the bloody mess is apparently being hashed out by lawyers.”

In as much as neither side has issued anything in the last 24 hours, this thing, as we said in our position statement, is all going to boil down to what was in a contract and subsequent verbal/written agreements. In other words, bring in the lawyers. Now that doesn’t mean a court date, we are surmising phone calls, meetings, etc. which will probably result in some settlement with a nondisclosure clause. That tends to be how disputes like this go down.

Could it go to some sort of public trial if they don’t reach an agreement? Technically yes, but we would doubt it would come to that. In our opinion, it just wouldn’t make sense on at least two levels: 1) time 2) money. So, we would anticipate that the two parties will hash it out behind closed doors.

So what do we think will happen short term? Probably not a lot of communication on this specifically from either end. Again we are making an assumption here based on the facts as presented by each side in their respective public statements, but it would seem logical to us that if  there are legal teams involved, the first piece of advice any lawyer gives their client is “keep your mouth shut”.  The only thing that we feel safe in saying for sure here, is that the respective legal teams will be earning their keep.

Statement From Summit 7/29/09:regarding Rachelle

We just received the following statement from Summit Entertainment:

We at Summit Entertainment are disappointed by Rachelle Lefevre’s recent comments which attempt to make her career choices the fault of the Studio.  Her decision to discuss her version of the scheduling challenges publicly has forced the Studio to set the record straight and correct the facts.

Ms. Lefevre’s representatives were advised as early as April that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE was expected to start shooting in early August.

If Ms. Lefevre was, as she describes “passionate,” about being part of THE TWILIGHT SAGA, we feel that she and her representatives would have included us in her decision to work on another film that would conflict with the shooting schedule of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE.

It was not until July 20th that Summit was first informed of Ms. Lefevre’s commitment to BARNEY’S VERSION, a commitment we have since been advised she accepted in early June.  Summit had acted in good faith that she would be available to fulfill her obligations both in terms of rehearsals and shooting availability for THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE. We feel that her choice to withhold her scheduling conflict information from us can be viewed as a lack of cooperative spirit which affected the entire production.

Furthermore Ms. Lefevre took a role in the other film that places her in Europe during the required rehearsal time, and at least ten days of THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE’s principal photography.  This period is essential for both rehearsal time with the cast, and for filming at key locations that are only available during the initial part of production.

Contrary to Ms. Lefevre’s statement, it is simply untrue that the Studio dismissed her over a ten day overlap.  It is not about a ten day overlap, but instead about the fact that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE is an ensemble production that has to accommodate the schedules of numerous actors while respecting the established creative vision of the filmmaker and most importantly the story.

The fact remains that Ms. Lefevre’s commitment to the other project – which she chose to withhold from Summit until the last possible moment – makes her unfortunately unavailable to perform the role of Victoria in THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE.

Open Casting Call For Eclipse

Summit has announced that they will be having an open casting call for the roles of Leah and Seth Clearwater in Eclipse. This is a legit announcement, direct from Summit not a scam. It should also be noted that it’s not a contest, but what is known in the industry as an “open casting call” so professionalism (meaning doing a legit audition and following instructions to the letter) counts!

NOTE THE FINE PRINT: “Submissions must be received by June 30th. You must be a legal resident of the U.S. or Canada and fourteen (14) years of age or older to submit an audition. Please stick to the script provided and do not post your audition video to any other site.”…In other words don’t put it up on YouTube or you automatically disqualify yourself.

All the details can be found here.

New Official Twilight Website

Summit has just revealed the new Twilight Saga movie website.

You can see the new site here which is promising a lot of new content, but you can currently download the newly released art.

Don’t worry, if you miss the old site, it’s all been moved to the Twilight DVD link

Summit Looks Beyond Twilight

Variety has a sit down  with Summit executives and talked to them about their current success and future plans for their company.  Summit, once a barely noticeable company, scored big this year with both Twilight and the Nicholas Cage movie, Knowing.

“When ‘Twilight’ broke out, we got a lot of vampire scripts,” Friedman says, “But ‘Knowing’ has really confirmed that we’re doing a broad range of projects and that we’re not a genre company.”

Read the rest on Variety.

Robert Pattinson and Summit Team Up Again

According to Screen Daily, Robert Pattinson has signed on board with another Summit project that is slated to be shot in New York City just prior to Eclispe.

“Summit Entertainment is presenting four new titles to buyers at Cannes this year including two new Summit productions – a romantic drama starring Twilight sensation Robert Pattinson and a generational love story set in Italy starring Amanda Seyfried.”

The Pattinson Anonymous site has some additional insight into the script. Check out their report here.