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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy tells the story of Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), a hobbit who battles against the Dark Lord Sauron to save his world, Middle-earth, from the grip of evil. In the films, Frodo and his fellowship of friends and allies embark on a desperate journey to rid Middle-earth of the source of Sauron's greatest strength, the One Ring -- a ring that has the power to enslave the inhabitants of Middle-earth. The trilogy tells tales of extraordinary adventures across the treacherous landscape of Middle-earth and reveals how the power of friendship, love and courage can hold the forces of darkness at bay. Beside Wood, the films star Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, featuring Sean Bean, and Ian Holm, with Andy Serkis as Gollum. The films also star Marton Csokas, Craig Parker and Lawrence Makaoare.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
In this first part of the Trilogy, the young hobbit Frodo Baggins inherits a ring; but this ring is no mere trinket. It is the One Ring, an instrument of absolute power that could allow Sauron, the dark Lord of Mordor, to rule Middle-earth and enslave its peoples. Frodo, together with a Fellowship that includes his loyal hobbit friends, humans, a wizard, a dwarf and an elf, must take the One Ring across Middle-earth to Mount Doom, where it first was forged, and destroy it forever. Such a journey means venturing deep into territory manned by Sauron, where he is amassing his army of Orcs. And it is not only external evils that the Fellowship must combat, but also internal dissension and the corrupting influence of the One Ring itself. The course of future history is entwined with the fate of the Fellowship. The film won four Oscars® for Best Visual Effects, Cinematography, Makeup and Original Score.
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#1
Ah you beat me to it, I suspect this'll get HOT - have some heat!
#2
I wonder if this means the extended versions are coming out soon?
#3
more coal for your fire
#4
best price so far.
#5
Aww no, we're gonna melt his snowman..
#6
this is cinematogrphy at it's best!! awesome in bluray!! hot hot hot from me!!
#7
Every time I see a deal on this it just gets funnier !
#8
Its annoying to have to keep voting this hot for the price :p despite the fact that I refuse to pay for these on blu-ray until the extended editions come out, don't like the money grabbing companies who deprive alot of fans of what they want, the cinematic versions are great and wouldn't mind this boxset being released alongside the extended editions as some may not want the extended editions (if they don't like films with large durations although they already are fairly large) but really think they should of only brought this to release when they had the extended editions, just my opinion
#9
Wait a year and the extended editions will be this price. I think the whole staged release mechanism is farcical and I for one am happy to just wait. If everyone did this, the staged release model would fail and then they wouldn't do it anymore!

Edited By: danakajoel on Oct 29, 2010 14:27: typo
#10
Waiting for extended with everyone else
#11
Couldn't resist waiting any longer for the extended editions, I've wanted to watch these again for ages and for a fiver each film it's well worth it!

I'll sell them on the bay when there's a definite release for the extended edition.
#12
Just so you know, the transfer to Blu-Ray has been slated by multiple review sites. In some cases, they've even found the quality to be *worse* than an upscaled original DVD transfer. Whether you're looking for the extended editions or not, it'd be wise to wait for a better transfer to be released.

Stick with your LotR DVD's for now.
#13
Lets hunt some orc....
#14
Its gettting lower and lower in price
#15
loopie
Waiting for extended with everyone else


at this price I can afford to buy this for now & sell it when the other comes out. just watched return of the king with DTS-HD :D

..plus everyones got PS3 these days so you can always gift this to someone when you get the extended version. Have some heat for the precious :)

Edited By: montana78 on Oct 29, 2010 17:16: add extra
#16
Hey everyone,
pardon the intrusion but ive seen this come up a few times of late and thought id add a few things into the mix!

am i right in saying that the theatrical releases (which are the ones in this pack) are actually the intended Directors Cuts of the films? if this is the case then the true directors vision for the film is the theatrical release or else he would have called the extended editions "Directors Cuts" or released another box set with that title (maybe thats what hes planning who knows). its my understanding that the Directors Cut tag is essentially the directors big fat seal of approval saying "this is what i intended they film to be" (but due to some circumstances i released the other) and i find it curious that he didnt put that on these longer editions which brings me to think that the theatrical releases are the more polished films. it then brings up the argument of whether directors cuts/extended cuts/final cuts are actually better films than what was originally released.

this happens with a lot of films where they re-release films to make more money calling them extended extended editions however they are not strictly what the director/editor intended, because the scenes were originally cut for a reason as they add nothing to the narrative and alter the pacing of the film. usually you get a theatrical release of a film which is signed off by the director as their intended vision for the film, this isnt always the case as you get films released by studios in a way the director didnt intend, a good example of this is Brazil and kingdom of heaven, this is usually the studios way to change the look of a film to try to attract a wider audience.... but usually it just screws it up and makes it a poor film. thats when you get a great directors cut release on dvd where the director says "this is what i intended" and you get a completely different film... or at least an improvement.

anyway what im getting at is... are the extended editions really better than the theatrical release?
is it a matter of the studio releasing longer films with mostly unwanted parts of scenes that were left on the cutting room floor? or is it actual parts of the book that Jackson decided to cut due to run time... or due to them not pushing the narrative forward, that may be of sentimental value to diehard fans of the book, but in all honesty doesn't really add anything to the film and its narrative to normal film loving cinema folk.

im not bad mouthing the lord of the rings extended editions in anyway and i hope it doesnt come across as that as i havent seen these longer versions and cant comment on if they are "better films"... however examples of pointless extended editions have appeared all over the place like Gladiator which i love where they added a few scenes with Joaquin phoenix and re released it to the world... Ridley Scott even appears at the start of the film saying this isnt his directors cut and that the original cut is the final cut and what he intended! if only he'd put that on the box i wouldnt have wasted my money :-(

anyway a long story short... i just wanted to let the people in the forum that are on the fence about buying this because they keep hearing others say "its a waste of money" know that you are buying what is likely to be Peter Jacksons intended films. three extremely fine Oscar winning films which we all saw in the cinema and loved!! are you rejecting this box set because you honestly think the extended editions are better value for money because you get more run time? im just saying that its probably likely that the theatrical release is probably a better watch for most people looking to buy the film. is it a case of people thinking more film for their money is better even if its not necessarily a better film because of it?

if anyone could tell me about the extended scenes merits that would be great... cos im thinking of buying this because i loved what i saw in the cinema

the whole matter of the transfer quality is another argument... if its not up the scratch then thats a good reason not to get this! but then do you think they will re-do the whole three films for the extended edition? sounds expensive to me... they will probably just add the hour and a half and repackage it.


^sorry about he length, i guess im making up for my lack of posts over the years


Edited By: Massive Spaniard on Oct 29, 2010 17:44: spelling
#17
it didnt sound that long in my head... honestly! hope someone finds it useful
#18
you are probably right. who knows!

I think the first time you watch a movie the best cut is the one you want to see. Once you've seen it, you just want more.
#19
does anyone think itll ever get cheaper than this? other trilogies like underworld and bourne have always been around this price and not gone to £10 for example...
million dollar question i suppose
#20
Is this the extended versions? :p
#21
Massive Spaniard - I believe that Peter Jackson's vision is the extended cuts. The reason for the theatrical cuts are due to:

1. studios wanting to cram as many screenings in per day at a time - kinda of difficult with a 4 hour film

2. the time that the average cinema goer is willing to spend at a show. Don't forget that by the time they queue up, get to their seats, watch the adverts and trailers, finally a 4 hour film - this is probably close to 5 hours at the cinema, maybe more. Not many people are willing to do that. However, in the comfort of their own home where they can pause to make a cup of tea or go to the toilet is entirely different.
#22
Jedfordski
Massive Spaniard - I believe that Peter Jackson's vision is the extended cuts. The reason for the theatrical cuts are due to:

1. studios wanting to cram as many screenings in per day at a time - kinda of difficult with a 4 hour film

2. the time that the average cinema goer is willing to spend at a show. Don't forget that by the time they queue up, get to their seats, watch the adverts and trailers, finally a 4 hour film - this is probably close to 5 hours at the cinema, maybe more. Not many people are willing to do that. However, in the comfort of their own home where they can pause to make a cup of tea or go to the toilet is entirely different.


I think you're right. There was just so much they wanted to include originally but couldnt, theres only so long you can make a film. Not sure why they werent called directors cuts, but I'm sure I remember lots of interviews with Peter Jackson when they were released and him being rather excited about them, so I kinda got the impression they were the way he wanted them.
#23
Why didn't they make a quadralogy instead of a trilogy then? 4x3hr movies.
#24
airmark
Why didn't they make a quadralogy instead of a trilogy then? 4x3hr movies.


Because it was either 3 or 6 books, depending on how you look at it :) And it would have broken the narrative flow.
#25
am i right in saying that the theatrical releases (which are the ones in this pack) are actually the intended Directors Cuts of the films? if this is the case then the true directors vision for the film is the theatrical release or else he would have called the extended editions "Directors Cuts" or released another box set with that title (maybe thats what hes planning who knows).


Seeing as PJ went back and shot new stuff for the extended versions after the theatrical releases I'd say the extended versions are his true vision. The theatrical releases are Lord of the Rings lite with bits missing.
#26
In reply to Mr. Spaniard

I think when Peter Jackson took on the project it was through a love of the stories and a vision of the "world of Middle Earth", a lot of the stuff added in to the Extended Version do not add to the narrative of the story, they add to the experience of "Middle Earth". For example the scenes in Fellowship of the hobbits "down the pub", no narrative value but adds to the feel of the film and the Middle Earth experience. According to various sources there still exist footage which has never appeared on any version including "Sam using the Light of Eärendil to pass the Watchers at Cirith Ungol" (which if you know the book you will know what is described.

I think that some of the stuff was filmed simply because of PJs love of the subject and some simply had to be lost to keep the film "endurable" in a cinema! So, I don't think that either version should be described as "The Director's Cut" as essentially BOTH are it's just that they were intended for different viewing experiences.

I still await the Extended Version on Blu-Ray in the hope that I can watch the whole of one part without having to get up and change disks! ;)
#27
This has expired:(.
#28
chrisfu
Just so you know, the transfer to Blu-Ray has been slated by multiple review sites. In some cases, they've even found the quality to be *worse* than an upscaled original DVD transfer. Whether you're looking for the extended editions or not, it'd be wise to wait for a better transfer to be released.

Stick with your LotR DVD's for now.


...and where are your sources exactly?

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/reviewshd/bdreviews032310.html#lor
http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articles/barriemaxwell/hdm042010.html#lor
#29
probedb
chrisfu
Just so you know, the transfer to Blu-Ray has been slated by multiple review sites. In some cases, they've even found the quality to be *worse* than an upscaled original DVD transfer. Whether you're looking for the extended editions or not, it'd be wise to wait for a better transfer to be released.

Stick with your LotR DVD's for now.


...and where are your sources exactly?

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/reviewshd/bdreviews032310.html#lor

http://www.thedigitalbits.com/articles/barriemaxwell/hdm042010.html#lor


http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/2313/lordringstrilogy.html#Section3

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