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Blu-Ray Special Extended Edition Box Set


Apr 24 2013, 7:53pm

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Blu-Ray Special Extended Edition Box Set Can't Post

Just wondering whether this box set haanything extra on it that the DVD version doesn't.

Thanks in advance Smile

The Shire

Apr 25 2013, 1:39am

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YES! [In reply to] Can't Post

Yes, it has an extra documentary for each film by director Costa Botes. And BluRay allows you to see much more detail I have never seen before in the special effects, in my opinion!

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The Grey Pilgrim

Apr 25 2013, 7:17pm

Post #3 of 9 (261 views)
yeah what they said haha. [In reply to] Can't Post

It has the Costa Botes Documentaries from the 2006 LE DVD's which are definitely worth it, but really it's worth it for the HD alone Wink

Tol Eressea

Apr 26 2013, 4:48pm

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The Costa Botes documentaries are really excellent. [In reply to] Can't Post

They take more of a "fly on the wall" approach to the behind the scenes stuff. And Domonic Monaghan and Billy Boyd get up to some pretty hilarious hi-jinx in a couple of them.


Apr 26 2013, 8:20pm

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Botes [In reply to] Can't Post

The 'approach' of the documentaries wasn't really Botes choice. The footage was essentially taken from him and molded by someone else.

I found these two stories quite interesting:


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Tol Eressea

Apr 26 2013, 9:26pm

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Thanks for those articles... [In reply to] Can't Post

I hadn't heard about any of that. It's always surprising to hear that companies willingly put out an inferior product. Would've been great to see his full, unaltered vision, and especially to hear his take on the making of the films in whatever commentary he would have done. I still enjoy those docs, though.


Apr 26 2013, 11:04pm

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they've always felt a bit 'raw' (as in 'uncooked') to me [In reply to] Can't Post

which is why I was really interested in those articles and bookmarked them. It's also fascinating to see 'inside' the process.

I do like how we get to see stuff we can't see any where else. Like the folks inside Panto-Bill the Pony.

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Kristin Thompson

Apr 27 2013, 1:24am

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Not strictly true [In reply to] Can't Post

The articles are a little confusing. Yes, Costa's footage was all made available to Dan Arden, who made the making-of documentaries shown on cable and used as extras on the theatrical DVD, and to Michael Pellerin, who made the widely praised supplements for the extended-version DVDs. But Costa also used that footage and more to make his three feature-length documentaries, one for each part of the film. He had considerable creative freedom for those, though as he says, some songs he wanted to include were cut because New Line didn't want to pay for licensing the rights. There was also some material censored out. I'm not sure what, since I've only seen the director's cut versions, sans censorship.

I know Costa wanted to have commentaries on his documentaries, and he wasn't happy about the three docs being released as supplements to yet another DVD boxed set of LOTR. But as I understand it, there was some sort of contractual agreement that meant his films couldn't be used to generate revenue directly, just to promote LOTR.

Anyway, what you see in those three documentaries is fairly close to Costa's original intentions. Fans shouldn't avoid watching them because the footage was supposedly taken away from him. He simply shared it with the other making-of producers.


May 11 2013, 3:32pm

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Extended edition [In reply to] Can't Post

I ordered the extended edition :) It should be arriving this Monday


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