5 Burning Questions with David Slade about the Eclipse DVD

Entertainment Weekly has a new interview with the director of Eclipse in which they ask him 5 burning questions about the Eclipse DVD.

1. Why doesn’t he do a commentary track? Slade is obviously well-represented in the feature-length making-of documentary and introduces and provides context for deleted and extended scenes, but he’s not on either of the two commentary tracks over the movie — he leaves those to Stephenie Meyer and producer Wyck Godfrey, and Stewart and Robert Pattinson (she’s in Montreal, jealous that he’s in L.A. eating In-N-Out). “It’s a choice I made after doing my first ever and last ever commentary on my first film Hard Candy,” he says. “I did a commentary for that and found it such an unsatisfactory experience, personally, that I vowed never to do it again, because I’m not very good at it. You work for a year-and-a-half, two years, however long it is on a film, and it’s a very personal experience as well as a very public experience. There’s so much catharsis that goes into it, and then you end up sitting in a little room and you reduce what was an intense amount of work down to a crappy, silly little anecdote usually. ‘It was raining that day.’ [Laughs] I just found it to be really disheartening, and, like I say, I’m not really good at it. I didn’t do one for my second film [30 Days of Night] either.”

3. Why don’t we see all the deleted scenes described in the commentaries on the DVD? Stewart describes the first thing she shot on the movie — a “fairly ridiculous” sequence in which she imagined herself in the fireside flashback as the Quileute elder chief’s third wife, who stabbed and sacrificed herself to distract the vengeful female vampire attacking the village. Meyer and Godfrey describe people laughing when they saw it. Understandable that they would choose not to include it. Ditto the scene Bella imagined after her kiss with Jacob on the mountain. She saw them having grown old together. “There were a lot of issues with prosthetic makeup,” Slade says with a groan, then a laugh. “It gives me a bit of a shiver, as a filmmaker. As an idea, it was wonderful. What happens with a film is it becomes organic and it grows, and it tells you what it wants, and it was screaming loudly, ‘I don’t want that!’ to me.” Another scene described in the commentaries never actually got shot. “Stephenie really wanted to see Edward as a young man again, and we had this vision scripted for a while where Bella and he are together in Victorian times, as a kind of reverie,” Slade says.

5. Why don’t we get a blooper reel on the DVD? Kristen and Rob talk about how people fell a lot on the fake snow. That, for instance, we would have liked to have seen. “We had a blooper reel, but I think people were pretty potty-mouthed,” Slade says. “I think you can put that down to bad language.”

To read the rest go to EW.


Now we know why they didn't have the vision Bella has with the *gag* Jacob kiss.

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Comment by Bella Black+LHJake on December 1, 2010 at 11:00pm
@Pennybug, would ya please quit with the "*gag*" comment every time you mention the Jacob kiss? That kiss is just as important and wonderful to some of us as fans of the (dare I *gag*?) Edward kisses. ;D
Comment by TwilightAddict05 on December 1, 2010 at 11:38pm
agreed Bella Black :)
Comment by cheryl hallsworth on December 2, 2010 at 1:38am
this man RUINED Eclipse, i vow to never watch a movie he makes again... not that his first two werent terrible anyway..i'll never get over it:@:@
Comment by Eclipse on December 2, 2010 at 4:26am
Geez..i wouldn't mind seeing the "potty-mouth" bloopers - at least post them on youtube!
Comment by ß.Gomez on December 2, 2010 at 6:28am
@cheryl hallsworth, I absolitly agree with you!!I loved eclipse because it had more Edward than new moon, but on another level, i disliked the "dark" vibe I got from the movie. And David Slade left out such important parts, like the vision Bella has with her and Jake. Im mean come on your making such a big budget movie you can get good makeup. And he left out Bella and Alice talking about the wedding, that was such an important part leading up to Breaking Dawn.
Comment by Mrs. Fire/Ice on December 2, 2010 at 8:08am
They need to make the movies longer than just 2 hours. Like Harry Potter ...make them 2 1/2 hours long!!
Comment by Bella Black+LHJake on December 2, 2010 at 11:03am
Part of the prob, IMO, was the misuse of the handheld camera -- waaay too jumpy. It was a big distraction in several scenes.

Also, why did they decide to end the movie without it matching with the end of the book? The movie left Jacob lying in bed recovering from his injuries rather than phasing into wolf and running off in heartbreak -- that would have been a terrific cliffhanger and would have followed Stephenie Meyer's storyline. It was a shock when that didn't happen in the movie. Summit: FAIL!
Comment by Sabrina Liao on December 2, 2010 at 8:36pm
The Bella and Jacob kiss makes me GAG not just because I am Team Edward, but it fails to show the emotional importance of Bella's addmition to her true feelings to Jacob, and then the heartbreaking realization that it would never be enough, if she can't be with Edward. So the whole time I was sitting there and thinking: For someone who's never read the books, s/he must think this Bella chick is a two-timing b****! So, yes. David Slade has pretty much ruined Eclipse. He did even come close to grasp what the story's all about. And so sorry to Team Jacob, but the kissing scene just SUCKS without Bella's vision!
Comment by Pennybug Cullen on December 2, 2010 at 9:44pm
Just because the Jacob kiss is important to the story doesn't mean I have to like it.


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