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That will be fun (4, Informative)

(54)T-Dub (642521) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767679)

I felt that the extended edition of fellowship was a lot better than the studio version. It will be fun to see it in the theaters.

I'm less excited about Two Towers since I found the movie to be a disappointment. I'll still go check it out though. (who am i kidding, i'll still probably buy the dvd Tolkien whore that I am).

I don't know about the Dec 16th all day marathon though. Something about going to a movie at 3pm and leaving after midnight. Besides, my GF has enough trouble staying awake in a 1.5 hour long movie.

PS (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6767682)

first poopstain

Man that IS frosty! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6767684)

My second pist of the day! Yah baby!

early post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6767687)

E A G L E S

you know it

Dec. 16th Marathons (5, Informative)

Chaltek (610920) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767688)

Perhaps more exciting than the extended edition re-releases is the promise of marathon showings December 16th.
FOTR @ 1500
TTT @ 1900
ROTK @ 2300

Not only can you to see the entire story at once, but beat all the other line-standing fans by 1 whole hour!
That must count for some serious geek points in the grand scheme of things.

Call your favorite theater today and request that they carry this special engagement. If they won't, drive to a big city, this ought to be worth it!

Re:Dec. 16th Marathons (5, Funny)

Brad Cossette (319687) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767735)

Can you image the effects of having an entire nerd populace sitting on its backside for 9 straight hours of LOTR?
- Viruses go rampant as sysadmins fail to respond to urgent system messages
- Patches, code deadlines missed
- Executives everywhere are paralyzed as their IT depts leave for a whole day and they can't figure out what to do when that Blue Screen with the white letters appears (in case you're reading this: reboot)
- More importantly, the obesity % of the American populace has a massive spike

1st post (-1, Troll)

xintegerx (557455) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767692)

I saw on TechTV that this trilogy will include features about the fourth book. Anybody catch the name?

Re:1st post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6767767)

Yeah, the restaurant and the end of middle earth! That's a great book! I love Tolkien's trilogy in four parts!

Re:1st post (2, Funny)

theefer (467185) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767774)

I saw on TechTV that this trilogy will include features about the fourth book. Anybody catch the name?

You mean The Revenge Of Sauron ? No, Peter Jackson clearly stated only the first three books would be part of his movie trilogy.

Re:1st post (1)

blitzoid (618964) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767854)

Revenge of Sauron was a real dropoff in the quality of Tolkien's work. But he picked up again for awhile with the LotR/Narnia crossover.

Re:1st post (1)

grub (11606) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767861)


"Peter Jackson clearly stated only the first three books would be part of his movie trilogy."

Unfortunately George Lucas will take it upon himself to do it. Phear.

Re:1st post (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6767828)

"The Lord of The Rings: Episode I: The Phantom Hobbit"

Stop playing with the camera Kathleen Malda! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6767694)

Now LOOK [analsexmegasite.com] whats on the internet!

I knew the digicam was a bad idea

Not my cup of tea (3, Insightful)

JohnGrahamCumming (684871) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767695)

I know that I'm probably going to get flamed by the /. faithful but I really
did not enjoy the first LOTR film and decided to not bother with the rest of
the trilogy. I couldn't imagine the tedium of sitting through an extended
version.

The problem with them was that they were quite simply boring. Although the
filmmakers had done this incredible technical job of putting the world of
Middle Earth on the screen it felt horribly sterile. Of course it's often
the case that a film doesn't work as well as the way you imagined the book,
but in the case of LOTR the film seemed to have little merit. It was a
long road movie without the depth of the Middle Earth world and relationships
between the characters and the different type of characters lost in the
filming.

Not trying to troll, just that the film had all the look of Middle Earth
without any of the feeling. A bit like Matrix Reloaded: all shiny but
hollow at the same time.

John.

(Of course there was the incomparable Liv Tyler [imdb.com]
so it wasn't a totally wasted 3 hours :-)

Re:Not my cup of tea (1)

Dugsmyname (451987) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767795)

I felt the same way after seeing the first film in the theatre, but I gave it another shot when the extended version came out on DVD... I watched it and then watched the extended version of the Two Towers... I enjoyed the 2nd movie much more than the first, but having never read the books, the history and background the first movie provides helped me enjoy the 2nd movie that much more.....

Re:Not my cup of tea (1)

phil reed (626) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767873)

I watched it and then watched the extended version of the Two Towers.

Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but the extended version of Two Towers hasn't been released yet, right?

Re:Not my cup of tea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6767796)

Yikes! Liv Tyler should have been banned from that movie. That whole extended love story with her and Strider added nothing and if I was looking to see a hot piece of ass I'd just look on my harddrive. To the director's credit they did not focus much on her.

Re:Not my cup of tea (1)

gerf (532474) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767941)

Yikes! Liv Tyler should have been banned from that movie

I agree. This movie isn't about romance, though there was a smidgen of it in the books, it was not focused on at all.

It's not like the geeks/nerds reading and watching LoTR really know much about seducing a hot woman anyway. You gotta play to your audience, right?

BTW, I was comparing how great the background of LoTR is compared to the new Star Wars. A beautiful canyon, a perfect valley, beats a computer generated wizz-bang traffic jam in a futuristic city any day of the week. Anyone else agree with me?

Give the extended version a try. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6767901)

The parts that you felt were missing were the parts that they restored for the extended cut. It's a much fuller, richer movie with more fleshed out characters and deeper relationships. The extra footage isn't more of the mindless battle scenes you have in mind.

Re:Not my cup of tea (4, Insightful)

brakk (93385) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767929)

Everybody always says that about any movie that comes out that was made from a book. "OMG, the book was so much better. blah blah blah. I'm such an elitist bastard blah blah blah" There is no way they can fit a book into a two hour screen play. Yes, I think LOTR felt a bit rushed trying to squeeze everything they could into it, even at three hours. But you have to look at them as two separate entities or just not see it in the first place because you know they could never do a decent book justice.

Re:Not my cup of tea (5, Insightful)

Marx_Mrvelous (532372) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767942)

John-
I'm sorry to hear that you didn't knjoy the movie. However, if your main criticism is "it was boring" then you really need to re-evaluate the film. If the acting were bad, the plot simple and the effects horrible, then you can say it was a bad movie. But "boring" is too much the result of either too little imagination, sleepiness/depression, or misunderstanding. I once saw a movie while I was in a very bad mood, and I pretty much hated it. Upon seeing the same movie later in a better mood, I loved it.

With that in mind, you may want to watch the movie again.

Any Idea (2, Interesting)

corgicorgi (692903) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767696)

Anyone has clue to what scenes will be added to the extend version of TTT?

Re:Any Idea (0, Troll)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767751)

A bunch of computer generated shit and special effects, nothing that will enhance or enrich the plot or add anything meaningful to the movie. At least thats how it usually goes.

Re:Any Idea (4, Informative)

EvanED (569694) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767772)

You obviously missed the Fellowship expanded version then; the new scenes *greatly* enhanced the storyline, especially for someone who hadn't read the books.

Re:Any Idea (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767816)

Such as?

Maybe I'm just jaded by Lucases new and improved Star Wars trilogy. Superimposing a couple of fancy spaceships in the background didnt improve anything.

Re:Any Idea (2, Informative)

soundofthemoon (623369) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767757)

I haven't heard anything, but you might want to check out http://theonering.net/ - they are a good place for LOTR rumors etc.

Personally, I'm hoping to see a bit more character development of Eomer. All that got lost in the theatrical release.

Re:Any Idea (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6767841)

Yes, I know, its the scene where Cowboy Neal fucks Alan Cocks up the ass.

Re:Any Idea (4, Informative)

theefer (467185) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767852)

I don't know, but I had the chance to see (and got my book signed by ;-)) John Howe in Geneva earlier this year. Well amongst an awful lot of interesting things, he said he had seen (all or part of?) the new scenes that would form the extended version, and he totally loved it. He added they really pushed the movie to a new standard, even making it look like a new movie. The new footages is 42 minutes long.

Besides this, he addressed interesting issues (people could ask questions) like the presence of Elves in Helm's Deep and such other things. He answered really calmly and smartly, with precise and interesting arguments.

I really doubt PJ could even manage to do a bad movie with RotK after having seen the two other ones, but I can't wait to find out. And I'm sure I'm not alone in this.

One Gimmick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6767698)

One gimmick to rule them all, one gimmick to find them one gimmick to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. Here [martin-studio.com] is a mirror for the link in the article.

God (4, Funny)

govtcheez (524087) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767702)

As if most slashdot members didn't have a bad enough case of office ass...

Re:God (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6767779)

Too funny... (as I stuff a donut in my pie whole!) ;p

FAQ (-1)

scumbucket (680352) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767704)

Warlords II frequently asked questions list:

The questions answered in this FAQ are:
1) Where can I download scenarios from?
2) Do I need the Scenario Builder to use new scenarios?
3) Where do I get patches?
4) How can I edit random maps?

---------

1) Where can I download scenarios from?

wuarchive.wustl.edu: /pub/MSDOS_UPLOADS/games/warlords_II
lupan.byu.ed u: /site/ibmstuff/Games/Warlords_II
www site - http://werple/apana.org.au/~elee/index.hmtl

The www site tends to be faster and is less likely to be busy.

(Of course, the quickest way to get lots of nice scenarios is to buy
the scenario builder, since it comes with about two dozen.)

2) Do I need the Scenario Builder to use new scenarios?

No. All you need is the 1.11 patch.

3) Where do I get patches?

The sites mentioned in question 1 (lupan and wuarchive) have them.

4) How can I edit random maps?

Let's say I want to create a random scenario called "Sample":
(Any other name would do - but no more than *7* characters)

i) Run WARSCEN. STAMP (say). Sample. .
(Any other scenario should do instead of STAMP.)

ii) Run WARLORD2. Choose , and select desired options -
even a different terrain set. You can exit as soon as you get to
choose who is Human etc, but you will probably want to look at
the map first. Go ahead and look. If you don't like it - generate
another one. It doesn't matter whether you leave everyone as Human
or not at this stage. . You don't need to save the game.

iii) At the DOS prompt:
From the Warlord2 subdirectory type:
COPY ..\RANDOM\RANDOM.* ..\SAMPLE\SAMPLE.*

(I'm sure you can figure out the corresponding commands from other
directories.)

iv) Run WARSCEN. The "Sample" scenario now appears. it. It is now
the random map. When you save, the information on the number of cities
and ruins should be updated. Note that a different terrain set may look
a bit odd when you first load it - just move around a bit and it should
look OK. Change what you like, and remember to save often.

That's it! One edited random scenario.

SSG _explicitly_ say not to use DOS commands to play with the files.
They do this for a reason. If it stuffs up, don't blame them.
Be careful - it is quite possible to create problems. You probably
should back up any saved games, in case you need to reinstall.

woods (1, Funny)

noah_fense (593142) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767717)


Great, 30 more minutes of them running through the woods. On two DVDs with millions of features i'll never even consider watching.

-n

One question... (1)

gpinzone (531794) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767723)

When are they planning to show RotK in it's extended version?

Re:One question... (1)

radixvir (659331) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767874)

after people have purchased the regular version on dvd. seems like alot of films have stuff cut out just to put on the dvd

Re:One question... (2, Insightful)

Cromac (610264) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767881)

Probably Nov 2004, right around when they're likely to release the extended version on DVD...3 months after the theatrical version on DVD...10 months after it first hits the threaters.

Slashdotted already (4, Informative)

Chaltek (610920) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767729)

Before any king can return, New Line Cinema will re-release of the first two "Lord of the Rings" pics worldwide, this time with additional scenes and footage added.

Just two weeks before the Dec. 17 release of "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" -- the final installment of the Peter Jackson [theonering.net]-helmed epic trilogy -- the first two "Ring" entries will be unspooling worldwide.

In memoranda sent to exhibitors on Wednesday, New Line laid out a game plan to promote the third film by refreshing filmgoers' memories with "The Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Two Towers."

Plan calls for putting the films on 100-150 screens in top 10 U.S. markets. Many other U.S. cities will have one cinema participating in the special extended edition screenings. Running times for the extended editions are 208 minutes for "Fellowship of the Ring" and 214 minutes for "The Two Towers."

Advanced ticket sales are scheduled to begin in late September or early October on exhibitor Web sites and movie ticketing sites like Fandango, MovieFone and Movietickets.com.

"The release of the third film affords us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to give audiences a compelling new theatrical experience of Peter Jackson [theonering.net]'s sprawling vision for this trilogy," said Rolf Mittweg, prexy and chief operating officer for worldwide distribution and marketing.

The cost, one New Line insider estimated, will be between $10 million and $15 million. Due to the extended length of the new prints, the move is being cast as a promotional tool rather than a moneymaker.

"It is important to note," the memo says, "that these events are produced as a marketing/publicity stunt and not as a revenue generating opportunity" and that media support will be limited largely to the Internet and participating theaters.

Starting the week of Dec. 5, the extended DVD cut of "Fellowship of the Ring" will be released in some 100 or so theaters in the U.S. and in 20 theaters in Canada.

Then, the week of Dec. 12, sequel "Two Towers" will unspool, just a month after having preemed on DVD, leading up to a worldwide Dec. 16 daylong marathon, during which all three films will be shown back-to-back. Exhib guidelines call for a 3 p.m. showing of "Fellowship" followed by a 7 p.m. screening of "Two Towers" and then an 11 p.m. screening of "Return of the King," which will carry over into Dec. 17 -- the day of its global release.

Overseas, it's not yet clear whether all exhibs will be showing the new footage-added prints of the previous "Rings" pics. According to one New Line insider, the decision is being left to exhibs, which will make their requests known to New Line in the next few weeks.

Italy and Japan will not immediately be included in the foreign promotional blitz. Italo comedies dominate that country around the holidays, and corporate sibling Warner Bros. will be carpeting Japan with the next "Harry Potter" pic. Triad of "Rings" pics will instead screen in January in Italy and February in Japan.

"King" is produced by Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh and Jackson, with a screenplay by Walsh & Philippa Boyens and Jackson, based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Re:Slashdotted already (5, Informative)

Nomen (679850) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767868)

It's no longer slashdotted - so if people feel like reading the article on our site, at least we'll get some advertising revenue to pay for the rest of the /.ing bandwidth.... - co-sysadmin of TORn

first (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6767730)

first post

Call me a pawn of 'the man', but . . . (4, Funny)

Jack William Bell (84469) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767732)

Call me a pawn of 'the man', but I will be there in the theaters for both of them. The military-entertainment complex will thank me, but my bladder won't.

Three and half hours... Why don't they have intermissions anymore?

Re:Call me a pawn of 'the man', but . . . (1)

Call Me Black Cloud (616282) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767882)

Both of them? Try all three:

Exhib guidelines call for a 3 p.m. showing of "Fellowship" followed by a 7 p.m. screening of "Two Towers" and then an 11 p.m. screening of "Return of the King," which will carry over into Dec. 17 -- the day of its global release.

Theaters. (5, Informative)

hirebrand (543514) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767736)

Just to be clear, these are being released in the theaters. Not on VHS / DVD, which was my immediate thought.

Plan calls for putting the films on 100-150 screens in top 10 U.S. markets. Many other U.S. cities will have one cinema participating in the special extended edition screenings. Running times for the extended editions are 208 minutes for "Fellowship of the Ring" and 214 minutes for "The Two Towers."

Re:Theaters. (1)

IpsissimusMarr (672940) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767878)

Then, the week of Dec. 12, sequel "Two Towers" will unspool, just a month after having preemed on DVD,

The extended version of FOTR has been out since last year, when I bought it, just before TTT was release. And again they will release last year's movie on extended DVD before showing ROTK.

umm... (1, Interesting)

johnstein (602156) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767738)

so when will it be safe to actually buy it? I was going to hold out for the final-super-duper-all-the-bells-and-whistles-mind- blowingly-awesome-final edition with all 3 movies with their respective bonus features.

however, my old roommate, a huge PJ fan,(his pet name for peter jackson), told me that PJ doesn't drag out releasing the special editions and that I wouldn't have to worry about this.

looks like my roommate was wrong. I feel like that guy in the progressive auto insurance commercial talking with a plumber as his house fills with water and worried that he might pay too much. I don't want to buy the movies twice, and I want the best version I can get. Is that so hard to ask for? Just release it ALL at once.... please?

-John

Re:umm... (2, Interesting)

johnstein (602156) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767763)

Perhaps I should read the article a bit closer next time. I thought they were re-releasing the DVD's, not re-releasing in the theaters. But my gripes still remain. -John

Re:umm... (1)

eclectric (528520) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767768)

Agreed. I woulnd't worry about this from Peter Jackson. They will finish the regular DVD edition of the RotK, and then the extended edition (though, these will probably come very quickly so PJ can concentrate on his next movie.

At best, the movies may be packaged as one, or in a collection, but the cuts, commentary, and probably the features will not change.

Re:umm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6767786)

In about 2012, when the 'Jesus Bastard Shit!!(tm)' version will be released including a 90 minute interview with the tea-boys tea-trolleys' left rear wheel oil-can cleaner.

Re:umm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6767839)

Yeah this whole re-release with special features crap is a not-too-subtle way for the asshole MPAA to pry more money out of us. If they'd release both DVD editions at once we could choose which we wanted instead of them trying to squeeze us. Bastards.

Re:umm... (1)

stealthv (225644) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767871)

These are theatrical releases of the extended editions. Not new DVD releases. The extended edition for the first film is already on DVD. The extended version of the second film will be on DVD in November.

FoxTrot (5, Funny)

ceswiedler (165311) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767743)

Reminds me of an old Foxtrot cartoon....

The sister asks her kid brother and his friend where they are going. They say they're going to watch 3 Star Wars movies. She says, "All three? back-to-back?" They reply, "No, all three...three times in a row."

Will theaters be cooperating? (1)

uiil (413131) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767746)

If they could get away with charging more for a longer movie, the theaters might be more willing to play extended versions.

Or maybe bring back the intermission candy runs.

My only... (5, Funny)

paranode (671698) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767748)

Tricksters New Lines... they's trying to sell my precious again... we not likes them....

My only... my precious...

Math (0, Redundant)

xanadu-xtroot.com (450073) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767749)

"The Trilogy as One"

So where's the third DVD movie in a two movie DVD release? D'OH! Oh wait, it hasn't come out yet...

boneheads...

Re:Math (1)

jmays (450770) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767824)

RTFA.

"leading up to a worldwide Dec. 16 daylong marathon, during which ALL THREE FILMS will be shown back-to-back. Exhib guidelines call for a 3 p.m. showing of "Fellowship" followed by a 7 p.m. screening of "Two Towers" and then an 11 p.m. screening of "Return of the King," which will carry over into Dec. 17 -- the day of its global release."

Re:Math (1)

blitzoid (618964) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767826)

Hate to burst your bubble, but they're talking about re-releasing them in THEATERS so you can watch all three close together.

Comprehension, was Re:Math (1)

bourne (539955) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767888)

So where's the third DVD movie in a two movie DVD release? D'OH! Oh wait, it hasn't come out yet...

*hem, hem*

The article is, in fact, referring to "theatrical release." The idea is that, in the same month, the extended versions of the first two movies will be available in limited theaters, so that one might properly prep for the release of the third movie (also in theaters).

Hrm...did George Lucas help? (2, Funny)

`Sean (15328) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767750)

Because this time, we really wanted a dozen walkers in the background and thousands of Ewoks scurrying around in the foreground!

Milking the Cow (1)

netsharc (195805) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767759)

Ah yes, milk the moneycow till it drops dead. I'm sure Peter Jackson is not George Lucas, and the guilty party here is the New Line execs, but I hope it won't over-expose people to LotR. The title of the /. article had me expecting that they were going to release a 10 hour film, but I guess that would be too long, and the movies would make less profit. Instead they can make a 3 movie marathon and have everybody pay 3 times as much!

Will Warner Bros. be doing the same for the Matrix Trilogy?

Re:Milking the Cow (1)

90XDoubleSide (522791) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767833)

The cost, one New Line insider estimated, will be between $10 million and $15 million. Due to the extended length of the new prints, the move is being cast as a promotional tool rather than a moneymaker.

Ah yes, those greedy bastards.

Re:Milking the Cow (3, Insightful)

dontspellsogood (674913) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767933)

So? New Line was forward thinking enough to take a leap of faith and let Jackson film all three at once (with obvious benefits to the viewers). Why not let them reap the rewards of their big millions gamble (it could have flopped. big.)

Yay! (2, Funny)

blitzoid (618964) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767760)

Holy shit I had dreamed about something like this happening.

Months ago I had said to my friends "Since I can't do it in theaters, I'm gonna get all the extended DVDs when they come out and watch them in a row.". Now I CAN do it in theaters. Hurray.

Re:Yay! (2, Informative)

drivers (45076) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767887)

Yes but the ROTK in theatres this year isn't going to be the extended version. I'd assume you'd have to wait 11 months or so to get the extended ROTK DVD.

All in one? (5, Interesting)

mansa (94579) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767769)

I've heard Tolkien originally wanted the three series into one large book. The title of this submission "The Trilogy as One" got me thinking. I wonder if they'll splice all three movies together when the next generation DVD comes out. Then you could take it all in as JRR intended. Sure, it'd be a marathon... but I think lots of geeks would dig it.

Re:All in one? (2, Funny)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767885)

They are in one book! I bought it for my kid. It has the hobbit in it too, as a kind of a preface.

It's about three feet thick, and the most awkward reading experience you'll ever have. I'd rather have a nice set.

I'm a smoker... (1, Funny)

Graspee_Leemoor (302316) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767773)

I won't be going to the extended editions in the cinema.

graspee

Re:I'm a smoker... (1)

crashnbur (127738) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767876)

I'll own the DVDs, and I'd rather throw a co-ed pizza/beer/LOTR party than sit in a theatre for ten hours. I don't think I'll be seeing them in theatres either.

However, that 11:00 showing of Return of the King on December 16 is looking attractive...

Also announced... (0, Redundant)

ziggy_zero (462010) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767783)

The SUPER ULTRA EDITION of the entire trilogy in a 10-DVD set - coming Jan. 2004. $100

The SUPER MEGA ULTRA PLATINUM EDITION of the entire edition, PLUS the cartoon movie, in a 20-DVD set - coming March 2004. $200

Bring a bedpan and pack a lunch (4, Funny)

RumpRoast (635348) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767799)

Man that theatre is going to smell bad. Dec 16th = Smelly LOTR day.

LOTR - As good as mediocre can be.. (2, Interesting)

FileNotFound (85933) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767802)

I saw both movies, because I see at least 80% of movies that come out purley out of boredom.

Yet I must admit that I was quite excieted about LOTR, only to be disapointed.

Maybe I expected too much, maybe I allowed myself to be a victim of the hype. Maybe it'd be better had I gone in expecting nothing like I did with Fight Club and come out feeling that I had just seen the best movie of the year if not the decade without expecting it.

I am not saying that LOTR is bad, it certainly deserves an A+ for effort, for acting, for the effects and for the enviroment and atmosphere they managed to create.

Yet with all that LOTR just feels hollow, something is missing. It just feels too much like an action flick. There was supposed to be something of an epic scale in LOTR, a great strugle, yet I don't think the movie is able to get that across.

a guess (3, Insightful)

prichardson (603676) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767811)

I'm going to take a wild guess and say that New Line is going to release the ultra mega super insane LOTR pack about a year after LOTR:ROTK comes out. I am waiting until then to buy the dvd. This dvd will contain all the full length movies and a huge stack of extras. They might even throw in a big full color map or something like that. It will probably be unbearable expensive, too.

I'm Ready... (0)

eigerface (526490) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767812)



As soon as "The Return of the King" fades to the rental market and the entire trilogy is released in extended, one-disk, full-length viewing format, I'll be there with credit card in hand! Until then, BFD.

Food? (4, Interesting)

chill (34294) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767819)

I'm NOT gonna survive on theater popcorn, hotdogs and mega-jumbo Cokes for 11 hours. I hope they have intermissions between the films so we can hit the mall food court...

What about flyover country? (1)

Isaac-1 (233099) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767830)

Living in fly over country, I have to ask, how many hundreds of miles will I have to drive to see this?

I wish they would make a version... (2, Insightful)

smkndrkn (3654) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767836)

...that portrayed faramir correctly. I can forgive all the other stuff they messed up in the two towers but the whole faramir business and taking the poor hobbit back to gondor just drives me crazy...kind of like Jar Jar did when I saw EP 1.

Alas I'll still buy the videos.

Peter Jackson = George Lucas ? (1)

Mighty LoPan (633225) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767840)

Double-dipped video releases & now a return to theatres? This is turning into a George Lucas-style merchandising campaign.

Cool. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6767842)

This would make George Lucas proud.

WE HATE THE MPAA (2, Funny)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767846)

They are ruining our right to privacy and have bought off corrupt politicians and death to all the capitalist dogs who.. Oh quick, another special edition release of LOTR! WHERES MAH CHECKBOOK.

Who buys a movie they've seen anyways, that's something I've never understood.

And in related news.... (1)

Sean80 (567340) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767863)

Reuters 7:40pm: A number of individuals have filed suit against New Line cinemas after their bladders exploded due to a marathon session of watching all 3 LOTR movies, a particular predilection for Coke and salt-topped foods, and a distaste for hanging their weenie out in cinema urinals which were cleaned sometime last decade.

Re:And in related news.... (1)

stratjakt (596332) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767910)

Most overheard comment at marathon showing:
"Someone walked in, and I couldn't go."

Here's a summary of TTT for those who missed it (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6767900)

The Lord of the Rings by Jack "Rockin'-Robin" Tolkein

Part II

At that very moment, some wood elves were making an important discovery. Gollum had vanished!

Could it be that he found the ring from Isildur who fell into a swamp and floated down the stream? Gandalf frowned.

"Uruk-hai!" shouted Aragorn. "Gazundheit" said Gimli. "Orcs!" shouted Aragorn, and four hundred and twenty thousand orcs thundered down on the tiny camp. The Man Who Would Be King rolled on the ground, grappling with the murderous beasts. A left and a right. A left. Another left and a right. An uppercut to the jaw. The fight was over. And so the little Hobbits were saved.

Frodo sat by himself looking over the wastes of Mordor. He had learned a little about volcanic rock formation, but more importantly, he had learned something about life.

Friday = MPAA is not evil ??? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6767902)

New Line Cinema, being a subsidiary of Time-Warner, falls under the MPAA umbrella. Now, since we all hate the business practices of the MPAA, we are obviously NOT going to be seeing these movies, right?

That's what I thought. Either put up or shut up.

evil schemes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#6767920)

looks like i know exactly when to have my next virus drop its payload...

Yummy (1)

Bridog (410044) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767926)

This is getting closer to my type of movie marathon, though I must agree that theatres should be reminded of that `intermission' word. There are only two things that worry me:
1) Will my connections be able to get me into the marathon the day before it starts when they are testing the setup?
2) Who's going to join me when some theatre gets enough guts to run the weekend James Bond movie marathon?

One thing that confuses me. (1)

eclectric (528520) | more than 10 years ago | (#6767927)

So, will we get to see the extended edition of RotK?

What I really want is all three extended editions on IMAX. Each section would be about 1.75 hours long, with a 15 minute break between each, and in six sections. Maybe even a lunch in the middle.

I don't think I'd want to watch the movies all in one day, but I like the idea of seeing the extended editions in theatres.

My quess is that PJ is doing this because there are some things in FotR (and possibly TT) which are only mentioned in the Extended edition and are necessary to know for RotK. He mentions it in the commentary to FotR.

Of course, anyone nerding out like this has already read the book.... ;)

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