A not-so-enthusiastic review of the upcoming extended edition of The Return of the King.
The official movie site now has a trailer for the soon to be released Return of the King Special Extended Edition DVD!
"Tolkien's tale of elves, dwarves and hobbits has not only proved to be one of the most popular books of all times but it has inspired one of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters, with the ripple effect surging through museums, home entertainment, collectibles and the music and toy industries... And just think: In 1968, Tolkien sold the film rights for a mere $18,000..."
Stuff.co.nz has a nice overview of Sean Astin's book "There and back Again" that details his experiences on the set of LOTR.
"In an entertaining finding that doesn't mean much --Â given it rated three films against one, and many viewers hadn't seen all three Rings movies --Â but entertaining all the same, more people said they enjoyed Whale Rider than Lord of the Rings..."
In the 2004 Home Entertainment DVD Technical Awards, The Two Towers came away with three awards: Best Audio Presentation, Best Commentary, and Best Supplementary Material Presentation.
"Over the last three years I've found that if I really want to incur the wrath of a great many people I know I merely have to mention the fact that I have not seen any of the movies in 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy. These people then derogatorily refer to me as an 'intellectual,' a wellspring term, it would seem, for other apparently like-minded words, such as 'elitist,' 'pretentious,' 'snob,' and 'condescending.'"
"More Lord of the Rings movies -- oh, yesss, preciousss, we wantsss them... And within the next twenty or thirty years, we'll get them. Children who watched the Lord of the Rings trilogy will take their own children to a complete remake of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It's inevitable..."
How the books and movies are accepted in the country of Ukraine
"The success of Peter Jackson's cinematic adaptation of The Lord of the Rings is a double-edged sword for J.R.R. Tolkien scholars endeavoring a serious study of the author's works. In a culture in which the camera is mightier than the pen, The Lord of the Rings has expanded its fan-base by hundreds of millions overnight. This gives scholars like Michael D.C. Drout an advantage when trying to bring Tolkien Studies, a new scholarly journal on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, to press..."