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Part One Of Epic Trilogy Becomes 'Lord Of The DVD Extras' - June 11, 2002

The legions of "Lord of the Rings" fans impatiently awaiting the release of the trilogy's next two installments will soon have a variety of treats to tide them over.

"The Two Towers," part two of the mythical tale of hobbits, wizards and orcs, doesn't hit theaters until Christmas. But before that, "Rings"-philes can look forward to not one, not two, but three different DVD versions of last year's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," according to the film's official Web site.

Part one of the epic trilogy, starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and a host of others, recently came away with Best Movie honors at the 2002 MTV Movie Awards and earned Orlando "Legolas" Bloom a golden popcorn bucket for Breakthrough Male Performance (see " 'Lord Of The Rings,' Nicole Kidman On Top At MTV Movie Awards").
"The Fellowship of the Ring"'s first treatment arrives in stores August 6 and includes three in-depth "behind the scenes" programs, 15 featurettes originally crafted for the film's Web site (each of which includes several cast interviews) and a handful of other goodies.

The ornately named Platinum Series Special Extended Edition slated for November 12 spans a staggering four discs. This edition will include 30 minutes of unseen footage integrated into the main feature, with new music scored by Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore. There will also be four audio commentaries with more than 30 participants including Wood, McKellen, filmmaker Peter Jackson, his wife and "Rings" partner Fran Walsh, and several members of the design and production team. And that's just the first two discs.

The third and fourth discs will include, among many things, an atlas of Middle Earth; an up-close look at weapons, armor and miniatures; art galleries with artist commentary; an interactive map of New Zealand shoot locations; storyboards; a tour of the wardrobe department; and cast photos. There's also a feature called "A Day in the Life of a Hobbit," which presumably may cover some of the same ground as MTV's recent feature, "Becoming a Hobbit."

And finally, for the most meticulous of "Rings" collectors there's the Collector's DVD Gift Set, which houses the four-disc version inside a box stuffed with trading cards, Argonath polystone figures and a new version of National Geographic's "Beyond the Movie: The Lord of the Rings" DVD with additional footage.

Casual movie fans content with a more cursory appreciation of Peter Jackson's epic first chapter -- people with little interest in polystone figures and Middle Earth atlases -- will have two much simpler VHS versions to choose from: the standard theatrical widescreen release and a version with the added 30 minutes of bonus footage.

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