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This product is far more better than I expected. Massive. I mean...12 DVDs - with hours and hours of bonuses. If you play this nonstop, it would take you 24 hours to finish it or something near that time.
A lot was told/written about this so Im not going to do the same. You either love it or hate it. Puritans hate it, fantasy lovers and openminded people love it. I like it, its filmed well, great cast, music, scenery and effects.
The box it comes with is lovely decorated with fantasy art and ornaments, scatches etc, exactly how a fantasy complete collection should look like. I would give 10/10 just for the way this box looks like, its a pleasure for the eye to look at this.
I saw the theatrical versions when they came out of course, and I liked them. Now I saw these extended ones, and it took my breath away. Great job, epic and LONG story now, cant say anything negative about it.
And frankly - I dont really care its not word-by-word copy of the original JRRT books, its made well, story is well, everything is as it should be. If you like LotR, this set is absolutly brilliant so dont hessitate and get one :-) Thanks amazon for this, it was for unbelievable good price
EDIT: 2nd DVD from 2nd movie Two Towers had quite long scratch, about quarter of a whole circle, on the outer edge of the disc. At 47th minute it stopped and got stuck, I couldnt even quit the player or anything had to take DVD out and it happened at the same time. Package came intact so I guess it was a manufacturing defect. I requested replacement and Amazon sent me new one right away, very good response and service. I just hope next one will be good, because I dont really want to watch Fellowship again just to see if it runs well
Well made, edited & produced. Adore the world, wish Jackson had stuck closer to Tolkien's works but even with the semi regular deviations the acting was superb. Tom Bombadil, Ghan Buri Ghan, Glorfindel, etc all sincerely missed but a great production never the less.
There will be reams written about this set. I consider it a masterpiece and that rare thing, films that surpass the original books. Many will disagree, naturally, but the female characters are more fully developed, and a lot of the waffle has been excised or put in the background so as not to impede the narrative. It's a pity Tom Bombadil got left out, but I guess some editing was unavoidable.
Even almost a decade later, Peter Jacksons Lord of the Rings Trilogy is still one of the best and well crafted pieces of film.
In my opinion, this Extended Edition DVD Box Set is also one of the best ever published for a film. Jackson and his team manage to give you a surprisingly honest look behind the scenes of one of the biggest movie productions of all time.
You won't find any glorification here as you so often do in other Behind the Scenes featurettes where everyon is just congratulating themselves and assuring what a great time they had. Here, when they say, they had a great time, you actually believe them, even more, as the Behind the Scenes team also does not hesitate to show you the darker moments during the making of the films.
The films itself are presented here in the Extendet Editions and are a must-see for every Lord of the Rings fan. Not only do you get three fantastic films, but additionally to that, every film comes with at least 3 different audio commentaries (a writers one, an actors one and an art department one) who are very interesting and very entertaining to listen to at the same time.
This box set gives you not only three perfect films in (for DVD standart) perfect picture and sound quality, but also one of the best look at what it takes to make a movie.
When I first watched them ten years ago, they inspired me to become a filmmaker myself.
As a real fan of LOTR this is perfect, although it is a but annoying having to switch discs throughout the film it is placed fine in the film and doesn't detract from the film at all. The picture quality is perfect as well as the audio being astounding. As for the box that it comes in it looks really pretty and is a item to be proud to own when having it on a film rack. All of the special features included are amazing every one with amazing insights to the make of one of the best film series ever made. Seeing all the cast and crew in their natural state really shows the great effort that went into this epic of a series. Absolutely love it, in my honest opinion if you have the money and you are a true fan buy this instantly. It will be worth every penny.
Okay, okay, okay.... so Peter Jackson didn't stick faithfully to the books, but at least his REAL vision, ie the extended version, holds closer to them than the theatrical version. An explanation of the Elven cloaks for one, and an end for Saruman for another (YES he didn't die in Orthanc in the book, but how could a film, after the crowning of the King go on with the Scouring of the Shire? It just doesn't happen in film! It had to be the Havens scene!). I totally get that die hard enthusiasts will pick holes, but the amount of back story needed to explain Helms Deep (easier on film to just have Elrond and Galadriel decide that Elves should help out, and the reveal of Anduil is better in the film than the book in my honest opinion - much more dramatic, although that is because Aragorn is more fate-conscious in the book). Lets face it, you either love or hate the films, but the extended edition is really the one to buy and compare to the books, if you MUST try and compare the medium of literature from 75 years ago with up-to-date cimematography. Personally, I say watch the films for what they are, extremely good pieces of cinema based on an all time classic. And if you must complain, try googling "LOTR Purist Edition Torrent" and watch that!
Seen the films at the cinema? Really loved them? Then this is a real treat for you. The WHOLE story. All the gaps which made the cinema version a little difficult to follow are now filled in. For those who have read the book, the film now faithfully follows the story (apart from a few tweaks).
As though that were not enough, there are the same quantity of 'how it was made' discs. I thought these would be a yawn but in fact they turned out to be as fascinating as the film. They really enhance your viewing second (third, fourth........fifth.......) time around and you notice things you never saw before.
As this box set has now dropped in price it is an absolute must have for anyone who liked the book. The whole collection is a masterpiece.
Any fan would be incomplete without this set- the extra scenes are amazing, and follow along with the books for the most part. The art inside each case is beautiful, and each disc has a little booklet for information which is rather helpful in itself no matter how many times I've watched these movies. The only set back is probably the two discs per movie, but this can be considered a positive if you don't have the time to watch the whole movie in one go, but if you are going to marathon it you'll find yourself getting up a few times to switch it over. Otherwise, amazing.
The case for buying this product has to be compelling, especially as most enthusiasts will already have the extended edition DVD set. So does the quality justify the investment? In terms of image alone, it certainly does. In order to record the films at the maximum quality possible (yes - there are levels of quality within Blu Ray and 1080p) they've split each of the films over two discs, thus ensuring the greatest detail possible. Quite simply, the images leap out at the viewer, with a depth and detail unparalleled in almost any Blu Ray I've seen. Sound is also good, and leaves the viewer with a decent sound system experiencing a realism that stuns.
The hours of extended DVD playtime, as well as all the extras are very much worth the time/money.
I, personally, love being able to see the behind-the-scenes on films like this, and seeing everything that everyone put into the films just makes it all that much more special to me.
I sat and watched all of it over a long weekend, and I felt honoured to have been allowed to watch something that all these people so obviously enjoyed doing. It was quite a wrench realising that I wasn't a part of it, and I never can be!