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Old 30-03-2010, 09:40   #81
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Review here : http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/2313...gstrilogy.html

I'm not exactly thrilled...
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Old 30-03-2010, 16:21   #82
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2 very good reviews abaut the PQ

http://www.dvdmoviecentral.com/Revie...e_rings_bd.htm
Now THIS is what I'm Tolkien about! New Line did quite an impressive job with the high definition transfers for these movies...there is one or two instances of a little murkiness in the first film, but really, any complaint stops there. By the time I got to the end of the last movie, I was barely even remembering it. These beautiful renditions of CGI and camerawork were meant for the medium of Blu-ray...the levels of contrast are striking, and even in the many darker scenes, picture quality and detail level are stunning.

http://www.thecinemalaser.com/brd_20...r-tmpt-brd.htm
Overall, the Blu-ray presentations are highly impressive and offer a significant upgrade over standard definition counterparts. Recommended to those wanting to acquire the Theatrical Editions in high definition.

And i have seen 4 other good reviews. There is more good reviews then bad
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Old 03-04-2010, 09:28   #83
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Our local HMV seems to have broken the street date on this boxed set. They're charging £49.99 though...
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Old 03-04-2010, 10:26   #84
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Our local HMV seems to have broken the street date on this boxed set. They're charging £49.99 though...
No, the release date was brought forward a few days.
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Old 03-04-2010, 11:16   #85
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Got the 9 disk US version from playusa today for £34.99 and no customs!!!
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Anyone with the UK boxset can you confirm that the proper subtitles are included and not player generated ones?
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Old 03-04-2010, 20:08   #87
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The subtitles are NOT the originals. And I'm a BIG stickler for original subs where possible. But I'm perfectly happy with the ersatz subs on the UK BD's, because someone somewhere actually put in some effort. They look very nice indeed, in fact they're the best electronic subs I've seen since the Godfather Blu-rays.

Watched Fellowship last night. I'd clean forgotten what a terrific film it is. And - oh! The joy of being able to watch it in ONE sitting!

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Cool. I dreaded that we would end up with awful blocky subtitles.
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Got the 9 disk US version from playusa today for £34.99 and no customs!!!
is it region free?
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hmm US or UK. any differences? whats the packaging like on both?
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Old 04-04-2010, 20:19   #92
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Anyone with the UK boxset can you confirm that the proper subtitles are included and not player generated ones?
Does the US set have the proper ones?
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Old 05-04-2010, 19:47   #93
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Have had a quick flick through and Fellowship actually looks ok. It all looks sharp and highly detailed, also full of colour. I'll watch this tomorrow night in its entirety, as not only have I not been spoilt by the extended version (not seen it yet), Ive not seen this in about 5 years.
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Just finished the set, and I've thoroughly enjoyed watching LOTR all over again. For all the hoo-haa over picture quality, extended editions and all that sloblock, they really are terrific movies.
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I just bought this this morning. If you get it at Walmart in Canada it comes with a replica ring. being a collector of those types of things, it was a nice surprise. Will def. be watching at least one tonight. Great great story!

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Watching Fellowship now and while watching the prologue I wondered that since they are going to be releasing the EE around the time of The Hobbit, whether they will replace Ian Holm finding the ring with footage from The Hobbit. Would that tie the films together more or is that a change too far?
Aren't they supposed to be redoing Gollum in the first film as well so he's more in line with how he is in films 2 & 3?
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They were showing this in hmv today. Either the thing wasnt set up properly or the picture quality was terrible, it was supposed to be BD but looked like just standard def. Face close ups and other detail that you would expect to see just wasnt there at all.
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Watching Fellowship now and while watching the prologue I wondered that since they are going to be releasing the EE around the time of The Hobbit, whether they will replace Ian Holm finding the ring with footage from The Hobbit. Would that tie the films together more or is that a change too far?
Aren't they supposed to be redoing Gollum in the first film as well so he's more in line with how he is in films 2 & 3?
I've got a gut feeling that the EEs will be re-edited again, to not only better incorporate The Hobbit but to include more additions and alterations - which makes it even more important that the theatrical editions are preserved. It's the exact same reason why people cry out for the original Star Wars flicks, but with LOTR the same whiners will happily toss the award-winning theatrical editions into the dustbin of history.

Stuff like Bilbo's finding of the Ring doesn't have to be changed, as that scene could be interpreted as an abstract of what happened. However, seeing as Tolkien himself drastically revised how Bilbo got the Ring from Gollum to better fit with LOTR, I can see that scene being replaced in similar fashion.

(It's a good job the internet wasn't around in J.R.R.'s day, otherwise he'd surely have been villified as much as Lucas for changing his beloved story to fit in with the sequel some 14 years after the fact.)

As for Gollum, Jackson has said that he wouldn't mind redoing the character effects for Fellowship. IIRC he also mentioned on the DVD commentary that he wasn't too happy with the Warg effects in Two Towers either.
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Finished watching these over the weekend and they are a big improvement over the DVDs. While I don't have a huge screen the differences were quite noticable and nowhere near as bad as a very few people would have you believe. Yes the first film is the worst but because of how it was shot/edited I doubt it will ever look as good as the sequels. I did find myself missing several of the additional scenes that I know well from the EE but these theatricals, which are the definitive versions no matter how much I love the EE, are still damn fine films and hugely enjoyable. Funnily enough I always thought that Two Towers felt too rushed when it first came out and enjoyed the EE as it really helped to develop the characters better. This time around I like it a lot more than I did at first, whether that is to do with having seen the EE so many times I don't know.
I look forward to the EE (no matter what Jackson adds/changes) but I'm glad I have these theatricals as well.
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Well, as usual the "reviewer" nutcases are, well, nutcases. I've only watched the first film and it looks great. Really, I don't know what these people are doing (or the plebes who, sheep-like, bleat after them) - do they put this stuff in their computers, freeze the film, and then zoom in until they finally see something to complain about? It's ridiculous. The film looks like it should look - sharp, filled with texture, proper color - this malarky about edge enhancement or grain removal has become so old and so tiresome. Anyone who doesn't buy this based on these comments by utter and unknowledgeable twits, well, I have to say they would be twits themselves. I understand if someone doesn't buy because they want the longer versions (I don't want the longer versions - I like the theatrical versions - you know, the gazillion dollar grossing Oscar-winning theatrical versions), but to avoid this because of "reviewers" who are "reviewers" because they volunteered for some website so they can get freebies is just plain silly.
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