The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition Box Set) -
The extended editions of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings present the greatest trilogy in film history in the most ambitious sets in DVD history. In bringing J.R.R. Tolkien's nearly unfilmable work to the screen, Jackson benefited from extraordinary special effects, evocative New Zealand locales, and an exceptionally well-chosen cast, but most of all from his own adaptation with co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, preserving Tolkien's vision and often his very words, but also making logical changes to accommodate the medium of film. While purists complained about these changes and about characters and scenes left out of the films, the almost two additional hours of material in the extended editions (about 11 hours total) help appease them by delving more deeply into Tolkien's music, the characters, and loose ends that enrich the story, such as an explanation of the Faramir-Denethor relationship, and the appearance of the Mouth of Sauron at the gates of Mordor. In addition, the extended editions offer more bridge material between the films, further confirming that the trilogy is really one long film presented in three pieces (which is why it's the greatest trilogy ever--there's no weak link). The scene of Galadriel's gifts to the Fellowship added to the first film proves significant over the course of the story, while the new Faramir scene at the end of the second film helps set up the third and the new Saruman scene at the beginning of the third film helps conclude the plot of the second.
To top it all off, the extended editions offer four discs per film: two for the longer movie, plus four commentary tracks and stupendous DTS 6.1 ES sound; and two for the bonus material, which covers just about everything from script creation to special effects. The argument was that fans would need both versions because the bonus material is completely different, but the features on the theatrical releases are so vastly inferior that the only reason a fan would need them would be if they wanted to watch the shorter versions they saw in theaters (the last of which, The Return of the King, merely won 12 Oscars). The LOTR extended editions without exception have set the DVD standard by providing a richer film experience that pulls the three films together and further embraces Tolkien's world, a reference-quality home theater experience, and generous, intelligent, and engrossing bonus features. --David Horiuchi
Customer reviews (av rating: 4.5):
WARNING: check Part 2 of Return of the King on receipt : As soon as you receive your extended-edition box set from Amazon, I suggest you check that the second disc of Return of the King plays correctly. Mine is labelled "Part 2" but actually contains the German version of the Appendices Part 6 disc. I imagine someone messed up the duplication as others have reported this problem but so far not on Amazon.co.uk.
I hope this advice helps prevent the disbelief and disappointment that I have just experienced.
Worth the money. : It is quite a habit of mine, to watch all the extra scenes and out-takes, and in general there isn't a huge surge in price for the second disk with the deleted scenes. This is different - this is cheaper than it would be anywhere else; much cheaper. You are actually getting 12 disks for your money, making this an excellent bargin.
Each Film is split onto two disks, with all of the extended and deleted scenes added in, but the parts that aren't on the theatre edition are not on poorer quality film, so you're getting the same high quality throughout. In addition to the six film disks, there are six extras disks, although I haven't yet got around to going through them, but I am assuming that the contents are similar to the appendices that can be found in the 50th Anniversary edition of the books. The packaging contains maps of both the jouney the travellers take and of the appendices, and also contains a small amount of information on which scene are diffrent from the Theatre Edition - only a list, but it didn't need anything else. The battle scenes are better longer.
Supprisingly, there is actually a lot of scenes in the films that are near to word perfect according to the books. I was disappointed to find that the penultimate scene was completely written out but it doesn't detract from the brilliance of the film overall. I do like the fact that the film makers have added extra scenes of the elves in Rivendell, and especially between Arwen and her father, Elrond, and Aragorn, her eventual husband.
The extended DVD box set is well worth the money; an all round excellent buy.
BEST FILMS EVER : All of these films are amsing 5 stars for all of them anyone who sais that they are rubbish must of there head. Great acting great special effects great plot. Utterly brilliant.
My Precious : Xmas has not been the same since the last screening of the return of the king at the cinema.
Buy this and enjoy (for 12 hours).
"Q: Where Would You Rather Be? A: Anywhere But Here..." : Follow in "The Lord of the Rings" creator's (J.R.R. Tolkien's) footsteps. Project a malevolent universe. Invent a world and animate it with creatures in conflict. Make the conflict a battle between good and evil, but don't identify clearly the moral value or purpose of either side. In fact, remove morality's essence altogether by eliminating the power of choice for your characters. Emphasize the corruptibility of men. Glamorize the supernatural. Dwell interminably on the preparations for and the wreaking of violence and destruction, on the fragility of hope and happiness. Name the scene of action: Middle-earth. Sound like an environment you'd care to envision? Would you "live" there? If so, fate alone will decide its survival and your own. You can visit this predetermined "paradise" by watching/enduring/suffering Peter Jackson's elaborately filmed adaptation of Tolkien's epic trilogy.
I hold it is true that what is not worth contemplating in life is not worth contemplating in art. For its dismaying lack of meaningful moral definition, its pervasive pictorial ugliness, the quantity of its scenes of mind-numbing graphic violence, and its minimizing of the value of happiness, "The Lord of the Rings" films ought to be shunned and damned.
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