Wednesday, February 24, 2010

It's about time...

As far as only including the theatrical cuts, we can expect a mega-box set sometime in 2011, in time for the tenth anniversary of Fellowship of the Ring. The only extended version that I vastly prefer is The Two Towers, which adds character detail and a more epic canvas to the most conventional film of the trilogy. Heck, the theatrical cut of The Return of the King is actually superior to the bloated extended edition (unlike the prior two films, the third picture's longer version had footage cut not for time but for quality). Regardless of which versions you prefer, Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings is the finest trilogy of all-time, the best film(s) of the last decade, and a monumental achievement. Blockbuster-backlash has long ago diminished the reputation of this astounding hat-trick, but maybe revisiting the pictures on Blu Ray will remind people why they loved this trilogy in the first place.

Scott Mendelson

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