- Dec 1, 2000
It's all about marketing
This seems a tad ridiculous to me.John: What exactly is ridiculous about it?
If you liked the movie like you said you should have no problem with this. Nobody's is forcing you to buy all the editions. Like so many others have pointed out i think it is very fair of the studio to announce the release of all the different editions at the same time. And because there is in fact two different cuts of movie is it's quite obvious that there will be two separate versions released at different times. The Collector's edition is merely a bonus for all those fanatic people outhere(myself included ) who not only liked the movie but LOVED it. Like Ricardo said the P&S version can't even be considered a fourth one.
I would have settled for the 5-disc CE but due to the length between the two releases i am too big of a fan to wait until November, i simply have to pick up the theatrical cut aswell. Since i was unaware of the fact that the bonus material on the theatrical cut isn't going to be on the CE i most certainly will be purchasing both versions.
It's almost like telling the customer, "This is what you SHOULD have bought"As has been said, the print and tv campaigns as of late July will promote both the August disc AND the November release. The features listing on the back of the 2 disc box when making mention of the preview trailer for the 4 disc may also indicate its release date.
Everyone keeps assuming that because the director's cut is 30 minutes longer, it will be the superior cut. I don't think we know this for certain yet. Just maybe the theatrical cut will be the better one...at least to some people's opinion.Possible but I doubt it. Most of the scenes going back in are character development scenes such as Gimli's attachment to Galadriel, Bilbo discussing the ways of hobbits at the beginning, and *crosses fingers* Gil-galad battling it out with Sauron in the prologue.
Still though, I want both cuts because I think they will both play out as almost different movies. 30mins is quite a bit.