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HOLY FLIRKING SCHMIDT! New Lord of the Rings releases!

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Stephen Brooks, Jun 20, 2006.

  1. Harminder

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    I'll only upgrade LOTR if it's released in HD-DVD and in Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD.

    I know current hardware can't output both sound formats in 5.1, but if firmware upgrades and/or future generation players allow for it, THEN I will upgrade.
     
  2. Mikah Woodward

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    Looks like Amazon's now explicitly stating that the movies will be split across both sides of a DVD-18. I'd still like to know why they seem to be the only one with that info.
     
  3. Eugene Esterly

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    Off course they will. The studios double-dip & triple-dip & they will also do this with the High-Def format which wins the war.
     
  4. JediFonger

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    uh... they might do it regardless of war.
     
  5. TonyD

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    i already have all the previous discs.
    can't see a reason to buy it again on these new versions.

    i guess other then the new docs why is anyone who has all the discs buying again
     
  6. Sam Davatchi

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    Maybe they mean the special features on the other side.
     
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    Perhaps it is just me, but I don't see how seamless branching is even possible with the TE's and EE's - not without really changing one of them.

    FOTR Examples:
    - The shire intro; Different scenes altogether in different order, different Frodo-Gandalf dialogue, different music arrangement.
    - The gift giving; The little there is in the TE has different music, and the cutting is much more complex in the EE.
    - The breaking of the fellowship; More subtle here, but the music was changed (for the worse) by applying it to more battle footage in the EE.

    How will they resolve this? Is the seamless branching just a marketing mistake, or is a 3rd cut being made? Or is the branching over very large areas of the movie?

    (Like many others, my ideal LOTR editions are somewhere i between the TE's and EE's.)
     
  8. Sam Davatchi

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    Are we sure it's seamless branching? Maybe one version is on one side of DVD-18 and the other on the opposite side. That would explain the dvd-18 use.
     
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    Maybe it's not only the bits that are different that are branched. Maybe the lead- in footage and music is also branched.
     
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    I can’t see how they could make a better transfer on a DVD-9. With just the DD 5.1 track I can see how it would be acceptable but not better. I also personally would prefer two DVD-9's over an DVD-18 solely because im in the minority that own a DVD changer and all I have to do is press disk skip instead of flipping/changing disks.

    I have no interest in watching the theatrical cuts. I’m sure some do but not me.

    I've only watched the current documentaries once and only the director commentary track. I'll find a way to watch the new docs cheaply.

    After I adopt the winner of the HD war and when the HD editions come out with either the new docs or all the docs then ill bite.
     
  11. Bryan Ri

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    If each version of the film is on a separate side of the disc, I'll buy these and sell the others off.
     
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    Amazon now says the film is split between 2 sides of a DVD-18


    Disc 1 will present the Special Extended DVD Edition of the film split into two parts (on two sides of a DVD-18) at the break point of the initial DVD release. The Theatrical version will also be split into two parts (on two sides of a DVD-18) available through seamless branching.
     
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    Ugh! I'll be keeping my theatricals and EE's! Someone be sure to let me know hoe that documentary is!
     
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    i hope they release it on netflix =). i just can't imagine what more i could possibly know about LOTR after the EE releases.
     
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    This is correct. I received the DVDs this afternoon and they indeed spread across both sides of one DVD-18. The documentary is on its own disc...
     
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    Sheesh... a flipper?

    BAD!

    I'd rather have had the movie spread over the 2 discs with the *documenary* on the 2nd side of the first disc... for DVD changers to work effectively and seamlessly.
     
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    Please let us know what you think of the documentaries!
     
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    Any improvement in the transfer?
     
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    How is the seemless branching, and where do they break the theatrical versions?
     
  20. Colin Jacobson

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    Can't comment on the quality of any of this stuff - 1) I've not actually watched it yet, and 2) it's stepping on toes here to offer my thoughts when a HTF reviewer will do their own coverage...
     

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