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Extended Lord of the Rings DVDs

Forgotton Half-elf
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Jan 25 2013, 1:44pm

Post #1 of 21 (1631 views)
Extended Lord of the Rings DVDs Can't Post

All I can say is BLOOMIN AWESOME! Cool Why oh why did they cut those scenes out is beyond me! Ok, there were a couple in Return of the King that I was like "Yeah, I can see why those are gone" But who cares if it makes the movies 'too' long?! Its like watching another adventure within an adventure! Tongue The extra bits you get on the extended DVDs are also awesome - especially when they show you how they made the costumes and scene sets. A must buy!! Wink


Jan 25 2013, 2:28pm

Post #2 of 21 (936 views)
Yes! [In reply to] Can't Post

Could not agree more!

The extended DVD's are truly a whole other adventure on their own. Sometimes information like that can ruin a film but that is NOT the case here. It enhances the viewing experiences.

Getting to know the cast and crew made my connection to the movies infinity deeper. From Weta to Vigo to Shore there is so much to love about what went into the movies, and I would not have had that experience if it wasn't for the EE of those movies.

Don't be hasty.


Jan 25 2013, 5:36pm

Post #3 of 21 (919 views)
I also couldn't agree more [In reply to] Can't Post

The EEs are at least twice as good as the theatrical cuts, even the Fellowship which doesn't have as many added bits as the other two.

Can't wait for the same treatment with The Hobbit! As far as I'm concerned, I haven't seen AUJ until I've seen the extended cut!

"These are Gundabad Wargs! They will outrun you!"

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Jan 25 2013, 6:40pm

Post #4 of 21 (923 views)
AUJ felt like it had a lot of extended material already in it, though. [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm pretty sure that if this was done the same way as LotR, scenes like "Blunt The Knives" would have been extended-only scenes. I'm curious what they'll add.

all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us...


Jan 25 2013, 7:32pm

Post #5 of 21 (890 views)
Yes I felt that as well [In reply to] Can't Post

Which is, I have to say, what I loved about it so much (and what finally convinced that three films was a good idea). So glad they included the bit about the invention of golf: one of the most memorable bits of the book for me, and then to have it said by the book's best character (imo) as well was an added bonus.

I'm looking forward to seeing Bilbo as a child (which is apparently in there), which will go nicely with Gandalf's remark about him in the theatrical cut.

More Radagast and Goblin King please!

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Jan 25 2013, 8:00pm

Post #6 of 21 (911 views)
We need a spinoff, naturally... [In reply to] Can't Post

"The Adventures of Radagast" could be kind of like "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil". Maybe they could even have Tom Bombadil and Radagast team up to save the forest!

all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us...


Jan 25 2013, 8:19pm

Post #7 of 21 (897 views)
Now *that* I want to see! [In reply to] Can't Post

Goldberry, Treebeard and the Ents can come along for the fun of it as well.Laugh

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Jan 26 2013, 1:24am

Post #8 of 21 (869 views)
Right there with you... [In reply to] Can't Post

on everything you said ! I make a point to watch a lot of the extras everytime I watch the EE's. My favorite movie is FOTR, and my favorite extras are on FOTR too. In particular, the first piece which is basically a Professor Tolkien documentary. I learned a lot about the man J.R.R. Tolkien from the dvd's, which in turn led me closer to the books, which is a lovely thingSmile

And now on the blu ray EE's, there is the additional Costa Botes docs....nice little extra treat for even more indulgenceSmile

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Jan 26 2013, 1:59am

Post #9 of 21 (877 views)
What are the Costa Botes documentaries [In reply to] Can't Post

I have the DVD EE's. Apparently the Blu-Rays blow them out of the water, picture wise? And how good/long are the new docs?

Ziggy Stardust

Jan 26 2013, 3:34am

Post #10 of 21 (864 views)
Yes [In reply to] Can't Post

I saw them for the first time this past Christmas. (I finally got them!) I can see why some scenes were removed, but there were others that I had wished they kept in the theatrical, like the scene with The Mouth of Sauron. How could they have originally not have that? It's in the novel, and that character is so delightfully eerie.


Jan 26 2013, 6:30am

Post #11 of 21 (922 views)
The CB documentaries came with a third 'release' of the movies [In reply to] Can't Post

called Limited Edition.

Each movie has two discs. One disc is double sided and has both the theatrical and extended versions on it. You chose which to watch as a menu option and you have to flip the disc over at the same point you change discs on the EE regardless of which version you watch.

There are none of the extras that are available with the TE or the EE versions.

The second disc in each set is the documentary. I think each is about an hour long. I just looked up FOTR LE and it's 109 minutes long. Amazon will tell you the length of the other two.

It's raw, behind the scenes footage. There is no narration or fancy graphics or anything. Just the footage.

It does show things we don't see in other features. I could recommend these if you can find them cheap. I got them on some special deal Walmart was running years ago.

But for most of us, buying this set means everything we spend is essentially for this documentary so you have to ask yourself, how much are you willing to spend on it?

There could be some slight advantage for some people who want the EE on one disc. But if I had to chose which version of the EE to buy I'd buy the one with all the extras.

You can read a little more about it here: http://costabotes.com/...f-lord-of-the-rings/
and here: http://www.nznoldor.com/...nt-do-making-of.html

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Jan 26 2013, 3:18pm

Post #12 of 21 (835 views)
Magpie nailed it..... [In reply to] Can't Post

as far as the Costa Botes original release ( which I don't have....) but the EE blu ray release goes like this....

Each film is seperated into two blu ray discs , the appendices are seperated over two discs ( unfortunately on dvd, not blu ray, so no hi def for the appendicesFrown )
and then a completely seperate disc for the Costa Botes footage ( sadly, also not hi def )

In short, the EE blu ray set is fifteen discs, 5 discs for each film. As far as Costa Botes, he is a documentary filmmaker personally chosen by Peter Jackson, and granted exclusive accesss to the LOTR production to film behind the scenes footage. The Botes docs are all approx. 1 hour in length, and contain tons of video clips of stars and production staff during filming.

As far as picture quality, there is a great amount of debate that the blu ray transfer has a 'green tint' to the picture, but I have opted out of this debate because I think the picture looks great, and I focus more on the updated clarity of the visuals insteadSmile


Jan 26 2013, 4:39pm

Post #13 of 21 (813 views)
agree... [In reply to] Can't Post

It's hard to watch the TTT theatrical cut after seeing the EE...the absence of alot of the Pippin/Merry development and also the Faramir/Boromir flashback makes it hard to watch anything but the EE.

Grey Havens

Jan 26 2013, 5:09pm

Post #14 of 21 (833 views)
some possibilities [In reply to] Can't Post

-Bilbo at the market (pretty much confirmed)
-young Bilbo meeting Gandalf (pretty much confirmed)
-Bilbo seeing Narsil and talking to Elrond
-more stuff with the dwarves in Rivendell
-the Nazgul tombs


Jan 26 2013, 10:49pm

Post #15 of 21 (798 views)
It seems that I will have to get them then [In reply to] Can't Post

Could you care to comment on the picture quality?

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Jan 27 2013, 1:00am

Post #16 of 21 (889 views)
EE's are awesome because.... [In reply to] Can't Post

What I love about the EE's is that the extra scenes, are not just cut out scenes, but they have made the whole movie work around them, to the point of changing a couple of lines and using different takes! I love that

The Shire

Jan 29 2013, 11:23am

Post #17 of 21 (779 views)
More Middle Earth!! [In reply to] Can't Post

That's all I could think of on the happy day I found out there were EEs.
And the even happier day when my husband got them for me for my birthday. Oh the viewing pleasure, the giddiness, the squeels.
And then all the appendices.....


Jan 31 2013, 8:27am

Post #18 of 21 (761 views)
Yep [In reply to] Can't Post

I don't think I ever watched the TEs again after I got the EEs!

In fact, I don't think I even remember what the TEs are like anymore...


Feb 3 2013, 8:06pm

Post #19 of 21 (645 views)
That set of DVDs [In reply to] Can't Post

allowed me to be the fly-on-the-wall I always dreamed about. Now I'm waiting for an extended-extended edition with ALL of the deleted scenes! *twitch* That would be another dream come true :)

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Feb 7 2013, 12:18am

Post #20 of 21 (666 views)
The Only Bad Thing About the Extended Edition [In reply to] Can't Post

I love the Extended Edition and it is so much better , but there is one bad thing about it. The only bad thing about it is that when I go to friends's houses and I have to watch the regular edition I keep thinking, "where did that scene go?" and then I remember. After watching the extended edition five or six times a year I just can't watch the regular edition anymore.

The Shire

Mar 4 2013, 12:43am

Post #21 of 21 (821 views)
ooh ya [In reply to] Can't Post

Indeed they are the most fun one can have with one's clothes on, particularly if watched on a 17inch laptop less than 2 feet away whilst lying in/on a bed. It's like having a TV the size of a living room wall. Sound is piped out of headphone socket to external amp,speakers and sub. omg what a cinematic xperience.


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