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LOTR presskits?

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Oct 8 2007, 12:39pm

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LOTR presskits? Can't Post

Not sure if this has been discussed before, but I'll start off nonetheless.

I've seen a lot of amazing press memorabilia and interested in collecting them too, but way too few of them turn up anywhere. There's stuff like digital asset CDs, promotional DVDs, art folders etc. Does anyone have info/pics. of this kinda stuff?

"Crows and Gibbets! What is the house of Eorl but a thatched barn where brigands drink in the reek and their brats roll around on the floor with their dogs! You are but a lesser son of greater Sires."

SandWitch King

Oct 9 2007, 7:19pm

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A fine, fine question [In reply to] Can't Post

I will ask around of the press people I know. Maybe I can get my hands on one for at least a look. It tickles my mind that I might have something, somewhere from The Two Towers and it wasn't "all" that impressive.


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Oct 10 2007, 12:33pm

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Why thanks [In reply to] Can't Post

That'd be great Smile I've been collecting LOTR press stuff for a while now but they're pretty hard to come by. Do you have any press stuff??

"Crows and Gibbets! What is the house of Eorl but a thatched barn where brigands drink in the reek and their brats roll around on the floor with their dogs! You are but a lesser son of greater Sires."

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Oct 18 2007, 6:50pm

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Press Items [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi, Earl.

I've never been on the TORN board before, but was doodling around today, found the board, and saw your question. I set up a board ID just so I could answer it. Smile

There are all kinds of press items, so many, I don't even know where to really start.

There is a series of three linen-bound press books that were issued to members of the press, with a followup trilogy gift book. There are also several hardbound books that were issued as promos, including an Asian and a French one, amongst others.

Presskit CDrom sets were issued for each movie. In English, there was a beautiful "gatefold" cover made for each installment, with CDroms that included hi-resolution photos, trailers, facts, etc. An additional gatefold CDrom was made for Two Towers, dedicated to SFX, primarily Gollum. In addition, there were several supplemental press CDroms produced, too.

There are more CDrom press kits in German, French, and other languages, including a stunning combination pressbook/CDrom set made for Arum, the Spanish film distributor. It is a long, narrow, oblong book, with maps and other artwork folded in accordion pleats, inside a heavily embossed cover, which is, in turn, in a heavy slipcover.

Unique to Germany is the "Radio Press Kit" or RPK. These were audio CDs included dozens of soundbites from cast and crew, which could be inserted into radio stories, or, if the host was creative enough, could be used to give the impression he was doing a presonal interview.

There were also a number of press videotapes (remember, videos were still viable back in 2000 and 2001), and several DVDs, which included snippets of film footage.

There were press folders produced for the DVD releases, beautiful, embossed, full color folders, with press inserts, and additional CDroms. Different versions were released for the EE DVD releases. One beautiful DVD related press gift includes a CDrom, handouts, and a small laser-engraved paperweight in a "silk" lined box. In addition to press material, beautiful booklets and kits were prepared to entice dealers to buy more material, too.

There is additional press material with movie images on them for the video and computer game releases, the online RPG game, and even for the Pachinko and slot machines (those two were exclusive to Japan).

New Line issued a lot of random press and promo stuff, such as a gorgeous folder from Taiwan, with full color "miniposters" in it, along with handouts. Similar items were produced for many countries.

There are also items which were (presumably) executive or press gifts: cuff links (real ones, not the bootlegs that were on Ebay for a while), golf sets, and more. A Belgian choclatier was tapped to produce a CDrom press kit....with a chocolate CDrom.

And then you get into the whole issue of press and premiere tickets, which can constitute a whole collection by themselves, the Holy Grail being, of course, the holographic round pass from the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. Some of the premiere tickets are just outstanding, particularly a Thai TTT premiere ticket, which has a watercolorish image of Frodo with Sting at Gollum's throat. Gives me a lump in mine just thinking about it, it's that pretty.

You can see pictures of many of these at my website at www.springlering.com I also have some articles there on how to avoid fakes, particularly the press CDs.

You might find Kristin Thompsons's excellent book, The Frodo Franchise, to be of interest. It is readily available on Amazon:

There are also several good sellers on Ebay who often have unusual press and promo material. Good, reliable sellers include MiddleEarthCharms, 9NiteOwl, Shire-Lore, Minas1Anor, and myself, Springlering, although I am taking a self-enforced break from Ebay right now, having reached my...ahem...PO threshold with Ebay and Ebayers lately. There are other good sellers, but I'm supposed to be working, not gabbing, so I'm blanking right now.

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