The highly-anticipated DVD release of Twilight is almost here, and as Twilight fans count down to the March 21 release, two retailers have announced special DVD parties for the fans. Take a look below at the full press releases below for official details on release parties for the retailers Borders and Blockbuster, both of which will take place on Friday, March 20.
Twilight fans are invited to Borders stores nationwide March 20 as the retailer rolls out the red carpet beginning at 10 p.m. to host special Twilight DVD release parties featuring the "Borders Twilight Movie Awards," created in collaboration with Summit Entertainment, the film's producers. The movie's biggest fans will select the winners of the "Borders Twilight Movie Awards" at each Borders store in 10 categories, such as "Best Bella-Edward Moment," "Best Vampire" and "Best OME (Oh My Edward) Moment." To cast their votes, fans simply download a ballot at http"//www.bordersmedia.com/twilight|BordersMedia.com/Twilight, complete it and bring it with them to the midnight release party. Award category winners will be announced at the end of the evening, but not before fans can view a specially created DVD from Summit Entertainment featuring an exclusive videotaped message from the Twilight cast welcoming everyone to their local "Borders Twilight Movie Awards" ceremony. All movie ballots collected will be entered into a "Moments of Twilight Raffle," sponsored by Summit Entertainment.
In addition to the "Borders Twilight Movie Awards," fans will have a great time enjoying a host of activities designed specifically for die-hard Twilight followers:
Vampire Baseball-themed Twilight Trivia Sponsored by Twilight Lexicon -- Fans won't need a bat, ball or superhuman strength to participate in this event. Two teams will go head-to-head in nine innings of mind-twisting Twilight trivia. In the bonus "Grand Slam Lightning Round," fans can really show their Twilight prowess when they answer trivia questions supplied by Twilight Lexicon. At the end of the game, one MVP -- "Most Vampiric Player" -- will be selected from each team.
Twilight Scavenger Hunt -- Twilighters should come prepared to scour their Borders store for Twilight-themed clues. A passion for winning and an extensive knowledge of all things Twilight are requirements for this "vampirific" activity that is sure to get the adrenaline pumping.
"Moments of Twilight Raffle" Drawing Sponsored by Summit Entertainment -- Just before the Twilight DVD officially goes on sale, Borders will draw 10 winning ballots from all who entered locally and present each person who submitted the ballot with an exclusive photo card provided by Summit Entertainment. Each photo card, direct from the Borders exclusive Twilight DVD, features an iconic image of the Twilight cast from the movie. Raffle winners will be encouraged to share their favorite Twilight movie moment with the crowd of fans gathered at the store.
Leaders of the Most Popular Fan Sites to Celebrate at Borders
The superfans behind the top fan sites - Web sites like Twilight Lexicon, Twilight Series Theories and TwilightLive - recognize that Borders stores will be the places to be on Friday night, March 20, as they count down the final minutes until the DVD goes on sale. On the big night, only Borders will host five of the nation's leading fan sites as they help us celebrate the release of Twilight on DVD. Webmasters of the following sites will appear at Borders stores:
Twilight Series Theories at Borders in Allen, Texas
Twilight Lexicon and TwilightLive at Borders - Penn Plaza in New York City
Twilight Lexicon at Borders - Westend in Nashville, Tenn.
TwilightSource and Twilight Facebook at Borders in Westwood, Calif.
At the Penn Plaza and Nashville parties, leaders from Twilight Lexicon will participate in the festivities by challenging attendees to correctly answer trivia questions they created during the "Grand Slam Lightning Round" of Vampire Baseball-themed Twilight Trivia.
Borders' Exclusive Twilight DVD
While supplies last, Twilighters can purchase an exclusive Borders two-disc, limited-edition copy of the Twilight DVD presented in a deluxe tri-fold rigid case. The front cover features a pattern of tree branches foil-stamped on the matte finish packaging, creating a beautiful tone-on-tone image that highlights the movie's logo. Upon its release, the Borders-exclusive two-disc Twilight DVD will be $29.99, a savings of 25% off the retail price of $39.99.
The exclusive DVD, available for purchase while supplies last, has a number of special bonus features that fans can find nowhere else except Borders, including:
- Exclusive interviews with Robert Pattinson (Edward), Kristen Stewart (Bella), Cam Gigandet (James), Edi Gathegi (Laurent) and Rachelle Lefevre (Victoria) that were recorded during Comic-Con in San Diego.
- Exclusive red-carpet footage from the global movie premiere in Los Angeles, and a re-edited version of the Borders Book Club episode that features author Stephenie Meyer discussing the phenomenon behind the Twilight Saga.
- A set of 10 exclusive photo cards, which feature images of the cast. The 7-1/4-inch-by-5-3/8-inch photo cards are printed on a heavy pearlescent stock, giving the cards a rich, beautiful shimmer. The DVDs and photo cards will be elegantly presented in a deluxe tri-fold rigid case that is exclusive to Borders.
Customers who want to purchase the Borders exclusive limited-edition DVD at the parties should arrive early to receive a wristband, which guarantees the opportunity to purchase the special DVD. Most stores will begin distributing wristbands when they open the morning of March 20 and will only provide wristbands for as many exclusive DVDs as are available for purchase at the store. Again, because supplies of the exclusive DVD are limited, customers are encouraged to come to the stores early to receive a wristband. If customers are unable to receive a wristband, they can, of course, purchase the regular DVD.
"We have put together an amazing line-up of activities and entertainment for our Twilight DVD midnight release parties," said Anne Kubek, executive vice president of Merchandising and Marketing for Borders Group. "These activities were designed with the true fan in mind -- the customer who lives and breathes all things Twilight. From the parties, to the books, to an extensive selection of Twilight products, to the soon-to-be-released Borders exclusive limited-edition DVD, we are truly the headquarters for all things Twilight and we intend to throw great in-store parties that fans will remember for years to come."
As the vampire phenomenon Twilight is released on DVD, select Blockbuster stores across the country will host midnight DVD release parties late on Friday, Mar. 20 with a bloodthirsty theme. In addition to picking up Twilight to rent or buy when the clock strikes 12:01 a.m. on Mar. 21, fans will be encouraged to "Give A Pint, Get A Pint," donating blood to local blood banks in exchange for a free pint of ice cream for the first 50 donors at the party. Entertainment, Twilight themed giveaways and more will also be part of these events.
"The millions of Twilight enthusiasts out there may be different ages and from different parts of the country, but there's one thing we know about all of them: to love this movie, they've got heart," said Alan Ziegel, Sr. Director Retail Film with Blockbuster Inc. "In addition to giving these fans the Twilight movie and products they've been waiting for, Blockbuster wants to give this passionate group the chance to give the life-sustaining gift of blood to local communities."
Twilight will be available for rent and purchase both in stores and online at Blockbuster.com by mail or digital download. The retail DVD will be a special two-disc edition featuring excluded and deleted scenes, cast commentary, a "making of" documentary and music videos by Muse, Paramore and Linkin Park. In addition, stores are offering a Blockbuster exclusive: a life-sized poster of Edward available for purchase while supplies last. Other Twilight must-haves in stores include framed posters of the movie's cast members and Twilight Sweethearts Conversation Hearts by NECCO.
Midnight DVD release parties and blood drives will be held in the markets listed below. Fans should contact their local stores for start times, event details and information on how to participate in the blood drive. Some stores will host on-site blood drives with local blood mobiles at the Mar. 20. DVD release parties. Other stores will work with blood banks at their off-site locations between Mar. 16 and Mar. 20, while their midnight events will be on site on Mar. 20.
Atlanta: 3944 Peachtree Road NE
Austin: 2110 Slaughter Lane
Boston: 342 Washington St., Weymouth
Chicago: 2025 Lincoln Highway, Charles
Cleveland: 7480 Broadview Road, Parma
Dallas: 5649 Lebanon Road, Frisco
Denver: 9871 Parker Road, Parker
Houston: 588 Sawdust Road, Spring
Los Angeles: 17945 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills
Minneapolis: 1539 South Robert St., West St. Paul
New York: 701 West Montauk Highway, Babylon
Philadelphia: 1586 N. Kings Highway, Cherry Hill, N.J.
Phoenix: 3141 South McClintock, Tempe
Portland: 3955 Southeast Powell Blvd.
Salt Lake City: 4095 S. Redwood Rd.
San Francisco: 990 El Camino Real, Belmont
Seattle: 10640 16th Ave. SW
St. Louis: 8567 Watson Road, Webster Grove
Tampa: 13610 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Washington, D.C.: 11325 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, Md.
In addition to the stores with midnight release parties and blood drives, hundreds of additional Blockbuster stores will extend their hours to 1 a.m. so Twilight devotees can be among the first to rent or purchase the DVD. Contact local stores for details.