DirecTV Offers ‘New Moon’ Exclusives9 Mar, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Satellite operator DirecTV March 9 said it would offer special bonus material with the March 20 midnight release of The Twilight Saga: New Moon not available with the film’s cable release.
Heretofore a staple of packaged media, special features and bonus material are rarely, if ever, included in cable video-on-demand or pay-per-view releases.
The postmodern, vampire-themed Romeo and Juliet story from Summit Entertainment, which generated about $300 million at the domestic box office and had the third-largest opening weekend (at the time) at $142 million, is expected to be one of the biggest DVD/Blu-ray Disc releases in 2010.
El Segundo, Calif.-based DirecTV, with more than 18 million subscribers, said customers of the pay-per-view releases, at $5.99 for 1080p high-definition and $4.99 for standard definition, will have free access to two special features.
“The Subtle Details” offers viewers a behind-the-scenes look at New Moon’s production design, costuming and related material. Customers will also receive “Chris Weitz Takes the Helm,” a feature that documents the transition from Catherine Hardwicke, director of Twilight, to New Moon director Chris Weitz, and his vision of the future of the series.
The satellite operator is also making available (for $5.99 and $4.99) documentary Twilight in Forks, which explores the Pacific Northwest town that serves as the setting for the hit franchise. Summit releases the doc separately on DVD March 20.
The New Moon DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases include a six-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.