NEW LINE: How to make a great LOTR: Fellowship of the Rings DVD

Greg_S_H

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I know Infinifilms is your premiere line, but I don't think it would be a good fit for LOTR. With a movie that approaches three hours in length, there won't be a lot of room for the extra information. Better instead to go with a two-disc set and shoot for reference-quality video and a dynamic DTS audio track. About the only other features disc one should include would be English subtitles and, perhaps, a commentary track. Personally, I would lose the commentary track if it negatively impacts the quality of the feature.
You and Peter Jackson know better than I what will be available for extras, but they should all be on disc two. It would be reasonable to expect every trailer that's been released, posters and other print media, deleted scenes, cast/crew information, some sort of promos for the next two movies in the trilogy, and behind-the-scenes docs. Hopefully, a quality documentary like the one on Star Wars: Episode I is being produced rather than the typical studio fluff, but we'll take what we can get.
Finally, to bring it all together, how about making every feature and every menu anamorphic, and have subtitles for everything? These two features really took the Episode I disc to the next level, and they could do the same for LOTR.
No matter what happens, this disc should be a huge hit for you. Hopefully, it can also be a standard-setter.
 

Greg_S_H

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Personally, I would lose the commentary track if it negatively impacts the quality of the feature.
Though, wasn't it Benjamin Franklin who said, "They that can give up a director's commentary to obtain a reference-quality transfer deserve neither a director's commentary nor a reference-quality transfer."?
 

Artur Meinild

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I would love a commentary on this film, and I'd prefer the movie spread over two discs like Pearl Harbor: DC or Godfather: pt. 2 to get a PJ & crew commentary.
I'd rather see these as 3-disc sets, with movie and small extra features on disc 1+2 and extensive extras on disc 3!
However, no matter what I'm sure New Line will make these some of their best DVD's ever, so it's not like I'm losing any rest of anything!

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~ Stud. Polyt. ~ Artur Meinild ~
[Edited last by Artur Meinild on November 01, 2001 at 06:09 AM]
 

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