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Feb 15 2013, 6:57pm

Post #1 of 70 (2686 views)
Why so many times? Can't Post

We have been having wonderful fun posting how many times we all have seen AUJ and in what formats. The QTNA are: 1. Why have you seen AUJ so often (especially if you have seen it 6 times or more) and 2. Did you make this much effort for multiple viewings of any or all of LOTR?

Grey Havens

Feb 15 2013, 7:10pm

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5, and counting [In reply to] Can't Post

I've seen it 5 times, but I definitely plan a "goodbye" viewing in this week sometime. I want to see it on the big screen one more time, though it is not showing in my immediate area anymore.

I saw it on Saturday when it came out in 2D, as I went to see it with friends who are not fond of 3D. I went to see it again with my sons, which I had always planned to do. When a film is PG-13 for violence I like to see it before deciding if it is OK for the boys. I took them to see it in 3D because they enjoy that format. They really liked it, so I took them to see it again. I also, after reading all those negative and positive reviews of the 48 FPS format, located a theater in my area and went to see it in that format, with the non-3D-loving friends. (We all felt 3D 48fps was an awesome format that made the CGI look even more real and helped to alleviate the bad aspects of 3D). And I saw it one other time on a whim, when I had no plans on a weekend night and realized it would be more fun to see this movie than do anything else that occured to me.

I plan to see it again sometime this week as my sons will be away for a school vacation all week, visiting their father. it will be a fun thing to do, and the movie is rewarding to see on the big screen.

I did not go see any of the LotR movies this many times, but I would say that was more about my circumstances at the time. (No kids to take to additional viewings, and a boyfriend who agreed to see it once but was not a fan). I think I did nonetheless see them 3-4 times each, going with family members around Christmas, and making a point to go see them towards the end of their run on some random workday night when I could fit it in, just because.

I do enjoy seeing movies more than once when I like them because you see more, and also because there is an enjoyment in anticipating favorite scenes once you know they are coming. For example, I recall as a teen seeing Star Wars: Return of the Jedi three times in its opening weekend (back in the days when this involved standing in lines for hours to get the tickets!)


Feb 15 2013, 7:35pm

Post #3 of 70 (1353 views)
I wish I had more chances. [In reply to] Can't Post

1. I've seen AUJ three times because, well, it was brilliant. I don't think you'll ever have an experience like the first few times you watch a movie in a cinema (Especially here where we never have LotR re-runs in cinemas). It was no longer showing at the cinemas in my area , so I couldn't go again.

2. I was between the ages of 3 and 6 when the LotR films were released. So no, never really could do the same.

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Feb 15 2013, 7:50pm

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Well [In reply to] Can't Post

I've seen AUJ three times, more times than any other film in the cinema (I saw RotK twice). That's enough for the moment (I don't want to spoil it before the DVD release).

That said I've lost count of how many times I have seen the LOTR films: I must have seen each one at least 50 times, maybe more like 100 times in reality.But they are so well made that I never lose interest or focus-they are just as enjoyable to watch the 81st time as they are the 1st..and even after that many viewings you don't see everything or learn everything about each character.

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Feb 15 2013, 7:51pm

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Cannot see a movie more than once in theaters [In reply to] Can't Post

It just feels like overkill and no reason to watch it when it comes out on DVD. I like seeing it once, then waiting the few months inbetween to rewatch it on DVD, in the comfort of my home, and being freshly reawakened to it.

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Feb 15 2013, 7:51pm

Post #6 of 70 (1354 views)
9 so far... [In reply to] Can't Post

I can't give any deeper reason than I just love the movie. It never gets old. And the more I see it, the more I find to like. It's almost like an Easter egg hunt, looking for cool things in each scene. It has become my favorite of all the movies, which was something I absolutely did not expect.

Plus, I am totally addicted to the HFR format, which I find mesmerizing. I was going during the day, on weeknights, any time I could manage.

Did I do this for LOTR? Nope. I did see ROTK a lot in theatres, but my children were much younger when the trilogy came out, so to go a lot would have required much more complex scheduling. Heck, going to Trilogy Tuesday for the whole day meant a lot of planning.

Heaven help me when I get the Blu-ray. I'll never leave the house.


Feb 15 2013, 7:58pm

Post #7 of 70 (1322 views)
The count [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm at 10. 11 tomorrow (2D only left but I like the 2D just fine.) and hopefully 12 and 13 next week during vaca (which thankfully our district was able to keep).
If I remember I saw FOTR 5? 6?
TTT and ROTK maybe 4 each? Plus Trilogy Tuesday for one count of them all.
For AUJ I've been out more, definitely. Feel like there is more minute detail to spy out, just like Kimtc says, its a fun egg hunt.

...she took the point at once, but she also took the spoons.

Grey Havens

Feb 15 2013, 7:59pm

Post #8 of 70 (1317 views)
I've seen it four times, [In reply to] Can't Post

and I've seen it four times because it was a really good film and I am sure I will miss the cinema experience so I wanted to enjoy it in cinema when I could!
I may end up seeing it one more time as well, even though I also want to wait for the extended edition to still have a "fresh" feel to the film!

I only saw the LotR films once in cinema... I was to young to see them without parents (9-11 years old) and my passion for the legendarium had not yet reached it full hold of me so to say (I had read the books before the movies)
I was to young to grasp the deeper concepts of LotR that really "caught" me in later years!

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The Shire

Feb 15 2013, 8:04pm

Post #9 of 70 (1319 views)
9 and counting [In reply to] Can't Post

1) These types of movies just play better in the movie theater, where the screens are huge and the sound systems are better than anything I could buy. Sweeping vistas just don't play as well on a tv set, and I don't have a home theater room like my brother--even there, his screen is the size of the wall, 10 ft across. It's just not the same. When I find a movie that I truly enjoy that has marvelous scenery, and epic fights and/or explosions I like to see it in the theater as much as I can. If it's a simpler movie that's basically just people talking to each other, I'll wait for the DVD for multiple viewings.

2) I saw LOTR:FOTR 10 times in the theater. I've about matched that with TH:AUJ. Due to unforeseen circumstances, I was unable to see TTT or ROTJ that many times. I had the desire, just not the ability.

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TH: when the going gets tough, the tough call the eagles.

Tol Eressea

Feb 15 2013, 8:36pm

Post #10 of 70 (1298 views)
Haven't seen it as many time as I would like to have! [In reply to] Can't Post

My husband, OhioHobbit, and I have seen AUJ 7 times and would have seen it more if the weater hadn't been too bad to drive 40 miles to the theater. We have no better reason to see it over and over except that we loved the movie.

We saw the LOTR movies about a dozen times each. The weather must have been better -- not so much snow and they were in the theater longer. Our theater just rushed The Hobbit through.

We plan to buy the DVD when it comes out and watch AUJ a bunch more times -- plus pausing and checking out each scene carefully!


Feb 15 2013, 8:43pm

Post #11 of 70 (1316 views)
TH:AUJ feels more like an event than a mere movie. [In reply to] Can't Post

It's like Christmas or any other Holiday where I feel I want to go see it with friends, on my own, with this part of my family, and then again with that part of my family, etc. It's like having Thanksgiving with both sides of the family, your friends, and then doing a little something on your own as well. It's exactly like a major Holiday.

In fact ... even those that I feel closely associated that seem to be snubbing me lately have included TH:AUJ in their arsenal of ways to snub me! Just like you would not-invite someone to any other major celebration to make a statement! It's just like that.


Feb 15 2013, 8:52pm

Post #12 of 70 (1293 views)
Five times for me [In reply to] Can't Post

I think its an awesome movie. I saw it four times within it being out 10 days of it being out. It feels very much like the book and I love spending time within Middle-earth. I have a deep love for this world and spending time there be it in the books or movies is time well spent.

I did with The Return of the King. When the others came out I was in college and had a very limited budget so I kept to a one time rule. Now, After re-releases, Trilogy Tuesday events, etc I've seen the others FOTR 3 times, TTT 3 times, ROTK 5 times, and AUJ 5 times.

Old Toby
Grey Havens

Feb 15 2013, 10:50pm

Post #13 of 70 (1260 views)
Why indeed! [In reply to] Can't Post

Why have you seen AUJ so often (especially if you have seen it 6 times or more)?
Today will be my 20th time for AUJ. Unfortunately it's no longer playing in 3D HFR here, so I have to settle for the 2D version. But, undaunted, I still will go as long as it is playing in any format. When I tell other people how many times I've seen it, they look at me....well, you know. As for the 'why': I go because I love the film, I love being transported into Middle-earth, being in the presence of these amazing characters, particularly all the dwarves. I go because there are scenes I want to re-live over and over on the big screen, from the dialogue to the music to the sweeping landscapes of New Zealand (which will forever be Middle-earth in my mind). And I will freely admit, I am completely enchanted by Thorin Oakenshield and his hair! LOL!

Did you make this much effort for multiple viewings of any or all of LOTR?
Oh my yes! I saw FOTR, I swear, about 50 times! I think I saw it at least twice a week for as long as it played here, and it played a lot longer than AUJ is going to. I just couldn't get enough of it, and besides, it seemed like all the other movies playing simply paled in comparison. I didn't go so many times to either TTT or ROTK. It's odd that even when there have been other movies I've loved and have gone to see them maybe 2 or 3 times over, I just don't have the same passion about them as I do with AUJ and the LOTR films. For me, these films, all of them, have made my life a happier place, and I'm forever grateful to PJ and everyone who works on these movies for transporting me to such a fantastic, vital, exciting world. (Oh, yeah, and to whatsshisname who wrote those darned books upon which these are based!)

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(This post was edited by Old Toby on Feb 15 2013, 10:53pm)


Feb 15 2013, 11:06pm

Post #14 of 70 (1251 views)
I have seen it seven times because I enjoyed it greatly. [In reply to] Can't Post

Also, on different viewings I sometimes brought different friends and relatives along. Midnight showing with mine Lady fair and friends, showings for the kiddies and kin etc. etc. If it were still playing in the theater nearest to me, I would see it several more just to help push it over that 300 million line. Oh that I were getting a piece of the profits Laugh lol. And as soon as it crosses that monetary line. . . I cannot wait for the Blu-Ray/DVD! lol

I saw Fellowship more often. Towers less, and Return of The King about the same as this.

In Reply To
We have been having wonderful fun posting how many times we all have seen AUJ and in what formats. The QTNA are: 1. Why have you seen AUJ so often (especially if you have seen it 6 times or more) and 2. Did you make this much effort for multiple viewings of any or all of LOTR?

"Hear me, hounds of Sauron, Gandalf is here! Fly if you value your foul skins, I will shrivel you from tail to snout if you step within this circle!"

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(This post was edited by AinurOlorin on Feb 15 2013, 11:16pm)


Feb 15 2013, 11:25pm

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Tomorrow will be the 10th [In reply to] Can't Post

My co-worker has seen it 8 times. She says it's because we've both been so stressed(working nearly constant OT since August) that we need that escape.

But it's not just that for me. I love movies that are action/adventure/fantasy/humorous! I'm not much into the "realistic movies". I like that takes me away from that. I already live in the real world. I don't need movies that show me what I already have to put up with. I want stuff that takes me away. And that's what this movie is to me. It takes me to a world that doesn't exist, with lots of fun and interesting characters.

It simply makes me happy. Which is the most important reason of all. ^_^


Feb 16 2013, 12:02am

Post #16 of 70 (1210 views)
I've only seen it twice... [In reply to] Can't Post

...though I wanted to see it more. When LOTR came out, I lived with my parents and didn't have kids or bills. I saw FOTR 7 times in the theater, TTT 6 times, and ROTK 5 times. I think. It's been a long time.

I was going to see The Hobbit one more time, but it wasn't playing in 3D in my area anymore and I knew it was coming out on blu ray in March or April, so I decided to just wait. It's not like LOTR where you had to wait 6-8 months for the dvd. Though when I buy the blu ray I'm sure I'll watch it too many times to count, as I have with the LOTR movies.


Feb 16 2013, 12:21am

Post #17 of 70 (1218 views)
I have seen it 9 times. [In reply to] Can't Post

The main reason I have watched the movie so many times is because a love it. The funny thing is I did not really expect to like it this much. I was excited as a Tolkien fan, but 3 hours of Bilbo seemed a little too much. That all changed when Martin Freeman started acting. I could watch him act Bilbo all day. Then, of course, there is Richard Armitage acting Thorin; it completely changed the way I ever thought of Thorin. The whole cast is fantastic.
I think the other reason I have watched it so much is because my teenage kids like Tolkien almost as much as I do, and I have enjoyed watching it together with them.
Also, I think AUJ is kind of my happy place, no major characters die and you don't yet have the sadness that will be inevitable in the TABA. I don't think I'll be watching TABA that many times on the big screen. At home, I always forward Boromir's and Haldir's death.
LOTR was different for me because my kids were very young and I did not have the time to go to the movies very much, so I only watched each movie once when they came out. As it is, we watch them all the time on DVD and if there is a special showing at the theater we would not miss it. We saw the 10th year anniversary and of course the LOTR marathon. So much fun! I wish they had it every year. I love watching it on the big screen.

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Feb 16 2013, 12:49am

Post #18 of 70 (1187 views)
so true about TABA [In reply to] Can't Post

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I don't think I'll be watching TABA that many times on the big screen.

I cannot agree with you more Eowyn. It will be a shattering experience and I don't know how many big screen viewings I will do. Its not a casual experience for us. Repeats might be at home.

...she took the point at once, but she also took the spoons.


Feb 16 2013, 12:52am

Post #19 of 70 (1186 views)
Response to questions [In reply to] Can't Post

1. I have seen it about eight or nine times so far, and counting. I love the visuals, acting and characters so much, especially in the 48 HFR, and I know that no DVD is going to replicate that experience. Once the film is gone from the big screens, it is gone. Its run in cinemas, especially in the high frame rate, is really far too short.

2. I saw each of the LOTR films a few times don't remember quite how many times on the big screen.

For the record, I have never been to see any other film apart from the Middle-Earth films more than once on the big screen.


Feb 16 2013, 1:03am

Post #20 of 70 (1174 views)
Only three times [In reply to] Can't Post

And I wish it was ten times that number. I never expected to like it that much. Each showing made me love it more. Finances prevented me from seeing it more often. The Dwarves are so individual, it's like making 13 new friends that you cannot spend enough time with. Bilbo shines also. I love how PJ has turned his country into our favorite place on earth. I'm going to start saving so I can see the next two far more often.

I saw FOTR once, having never read the book. Ringwraiths scared me to death! TT opened my eyes to the beauty of Elves, with Legolas becoming my reason for being.Blush I saw it 22 times. ROTK was wonderful but so intense I only saw it 6 times.
These are the counts during their first run. I saw them all again during "Trilogy Tuesday" and other re-issues.


Feb 16 2013, 1:50am

Post #21 of 70 (1177 views)
Where is gramma? [In reply to] Can't Post

I can't wait to hear how many times she's seen it by now!! Smile

There's a sad sort of clanging from the clock in the hall and the bells in the steeple, too.
And up in the nursery an absurd little bird is popping out to say coo-coo (coo-coo, coo-coo).

Tol Eressea

Feb 16 2013, 3:22am

Post #22 of 70 (1181 views)
Thorin's hair. ;-) [In reply to] Can't Post

Okay, his hair is only part of it. A delicious part, nonetheless...

I'm up to 14 times. It's down to one showing a day now -- but in 3D HFR on probably the best screen in town -- at a single theatre in our city now, and this could be its last week. Fingers crossed for one more week. Will go again if I can, but it's tricky.

Why so many times? I love it, plain and simple. I have to see it enough times to internalize it, until it's so familiar that it -- okay, maybe this sounds weird -- becomes part of me. There's so much going on in every scene, so many characters to look at, that I still found new things in my last viewing. How could I ever get bored? And, lest I lose sight of the forest for the trees, the story itself is, of course, compelling: a displaced king-in-waiting seeking to reclaim his lost kingdom, and a little person (ok, hobbit) discovering himself through an Unexpected Adventure. And I really can't get enough of Thorin. Did I mention his hair?

I saw FOTR 17 times in a theater, and I don't remember exactly for TTT and ROTK -- between 5 and 10 each, I believe. I had to internalize those three too; and would have seen the latter two more times but for tighter finances. I've seen all the Star Wars movies multiple times in theaters, but (with the exception of Episode IV, which I've seen way more times than I can count) more like 3-5 times each. For any other movie, once or twice in a theater is plenty!


Feb 16 2013, 3:24am

Post #23 of 70 (1174 views)
*peeks into monitor* <:o [In reply to] Can't Post

My ears were ringing! ;)

I'll tell you and only you, Ardamire!!! Viewing #30 is tomorrow (Saturday) at a theatre that's a hour away... so I won't be seeing it many more times than this. *sigh* Maybe... *winkie, wink* :)

The QTNA are:
1. Why have you seen AUJ so often (especially if you have seen it 6 times or more)
..... There are some films that are meant to be watched on the BIG SCREEN with BIG SOUND... and Jackson's storytelling of Tolkien's tales are definitely that! Plus, it's a lot cheaper than getting therapy ;) I just LOVE this movie, and I just LOVE disappearing into it as often as possible! *twitch* I can't WAIT for the DVD!

2. Did you make this much effort for multiple viewings of any or all of LOTR?
.....I knew I'd never make the average of 58 times I saw each of the LotR films, but I really wanted to give it a go! It's not because the intent wasn't there; but TH has stayed at my theatre a very short time compared to LotR films. The closest theatre now playing TH is an hour away... so between the 2 hours of driving and 3 hours of film, my RL responsibilities now don't allow me that luxury of time hardly at all. PLUS it costs about $20 in gas each trip. ;)

ps... I've got all of my ticket stubs from all the films. Richard Taylor even checked out my little baggie filled with my LotR ticket stubs back after the 2004 Oscars... ON CAMERA!

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Feb 16 2013, 4:31am

Post #24 of 70 (1161 views)
Saw it 3 times, the first week... [In reply to] Can't Post

But not since then. I kind of want to go again, but I also want to wait for the DVD.

I'm worried of watching it too many times, like I did with LOTR!

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Feb 16 2013, 4:41am

Post #25 of 70 (1154 views)
Wellll.... [In reply to] Can't Post

1. I've seen it 5 times so far, and will maybe get one more in before it leaves the last of my local theaters. I feel like I'm just getting to know it - the books are like old friends I know very well, and the movies are like new additions to the family. I enjoy getting acquainted. And in this case, I really enjoyed the HFR and was happy to have gotten 4 viewings in of that format. I figure it'll never look like that in my living room (I don't even have an HD TV or Blu-Ray player), so I might as well make the most of it.

2. I saw FOTR 12 times, TTT 8 times and ROTK only 6 - not because I didn't like it as much, I just had very little free time over that Christmas season and it was difficult to find 4 hours to go see it. I never really expected to see AUJ as many times, since my life is busier now than it was a decade ago. But while I rarely go to see movies more than once in the theater (actually, I rarely see movies in the theater at all), it's not unusual for me to rewatch favorite films multiple times on DVD. These films are special to my heart, as are the books. They get favored status and a lot more views (in theaters and at home) than most others.


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