Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring will be released on DVD in two separate editions.
The film, which has already raked in $710 million in worldwide grosses, will first arrive on DVD in August. Entertainment Weekly reports that the initial version will be a straightforward release of the film’s theatrical cut.
In the fall, fans can expect a multi-disc director’s cut, with an extra half-hour of footage, including some Hobbit songs, background on Viggo Mortensen‘s Aragorn character, and an extended gift-giving scene involving Cate Blanchett‘s Elf Queen character, the report said.
It’s worth noting that the release of the deluxe edition is likely timed to capitalize on the planned November opening of the second film in the trilogy, The Two Towers. The campaign to hype that project officially begins on March 29, when theatrical showings of Fellowship will begin featuring a three-and-a-half minute trailer for The Two Towers.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Towers will boast about 600 effects shots, 80 more than Fellowship.
Gollum, the original keeper of the titular ring, who was glimpsed only briefly in Fellowship, will be a major player in Towers, travelling with Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) to Mount Doom, EW reports. Actor Andy Serkis acted the role in a lycra jumpsuit, which provided data for computer animation teams who later filled in Gollum on screen.
Shelob, the giant spider that battles Frodo at the climax of author J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel The Two Towers, has been shifted to the third film in the series, The Return Of The King. The reason? There wasn’t enough for Frodo and Sam to do in the third film, EW says.
The report also reveals that John Rhys-Davies, who portrays the Dwarf Gimli, will provide the voice of the talking tree Treebeard, which will be a computer-generated character. Brad Dourif will portray Grima Wormtongue, the report said.
The report added that the pivotal battle of Helm’s Deep will be shaped from up to 20 hours of footage shot by Jackson. Sound effects for that sequence were recently recorded by Jackson at a New Zealand cricket match, EW reports.