“Ultimate Edition” LOTR on the Horizon – USAToday.com

by Jan 17, 2005Lord of the Rings (Movies)

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Peter Jackson is deep into mega-monkey shines as production continues on his redo of King Kong at his home base of Wellington, New Zealand.

But once the great ape tale is unveiled Dec. 14, he has some unfinished Lord of the Rings business to tend to — such as an ultimate DVD collection of the extended versions of the Oscar-winning trilogy, not likely to arrive in stores for another two or three years.

“We really don’t have a definitive plan,” he says during a brief break on the Kong set. Just don’t expect Jackson to edit together the three epic-length features into a single, 11-hour-long fantasia.

“I don’t want to add more footage,” Jackson says. “There’s as much in there as we want. Eventually you are just going to go backward and weaken the films.” Instead, he would prefer to simply show the unused deleted scenes (and, yes, there are more than a few leftovers) and explain why they were cut.

The Rings master also would like to include feature-length documentaries, put together by longtime associate Costa Botes, on the making of the movies. “There are no commentary or interviews. It’s like a reality TV show,” Jackson says.

The largest still-untapped source of amusement are the bloopers — or “bleepers,” as Jackson calls them. The flubs previously were shown only during private farewell tributes for major cast members as they took their leave of Middle-earth

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