And one ring shall rule them all
But three DVD releases from New Line will
rule our pocket books...
The Hobbits are here, and so is a major dilemma,
which DVD of the three to be released in the next six months should
If you are a rabid sci-fi fantasy fanatic like my
wife and I, you will get them all because New Line has put a little
something different on each release. If you are a sane and rational
human being who loved the film adaptation of "The Fellowship
of the Rings" you should probably buy the second release in
November which is the "extended version." (Peter Jackson
refuses to call it a "director's cut" because he stands
by the cut that was released as the definitive version, which I
appreciate and respect.)
I won't break down every little extra feature and how they differ,
but I will say this, if you liked the movie and don't need more
footage and a ton of extras, the August 6th release is wonderfully
complete and not without it's own extra features. It is still a
2-disc set!!! Die-hard Hobbit fans and DVD collectors are going
to want the extra footage and commentary that will come with the
November release, and the third release which comes with statues,
and the National Geographic special is for the people with extra
cash who have to have it all. Is all of this excessive? Maybe a
little, but I have only had my "Fellowship of the Rings"
DVD for two days and I have watched it repeatedly. It is beautiful
and does have some nice extras.
People may think I'm crazy but I like the movie
even more on my 32-inch television and find the story even more
engrossing upon repeated viewings. Generally I hate it when studios
release multiple DVDs, each time adding extras, but in this case
I excuse it because you honestly get a different product each time.
Many fans will just rent this first release, but the general public
is going to buy, buy, buy! They should too, because "The Fellowship
of the Rings" is a glorious film experience that thumbs its
nose and the naysayers who thought it couldn't be done. Don't listen
to me on this one, I am so biased it isn't funny.