With a worldwide box office gross of 3.3 Billion US-Dollars, the Twilight-Saga is one of the most successful movie series of modern times. This sum of money of course does not include gains from home cinema (DVD, Blu-Ray, and TV) and merchandising. This vamprie series is an immense cash cow, thanks to the huge, young (and mostly female) audience.
And it is that audience that gave the producers of Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 some troubles: Due to the fact, that some material of the book is not necessarily PG-13-conformable, some of the scenes like Bella's and Edward's night of love as well as Renesmee's birth had to be toned down. This seemed to work out quite well, however, the MPAA still seemed to think of the (actually pretty harmless) sex scene as being too much for a PG-13 rating. As a result, the first version of the movie received an R-Rating. Only after a few sequences were cut out, the studio finally got the rating it wished for. An uncensored version does not exist on either DVD or Blu-Ray.
Even the Extended Cut does not have the uncensored footage and thus in these scenes is identical to the PG-13 Theatrical Version. However, with roughly 7 minutes of new footage all "Twi-Hards" will be pleased. Actually, the alterations are even more extensive than originally stated. While it was previously said that there would be seven new scenes, there now are eight, some of them with alternate footage. Also, the Extended Version has some other alterations (such as cutting out certain sequences) in order to keep up the continuity to later scenes. Whether or not the new scenes are relevant for the story or not is up to you to decide. They are worth watching, though - expecially the new opening scene at the Volturi.
So far, the Extended Version can only be obtained in France. In Germany as well as the USA, the releases will follow in March. UK viewers also have to wait until March, however, they will get a box set which includes all five Twilight-movies.
This is a comparison between the PG-13 Theatrical Version released by Summit Home Entertainment and the Extended Version, which is included on the French DVD released by Editions Traversire.
8 additional scenes in the Extended Cut
2 missing scenes in the Extended Cut
3 scenes with alternate footage
Overall, the Extended Version is 409.5 seconds (~ 6:49 minutes) longer.
Extended Cut: 0:00 minutes
An additional logo by Groupe M6.
Theatrical Version: 0:00 minutes
The Theatrical Version begins with the summit-logo, followed by the "Breaking Dawn" title card. These sequences are different from the Extended Cut in both color and design. During the following tracking shot of Jacob's house, the background was slightly changed.
Extended Cut: 0:08 minutes
After the Summit-logo follows the first additional scene. Valentine walks along the halway of the Volturi, holding Edward's and Bella's wedding invitation. Aro stands up to take the letter from her. He opens it happily and says something about love in Italian before loudly declaring Edward's and Bella's wedding. Caius says, that it is the Cullens' style to declare Bella's transformation and that they mock the Volturi via the delays. Aro asks them to be patient, gives the envelope to Valentina and tells his servants that the human disturbed them. While the Volturi leave the room, the two servants take care of Valentina. The camera zooms away and in the corner of the room we can see a pile of dead people. After a trackin shot we see the "Breaking Dawn"-title card, followed by the tracking shot of Jacob's house.
Extended Cut: 6:30 minutes
We see some scenes from "Bride of Frankenstein" in the cinema. Edward sits down on his hat and then leaves the room. The rest of the audience is frightened at a sene of the movie.
Extended Cut: 46:54 minutes
Edward makes breakfast for Bella. She enters the room, they kiss and Bella says that the food smells great and that she's quite hungry. He asks her how many eggs she ate there. Bella responds that it is due to the island and that she will probably become fat. Then they talk about the upcoming transformation and that Bella - not realizing how good it is to be human - might want to wait (of course in relation to having sex with Edward). They kiss again and then we see housekeepers' boat approaching.
Theatrical Version: 57:21 minutes / Extended Cut: 1:01:11 minutes
Only in the Theatrical Version we see a shot of Alice and Jasper. The following shot with Jacob is also exclusively shown in the Theatrical Version.
Theatrical Version: 1:09:51 minutes / Extended Cut: 1:13:36 minutes
Additional shot in the Theatrical Version which shows Jacob and Edward watching over Bella while she sleeps.
Extended Cut: 1:13:44 minutes (2.8 sec)/ Theatrical Version: 1:10:01 minutes (1.6 sec)
Alternative and longer shot of Emmet at the window.
Extended Cut: 1:13:46 minutes
In the Extended Cut, Jacob now enters the room, while in the Theatrical Version he already sits next to Bella and Edward. This is the reason to why the previous scenes were either cut out of the Extended Cut or replaced by alternate footage.
Esme asks Rosalie to get some food for Jacob from the kitchen. Jacob thankfully declines the offer since he wouldn't want to eat food which "Blondie" had spit on. Esme says that she wouldn't do such a thing. Rosalie gets up and goes into the kitchen. Jacob asks Edward to warn them in case she wants to poison him. Rosalie opens dishwasher and gets a bowl out of it. We can hear that she prepares some food. She comes back to the living room and puts a bowl with a hot dog for Jacob on the floor. She leaves the room, Jacob takes a bite and then throws the bowl against Rosalie's head. While Emmet and Edward laugh, Rosalie doesn't seem to be as joyful as them. Angrily, she leaves the room.
Extended Cut: 1:22:30 minutes
Jacob gets up and leaves.
Extended Cut: 1:22:54 minutes
Jacob is standing on the balcony and is suddenly joined by Alice. Jacob is surprised and unsettled when alice stands next to him. She tells him that for her, standing next to him is like having closed her eyes (except for the smell of dogs). Jaob ironically responds that he's glad to be able to help someone.
Extended Cut: 1:41:37 minutes
Edward wants to fight the werewolfs with the help of Alice and Jesper. In order to keep Jacob out of the battle, Edward breaks his arm and throws him against the wall. This is probably because Jacob was imprinted on Renesmee. Edward wants Rosalie to protect his daughter. Then he leaves with his siblings.
Extended Cut: 1:43:19 minutes (6.6 sec)/ Theatrical Version:1:36:27 minutes (3.4 sec)
In the Extended Cut, Jacob resets his arm. In the Theatrical Version we instead see some more footage of the Cullens fighting the werewolfs.
+ 3.2 sec
Extended Cut: 1:43:26 minutes
When Jacob comes out of the house, the scene is a little longer.