The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (Summit, Blu-ray or 2 standard DVDs, PG-13, 117 min.). We’ve been with the characters for three films, so director Bill Condon has no need to set any stage. The invites have gone out for the marriage of human teenager Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) to vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) bursts out of his house, throws his invite on the ground, rips off his shirt and bounds off into the woods in his werewolf form. Condon certainly knows the elements that make these films appealing.

Edward then tells Bella of an early killing spree he had as a just-turned vampire and she has a nightmare of a wedding gone horribly wrong. Twelve minutes in, the wedding begins and then it is off to the honeymoon in Rio de Janeiro and a nearby island. At this point, the film is a cross between Architectural Digest and a soundtrack promo, but fans will enjoy seeing Edward act almost human and forget to be brooding for a bit. When the honeymoon reaches the two-week point, Bella realizes she is pregnant and the rest of the film deals with that, both the detrimental effects the fetus has on Bella’s health (via special effects, she goes from about 120 pounds to 80) and the wolf pack’s decision to kill both the child and Bella. For a film in which so little happens, it actually sails by.

Bonus features include audio commentary with Condon; an 87-minute, six-part documentary on the making of the film (most interesting are the bits on filming in Rio and rendering the wolf scenes, including the concluding battle); a 7:21 overview of Jacob’s story arc; a video wedding album with the actors, in character, wishing the couple their best (8:33); and the ability to jump just to Jacob or Edward scenes. Grade: film 3 stars; extras 3.5 stars

The Guard (Sony Blu-ray or standard DVD, R, 96 min.). Filmed in Ireland and set in Connemara, writer/director John Michael McDonagh gives us a wonderful film, ripe with black humor. It is anchored by the performance of Brendan Gleeson (Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody of the Harry Potter films) as Irish police sergeant (or garda, hence the title) Gerry Boyle. To state the obvious, the fun has gone out of Boyle’s life, except for his pre-arranged romps with prostitutes from Dublin. We initially see a car with five teenagers speeding down the road. They pass Boyle’s police car, but he does not move until their car flips and crashes. He then searches the bodies for any drugs he can use.

Boyle gets a new partner (Rory Keenan as straight-laced Aidan McBride) and a murder case. Boyle’s reactions to McBride are hilarious. Then Boyle is called into a conference about a half billion worth of cocaine that may be being smuggled into the area by boat. Brought in to help is FBI agent Wendell Everett (Don Cheadle of “Iron Man 2” and “Rush Hour 2”) and they are paired together, even though Boyle constantly pushes Everett’s buttons verbally. For example, at the conference he says he thought all drug dealers were blacks or Mexicans, and when his boss tries to shut him up, he says, “I’m Irish. Racism is part of my culture.” At one point while they are working together, Everett tells Boyle he does not know if he is really stupid or really brilliant (only he uses the “f” word, which is probably used at least 300 times in the film, so beware). Of course that is what makes the film so much fun; Boyle is smarter than he appears. There’s a western type shootout ending, complete with music that echoes Sergio Leone, against the drug smugglers, who are amusing and interesting in their own right. Liam Cunningham plays Francis Sheehy, while Clive Cornell plays the more philosophical one.

There are plenty of extras on the Blu-ray, which also has subtitles that proved a handy option. The director and two stars do an audio commentary and are part of a question-and-answer at the LA Film Festival (18:09). There are 14 extended scenes (18:37, including a hilarious one involving the first murder suspect), three deleted scenes (6:07) and outtakes (3:05). Also included is McDonagh’s earlier short film, “The Second Death” (11:32), which uses some of the same actors and serves as a genesis for the final film, and a 19:21 look at the making of “The Guard.” Grade: film 3.75 stars; extras 3.5 stars

Drive (Sony Blu-ray or standard DVD, R, 100 min.). Ryan Gosling plays a Hollywood stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver for criminals. He also works in a garage for old friend/manager Shannon (Bryan Cranston), who goes to two crooks (Albert Brooks as Bernie Rose and Ron Perlman as Nino) for a loan to start up a car racing effort. Gosling’s driver (we never get his name) is taciturn and very passive in most scenes, unless he is driving. You get the sense that he is like a coiled spring, ready to explode at some point, which he does in one of the two scenes of extreme violence in the film. The driver is drawn to a neighbor (Carey Mulligan as Irene) who has a young son and a husband in prison. When the husband gets out, he is forced into a robbery to pay off a large debt and the driver agrees to help, but the robbery, which proves bogus, turns deadly, and a superb cat-and-mouse game follows.

Extras include four featurettes, including one on the driving stunts, plus an interview with director Nicolas Winding Refn. Grade: film 3.5 stars; extras 2.75 stars

Rating guide: 5 stars = classic; 4 stars = excellent; 3 stars = good; 2 stars = fair; dog = skip it

Additional reviews are available online at and include “In Time,” “Dream House” and “The Thing.”