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Blu-ray Review: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2 Extended Editions
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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1 & 2 Blu-ray review

Breaking Dawn Part 1 & 2
Blu-ray
Directed by Bill Condon
Written by Melissa Rosenberg
Based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer
Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, Gil Birmingham, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Sarah Clarke, Booboo Stewart, Alex Rice, Kiowa Gordon, Tyson Houseman, Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Julia Jones, Alex Meraz, Justin Chon, Michael Welch, Anna Kendrick, Christian Serratos, Maggie Grace, Mackenzie Foy
Lionsgate Films / Summit Entertainment
Rated PG-13
117 minutes
Release Date: October 23, 2018

Breaking Dawn was the final book in the Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Saga series, and it was so full, it had to be broken into 2 movies. Parts 1 and 2 revolve around the marriage, pregnancy, birth, and childhood of Edward and Bella’s (Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart) little family, which now include Reneesmee and Jacob (Mackenzie Foy,Taylor Lautner).

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Blu-ray Review: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Extended Edition
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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Blu-ray review

Eclipse
Blu-ray | DVD
Directed by David Slade
Written by Melissa Rosenberg
Based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer
Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, Gil Birmingham, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning, Xavier Samuel, Sarah Clarke, Bryce Dallas Howard, Kiowa Gordon, Tyson Houseman, Tinsel Korey, Bronson Pelletier, Julia Jones, Justin Chon, Michael Welch, Anna Kendrick, Christian Serratos
Lionsgate Films / Summit Entertainment
Rated PG-13
130 minutes
Release Date: October 23, 2018

Eclipse, the third film in The Twilight Saga franchise, starts off in dark and rainy Seattle, where a young college student from Forks, Riley Biers (Xavier Samuel), is being chased and hunted by something. Turns out, it is Victoria (Bryce Dallas Howard), who turns him so he can build her a vampire army. She still wants revenge on Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) for killing her boyfriend James in the first movie, by killing his love Bella (Kristen Stewart).

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Blu-ray Review: The Twilight Saga: New Moon Extended Edition
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The Twilight Saga: New Moon Extended Edition Blu-ray review

New Moon
Blu-ray | DVD
Directed by Chris Weitz
Written by Melissa Rosenberg
Based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer
Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, Gil Birmingham, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Rachelle Lefevre, Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning, Jamie Campbell Bower, Charlie Bewley, Christopher Heyerdahl, Chaske Spencer, Chaske Spencer, Daniel Cudmore, Justin Chon, Michael Welch, Anna Kendrick, Christian Serratos
Lionsgate Films / Summit Entertainment
Rated PG-13
130 minutes
Release Date: October 23, 2018

The opening dream scene in the meadow gets me every time as Bella sees herself as old with Edward. I think it is a beautiful concept as Bella (Kristen Stewart) worries about aging while her true vampire love Edward (Robert Pattinson) stays forever young at seventeen, and will not turn her. It’s Bella’s birthday, and as much as she “doth” protests, everyone reminds her of the celebrating. She really doesn’t get Edward’s attitude, until her disastrous birthday party at the Cullens where she almost becomes dessert that Carlisle (Peter Facinelli) explains it all to her.

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Blu-ray Review: Twilight 4K Ultra HD (Extended Edition)
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Twilight 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review

Twilight
4K Ultra HD | Blu-ray | DVD
Directed by Catherine Hardwicke
Written by Melissa Rosenberg
Based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer
Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Billy Burke, Gil Birmingham, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Rachelle Lefevre, Cam Gigandet, Justin Chon, Michael Welch, Anna Kendrick, Christian Serratos
Lionsgate Home Entertainment | Summit Entertainment
PG-13 | 122 minutes
Release Date: October 23, 2018

Catherine Hardwicke‘s Twilight started the craze in 2008 with teens everywhere taking sides as either Team Edward or Team Jacob. Based on the books by Stephenie Meyer, young Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) was the envy of every girl, to have the heart of sparkly vampire, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and abs-olutely hunky Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner).

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TV Review: Supergirl 1.8 “Hostile Takeover”
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Supergirl
Episode 1.8 “Hostile Takeover”
Directed by Karen Gaviola
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Caitlin Parrish
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Ali Adler
Starring Melissa Benoist, Calista Flockhart, Chyler Leigh, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood, Jeremy Jordan, Helen Slater, Dean Cain, Peter Facinelli, Chris Vance, Jenna Dewan Tatum
CBS
Air date: Monday, December 14th, 2015, 8:00pm ET

Last week on Supergirl, Kara (Melissa Benoist) lost her powers for 48 hours to recharge, leaving National City vulnerable during an earthquake. Cat (Calista Flockhart) gets a feed up and gives the city the Rocky speech, in response to Maxwell Lord’s (Peter Facinelli) dismissal of her. Alex and Hank (Chyler Leigh and David Harewood) get trapped with an escaped alien, and Alex confronts him about her dad. Turns out, her dad saved this alien, J’onn J’onzz, from the real crazy Hank, sacrificing himself while doing so.

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TV Review: Supergirl 1.6 “Red Faced”
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Supergirl
Episode 1.6 “Red Faced”
Directed by Jesse Warn
Written by Michael Grassi, Rachel Shukert
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Ali Adler
Starring Melissa Benoist, Calista Flockhart, Chyler Leigh, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood, Jeremy Jordan, Helen Slater, Dean Cain, Peter Facinelli, Chris Vance, Jenna Dewan Tatum
CBS
Air date: Monday, November 30th, 2015, 8:00pm ET

Last week on Supergirl, Kara (Melissa Benoist) took on more than she could chew, babysitting for Cat’s (Calista Flockhart) son, while also saving the day as Supergirl. The boy is really shy. has a crush on Supergirl, and gets caught up in the train bomb scare. Lucy Lane (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) asks Kara for James (Mechad Brooks) advice. The big bad of the episode were 2 bombs – one at Maxwell Lord’s (Peter Facinelli) train launch, and the other at an airport. Kara chooses the train because of Cat’s son, and sends the DEO to the airport. James also runs to the airport because that’s where Lucy went. Maxwell Lord seems to be behind some of the nefariousness.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Supergirl 1.5 “How Does She Do It?”
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Supergirl
Episode 1.5 “How Does She Do It?”
Directed by Thor Freudenthal
Written by Yahlin Chang, Ted Sullivan
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Ali Adler
Starring Melissa Benoist, Calista Flockhart, Chyler Leigh, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood, Jeremy Jordan, Helen Slater, Dean Cain, Peter Facinelli, Chris Vance
CBS
Air date: Monday, November 23rd, 2015, 8:00pm ET

Last week’s Supergirl was switched with this week’s, in light of the Paris attacks, which was considerate. However, it gave us a few spoilers, but not any horribly crucial ones. The main one is that James Olsen and Lucy Lane (Mechad Brooks and Jenna Dewan-Tatum) were already back together in this episode, to the disappointment of Kara (Melissa Benoist) and James. So “Livewire” focused on one of Cat’s (Calista Flockhart) disgruntled employess, who got demoted to weather duty, and then struck by lightning via a Supergirl conduit. It was also the Thanksgiving episode which found foster mom Helen Slater (I don’t know why emphasizing foster mom bothered me), Alex (Chyler Leigh), Kara, and Winn (Jeremy Jordan) at a tense family dinner. It ends up okay though, with the exception of the reveal that Hank Henshaw (David Harewood) was involved in Alex’s dad’s disappearance.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Supergirl 1.4 “Livewire”
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First Look: Melissa Benoist as Supergirl

Supergirl
Episode 1.4 “Livewire”
Directed by Kevin Tancharoen
Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Caitlin Parrish
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Ali Adler
Starring Melissa Benoist, Calista Flockhart, Chyler Leigh, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood, Jeremy Jordan, Helen Slater, Dean Cain, Peter Facinelli, Chris Vance
CBS
Air date: Monday, November 16th, 2015, 8:00pm ET

Last week on Supergirl, we were formerly introduced to Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli), a rich genius. I can’t tell if he is a good guy or a bad one. He gets kidnapped by Reactron, Superman’s foe, who comes after Kara (Melissa Benoist) after her exclusive interview with Cat (Calista Flockhart). Kara gets in over her head, and has to be saved by her cousin, thanks to James (Mechad Brooks) calling for help. Cat throws a magazine launch party that gets crashed by Reactron, of course. But Supergirl saves the day, wih some help from Hank Henshaw (David Harewood) and the DEO. James’s ex, Lucy Lane (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) comes to work for CatCo.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Supergirl 1.3 “Fight Or Flight”
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Supergirl
Episode 1.3 “Fight Or Flight”
Directed by Dermott Downs
Written by Michael Grassi, Rachel Shukert
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Ali Adler
Starring Melissa Benoist, Calista Flockhart, Chyler Leigh, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood, Jeremy Jordan, Helen Slater, Dean Cain, Peter Facinelli, Chris Vance
CBS
Air date: Monday, November 9th, 2015, 8:00pm ET

Last week on Supergirl, Kara (Melissa Benoist) learned a lesson and taught a lesson. Her sister Alex (Chyler Leigh) taught her that she needs to learn to fight if she was going to fight people stronger than she was. She had to be smarter about it. She demonstrated this using Kryptonite. Cat (Calista Flockhart) threatened James’s (Mehcad Brooks) job if he did not get her an exclusive interview with Supergirl. Cat dispenses some good advice to Kara. And Kara, in turn, helps James figure out that he can be his own man, and that they were all “stronger together.” Winn (Jeremy Jordan) and James find out that the other knows. Kara’s Aunt Astra (Laura Benanti) tries to get her niece to join her, but is prepared to destroy her if necessary of she gets in her way. Alex gives Kara the gift of her own “Fortress of Solitude.” And Hank Henshaw (David Harewood) has evil red eyes.

Spoilers below.

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TV Review: Supergirl 1.2 “Stronger Together”
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Supergirl
Episode 1.2 “Stronger Together”
Directed by Glen Winter
Written by Andrew Kreisberg, Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti
Created by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Ali Adler
Starring Melissa Benoist, Calista Flockhart, Chyler Leigh, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood, Jeremy Jordan, Helen Slater, Dean Cain, Peter Facinelli, Chris Vance
CBS
Air date: Monday, November 2nd, 2015, 8:00pm ET

Last week on Supergirl, we got a faster-than-a-speeding-bullet backstory, which included Superman’s older cousin Kara Zor-El (Melissa Benoist), sent to Earth to protect him. On that journey, she got lost in The Phantom Zone. Now the younger cousin, HE helps her. She is adopted into a family including parents (Dean Cain and Helen Slater), and older sister Alex (Chyler Leigh). Kara works as an assistant to Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) who runs CatCo, a media giant. James Olsen (Mechad Brooks) is sent by Superman to watch out for Kara, and she outs herself to her friend, Winn (Jeremy Jordan), who makes her costume. Kara decides to give in to her legacy, after saving a doomed plane that her sister was on, and liking that heroic feeling. She discovers her sister is part of a covert government team, the DEO, who is tracking the criminals that escaped from The Phantom Zone along with Kara. The criminals all want revenge on their jailor’s daughter.

Spoilers below.

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