DVD Review: Music and Video Performances from The Twilight Saga Soundtracks Volume 1

Music Videos and Performances from The Twilight Saga Eclipse Soundtracks Volume 1

Producers: Steve Devick, Paul Katz
MPAA Rating: PG
Running time: 100 min.

I promise you we’re working up to the main course but today is second appetizer day and on the menu, a look at the music of Twilight. Now don’t get super excited, I wish I could tell you that this is the greatest thing you’ll ever add to your growing number of Twigoodies but sadly, that’s not really the case.

Music and Video Performances from The Twilight Saga Soundtracks Volume 1 is exactly what it sounds like: a compilation of music videos from some of the performers on the various soundtracks to date. It’s not a bad compilation. On the contrary it’s a sort of “best of the best” of the soundtracks, itself a pretty impressive thing considering the great collection of artists featured on the soundtracks. What’s disappointing is that this feels like a missed opportunity.

Maybe I was wishing for too much but I hoped to get some insider info into the songs, why they were chosen, perhaps commentary from the artists on their experience with the franchise or heck, even commentary from the music supervisors on the films but nope, all we get is a playlist of music videos that could have been created on YouTube. At the very least, more of the songs should have been live performances – I vaguely remember mall tours with Paramore when Twilight was released. That would have been more interesting than a run-of-the-mill video. I will give them props for including a few live performances and those for some of my favourite bands; likely the result of lack of music videos – I don’t watch MTV but I’m pretty sure they’re not playing Bon Iver, Iron & Wine or Editors.

As under whelmed as I was by the DVD, I wasn’t disappointed in the music and I certainly enjoyed seeing some of the music videos, a few of which I’d never seen before. For the most part, this is the kind of thing you put on at a party to keep the TV busy for a few hours or good background music for your night of Twilight boardgames. I feel a slumber party coming on.

Maybe we’ll get a little extra for Volume 2.

Music and Video Performances from The Twilight Saga Soundtracks Volume 1 available on DVD from EOne in Canada and Summit Entertainment in the US on December 4th.

DVD Extras: Debussy’s “Claire de Lune: and Verdi’s “La Traviata.”

I’m actually a little bummed that they didn’t include the performer of either of these pieces. “Claire de Lune” is performed on the harp, a version I’ve never heard before, and it’s gorgeous.

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Shannon the Movie Mo

Zomg, I had polar opposite reaction – I actually loved this compilation and know I'll watch/listen to it over and over. Maybe I'm too lazy to go find all the vids and such, but it was nice to have them all together.

It would have been an awesome extra to have insights on why the songs were chosen, we can always hope for Vol 2!