Lionsgate gives ‘Twilight’ extra life on DVD

Extended edition of 'Breaking Dawn - Part 1' bows in March

Lionsgate is looking to keep the “Twilight” franchise alive, announcing plans for an extended DVD edition of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1” with eight minutes of never-before-seen footage.

The extended edition debuts on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download on March 2 from Summit Entertainment. The scenes added back into the film by director Bill Condon and included his optional audio commentary.

“As ‘Twilight’ series devotees know, there was a lot of ground to cover in adapting ‘Breaking Dawn’ to the screen,” said Condon. “Between the wedding, the honeymoon, the birth, and everything in between, naturally there were things that didn’t make it into our final cut. But I wanted to make sure that for all the Twihards out there, there was a chance to see some of these cut scenes – several of which are fan favorites from the book.”

Lionsgate has not disclosed sales numbers on the “Breaking Dawn — Part 1” DVD, which was released in February — a month after Lionsgate acquired Summit.

Lionsgate noted that Twilight has been the the top-selling home entertainment franchise since 2008. “Breaking Dawn – Part 1” took in over $700 million at the worldwide box office; “Breaking Dawn — Part 2” has topped $800 million worldwide.

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