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The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Edition) [Blu-ray] [2001]

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While the second and third entries into the saga could be considered a tad predictable (to those who have obviously not read the books), 'Fellowship' throws a few wrenches into the gears. In addition to the extras from the extended edition DVDs you also get the three Costa Botes making-of documentaries, one for each film, that were included in the limited edition DVD release. Four Hobbits (Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan and Billy Boyd) join up with a Dwarf (John Rhys-Davies) an Elf (Orlando Bloom), a wizard (Ian McKellan) and two humans (Sean Bean, Viggo Mortensen) to destroy a ring that controls the fate of the world. In the “Visualizing the Story” section there’s “Storyboards and Pre-Viz: Making Words into Images” (14 min. There's virtually no difference in quality between it and the other two, as there was with the first HD releases.

Each film in this collection features new and extended scenes not seen in the theatrical versions of the films. I got the EE of the trilogy, and I could care less about the green tint issue that was talked about. Speaking of colors, pre-release Internet buzz indicated that parts of the film were retimed and given a heavier green orientation. Disc Four is “The Appendices, Part IV — The Battle for Middle-Earth Begins” and beings with an introduction from Elijah Wood (1 min. The New Zealand born filmmaker's previous works had been more wild and imaginative cult offerings, like 'Braindead' (known in the States as 'Dead Alive') and ' The Frighteners,' not big budget special effects laden blockbusters.One birthday, upon the guidance of his old friend Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), Bilbo bequeaths his possessions to his nephew, so he may live out his life creating a novel of his adventures. Some fans love it, some hate it, some hate it on general principle, and others don’t even care – and wouldn’t have even noticed were it not pointed out to them. The additional green tint didn’t affect the whole movie, though, so it’s not like someone just flipped some switch and had the coloring cover the entire film. That said, this is still a better rendition than that which was encountered for the Theatrical Blu-ray release. which is about Duncan (1986-2003), a young filmmaker who Jackson and company brought into the fold because Jackson saw some parallels between Duncan's work and his own.

and it reveals the labor that went into the film's 1,488 special-effects shots, more than the two previous films combined. As mentioned before, the images on these discs show a marked improvement over last year's initial Blu-ray release. And the skin tones of many others, including Gandalf, look much more tanned as a result of the green/cyan dominance.The fact that the material has been repurposed makes it no less fascinating or necessary to a complete understanding of the films. Bilbo and the Dwarves escape the giant Spiders and Wood-elves of Mirkwood before encountering the mysterious Bard, who smuggles them into Lake-town. As they say, your mileage may vary, but I thought the transfer looked great, even with some mild color alterations. the slightly larger than expected miniature version of locations - and a still gallery for six of the locations.

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