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I'm going to politely disagree...

Owain
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Feb 6 2013, 8:12pm


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considering the following. (All of which Warner Bros. had to put forth an investment in which to bring to us AND all of which we pay nothing for.)

1. We have free access to behind the scenes mini-documentaries throughout production. The VLogs. It should be noted that these are about as exclusive and inside as it gets... until after a movie is released and we see all of the in depth behind the scenes features.
2. We have free access to an official website with free music, games and downloads (something that a lot of franchise films charge access to under the guise of a club... i.e. Star Wars and Harry Potter)
3. The premiere of the film was streamed over the internet for free worldwide from New Zealand.
4. The premiere of Misty Mountains was streamed for free as was the entire Howard Shore Score for the movie.
4. The Mobile app was completely free
5. We will all have free access to any future production diaries, web downloads, apps for the remaining 2 movies.

This is a LIVE special event to help promote:

A. The home release of TH:AUJ (People are already paying for it)
B. Kickoff interest in the next installment

As someone who has worked on LIVE streaming events over the web, there is a significant cost incurred to feed the kind of audience that will be watching. How much of the bill should Warner Bros. foot for the fans?

There will be an edited version of this special event, for free, for those who chose to wait for the Extended Editions or simply opt out of, which means you will get to see at least a part of it... for free.

The only people this will disappoint are those who want the Extended Editions, which fans here, assume is the wider audience.

The fact that Warner Bros. and Peter Jackson have already confirmed that there will be an Extended Edition (which cost more anyway) means that they lose out on sales of the initial release... they didn't have to tell us that. We know that it will be in time for the Holidays this year.

How is this corrupt? A company has legally licensed the work, put in all of the effort to make that work (including huge financial investment in pre-production, production, post-production, marketing and distribution), and is now releasing the movies in different flavors for different tastes, with 1 option as an incentive for people to buy this release so that they can have an exclusive LIVE event look at what's coming.

Is it greed when a restaurant charges extra for a side choice in addition to the meal they are offering? If so, what should be free and who pays for it if you are the consumer (who has no investment in the preparation/delivery but merely the consumption).

Should The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit be sold at all since they have made mountains of money since first being published and are engrained in world-wide cultures as timeless stories? How much money is enough for the Tolkien Estate?

Middle Earth is New Zealand!

"Question everything, embrace the bad, and hold on to the good."

(This post was edited by Owain on Feb 6 2013, 8:13pm)

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Sneak Peek at Desolation of Smaug with Peter Jackson Vangalad Send a private message to Vangalad Feb 5 2013, 9:27pm
    I know where I will be Elessar Send a private message to Elessar Feb 5 2013, 9:28pm
    I have a feeling this is for those in the US only Carne Send a private message to Carne Feb 5 2013, 9:48pm
        I hope you are wrong too! Vangalad Send a private message to Vangalad Feb 5 2013, 9:58pm
        You might be right Estel78 Send a private message to Estel78 Feb 5 2013, 11:33pm
            Time will tell Verbal_Daggers Send a private message to Verbal_Daggers Feb 6 2013, 9:15am
        UK release date on April 8, so no DOS live stream with PJ for us. Really annoying. Gorbag Send a private message to Gorbag Feb 6 2013, 6:09pm
    It stinks that you have to buy the bluray/dvd... Estel78 Send a private message to Estel78 Feb 5 2013, 9:51pm
        why? Lindele Send a private message to Lindele Feb 5 2013, 9:52pm
            Coz i'm not buying it. Estel78 Send a private message to Estel78 Feb 5 2013, 9:55pm
                Me too Nira Send a private message to Nira Feb 5 2013, 10:31pm
                I always buy the initial... MasterOrc Send a private message to MasterOrc Feb 5 2013, 11:33pm
                Question Jeremy Send a private message to Jeremy Feb 6 2013, 2:11am
                    For LotR arithmancer Send a private message to arithmancer Feb 6 2013, 2:35am
                What I find interesting is that namarie Send a private message to namarie Feb 6 2013, 7:40am
    That's my birthday!! Joe20 Send a private message to Joe20 Feb 5 2013, 9:57pm
    I'm marking my calendar. Eowyn3 Send a private message to Eowyn3 Feb 5 2013, 10:12pm
    Woot! Called it! Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Feb 5 2013, 10:41pm
        One thing this post proves is MasterOrc Send a private message to MasterOrc Feb 5 2013, 11:40pm
            Only that grosses are becoming bigger and bigger. Estel78 Send a private message to Estel78 Feb 5 2013, 11:53pm
                And we have a lot more MasterOrc Send a private message to MasterOrc Feb 6 2013, 12:10am
                One word: inflation Kristin Thompson Send a private message to Kristin Thompson Feb 6 2013, 4:18am
                    It's more than one word Estel78 Send a private message to Estel78 Feb 6 2013, 1:01pm
            That's so true Ardamírë Send a private message to Ardamírë Feb 6 2013, 12:33am
    Saw it too, unlike fingolfin_nc Send a private message to fingolfin_nc Feb 6 2013, 12:32am
        Sorry, any true home theater has a projector. ;) // Estel78 Send a private message to Estel78 Feb 6 2013, 12:53am
            I much prefer the look of the flat panels to projectors. Patty Send a private message to Patty Feb 6 2013, 9:33am
            Hmmm fingolfin_nc Send a private message to fingolfin_nc Feb 6 2013, 9:25pm
    I was planning to buy the 3D Blu-ray anyway, so this is a great bonus! Kimtc Send a private message to Kimtc Feb 6 2013, 1:07am
        Just the hair :)? Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Feb 6 2013, 4:54pm
    *fist in the air* YES! grammaboodawg Send a private message to grammaboodawg Feb 6 2013, 1:27am
    Im confused rings7 Send a private message to rings7 Feb 6 2013, 6:17am
    I'm glad this won't be till March 24th... Patty Send a private message to Patty Feb 6 2013, 9:36am
    USA/Canada... TheHutt Send a private message to TheHutt Feb 6 2013, 12:08pm
    It'll be on Youtube stoutfiles Send a private message to stoutfiles Feb 6 2013, 1:25pm
        yeah there is no need to worry imin Send a private message to imin Feb 6 2013, 1:26pm
            They will release something, but not the exclusive content utku Send a private message to utku Feb 6 2013, 2:51pm
                Yeah i was meaning imin Send a private message to imin Feb 6 2013, 3:05pm
    Hypocrisy beyond comprehension... Danielos Send a private message to Danielos Feb 6 2013, 3:31pm
        I'm going to politely disagree... Owain Send a private message to Owain Feb 6 2013, 8:12pm
            I agree. Escapist Send a private message to Escapist Feb 6 2013, 8:28pm
                Agree also; why doesn't anyone have patience any more? belfalas Send a private message to belfalas Feb 6 2013, 9:46pm
                    Adding my agreement Kirly Send a private message to Kirly Feb 7 2013, 12:35am
            I also agree. Eowyn3 Send a private message to Eowyn3 Feb 7 2013, 1:10am
                I know I will be waiting for - Hanzkaz Feb 7 2013, 5:12am
        How is this ANY different than how the LOTR DVDs were released a decade ago? easterlingchief1 Send a private message to easterlingchief1 Feb 7 2013, 7:19am
            That's not what's bothering some of us Estel78 Send a private message to Estel78 Feb 7 2013, 11:22am
    I'll wait Rostron2 Send a private message to Rostron2 Feb 6 2013, 5:06pm
    Initially I thought namarie Send a private message to namarie Feb 7 2013, 4:12pm
        A bummer for Europeans Vangalad Send a private message to Vangalad Feb 7 2013, 4:46pm

 
 
 

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