Stephenie Meyer’s tale of teenaged vampire lust and love turns 10 this year, so to celebrate it’s just arrived on 4K Ultra HD. Ah, but is it fangtastic, or does it twi too hard?
The story: Bella Swan leaves the desert of Arizona for the rain of Washington, and time staying with her father. A bit of an alternative chick, she fits in well at her new school, makes friends quickly and falls in love with a vampire. OK, so it isn’t exactly your typical teen angst flick as, let’s face it, if you fell in with somebody of the blood-swigging persuasion who hasn’t aged for some 90 years or so then you’d probably tend towards the angsty side too. Anyway, can Bella and her pale beau Edward make things work, or will their whole relationship thing just suck? Hint: There were three more Twilight flicks after this one…
“You don’t know how long I’ve waited for you.”
The 4K disc: While shot on film originally, the cinematic master for Twilight was made at 2K, and as that’s what we appear to get here then this is an upscaled presentation. Film grain is ever-present, but doesn’t prove too distracting, especially once the story sinks its fangs into you. Dolby Vision (or HDR if that’s your poison) works its magic quite subtly, in what is generally a quite dark movie – after all, we can’t have those vamps gallivanting around in the sun, or they’ll go all sparkle-arkle-arkly. Despite this fairly ever-present darkness, detail is usually quite pleasing for such a release.
No expense has been spared in the audio department, with a new Dolby Atmos mix created for this anniversary release. While the movie generally isn’t the most aurally wowing experience, the height channels are used to good effect on occasion, most notably during a storm later on in proceedings. The selection of popular music that runs throughout also sounds great, without overwhelming the dialogue.
Most 4K people are used to getting little to no extras on actual 4K discs, and having to resort to standard Blu-rays for their bonus bits fix. So, the collection here comes as a massive treat. There are several featurettes, including a new 10-minute affair with Jasper (Jackson Rathbone) and director Catherine Hardwicke pottering around Portland. There’s also a music video, several interviews, red carpet footage and a ~36-minute book club reading with Stephenie Meyer.
Release date: December 5, 2018
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Anna Kendrick
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.