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FOTR opening question

Rosie-with-the-ribbons
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Dec 3 2012, 10:52am

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When I was flying home from Auckland to Singapore (Singapore Airlines) they had the trilogy on the inflight entertainment. So of course I had to watch them. But I noticed something I think was new, but I can't check it properly now I'm back at home.

The movie started with the WB-logo (I know that is new, since WB didn't have anything to do with the LOTR movies). But after the prologue, you go to the Shire, seeing Frodo reading underneath the tree, the Fellowship name comes onto the screen. But at that moment at the bottom left hand corner it said: "The Shire ... 60 years later". I really can't remember ever seeing that on the screen. I checked at home, but I only own the extended version on DVD/Blu-ray.

Can anybody maybe check?
It could be they added it now, with The Hobbit starting, to set a time frame for the movies.



DanielLB
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Dec 3 2012, 11:10am

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Yup, that subtitle is present during the TE versions of the film. [In reply to] Can't Post

I tried to find a screencap, but couldn't.

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Rosie-with-the-ribbons
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Dec 3 2012, 11:39am

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Thanks! [In reply to] Can't Post

It looked so new to me. But than I think I noticed a lot of new details, when you are that close to a small screen and there is nothing else to see than just the movie.

So not new, I figured maybe they added it with The Hobbit coming.



Loresilme
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Dec 3 2012, 6:00pm

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Perhaps you're thinking of the EE's [In reply to] Can't Post

If I recall correctly, that text is not shown in the Extended Edition.

Your memory is just fine (or else mine's not either :-)).


Ardamírë
Valinor


Dec 3 2012, 8:51pm

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You're right [In reply to] Can't Post

I wonder why it was left out of the EE though. I like that it's gone, but I'm not sure why it is.

"...and his first memory of Middle-earth was the green stone above her breast as she sang above his cradle while Gondolin was still in flower." -Unfinished Tales


Mooseboy018
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Dec 3 2012, 9:49pm

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I have a feeling the studio asked them to put in that "60 years later" thing for general audiences (or maybe not), and then they had the chance to take it out for the extended edition because it was directed towards fans that already knew the timeline well enough.


Ardamírë
Valinor


Dec 4 2012, 3:07am

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That's very likely [In reply to] Can't Post

I prefer it not being there, but I understand that first time viewers probably needed it.

"...and his first memory of Middle-earth was the green stone above her breast as she sang above his cradle while Gondolin was still in flower." -Unfinished Tales


Loresilme
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Dec 4 2012, 2:07pm

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It might also be [In reply to] Can't Post

because, in between the end of the Prologue and the scene of Frodo under the tree, the EE's have the voiceover of Bilbo describing Hobbits and the scenes of life in the Shire. So given everything the audience sees and hears in that sequence, perhaps it wasn't necessary to then also explicitly state that some years have passed since then.


Ardamírë
Valinor


Dec 4 2012, 3:43pm

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That's also possible [In reply to] Can't Post

Though, they could have easily just moved the "60 years later" to the new scene with Bilbo.

I am glad that it's not there, though. I fine it much more satisfactory when the movie makes clear what's happening rather than just putting up a sign.

"...and his first memory of Middle-earth was the green stone above her breast as she sang above his cradle while Gondolin was still in flower." -Unfinished Tales

 
 

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