Price War Winner for the DVD in the US and NZ|
Tehanu @ 3:32 pm EST
Looking for the LOTR DVD in the US? "To help my fellow "financially challenged" LOTR fans and spare you all the chore of researching it, I have found the price war winner for the new LOTR DVD release. After exhaustively searching ads for major stores in Suburban USA, the winner is WALMART with a LOW cost of $15.78!!!. This is very closely followed by Best Buy for $15.99 (who also had a midnight release party here in Tampa). Circuit City and all other major chains are $16 or higher...over $20 is a bad deal, dont do it!
Also you can simply RENT it now on DVD or VHS and wait a bit more till the EXTENDED version in Nov., for which there will be yet another brutal price war online I'm sure! Blockbuster is offering 10 free future rentals if you buy their LOTR for $24.99. Not a bad deal considering rental costs these days!
And in NZ: "Just thought I'd drop you a line and let you know that I was watching TV last night, and I saw that "The Warehouse" is going to be selling the DVD version of FoTR for a meagre $NZD29.95.
Ever other retailer in the country is listing FoTR for $NZD39.95. (That's a measly $USD14.30... Not bad aye?)
Fighting over DVD supplies in Ireland.|
Tehanu @ 3:07 pm EST
"A friend of mine works in Golden Discs in Dublin. On Thursday the manager came running in in a panic and said that Tescos had started selling Lord of the Rings and that they were losing the march on the "biggest DVD release of all time". So within ten minutes, Golden Discs were shoving all of their LOTR stock onto the shelves for all they were worth.
"Within half an hour the manager of the local HMV was in and apparently came close to fisticuffs when his demands for the DVDs to be removed off the shelves weren't met! Having lost the argument he ran back to his store and got his cronies to stock up the shelves instead! So in effect most Irish stores have been stocking the film since about four days before the release
"Tescos Ireland are selling the box set for •40, HMV for about •30. But I'd still buy the DVD from Play.com (free postage) because at £16.99 (about •26) it's still the cheapest price I've seen east of the atlantic, which of course I tried to tell you guys ages ago. But I'm laughing because I've had the DVD since last Monday... muahahaha."
Thanks to Jon for that.
Extended DVD News!|
Xoanon @ 11:42 am EST
Just picked up the new Empire magazine and thought i'd send you some info they featured on the new scenes in FOTR Extended cut. Empire saw the Extended Edition with the rest of the cast and crew during the reshoots for TTT. Theres some info I haven't seen before so here goes:
- The Shire sequence has been greatly extended, including a voiceover from Bilbo "concerning Hobbits". And Pippin sings!
- Aragorn is given a fleshed out backstory, including him visiting his mother's grave at Rivendell. He also sings in Elvish.
- The Council of Elrond is extended including Gandalf speaking in the dark tongue of Mordor and more confrontation with Boromir.
- In Moria the battle with the Cave Troll is longer including Aragorn saving Boromir's life!
- Lothlorien is much longer, including more of Haldir's complaints over Gimli, Celeborn, and the famous gift-giving sequence with Galadriel.
- Gollum as "the log with the eyes" gets another cameo.
- The battle with Lurtz and the Uruk-Hai has small scenes re-inserted that give it far more zip. For example, Lurtz pulls the dagger from his leg and licks away the blood.
Hope this was useful. Love the site!
Annotated Hobbit News!|
Xoanon @ 11:31 pm EST
Last week we posted this story on the delayed release of the Annotated Hobbit, well now word has come on high from famed Tolkien author Douglas A Anderson on all the details about the book and the delay!
The Real Scoop on The Annotated Hobbit
I was very interested to see on your site the other day the report from Amazon.com on the availability of my Annotated Hobbit. I thought I’d write in with a bit more information and an update.
Douglas A. Anderson
Pre-Order the book from Amazon.com now!
More TTT Spoilers!|
Xoanon @ 10:56 am EST
From: Ringer Spy Taniwha
Okay, I wasn't going to tell you guys about this in case I got busted somehow, but I was in the shooting of Helm's Deep on one of the 'Riding the Shield' days (Legolas hanging ten), but I'm not going to tell you where in the shot I am.
BUT: The call sheet for Helm's Deep that day was titled "The Death Of Haldir"…only I didn't know who 'Helldeer' was (I only heard them talking about it), just that he got whacked by an Uruk hai before Aragorn could save him. So yes, he's at Helm's Deep, but I'm not sure how long he lasts…naturally, I was already LONG since dead in the shot, like all the other elves.
TTT Wrap Party Ticket!|
Xoanon @ 2:15 pm EST
Ringer Spy Taniwha sends us this bit of coolness, a scan of the tickets the WETA folks are getting as invitations to TTT wrap party! Take a look!
Attached is a scan of my ticket to the Two Towers wrap party in Wellington tomorrow night…not sure if it's a Weta-only (art department) party, or if it's all cast & crew and my ticket came through that department. Big party - put it this way, it's from 8.00pm Saturday to 8.00am Sunday! Wonder if they'll let me take a camera in…kinda doubt it, though. Can't send you the back of the ticket with the location (and bar code & serial number, that's the problem) but I'm looking forward to the best / wildest / loudest dressed awards at THIS gig!
MediaWatch: Film and Video Magazine|
Calisuri @ 12:30 am EST
Ringer publicist and film/video director, Asfaloth, sends us this article from the June 2002 Issue of 'Film & Video Magazine' (http://www.filmandvideomagazine.com).
While extremely technical at times, there are a few nuggets of info for the average fan. Specifically, check out the great new picture of Elves decked out in full battle gear at Helm's Deep, and the revelation that Gollum will be a mixture of motion capture and traditional key framing.
Click on an image below for a larger version:
Hutt River Girl Strikes GOLD!|
Xoanon @ 8:42 am EST
Hutt River Girl wrote in a report last night (June 25) about Viggo Mortensen and Peter Jackson filming in her area. She went back to the outskirts of the set to have another gander again, and you'll never guess WHAT happened next!
You will never guess what happened after I emailed you this morning. I decided to seize the day and wrote the following letter which I took around to the film set:
I just wanted to say how honored I am to be able to see you all at work, and that you have chosen our neck of the woods in which to film in.
In summer, this area is a popular swimming hole, and it is the reason why we live where we do. It is a little slice of heaven and I am so proud that it is going to immortalised in the second Lord Of The Rings trilogy.
Congratulations, you are doing marvelous work, and I am very thankful I have had the opportunity to see you all in action. Making movies is a slow business, but then when you are making perfection, it will take some time.
It was worth the night awake listening to the roar of the generators to see Viggo in action and Peter directing.
Many thanks again, I wish you well and hope this film is a bigger success that the Fellowship of the Ring – which was just amazing
I dropped the letter off with the security guard who said he would pass it on to the producer however, it was a closed set because the horse that was working with Aragon was getting restless. So he told me to go home. Less than five minutes later, there was a message waiting for me when I got home from the producer Zane (what an awesome dude) who told me to come back to the film set but to leave my camera behind.
So off I went to lunch - and was too dumb struck to eat. Then just as I was leaving (after noticing my vet who was also on set) Viggo walked in to eat.
Well there you go ,. There is my experience. I MET VIGGO AND PETER and have their autographs.. My goodness. who would have thought!
Later on she sent me this:
my brain is functioning again and snippets of conversations with the crew and Viggo are coming back.
There were two horses on set - one was owned by Three Foot Six and one owned by Viggo himself which is shipped over here when he is around someone said. Both were stallions and he (Viggo) got hurt a slight bit when one of the horses accidently stood on him during filming.