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VINE VOICEon 27 March 2004
As if owning these films separately is not pleasure enough, now the whole trilogy is available for a bargain price in one concise box-set. Between them, these films were nominated for an unprecedented 30 Oscars, and won 17 in total, 11 of them for the 'Return of the King' alone. A trilogy unlike any other, effectively 'The Lord Of The Rings' is just one very long film, 9 hours and 18 minutes to be exact. But of course, even that is not the WHOLE story. Missing from this Theatrical Version box-set is, of course, an almost unbelievable 2 hours and 3 minutes of extended scenes. Where this box-set represents a decent saving on the originals, the Extended Version box-set will be an even better bargain, hence why I would recommend holding on another few months for it, rather than rushing out to buy this.
Even the 'couch-potato advantage' of having the whole movies on a single DVD each doesn't really apply anymore, since you will have to get up and change the discs anyway, if (like many thousands no doubt will) you intend watching them back to back. There is, however, a more subtle advantage in owning the theatrical versions over the extended versions, in that if you intend to watch the whole lot in one day, you might just be able to do it, whereas at a mind-boggling 11 hours and 21 minutes, the entire extended trilogy may result in SSAS (Severely Sore Arse Syndrome) or even deep-vein thrombosis.
Peter Jackson has created the must-have movie trilogy of all-time, and from beginning to end, the journey is as fascinating as was originally penned by J.R.R. Tolkein himself. A triumph of a trilogy, but if like me you enjoyed every minute of it, you will surely want to own every minute of it too.
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