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1.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for movie, 1 star for DVD, July 31, 2002
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This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Two-Disc Widescreen Theatrical Edition) (DVD)
Take heed! Whether you have seen this movie before or not, do not, I repeat, DO NOT buy this edition. Its one of the cheapest marketing ploys to ever hit the DVD scene. In case you aren't in the know, New Line Cinema is releasing 2 editions of Fellowship of the Ring. The first edition, this one, is being released August 6, and the second one is being released November 12.
The first one is basically the theatrical version that showed in the theatres, along with some very basic special features. Do not be fooled by the title "In depth documetries". I have seen all 3 of the shows and they are anything but. They are essentially TV shows that aired before the movie was released, and include very basic information. In addition to these documentries there are a bunch of short featurettes that were on the website... These feturettes are slightly better, but they hardly go in-depth. This whole release, in fact, can be summed up as laziness. New Line has essentially taken all the material they already had made, and stuffed it into a marketable package. What is even more insulting is the shameless nature with which it's done. There 3 advertisements here that pass as "features". One for the video game, one for the special edition being released in November, and one for The Two Towers. It's a pity that the last two are actually more entertaining then all the rest of the features combined.
Don't get me wrong, the movie is incredible. But this edition hardly does it justice. It's just a marketing ploy to get the general public and anxious fans to buy 2 editions of the same movie. Trust me, once the Special Edition is released in November this edition will become so obsolete it will be frogotten beyond recall.
Do the math yourself. For less then $10 more you get an extended edition of the movie that includes 35 minutes of new footage edited into the film, 4, I repeat, 4 commentary tracks by more then 30 people combined, and 2 extra DVD packed with hours upon hours of brand new material on the making of the movie. And there are no advertisements for any other products. Which sounds like the better edition, or if nothing more the one that give you better value for your money. It saddens me that the August widescreen edition is the number one selling DVD on Amazon right now. It just shows how much marketing genius New Line has. They have even released sad PR announcements saying how the two editions are equal and Peter Jackson (the director) supports them both. But if you buy this edition don't say you weren't warned when November 12'th comes around. Look past the marketing and make your own decision.
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Initial post: Jun 29, 2007 10:18:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 29, 2007 10:18:36 AM PDT
This one that you're commenting on has the four DVDs, this isn't the dual DVD theatrical/extended Limited Edition edition that you seem to be so vehemently against. This page features the extra footage, the commentaries, all the good stuff. I think that your review belongs in the Limited Edition page, not this super-duper ultra jet-powered deluxe special edition... And I do agree with you, the Limited Edition is hardly worth the money when you can get this one.

Posted on Aug 18, 2008 1:48:37 PM PDT
D. Pauley says:
You are commenting on the wrong edition. This IS the version you want to by. This is the four disc extended version with TONS (and I mean TONS) of extras. Folks, this is the one to buy - this one has the extended version of the movie with lots of extra scenes fully integrated INTO to film itself, with fresh music scores integrating the scenes.

Posted on Apr 4, 2010 8:59:59 PM PDT
Jared Brown says:
Actually, this is the Widescreen version that he is commenting on. If you look up at the top of the page it says "The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring (Widescreen Edition) (DVD). Amazon.com has combined the reviews for both editions, I don't know why.

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 1:56:36 PM PDT
Sloppy D says:
Pretty sure Tal did in fact comment on the original two-disc version. My rebuttal is simple: the fact that an elaborate extended version was set to follow a few months after the two-disc set was never a secret. It wasn't like you needed to belong to a fan club or secret society to get this information. Anyone who missed the news, bought the original release and felt burned has no case. Do five minutes of research online before you buy, or get used to being double-dipped.

Posted on Nov 25, 2010 11:56:31 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 25, 2010 11:57:32 AM PST
Wrong! Extended was not released Nov 12th!
For $7.99 it will get me by until 2011 or 2012

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2010 6:04:36 AM PST
Daniel Stein says:
According to the description, there are only 2 discs in this set. I can't find an extended version on Blu-Ray at all.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 7, 2011 12:37:01 PM PST
Samy Adams says:
To Dan.

ya I've been recently searching too...but sounds like it will be a bit longer until that comes out.

Keep in mind, new line released the blu-ray(thetrical) versions and will probably milk as much as they can from that before introducing the extended editions......bastards i know.

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 8:39:37 AM PST
P. M. Fay says:
Tal obviously knows his stuff. Tal, thank you for taking the time to explain the difference between this early release and the later release. I am in indebted to you.
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