Well this solidifies the extreme popularity of The Twilight Saga! Check out the press release from Summit Entertainment detailing that 4 million copies of the New Moon DVD have already sold:
Summit Entertainment’s Co-Chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger stated, “Once again the incredibly dedicated fans of the TWILIGHT SAGA came out in massive numbers this weekend for the opportunity to be one of the first take home the second movie in the series. As we have said all along, the fans are what make this franchise and we once again thank them for their support.”
“The support that we have received from our retail partners in accommodating the incredible demand for the title has been nothing short of amazing,” said Steve Nickerson, Summit’s President of Home Entertainment. “The ground we have broken with in-store partnerships and the availability of this title has been a positive influence on the retail DVD business.”
Clip 1: As any good Twilighter knows, some major changes occurred between the first two films. Most significant was the fact that principal shooting was moved from Portland to Vancouver, meaning that many of the real locations utilized by Catherine Hardwicke would need to be duplicated. In this clip, the folks behind the production talk about some of the bigger challenges on the sequel — including rebuilding Bella’s home with a new window for Jacob, and using the film’s increased budget to give the stars a more substantial, adult wardrobe.
Clip 2: “Hey, guys, it’s Taylor Lautner. We are in the rainy cold of the Pacific Northwest, and it is the first day of filming on ‘New Moon,’ ” the boy/man known as Taycob explains at the beginning of this clip, which explains the development of Bella and Jacob’s relationship. “Really, it’s Jacob putting her back together in some way,” director Chris Weitz explains of their dynamic in the middle of the film, as Bella deals with Edward’s absence by growing closer to the teen wolf. “And yet, the sad thing about it is that even when Jacob is helping Bella pick up the pieces as it were, it’s so that she can go off and see her vampire ex.”
Clip 3: Adrenaline-pumped Taylor Lautner puts his fears aside as he’s shooting this action-packed transformation scene, a pivotal moment in the “New Moon” story line. “Bella and Jacob are running towards each other — Bella thinks Jacob is going to grab her and wrap her up in his arms and Jacob [goes] right over top of her,” Taylor tells us as he’s all harnessed up. “I get jolted up in the air 10 feet; it’s kind of dangerous.” The clip gives fans a cool peek at the behind-the-scenes techniques used to get the stunt just right (check out the cardboard wolf standee in the middle of the field). “In the moment, I’m not thinking about the danger involved,” Lautner explained in the footage. “Because I have so much adrenaline going.”
Fans can pre-order The Twilight Saga: New Moon Ultimate Fan Edition on DVD or Blu-ray, as well as the national two-disc Special Edition DVD or Special Edition Blu-ray, today at Walmart.com. With the new movie and 50 minutes of extra footage and interviews, The Twilight Saga: New Moon Ultimate Fan Edition also contains an exclusive, 7-minute sneak peek of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. It begins with an exciting behind-the-scenes look at the production of the newest film. New interviews with stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, as well as with series-creator Stephenie Meyer, are integrated with revealing on-the-set footage of some of the key scenes and sets from the upcoming movie. This first-look at The Twilight Saga: Eclipse concludes with the world premiere of an actual scene from the upcoming film.
With the movie release scheduled for March 20, 12:01 am, fans can be among the first to own the DVD, joining friends nationwide at midnight release events in more than 2,600 24-hour Walmart stores. The midnight release last year of the first Twilight movie brought hundreds of thousands of fans together online and in stores, becoming the most pre-ordered movie and most successful DVD movie release event in Walmart history.
What other types of thing will Walmart be selling to quench your New Moon thirst?
♦ Among the items in Walmart Twilight Saga Shop are:
♦ Twilight Saga themed messenger bags ($12) and totes ($9)
♦ Twilight Saga books, including “The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Official Illustrated Companion Book” – ($13.24)and “Life Story” magazine
cover issue featuring Twilight ($8.95)
♦ The Twilight Saga New Moon Ultimate Fan Poster – exclusive DVD
cover art ($5)
♦ Party snacks and beverages to prepare for DVD viewing parties
♦ New Moon Special Edition Two-Disc DVD and Blu-ray – available
12:01 am, Mar. 20)
The Twilight Saga: New Moon Ultimate Fan Edition Two-Disc DVD
($24.96) and Blu-ray ($29.96) and The Twilight Saga: New Moon Ultimate Fan Edition with Forks documentary DVD ($29.96) – all available 12:01am, Mar. 20
Customers can also find items such as character dolls Bella, Edward and
Jacob ($24.88), movie soundtracks, as well as New Moon The Movie Board Game and SCENE IT? Twilight Movie Edition THE DVD GAME at select stores. Walmart will host its dedicated Twilight Saga Shops in its 3,500 stores through mid-April, and continue to carry Twilight merchandise through the year, although some items are for a limited period only.
As excitement builds for this upcoming DVD release, Walmart will announce additional special events and activities for fans in the coming weeks.