Why so many different 'LOTR' editions being released?

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  1. Inspector Hammer!

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    I know it's a great film and all that, but damn, what is it, 4 different versions coming out in the span of only 7 months!? [​IMG]
    This seems a tad ridiculous to me.
     
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    To get more money, of course, and there's nothing wrong with that - in fact, the more choice for the consumer the merrier.

    At least we were informed about all the different releases straight off the bat, so can make our own informed, independent choices.

    Myself, I'm only going for the bog-standard 4-disc extended version.
     
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    More money sure, but all of us here have the benefit of a forum like this to inform us about all the different editions so we can make our choices up front, Joe and Jane who don't frequent these types of boards do not. All these versions are just going to confuse a lot of consumers.
     
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    The film deserves it (well, all but the MAR release) [​IMG]
    2-disc and 5-disc here.
     
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  6. Inspector Hammer!

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    Alright, now i'm REALLY confused, just how many are they're, and what are the dates for them so I can get it straight?
     
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    1. Regular theatrical cut, xcoming in August 6th. It's available in anamorphic widescreen (YEAH BABY!) and P&S.

    2. Extended cut, coming sometime in November (the 12th, I think.) It'll be available in two forms: A box containing the movie and the extras, and a deluxe set containing the movie, the extras, the National Geographic LOTR disc, two kickass Argonath bookends, and other assorted goodies. I doubt this will be available in P&S.

    ok, dammit, so there ARE four versions after all :b
     
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  9. Kyle McKnight

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    Hmm....well, I'll be buying the first release to have the theatrical version, and the 5 disc one, assuming the packaging for the 4 movie/extras discs is the same as the 4 disc version.
     
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    I love the fact the 2 disc release in August has a preview for the November extended cut version. That's a great way to alert people... I think hardcore fans (which lets face it, the 4 disc is made for) know the expanded cut is coming.

    There are fans like myself who want both the theatrical cut and expanded cut, and it's especially good that the extras on the 2 disc release will not be on the four disc version later in the year. Even better incentive to own both.

    They're doing this the best possible way. I'd expect print advertisments in late July and early August will promote both the theatrical cut and expanded cut versions too.

    Not everyone would want to pay for the super duper expensive set right of the bat. New Line and Wignut are offering up the best possible choices and are marketing in the right way.

    Dan
     
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    I agree, New Line might set a new trend for DVD releases of blockbuster films. Big fans want the mammoth sets such as the 5-disc one we're getting in November.
    I just get all giddy knowing my LOTR collection could be 20+ discs by the time 2004 rolls around, and don't even get me started on the potential for a massive 10-15 disc box set for the entire trilogy. They filmed an ungodly amount of behind the scenes stuff, and PJ likes to use it so I can see several HUGE documentaries coming out on these DVDs too. [​IMG]
     
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    I agree - at least they're letting know up front what is coming down the pipe.
    The 4 & 5 disc editions are targetted for those who are really into LOTR.
    2 & 5 disc editions are my choices.[​IMG]
     
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    Anyone getting the version that comes with the virtual pet Gollum? [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Dan
     
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    I've never read the books, but watching the first movie I'm now caught up in the fantasy, so they've got me hooked. Once I've seen all the movies, I'll read the books. But so far I'm a big LOTR fan. I guess this is what it feels like to "jump on the bandwagon".
     
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    I wish all the studios announced DVD's like that up front. As a consumer you can pick what you want. It beats coming out with the single bare bones disk, then the 2 disk SE months later, then the 3 disk ultra edition, then the 4 disk super duper edition like so many others have done.
     
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    Did I miss something here-the November release isn't going to have the extras from the August one? Is there a listing of the features on both, or are those not announced yet...
     
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