Posted December 28 2012 - 09:25 AM
Gandalf's line "You haven't aged a day" used to bother me a bit until I looked at it in a different way.
For it to not fit, one has to go by the assumption that after the Quest of Erebor Gandalf never visited Bilbo again for the rest of his life. Sixty years and not one summer pop-in for dinner and a fireworks show.
Maybe that is supposed to be so in the books (I really don't remember), but the film version differs from the book in many ways, so no one should be holding onto that if its "supposed to be that way".
So maybe it's been a long time since Gandalf visited with Bilbo but not six decades? Maybe he visited 10, 20, 30 years ago where during that time Bilblo aged to look line he's in his 60's (human 60's) but his aging had since slowed so much that at 111 he still only looks late 60's, thus Gandalf's line "You haven't aged a day".
If you're locked into thinking he's referring to 60 years ago then the line is weird. But there's really no reason to feel it has to be interpreted that way.
As far as if any of these updates to the films will be done on some future release... F if I know. But as far as I'm concerned, changes like fixing FOTR Gollum to look like Gollum and replacing prologue Bilbo with Hobbit Bilbo are fine by me. It's nothing like the Star Wars thing where the original versions aren't available in high quality already.
I don't believe in transcending the genre, I believe IN the genre - Joss Whedon