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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Platinum Series Special Extended Edition)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Platinum Series Special Extended Edition)
DVD ~ Elijah Wood
Offered by newbury_comics
Price: $41.99
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177 of 189 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New scenes and unseens, November 16, 2004
The extended DVD of "Return of the King" is filled with many new and extended scenes that will please fans who love Tolkien's original story. The July 26, 2004 San Diego Comic Convention featured a preview of many scenes, some introduced by Peter Jackson himself. (Some of these scenes were recently featured in the sneak preview trailer at Lord of the, although now it seems to have been removed). In reference to a couple of reviews on the board here -- if you're waiting anxiously for the Scouring of the Shire, don't hold your breath. That segment was NEVER filmed by Jackson, therefore it will NOT be included in the extended edition DVD. But there ARE plenty of great scenes to be included:

· We hear Christopher Lee's booming voice echoed over a dark screen that lightened to reveal Saruman on top of Orthanc. He warns our heroes of something festering in the heart of Middle-earth and that they will all die.

· We see Frodo and Sam in their Orc disguises joining the column of Orcs as they march out of Mordor.

· There are numerous shots of the Houses of Healing with Faramir, Eowyn, and Merry all seen.

· A lot more looks to be added to the siege of Minas Tirith, as there was a bunch of new battle footage.

· Frodo and Sam venture into the Crossroads and a few clips from that section were included.

· The Mouth of Sauron is featured pretty heavily. If you've played EA's Return of the King video game you'll recognize the scene. The Mouth of Sauron rides out of the Black Gate and presents Frodo's mithril coat to the Fellowship.

· Aragorn reveals himself to Sauron by approaching the Palantir in Minas Tirith and wields Anduril to show that the Heir of Elendil was alive.

· We get to see more of Saruman later in the preview when he knocks Wormtongue down and also fires a giant fireball from his staff that engulfs Gandalf on Shadowfax.

· There's more of Frodo and Sam in Mordor after they join the column of Orcs and before they discard their disguises. In one scene, Sam looks to the dark sky of Mordor and tells Frodo that he can see light as one little star can be seen glimmering through the clouds.

· And yes, we will finally get to see Gandalf facing down the Witch King. It happens exactly as we've seen, but when Gandalf holds up his staff the Witch King pulls out his sword and holds it to the sky where it spouts flames. As he brings it down, the air around the burning sword is distorted.

That was just the preview. New Line treated fans to three full clips, with the third introduced by Peter Jackson himself:

· There was a nice scene of Pippin and Faramir in Gondor where Faramir explains to the Hobbit how the small Gondorian armor he was wearing belonged to a young son of the Steward when he was a kid. Faramir further explains how Boromir was always the soldier and he wasn't.

· A scene that takes place about five days after they were healed by Aragorn features Faramir and Eowyn on a balcony at the Houses of Healing where Eowyn falls for Faramir.

· The Paths of the Dead is extended from where it ends in the theatrical cut. After Aragorn poses his offer, the dead laugh and go back into the walls. A massive earthquake starts, and the Three Hunters must escape an avalanche of millions of skulls.

· Described, but not shown, another scene expanded in this edition is the scene where Pippin finds Merry on the battlefield. Now, Pippin searches the field for an entire day after everyone else has gone back into the city. He finally locates Merry at night in the new version of the scene.

Just a few weeks to go till the "Return of the King" extended edition hits the stores!
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Northern Exposure - The Complete Second Season
Northern Exposure - The Complete Second Season
DVD ~ Rob Morrow
Offered by Outlet Promotions
Price: $19.04
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's all about the QUALITY, people!, September 16, 2004
The reviews for the 2nd Season "Northern Exposure" DVD set have taken an interesting turn, and I must admit to being partially responsible, having submitted an early review myself that pointed up some of the deficiencies in the Season 1 set that could easily be remedied in time for Season 2.

First, let me say that I am a long-time avid fan of the show, and it is for this reason that I wrote a review in the first place. Wouldn't any of us who truly care about and love this show want to see the best release possible? That's why it is distressing to hear another reviewer state that "[you] please keep your negative comments to yourself..." Isn't expressing views freely what this review board is all about? And particularly in the larger "karmic enchilada" sense, aren't we exercising our basic Constitutional rights to free expression here? And since when is pointing out deficiencies a negative thing? I would see it as just the opposite, potentially helpful to someone on the fence, and certainly not an obstacle to someone else who is already committed to buying the set. There's something vaguely familiar about this attack on personal expression, something that seems to be mirrored in the larger public and political sphere these days ... lots of heads nodding "yes", while lots of hearts are crying "no"!

As far as discouraging potential buyers is concerned, I would be grateful to know beforehand about the quality of a product before shelling out $45-$55 hard-earned dollars. A wide range of opinions can only help others make an informed decision. The show is obviously of exceptional quality in writing and production, truly creative, thought-provoking, and inspirational. No one's arguing that fact. And with amazing music as a soundtrack, it's the perfect marriage. Oh, right, speaking of music -- WE GET IT!!! We know that music copyrights don't come cheap. But let's also have some respect for those who know an outstanding DVD package ("The Dick Van Dyke Show", for instance) from a so-so package ("Northern Exposure" Season 1).

What we're saying is -- let's have a presentation that lives up to the glory of the show. If Universal needs to add $5 to the cost to fix the minuses already mentioned, then that's what they should do -- it's doubtful anyone will balk at that small difference in price for a quality product. And what the heck -- keep the parka too, as long as everything else is in order!

Hopefully, the delayed release date of Season 2 (recently moved from November 2 to November 30) signals a change in the right direction...

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