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HOLY FLIRKING SCHMIDT! New Lord of the Rings releases!


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#1 of 165 Stephen Brooks

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Posted June 20 2006 - 09:13 AM

Third dip for each of these, but the doc sounds cool.....guess they're going for "quality over quantity" on the bonus features.

The theatrical AND extended editions via seamless branching on one disc? I thought ROTK theatrical had basically pushed the DVD-9 format to the absolute limit. Unless, of course, disc 1 will be a flipper, which would seem the only logical possibility to me. I wonder if these will be all new transfers? PJ mentioned that he'd like to revisit them for better picture quality.
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#2 of 165 Felix Martinez

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Posted June 20 2006 - 09:19 AM

Sounds like a killer app if it will be HD-DVD...

#3 of 165 James Ryfun

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Posted June 20 2006 - 09:23 AM

I can't imagine triple dipping on these films when we have such high quality EE's now. I'll have to hear a lot more before I even consider getting these again.

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Posted June 20 2006 - 09:24 AM

Where did you get the news??
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Posted June 20 2006 - 09:38 AM

Um Link?

#6 of 165 oscar_merkx

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Posted June 20 2006 - 09:39 AM

that's what I thought as well
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Posted June 20 2006 - 10:01 AM

http://www.homemedia....rticle_ID=9277

I find this both interesting and odd.

The Extended Editions run roughly 3:30, 3:45, and 4:10.

How do they get this and the theatrical version on one disc even using seamless branching?

That's the other thing. It's not like the extended editions are just the theatricals with "deleted scenes" dropped in. Many scenes use similar but alternate takes and are re-scored.

But even if they were just the EE's, how do you get any of them on one disc?

It will be interesting to hear more about what they are really doing with these.

I wonder if PJ has been able to change the CGI gollum in the prologue of The Fellowship of the Ring. He had said he wanted to change it for a "future hi def release" so that it matched the look used in The Two Towers and The Return of the King.

Seeing as how the current EE's are great and I'm happy to wait for the HD DVD release of The Lord of the Rings, I doubt I'll be getting these. But I'm really curious about them.
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Posted June 20 2006 - 10:06 AM

Will definitely get these if only for the documentary.

Now if they'd just annouce a simultaneous release on one of the new HD formats I may be tempted to invest in one Posted Image

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Posted June 20 2006 - 10:14 AM

You know, I kinda wonder (hope) if re-issuing these on DVD now is a indication that they want to do that once more before they get a High Definition version out there.
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Posted June 20 2006 - 10:14 AM

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The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King will each be presented in two-disc “Limited Edition” sets with an exclusive behind-the scenes documentary. The DVDs street Aug. 29 at $28.98 each.

For each film, disc one presents both the theatrical version of the film and its extended edition through seamless branching, while disc two features an intimate, never-before-seen documentary created by Costa Botes. The feature-length documentaries, with more than 300 minutes of never-before-available footage, focus on a number of complexities and circumstances and affected the making of the movies.


#11 of 165 Stephen Brooks

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Posted June 20 2006 - 10:17 AM

I'm thinking disc 1 will most likely be a DVD-18. Given all the replication problems with those lately, that's cause for concern. But New Line has always done a great job with their flagship trilogy, and I doubt they'd give us a sub-par release.

This would almost HAVE to be a brand-new transfer if they're doing seamless branching, since you can't really take a master of the EE's only and "cut it down" to the theatricals - as someone mentioned, there's too much different footage and such. It will indeed be interesting to see if PJ has done any Lucas-style tampering to bring some shots "closer to his original vision".
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Posted June 20 2006 - 10:21 AM

This would explain the price drop on the EEs.
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Posted June 20 2006 - 10:27 AM

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while disc two features an intimate, never-before-seen documentary created by Costa Botes. The feature-length documentaries, with more than 300 minutes of never-before-available footage, focus on a number of complexities and circumstances and affected the making of the movie

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Posted June 20 2006 - 10:43 AM

I haven't even taken the shrinkwrap off my ROTK EE.

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Posted June 20 2006 - 10:50 AM

I always felt that the LOTR movies were lacking in features, I'm glad New Line is correcting that. Posted Image

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Posted June 20 2006 - 11:02 AM

I'm kindof pissed, to tell the truth. I thought that the previous 18 discs they released probably covered it all and were safe to buy.

However, I never picked up the theatrical cuts for Two Towers and Return of the King, and I prefer the theatrical cuts of Fellowship and King over the extended ones...

...plus the possibility of a new transfer...

...plus CG tinkerings...

...plus new documentaries...

...final result: I'm going to complain about it for about two seconds and then pre-order them, then stand on my doorstep for two months waiting for the package to arrive!

EDIT: Plus those new boxes are so damned sexy!

#17 of 165 Joseph Bolus

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Posted June 20 2006 - 11:03 AM

I already own *both* the theatrical 2-disc sets and the EE 4-disc sets for all three movies. Unless these new documentaries are exceedingly *compelling* and *absolutely riveting* I just can't see myself purchasing these movies again at this point.

(But, then again, if they *are* compelling and riveting ... well ... Posted Image )
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Posted June 20 2006 - 11:20 AM

That's Schmitt with two T's and no D, by the way.

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Posted June 20 2006 - 11:27 AM

Makes me sad. Posted Image
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Posted June 20 2006 - 11:41 AM

Costa Botes documentaries will be worth the price of admission alone. Sign me up.





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