The Award-winning $1 billion dollar franchise is revisited with three new 2-disc limited editions. Each DVD features the theatrical and extended versions of the film and a new documentary. Filmmaker Costa Botes, who was pe... more »rsonally selected by Peter Jackson, created three ground-breaking documentaries using rare behind-the-scenes footage. DVD Features:
Documentaries:Never-before-seen behind-the-scenes documentary by Costa Botes, the filmmaker director Peter Jackson personally hired (85 minutes)
Other:Part I - 106 minutes (Extended); 93 minutes (Theatrical) Part II - 122 minutes (Extended); 86 minutes (Theatrical)« less
Jean M. (geniedawn) from TUJUNGA, CA Reviewed on 3/7/2008...
If you love the Tolkin novels, get the 4 disc extended versions of all 3 movies in the Trilogy! You miss out on a lot of color, sound, character development and story if you get the 2 cd sets. The extended versions are very much worth it; an astounding film trilogy!!
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Buy it for Costa's Documentary - it's AMAZING
Vonnie | New Zealand | 07/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I live in Wellington, New Zealand and I have to do a little plug here because I've been lucky enough to have seen two of Costa's three documentaries after he finished editing them. New Line has done a HUGE disservice to fans by holding these documentaries back and now, having milked the LOTR cash cow for all it's worth, I fear that Costa's amazing work is not going to get the credit it deserves. I cannot speak highly enough of these documentaries.
Mind you, the versions I saw were uncensored. From what I know, New Line has decided that their audience isn't mature enough to cope with all of the cussing and have helpfully beeped everything. Which should make some of the footage interesting as in some cases all you'll be hearing out of the mouths of the actors is, "Beeeeeeeeeep".
Anyway, this isn't some cheap hype. I've held off buying any LOTR sets because I knew these documentaries would eventually get a release. They are a wonderful insight into the making of LOTR (and films in general). There's no cheap Hollywood schmoozing here. It's warts and all. There is no narrative, no music, no one telling anyone how great they are. It shows crew being people and actors being people. There's some lovely footage in one of the documentaries of Viggo fishing - I'm hoping that's still in there. Costa also shot the footage of Sean getting injured when he stepped on a large chunk of wood during a take. Anyway, I can't remember all of the great scenes, since it's been a couple of years, but there's some fantastic stuff. I'm hoping all the footage I remember is still included (although, who knows what horrors the documentaries have been subjected to while in the clutches of New Line).
So, yeah, I know, who wants to buy another DVD set. Right? Well, don't buy it for the movies. Buy it for these documentaries. New Line in their short sightedness have held back three pieces of work that I think any fan will love and even worse, they've done a terrible job of promoting them. In all seriousness, I don't think you're going to be dissapointed."
These movies are great but ...
Raul Cardona-Pendrey | Atlanta, GA | 08/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, the cinematic benchmark for the 21st century. Both versions on one disc, very good idea? Well, only if you don't have them already. If you don't, this is for you and you can stop reading. Fans however, already own all the versions of these movies. The new documentary, no matter how excellent, raw and real it may be, will get one viewing; better for renting. The only reasons for buying this are if you plan to view the documentaries more than once or if you are an obsessive collector of all things related to these movies. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan; I preordered every DVD on the first day I could. I don't doubt that next year they will release an HD-DVD or Blu-Ray version (possibly both) that will be entirely worth having. Until then I will wait to give them more money, not now."
Excellent addition to your library, for those that don't own
Don Cheeto | Bakersfield, CA | 09/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...I've been seeing a lot of negative reviews for the re-release of these three films on DVD. A lot of them are from people that don't even own them giving them a low rating simply because they are mad they already own the extended cuts, and want the documentaries on the new ones, but don't want to purchase them again. Now I don't blame them. I hate when a DVD is re-released many times over with little or no extras that than its predecessor. I however, disagree that they should be rated low simply because angry consumers that already own the previous versions are mad that they don't want to purchase them again. Now they have the right to be angry, but if you don't own them, you should not review them, let alone rate them the lowest score. In short, you already know how great these movies are, if you do not already own them all, then they make a great buy. I purchased all three since I only owned the Theatrical Cut of "The Fellowship of the Ring." I was watching the extended cut last night and it got me all excited again. The box art is pretty freaking cool too, and the fact that they are not huge like the extended editions was a plus for me. They don't take a lot of room, which is good for me because I have soo many movies that the more space I can save the better. The only thing you should know is that although both theatrical and extended cuts are on one disc, you still have to switch the disc over in between the movie--which is really not a big deal. I highly recommend getting these to those that don't own them yet. "
A Good Choice
Camilo Rodrguez | Cali, Colombia | 11/25/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I had been looking for the extended edition of The Fellowship of the Ring with subtitles in spanish, and finally I've found it. So' if you're looking for that feature, this is the only version that includes it."
C. Rodriguez | WB | 09/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It is true, that these are the same versions that were previously released... but with one Great difference. None of the previous DVD releases for the Fellowship (Theatrical and Extended) had subtitles in Spanish. This is the main reason why I got this disk. If you're looking for the same, this is the only version of the Fellowship that has them and the one you need to get!"