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Lord of the Rings Home Marathons?

Cliff posted more than 10 years ago | from the movie-watching-of-epic-proportions dept.

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Pepebuho asks: "Given that LOTR 3 is out, how many of you have staged Home LOTR Marathons? How long did they take? Was it fun or did everybody fell asleep by the middle of the Return of the King?"

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Waiting for extended version (5, Insightful)

jnicholson (733344) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311170)

We decided not to do this until the full-length version is out. No real point doing the marathon before then, is there?

Re:Waiting for extended version (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9311194)

Ummm...you do realize you're a big fucking nerd, even among nerds?

Re:Waiting for extended version (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9311294)

You don't get to call yourself a nerd just because you taught yourself computers to escape the pain of other dudes getting to second base with the girl you had a crush on in junior high.

You're just sociopathic :-(

Re:Waiting for extended version (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9312024)

Mod parent UP!!!

Re:Waiting for extended version (1)

Yrd (253300) | more than 10 years ago | (#9312351)

I was going to say that, but I see lots of other people have so I'm just going to say 'hear hear' instead.

But then, I'm the person who hasn't seen the cinematic edition of any of them.

Re:Waiting for extended version (1)

KiwiRed (598427) | more than 10 years ago | (#9312491)

And i'm the person who hasn't seen the cinematic or the DVD edition of any of them. (Or the video version for that matter) Maybe once a friend buys them and i can borrow them off him, but i'll save my money.

Re:Waiting for extended version (1)

Sepper (524857) | more than 10 years ago | (#9313432)

Then at least try to borrow the 4CD edition. I found the documentaries on how the movie was made and fact about the LOTR itself even more entertaining... There's a video about Tolkien himself on 'The Two Towers' that I enjoyed a lot...

But yeah, It was kind of expensive... Might want to rent it instead...

About a month. (3, Interesting)

students (763488) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311191)

One movie each weekend. With the extra features on the DVD. And yes, some people fell asleep.

gotta wait till november... (5, Insightful)

monkeyserver.com (311067) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311193)

what's a marathon without the extended edition? You wimps gonna try it with the theatrical versions? Bah! I'm waiting for the motherload, this november it'll be me and my friends, a minifridge, 3 extended editions, and one very long day...

Re:gotta wait till november... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9311200)

FYI: motherlode

Re:gotta wait till november... (3, Funny)

adamjaskie (310474) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311384)

MINIfridge? You pansy!

Re:gotta wait till november... (3, Funny)

beckett (27524) | more than 10 years ago | (#9312353)

i'm going to raise the ante with a keg and a package of "Depends" undergarments. first one to go to the toilet loses.

Re:gotta wait till november... (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 10 years ago | (#9314710)

Eeeew!

Geeks in diapers drinking beer.

And people wonder why the slashdot crowd might not be scoring with the honeys. =)

Re:gotta wait till november... (1)

Zero_Dogg (629500) | more than 10 years ago | (#9312849)

November? I think it's suppose to be released in August.

Trilogy Tuesday (1)

nes11 (767888) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311197)

Those of us that are real fans were at Trilogy Tuesday.

Re:Trilogy Tuesday (1)

dchamp (89216) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311548)

True dat.

I survived Trilogy Tuesday!

I'm planning to rent a copy of RoTK for a friend that hasn't seen it yet (was out of the country) but I'm not buying it until the extended version comes out.

Re:Trilogy Tuesday (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9313081)

was out of the country

Like there there isn't cinemas in the rest of the world. Your friends probarly din't give a damn about the movies..

Re:Trilogy Tuesday (2, Funny)

TheGatekeeper (309483) | more than 10 years ago | (#9314028)

I survived Trilogy Tuesday and all I got was this Ring...

Re:Trilogy Tuesday (1)

Vaevictis666 (680137) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311630)

Those of us that are real fans were at Trilogy Tuesday.

and those of us that work are waiting until this november and doing an Extended Weekend :P

Re:Trilogy Tuesday (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9315142)

> and those of us that work are waiting until this
> november and doing an Extended Weekend :P

I work and I made it to TT. In a different state. GOD I can't stand people who pull this "Well I have to work. Well I have to pay bills." crap all the time.

Get over yourself. You didn't want to see the films enough to get a day off work. Don't try the high and mighty routing because you have a job. Billions do.

Re:Trilogy Tuesday (1)

SecretMethod70 (569755) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311830)

Except for those of us that were screwed over by the online ticket ordering site for the local Trilogy Tuesday theatre crashing while the tickets sold out for people getting them through non-online means which were not available to everyone. :(

Re:Trilogy Tuesday (1)

Kaimelar (121741) | more than 10 years ago | (#9315608)

Those of us that are real fans were at Trilogy Tuesday.

Let me tell you, after waking up at four in the morning, standing all morning in the cold Denver weather, and then watching 12 hours of LotR, seeing Shelob come after Frodo was bloody scary. When I got home, my wife asked me how the movie was. Apparently, the only thing I said before crashing into bed was, "It was good. Spiders are frightening. Shelob was huge."

I enjoyed RotK much more the second time, when my senses weren't numbed by sleep depravation and cold. I'm sure we'll do a home showing of all three films when the extended RotK comes out, but I think spreading them out over three nights or weekends will make them easier to appreciate. Thirteen hours of movie is just hard to take, even really good movies.

That said, I'm extremely proud I was at Trilogy Tuesday, and enjoyed it immensely.

Re:Trilogy Tuesday (1)

stanmann (602645) | more than 10 years ago | (#9318110)

Some of us don't wish to drive 2 hours and get a hotel room to prove our fandom, you are 733t3r than me.

That's Impossible! (4, Funny)

Landaras (159892) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311208)

A Lord of the Rings marathon?

That's impossible!

Since clearly all of Slashdot has boycotted buying DVD's due to the rampant evil of the MPAA...

</sarcasm>

- Neil Wehneman

Re:That's Impossible! (1, Funny)

Cy Guy (56083) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311396)

For those of you that aren't boycotting the MPAA, but still haven't ordered your copy, might I suggest this link: RotK $17.97 [amazon.com] .
1) SlashDot runs gratuitous RotK thread
2) Post gratuitous Amazon affiliate link to RotK
3) Profit!


Flamebait? (4, Funny)

Landaras (159892) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311463)

I don't know if I'd mod that Flamebait.

(-1, Capitalist Whore) perhaps.

But not Flamebait :).

- Neil Wehneman

Re:That's Impossible! (4, Funny)

bckrispi (725257) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311795)

Who mentioned anything about buying the DVD? :)

Re:That's Impossible! (1)

markxz (669696) | more than 10 years ago | (#9313158)

Why not just watch all the films end to end (as many cinemas have shown). Then all you can complain about is the highly visible anti-piracy encoding on the prints and how the multiplex who had the prints before had trashed them. You may want to wait till extended version prints have been struck

DVD & Cinema Marathon (5, Interesting)

Kalixis (471812) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311295)

Just before Return came out in the cinemas, we planned the following:
  • Watch Fellowship of the Ring.
  • Watch The Two Towers.
  • Watch Return of the King at the cinema.
  • One after the other.

Need I tell you fellowship & towers were the extended editions?

He who hosted the marathon had access to a digital projector - thankfully he also had a spare, large white wall to watch everything on. Someone brought along the extended editions of fellowship and towers, and we were off. Well, after about two hours of Mario Kart: Double Dash, that is. To warm up the projector. Yeah.

In the end, sweets were consumed, chips were pulverised, bottles were emptied, LOTR was watched, fun was had. Something like 10am till about 1am all up.

Re:DVD & Cinema Marathon (1)

Photar (5491) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311415)

Pshaw, us real geeks watched the extended editions of the first two in the theater and then watched the third, all in a row. Hah!

Re:DVD & Cinema Marathon (1)

Sparr0 (451780) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311437)

yeah, i wanted to go to that but the nearest theater doing it was like 5 hours away

Re:DVD & Cinema Marathon (1)

Photar (5491) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311623)

N00b I flew 10 hours to see it.

Re:DVD & Cinema Marathon (1)

KDan (90353) | more than 10 years ago | (#9312916)

Flying under the influence of substances doesn't count...

Daniel

Glittering Prizes!!! (1)

Noxx (74567) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311620)

(and endless compromises)

Down here, everybody who went to the 11-hr marathon got a plastic display doohickey containing one cell from each movie. Cool.

Re:Glittering Prizes!!! (1)

syrinx (106469) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311727)

shatter the illusion of integrity?

Re:Glittering Prizes!!! (1)

nes11 (767888) | more than 10 years ago | (#9313966)

I think everyone got those. We went in Oklahoma & got them too. It's actually sitting right here on my desk.

Re:DVD & Cinema Marathon (1)

OblongPlatypus (233746) | more than 10 years ago | (#9312693)

I'm lucky enough to live a fifteen minute walk from the largest THX screen in the world, and on the premiere day of RotK I could go there and do just that. (I didn't, because I had an exam the next day, but anyway...)

They also did a Kill Bill marathon on the opening day of Volume 2, and that one I did go to. There must not be enough geeks around here, because the Volume 1 screening was before a less than half full theater.

LOTR Marathon... HECK YEAH!! (1)

BigFlirt (632867) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311339)

When RotK came out, my girlfriend (who's a huge LOTR fan) and I sat down with a few six-packs and two large pizzas at around 2:30ish and were done with the first two before 10:00ish (yeah... you know chicks... having to take bathroom breaks and pausing to get up and go to the fridge every once in a while) to go stand in line and catch the midnight show on opening night. I imagine if you have plans to watch all three, just write the ENTIRE day off.

Friends? (4, Funny)

Doc Squidly (720087) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311504)

I don't have any friends you insensitive clod!

Re:Friends? (2, Funny)

bluestar (17362) | more than 10 years ago | (#9313767)

Or... I have a life you insensitive clod!

The TRUE fans.. (4, Funny)

E_elven (600520) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311600)

..will do this:
  • Fellowship of the Ring Theatrical
  • The Two Towers Theatrical
  • Return of the King Theatrical
  • -- break for 15 --
  • Fellowship of the Ring Extended
  • The Two Towers Extended
  • Return of the King Extended
  • Go out and beat people with nerf bats screaming "Die orc!" a lot

Re:The TRUE fans.. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9311632)

The "true fans" I know didn't like the movies as they thought that the books were either disgraced or that the books shouldn't ever have been adapted.

Needless to say, I'm not a "true fan".

Re:The TRUE fans.. (0, Troll)

E_elven (600520) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311689)

Those 'true fans' are idiots. Obviously the movies weren't going to be exactly the same. They were, however, enjoyable. What next, bitching because "that damn Jackoffson left out all the events of Silmarillion, he sucks"?

Re:The TRUE fans.. (1)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 10 years ago | (#9312771)

that damn Jackoffson left out all the events of Silmarillion, he sucks

I didn't mind that - the Quenta Silmarillion doesn't really have all that much of an effect on LotR. I was a little annoyed that the whole Akallabeth got left out, though.

Now I'm just hoping that after they get around to filming The Hobbit they consider the tale of Turin Turambar for the next Tolkien project. I would love to see Glaurung at the sack of Nargothrond on screen.

Re:The TRUE fans.. (1)

Brandybuck (704397) | more than 10 years ago | (#9315844)

I was a little annoyed that the whole Akallabeth got left out, though.

I agree. Without that part of the tale told in full, it's pretty damned hard to understand Sauron's whole motivation. I mean, how are we supposed to empathize with Sauron when we don't understand where he's coming from?

Re:The TRUE fans.. (1)

Brandybuck (704397) | more than 10 years ago | (#9315744)

The "true fans" marathon will be a re-enactment of the trilogy the way it was supposed to have been filmed.

Re:The TRUE fans.. (1)

isorox (205688) | more than 10 years ago | (#9313023)

And what about the animated version?

Re:The TRUE fans.. (2, Funny)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 10 years ago | (#9314171)

I heard there is even a book . . . !

That's a serious LotR marathon. Start with "The Hobbit" on Monday night and polish off "The Return of the King" by Sunday.

-Peter

Re:The TRUE fans.. (1)

cloak42 (620230) | more than 10 years ago | (#9314319)

That's a serious LotR marathon. Start with "The Hobbit" on Monday night and polish off "The Return of the King" by Sunday.

God, it's taken me the better part of a year to even get through LotR, and I'm STILL not done with it.

Of course, I'm only reading it on the toilet, but still... :)

Re:The TRUE fans.. (1)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 10 years ago | (#9315003)

I suggest that you cut fiber out of your diet completely if you ever decide to read the Silmarillion.

-Peter

Re:The TRUE fans.. (1)

Brandybuck (704397) | more than 10 years ago | (#9315697)

Damn cheese doodles! Better go grab my Silmarilion, because it looks like I'm going to have a long reign on the throne...

Re:The TRUE fans.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9316517)

Nah, this is what the true fans would watch:


Bad Taste


Meet the Feebles


Dead Alive


Heavenly Creatures


The Frighteners


then the LoTR movies.


I'm sure I missed a few in there.

Um. No. (5, Interesting)

Seumas (6865) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311684)

Look, I liked LOTR as much as the next guy, but I have more important things to do with my time than sit down and watch 6 hours of movies that I've already seen plus 3.5 hours of the 3rd movie all at once. And no, I didn't go to the theaters to see LOTR-3. The first time I saw LOTR-3 was this past weekend on DVD on my 65" widescreen (yes, part of the reason I don't bother with theaters anymore! heh).

It's like Star Wars. I don't quite understand the desire to watch it 500 times. I have watched four of the five StarWars movies in my life time and I know what happens in them. Why would I want to see them a second time? If I'm going to spend another 10 hours in front of the television, it's at least going to be with NEW movies.

Not to be a curmudgeon. I honestly have never understood people who claim to have seen a film 5, 10, 20, 50 times.

Re:Um. No. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9311815)

Amen brother. I would guess you are old enough to remember the Rocky Horror people who would go and watch it every weekend.

I never understood them either.

Re:Um. No. (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 10 years ago | (#9312027)

I'm only 27 (soon, at least), but I know plenty of people that make frequent or even weekly trips to the Saturday night RHPS. I love RHPS, but not enough to watch it repeatedly. I went with a girlfriend to a RHPS showing one Saturday night at the Clinton Street Theater and was unimpressed. Just a bunch of unattractive people dressed up like RHPS characters replicating what was being done on the screen. By the time my girlfriend and I left after the movie, she was down to her panties and a bra, but unfortunately there wasn't anyone else there that I'd have wanted to see stripped down to their underwear. Ick.

To each their own, I suppose, but I went once and never felt the need to go back again. It was interesting but been-there-done-that. Give me something new. Maybe people just need an excuse to get together and don't know how to say "hey lets all meet for dinner this weekend".

Then again, I also don't comprehend the fun of cosplay or LARP. And yes, I've attended events for both before solidifying my thoughts on them. It's just really bizarre to see grown adults dressed up like vampires - often half naked - talking about the Prince of Portland and treadore this and that. Or worse, D&D LARP types running around throwing spit wads at each other yelling "LIGHTING BOLT! LIGHTING BOLT!" and thwacking one another with cardboard tubes from rolls of giftwrap shouting "TWO DAMAGE! TWO DAMAGE!".

Re:Um. No. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9312884)

I'm only 27 (soon, at least)

So that'd make you 26 yeah?

Re:Um. No. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9312960)

In 12 days.

Re:Um. No. (1)

isorox (205688) | more than 10 years ago | (#9312993)

Man I keep lying about my age. I've been 21 for 18 months. Why would you want to be older?

Re:Um. No. (1)

Detritus (11846) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311818)

Not to be a curmudgeon. I honestly have never understood people who claim to have seen a film 5, 10, 20, 50 times.

Try being out in the middle of nowhere, with no movie theaters or television stations, with a VCR and a few prerecorded tapes. Your entertainment choices are limited to listening to shortwave radio or watching a movie for the Nth time.

Re:Um. No. (1)

richie2000 (159732) | more than 10 years ago | (#9312478)

And that's basically how I learned all the dialogue in Up the creek [imdb.com] .

Some pretty funny stuff in there. And Jennifer Runyon, of course. :-)

Re:Um. No. (1)

filmguru (710596) | more than 10 years ago | (#9315310)

Mmmmmm... Jennifer Runyon... One of my favorite '80s girls. Thanks for the memory. :)

--FilmGuru

Re:Um. No. (1)

mikeb39 (670045) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311826)

Loser.

Re:Um. No. (1)

isorox (205688) | more than 10 years ago | (#9312986)

You spot new things every time you watch again. I Watched "A head in the polls", a topical (in the UK) futurama episode again last night. As well as being hilarious (my girlfriend's a fan now!), I spotted a new visual gag (Rook takes Pawnshop) that I didn't see the first 10 times.

I take it you dont own any dvd's, just rent them from netflix or wherever?

Re:Um. No. (1)

Pfhor (40220) | more than 10 years ago | (#9314123)

Dude, that just means you have to up your perception rating, to have a higher probability of noticing "tibits".

People still don't believe me there looks like there is a constellation of stars looking like a dog in the space cloudes of "godfellas".

Re:Um. No. (0)

Pfhor (40220) | more than 10 years ago | (#9314144)

Man, i shouldn't try replying to slashdot this early in the morning.

Re:Um. No. (3, Funny)

nathanh (1214) | more than 10 years ago | (#9313121)

Why would I want to see them a second time? If I'm going to spend another 10 hours in front of the television, it's at least going to be with NEW movies.

Why listen to the same song more than once? Why eat the same type of meal more than once? Why have sex with the same person more than once?

BECAUSE IT IS ENJOYABLE YOU MORON.

I don't like Star Wars but I've watched Metropolis (Fritz Lang) a dozen times. I still enjoy watching it even though I know every single scene by heart.

If people enjoy watching LOTR ten times then let them. Don't be a dickhead and make them feel bad about it.

Re:Um. No. (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 10 years ago | (#9313215)

Listening to music is not at all like watching a movie. Unlike a movie, you aren't following a plot line and a story and while you can tire of a song or album, it's more from repetition than simply knowing every work in the script.

You can quote an entire movie line by line and I'm the moron. Christ...

Re:Um. No. (3, Insightful)

piggy (5857) | more than 10 years ago | (#9313450)

It depends if you watch a movie merely for the plot, or if you gain some additional sort of enjoyment from it, be it art, style, the mood it creates, or the mindless sense of abandonment of reality. Keep in mind that listening to a song just for the lyrics will grow old very quickly, but clearly that is not the only reason many people listen to music. The point is that while you may only derive pleasure from a movie's plot, someone else may enjoy other aspects.

Your comment "You can quote an entire movie line by line and I'm the moron" makes as much sense to some people as the equivalent "You know all the lyrics to an entire song" or "You know all the lines from a play" or.... Well, I hope you get the point.

In the end, while "listening to music is not at all like watching a movie [for Seumas]", it may be a similar experience for other people. Become a little more open minded, man.

Russell

Re:Um. No. (4, Funny)

nathanh (1214) | more than 10 years ago | (#9313507)

You can quote an entire movie line by line and I'm the moron. Christ...

Metropolis is a silent movie.

Re:Um. No. (1)

BCoates (512464) | more than 10 years ago | (#9315564)

Metropolis is a silent movie.
Maybe he was thinking of "Radio Ga Ga" by Queen.

Re:Um. No. (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 10 years ago | (#9315190)

Good troll. Got 'em biting.

Re:Um. No. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9313189)

Hmm... You do have a long term memory and an ability to feel emotion right? I guess you must be trolling - a normal human being would understand that repeating things we already have done before can help us re-experience the original moment, the original feelings. Ever smelled cooking, or flowers or cut grass in the rain and remembered an event of the same nature some time ago?

Ever smelled your special someone's perfume/aftershave and remembered how great you felt that summer night 3 years ago when you first met them?

Gee, you're right. Why would anyone want to redo things over again?

Re:Um. No. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9313236)

These are stupid comparisons. None of these things have a thing to do with repeatedly watching a same movie. How can you compare a familiar scent with watching Kill Bill for the 85th time?

If you really do have the same experience each time you watch a movie, you probably have the brain of a fucking hamster. The enjoyment of movies is the not knowing and discovery. The tension and curiosity and the twist of the plot and the method of resolution.

Watching the same movie over and over and over and over can't be any different than unwrapping a gift when you already know what's inside. Then again, some people are easily entertained whereas others seek new forms of entertainment or at least new material.

Fuck, even my four year old gets tired of watching the same video.

Re:Um. No. (1)

joeljkp (254783) | more than 10 years ago | (#9315436)

Dude, I saw Kill Bill Vol. 1 for the first time a couple months ago, and I loved it. So I bought the soundtrack because I dug the music. I'd see it again in a heartbeat.

Re:Um. No. (1)

bluestar (17362) | more than 10 years ago | (#9313794)

I've heard "Stairway to Heaven" and I know how it sounds. Why would I want to listen to it a second time?

Re:Um. No. (1)

01D* (673795) | more than 10 years ago | (#9313918)

If it's a good movie, I mean if it's a good movie -- you'd be amazed how much you missed the first time around...
Even in real life: have you ever wanted to pause and really think it over? Now, a good movie can be like that but a lot faster.

So, yes, there is a point in watching a movie more than once, given it contain a little more then dancing colors on a (65"?) widescreen.

Re:Um. No. (1)

Alrescha (50745) | more than 10 years ago | (#9314619)

"Look, I liked LOTR as much as the next guy..."

Um... obviously *not*...

A.

Re:Um. No. (1)

quisph (746257) | more than 10 years ago | (#9315582)

I honestly have never understood people who claim to have seen a film 5, 10, 20, 50 times.
Well, it depends on the movie. I never understood why anyone would watch something like Something's Gotta Give even once.

But a movie like The Godfather, or Rashomon, or The Seventh Seal? That's altogether different. There's more to a good movie than the plot. Some people just don't know what to look for.

You probably have some kind of art hanging somewhere in your home. Why would you look at it more than once?

Do you throw photographs away after looking at them once? Why take photos in the first place?

Hm (5, Funny)

pudge (3605) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311774)

I started my LotR marathon today while working on some new features in the Slash code. I hope it doesn't show ...

Re:Hm (3, Funny)

Justin205 (662116) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311870)

We'll come to you if there seem to be random (Cave) Troll moderations popping up.

actually the contrary (2, Interesting)

slothman32 (629113) | more than 10 years ago | (#9311857)

I actually did an anti-marathon. When I saw TFOTR I watched it in 2 1.5 hour parts. I don't know why someone would spend 20 hours watching it when they could be doing something constructive like sleeping or sitting around doing nothing.

Re:actually the contrary (2, Funny)

Babbster (107076) | more than 10 years ago | (#9313079)

Or trying to sync all three movies to Dark Side of the Moon?

With ask slashdot's like these (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9312075)

it seems like slashdot is dying!
Hope it does as good as bsd.

no extended rotk == no marathon (1)

evilkarl (567641) | more than 10 years ago | (#9312366)

Until the extended edition of the last movie comes out I won't be doing a marathon. Once it is out however I shall partake in the fun

Been there.. (1)

bfandreas (603438) | more than 10 years ago | (#9312427)

..done that. I watched a LotR triple feature in december. First two movies where full length. I gotta admit that I was this close to fleeing the cinema before the Battle of Helms Deep. But I hadn't watched RotK before, so I dragged thru. No fun.

Only LOTR? (1)

Gadzinka (256729) | more than 10 years ago | (#9312467)

Me and my friends have beed doing this with tv series published on DVD -- one season at a time (that's about 22*40min).

That's a challenge for real tough guys ;)

Robert

Re:Only LOTR? (1)

l0rd (52169) | more than 10 years ago | (#9312651)

Try watching the stand without a break. After a few hours you wanna send Mother Abagaile to Abu Ghairib.

THAT seperates the men from the boys ;)

Wait for winter, Bandini (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9312930)

My room is not fully darkenable, so I need to wait for the winter months so that the marathon can start at 16:00.

self-torture (2, Funny)

pradeepe (608025) | more than 10 years ago | (#9313002)

a fine terrapin-affiliated university on the east coast showed all three movies from 5pm to 4am. what they didn't tell us is that the first two were gonna be the extended cuts (seems like they didn't know this actually), and we winded up having a grand total of twenty minutes between each movie to get our food on... around the time the eagles landed, there were people in the theater who were laughing uncontrollably for no reason except that wait, they're eagles! hahahahah! HA! good stuff though. i'll never do it again.

Re:self-torture (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9313924)

around the time the eagles landed, there were people in the theater who were laughing uncontrollably for no reason except that wait, they're eagles!
Yeah, I'd imagine I'd need a fairly sizable supply of weed to sit through a twelve hour movie myself.

Gandalf : "All we have to decide is what to do with the time we are given."
Merry and Pippin : I'll take the finest weed in the West Farthing, please G-Man

Re:self-torture (1)

Brandybuck (704397) | more than 10 years ago | (#9315951)

there were people in the theater who were laughing uncontrollably for no reason except that wait, they're eagles! hahahahah!

What I thought was funniest, was after eleven hours everyone's eyeballs shrinking and imploding into puffs of flame the same time Sauron's did...

My uni did this (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9313266)

It was from about 2pm to midnight, I think I was the only one to stay for all three. And no I didn't sleep.

I work (1)

mattboston (537016) | more than 10 years ago | (#9313687)

in a NOC that has five 61" large rear projection screens. We really only need four to monitor the network. So while I'm on weekend shift, I plan on using one of them to watch all three, since my shift is 12 hours and I'm the only one on my shift :)

In the next month or so... (1)

_LORAX_ (4790) | more than 10 years ago | (#9313792)

I'm going to be screening all of them together in my just redone movie room with a 8' wide screen from DLP projector. I will have to re-arrange the furnature some in order to get 12 or so people in the room at the same time.

Between that and fresh stove popped corn, it should be a hit with the gang. I have already done the first two in a row before ROTK came out in theaters and I expect that this one will go the full 11-12 hrs easy.

Finally seeing the third installment.... (2, Funny)

Alpha27 (211269) | more than 10 years ago | (#9313824)

...I doubt I would ever do a marathon of the series.

It was plain boring in many sections of the movie that we began to improvise by doing a bit of Mystery Science Theater 3000 ourselves of the movie.

Some things came up:
- Hobbit love. Those guys REALLY dig each other.
- The akwardly long glances in the end of the movie were too long to take seriously, with the causal smiles thrown by the Hobbit characters, you begin to wonder what else does that ring do to them.
- Alot of pot references in the movie.
- The main human character turns down the advances of a human princess. "I can't give you the love you desire" Dude, it's free *boink boink* and you're turning it down?!!? Refer to Hobbit Love.
- It took the White Wizard nearly an hour to ride to the top of the castle. Yes we knew it was a BIG castle when we first saw the grand shots, now you take us on a roadtrip to the top.
- Why did it take 3 movies to get to the volcano? Everytime we get to a checkpoint, we get a reminder of the volcano and see it in the distance. This is the longest roadtrip in HISTORY. What ever happened to horses? What about those HUGE birds?

If I were to watch the movies again, it would be to write a guide on how to watch them all in less time.

No (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9314286)

...because I fell asleep in the middle of the first movie, never mind the third.

Band of Brothers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9314768)

Well... I was planning a Band of Brothers marathon but I haven't found the time yet.

Are there any kind of health issues from being sit and still for 10 hours straight? I mean, like the people who die for being many hours sitting on a plane?

for a *real* challenge... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#9315180)

Watch the extended versions, and pass around a joint every time they mention 'pipeweed.' I'm not a big smoker myself (if you know what I mean) but even the real stoners in the group found it hard to keep up. The rest of us were so high, we didn't even know where the phone was. Heeeelp!

You'll forgive me posting as anonymous coward. Employers have ears!

Hehe (1)

Punboy (737239) | more than 10 years ago | (#9315423)

We're waiting until they release the version edited so all 3 movies are run together into one big 10 hour epic :-D I actually think they're doing it... I hope they'er doing it... THEY'D BETTER BE DOING IT! *raises fist* We have watched the 3rd movie, however. We just couldn't wait to see it again.

Wait for Peter Jackson's Version (2, Interesting)

TagPopper (772607) | more than 10 years ago | (#9315566)

I think he's going to recut the whole thing into one 14 hours long "Complete" version. Another whole weekend stuck in the house. To complete my fantasy movie series musings - Episode III will suck even more. Harry Potter will die. Hopefully not as a virgin. Support literacy. Eat alphabet crackers.
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