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March 9, 2004

Return of the King DVD on May 25th (sort of)

— Posted by John Campea

returnoftheking3.jpgThe first 2 Lord of the Rings films were released on DVD in August, but it seems that with the trilogy finished, the powers that be no longer see a need to hold off the release of the third installment. Return of the King is coming to DVD on May 25th, which is good news… sort of. You see, the extended version (the one that most people really want to buy) still won’t be coming out until the Christmas holidays sometime. Why torture us like this? The reason is simple: They know that stupid suckers like me can’t wait until November or December to buy this movie, therefore I’ll buy the versions that gets released in May AND later buy the extended version, thus increasing their sales and profits. It’s a low down disgusting game they’re playing… but brilliant at the same time. I hope I can’t hold out and just wait for the extended version… but… I… am… soooo…. weaaakkkk.

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  1. Personally, I know I’ll never touch the two disc sets once the four disc version comes out, so I don’t bother buying them … well, I bought the first one, but I sold it again once the big set came out. I’ll rent the theater cut of this one, but as far as buying something, it’s the big version all the way …

  2. thank you chris! exactly how i feel. i too own both versions of FOTR and TTT, and of course all three soundtracks, FOTR and TTT several times over (with different covers). i personally have already reserved my copy ROTK at Blockbuster (movie rental and buying store, in case you don’t have them wherever you live- I live in California)and I can’t wait until May 25th!! I think I’ll go crazy before then, as its no longer in theaters. however, i did see it five times (no joke) in the cinemark before it left us, so that’ll have to console me until the 25th i guess. well yea thats all i have to say now.

  3. Hey,Folks,, the ROTK released on may is a completely diferent version of the extended dvd.
    first you have the original version of the theater, then you have many extras that is not gonna be in the extended version!!!
    like the video of the song of the ROTK, sung by anni lenox…..
    so if fou are a really fan of the LOTR buy this released and then buy the extended version too..
    As i did with FOTR and TTT..
    it worth

  4. Thats very strange. We get alot of pirated copies of films here in the UK. However, 95% of them are pretty bad copies. I got gangs of new york, which was filmed with a video camera in a cinema and copied on to DVD. We get copies of films with Chinese subtitles which generally arent bad copies, but they tend to be five times removed from the original and so still not great! Ive decieded just to wait to buy a new release until its between 6-months to a year old. Its surprising how quick some films make the “on sale” shelf these days.

  5. The whole chinese copy thing exists in kind of a legal gray zone … China simply doesn’t have copyright laws so these copies are perfectly legal in their country of origin … if the local rights holders wanted to they could pursue cease and desist orders to stop the importers and retailers from bringing outside copies into the country but it’s not cost effective to do that for such a small niche market, so they generally leave it alone. Some of these things are very high quality, some aren’t. It’s a crapshoot, but considering I can get three discs for twenty bucks down there it’s a crapshoot I indulge in fairly regularly to check out films and decide if it’s worth the $ to track down more ‘official’ copies …

  6. So is the selling of copies not illegal in China Town? It makes me laugh when you read copy right warnings and it says “the coping and distribution of this dvd could seriously hinder further productions, when films like Spiderman 2 are costing $200,000,000.00 and will probably make double that easily! In England the entrance fee to the cinema costs about ¬£5.50, then your popcorn is about ¬£2,50, a soda is about ¬£2.50. You are not allowed to take your own stuff in from the outside so that makes ¬£10.50 per person! To rent on dvd costs about ¬£3.00 for 2 nights or to buy a new release is on average about ¬£17.00 for a single disc release and ¬£20.00 for a double. Most of the extras they put on are crap anyway. I would rather have one disc with the film, a making of documentary and the best of the deleted scenes! I paid ¬£40.00 for the indiana jones box set and found out it had been cut to gain a PG and not 15 certificate! Lucas may release an uncut version next year. Im gonna wait for at least 6 to 8 months before I buy a new release!

  7. Poor David. You’re pretty much doubling the dollar amount when you exchange pounds to CDA dollars. And while Day-vuhl’s suggestion about bootlegs in Chinatown is… well… those of us in that Chinatown circle have made our peace with the kind souls at the 421 stores [The Last Samurai is there now - only $10.00], David is out of luck unless he wants any of us to send him a copy. Like I’ve said. We in this Chinatown circle have made our peace with the lax copyright laws.

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