LOTR: Return of the King Release Date

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  1. Chris Vanasse

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    Looked it up and work (Blockbuster) and we have a date for ROTK....May 25. 2 disc widescreen. No details, but I imagine an announcement should be coming soon.
     
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    That's signficantly earlier than last year, isn't it? Hopefully the EE will follow suit [​IMG].

    Thanks for the info. [​IMG]

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    I just checked amazon, and if your info is correct this release will be a whole three months earlier in the year than when TTT was released. Almost to the day.

    Seems like the rumours of earlier releases for both versions, in order to cash in whilst hype still remains, are somewhat true.
     
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    The Digital Bits is reporting this as well. They have several sources. They're also saying September for the EE. Kind of makes sense, this year they have no new movie to be working on so they can concentrate on the DVD.

    New Line has told them there will be no official announcement until after the Oscars (Feb. 29).
     
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    DigitalBits mentioned similar in today's Rumor Mill. they even went so far as to speculate a September EE instead of November. Here's hoping...
     
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    Pleasepleasepleaseplease let this be true!! [​IMG] It would be nice with something to fill the void until the Star Wars OT comes out in autumn.
     
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    May is great!
    Much faster than the last 2 films release dates!
    However March would be better IMHO! LOL!
     
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    Since the TE is 3 months earlier, it'd be nice if the EE were 3 months earlier too, i.e. August!
     
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    September? could it be another LOTR/SW showdown? the FOTR:EE and Ep1 DVD came out the same weekend, didn't they?
     
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    FOTR EE came out on the same day as Episode II.
     
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    Also, they have no new movie to PROMOTE, so they're more willing to get it out early. The 2-disc sets were timed to coincide with publicity for the then-upcoming flicks - don't need to worry about that now!
     
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    I finally got to see this movie this past Sunday, and absolutely LOVED it. I thought I would've had to wait until August/September to own this, but if these rumours are true, then I'm ecstatic. It was definitely the best film in the trilogy.

    My birthday's in May........hmm......

    lol
     
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    Its not even rumors anymore pretty much. Our computer systems don't update until the dates are official. i've been working there for over a year and have never had a wrong street date (cept for Ed Wood)
     
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    We have been sent a what looks to be a shot of the cover from EIV's upcoming UK Region 2 2-disc release of Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King. According to what we have been sent the set will include:

    Anamorphic widescreen transfer
    DD5.1EX English audio
    English subtitles
    Revealing The Secrets Behind The Production Of An Epic Adventure indepth program.
    A Final Look At Middle-earth & The War Of The Rings: 6 lordoftherings.net featurettes
    Lord Of The Rings Trilogy Outtakes & Bloopers
    Original Theatrical Trailer & TV Spots
    "Into The West" Annie Lennox music video
    Electronic Arts' Lord Of The Rings Trilogy video game preview
    An Inside Look At The Special Edition DVD Edition Of Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King.

    For the cover art confirming these features click here.

    Appologies if this has been mentioned elsewhere.
     
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    Oh my god, outtakes and bloopers! I can't wait to see some of those, that should be classic.

    Chris Marin, thanks for posting this here. Have the R2 theatrical cut DVD releases been essentially the same as the R1s for the first two LOTR movies?
     
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    Ric Easton! You now have the ammo to finish your ROTK cover! GET ON IT [​IMG]
     
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    The R2's are usually identical to the R1 releases minus the MTV shorts. As EIV either couldnt get the rights to them or they were too racey for a UK PG/12 rating.
     
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    Kind of drives it home in teerms of previews that all we get are ones for the final video game and the EE of RotK, there's no preview for the next movie.This is it, come September (if the rumor is true) and the EE, that's it, the trilogy will have come to a close. Bring on The Hobbit!
     
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    I'd not be surprised if New Line still held the EE until November. That's a much better time for Christmas sales positioning, and since the first two did so nicely, why change that? Without another movie to push, they might as well put out the theatrical edition in May, but an August EE release makes less sense.

    That said, I'd be pretty darned happy if it DID come out in August instead of November!
     
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    an August EE release makes sense if their 3 movie gift set comes out in November.

    And there's nothing that says they wont box up the 3 theatrical editions as well.

    Who knows?
     
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    They're probably waiting till after the Oscars so that in the event ROTK wins Best Picture, they'll be able to design the cover labelling it as such.

    Edit:

    Looking at the back of the Region 2 cover confirms that we WILL have a BLUE keepcase! [​IMG]
     

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