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lord of the rings dvds 2 discs and 4 disc set

info on new lotr dvd 2 disc set:
The DVD will be a 2-disc set and will feature either a fullscreen or widescreen version of the movie. The first disc will have the movie on it. The second disc will have these great extra features:
SPECIAL FEATURES

3 in-depth programs that reveal the secrets behind the production of this epic adventure, including:

Welcome to Middle-earth

The Quest for the Ring

A Passage to Middle-earth

15 featurettes originally created for lordoftherings.net, which explore the locales and cultures of Middle-earth and include interviews with cast members Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Liv Tyler and others

Exclusive 10-minute behind-the-scenes preview of the next The Lord of the Rings theatrical release, The Two Towers

Original theatrical trailers and TV spots

Enya “May It Be” music video

Preview of Electronic Arts’ video game, The Two Towers

An inside look at the Special Extended DVD Edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
DVD-ROM CONTENT:
Exclusive online content

The VHS will feature a fullscreen version of the movie.

and the 4 disc set coming november 12:

4-Disc Platinum Seriesâ„¢ Special Extended DVD Edition Content Overview (Complete List of Content to be Provided at a Later Date):
DISCS 1-2: The Feature

FEATURE (approx. 208 minutes) – Unique version of the epic adventure with over 30 minutes of never-before-seen footage incorporated into the film and new music scored by Academy Award®-winning composer Howard Shore:

Widescreen (2.35:1) version of the Special Extended Edition
Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround Sound
DTS ES 6.1 Surround Sound
Stereo Surround Sound
Four audio commentaries by director and writers, the design team the production team and the cast featuring more than 30 participants including Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and Academy Award® winners Richard Taylor, Andrew Lesnie, Howard Shore, Jim Rygiel, Randy Cook…and many more
DISCS 3-4: The Appendices

Two discs with hours of original content including multiple documentaries and design/photo galleries with thousands of images to give viewers an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:

DISC 3 – “From Book to Vision”

Adapting the book into a screenplay & planning the film
Designing and building Middle-earth
Storyboards to pre-visualization
Weta Workshop visit – An up-close look at the weapons, armor, creatures and miniatures from the film
Atlas of Middle-earth: Tracing the journey of the Fellowship
An interactive map of New Zealand highlighting the location scouting process
Galleries of art and slideshows with commentaries by the artists
Guided tour of the wardrobe department
Footage from early meetings, moving storyboards and pre-visualization reels
And much more!
DISC 4 – “From Vision to Reality”

Bringing the characters to life
A day in the life of a hobbit
Principal photography: Stories from the set
Scale: Creating the illusion of size
Galleries of behind-the-scenes photographs and personal cast photos
Editorial and visual effects multi-angle progressions
Sound design demonstration
And much more!

Garner Gets “Daredevil” Spinoff

Garner Gets “Daredevil” Spinoff
Thursday February 27 1:00 PM ET

For those of you who haven’t seen Daredevil, stop reading now, because this whole story’s one big spoiler.

Of course, if you’ve read the headline, you already know one thing’s for certain now: Elektra survives.

After burning up the screen playing Ben Affleck’s sultry sparring partner and meeting what seemed like an untimely end in the hit superhero flick, Jennifer Garner will resurrect her role as leather-clad warrior Elektra Natchio in an action spinoff.

Twentieth Century Fox and Regency Enterprises have confirmed they are developing a feature film based on the Elektra character with an eye toward creating a separate blockbuster franchise (that’s in addition to an in-the-works Daredevil sequel).

Early word has it the Elektra spinoff will pick up where Daredevil left off. In the movie’s climax, our heroine seemingly died during a fierce battle with Daredevil’s nemesis, Bullseye (played with devilish Irish charm by Colin Farrell) after he slashed her throat with a playing card and then gutted her.

But as is often the case in comic book (and movie) land, Garner’s character will live to fight another day.

At the end of the film, Daredevil returns home, heads up to his rooftop where he had taken Elektra on their first date and finds a good-luck charm–the necklace her mother gave her, giving the blind superdude a sign that perhaps his martial-arts master gal-pal indeed is alive.

Makes you believe in love and sequels, don’t it?

Elecktra first appeared in Marvel Comics’ Daredevil series in 1980, courtesy of legendary illustrator Frank Miller. The daughter of a powerful Greek business tycoon, she does not possess any superhuman powers, but instead is an expert karate chopper, whose weapons include a pair of three-pronged daggers. Naturally, Elektra falls in love with Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil, a blind district attorney who dons red leather at night as a vigilante with super senses.

While he’s not exactly your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man at the box office (that film grossed more than $200 million), Daredevil has done well enough (nearly $70 million after just two weeks) that Fox has announced the sequels.

Meanwhile, the 30-year-old Garner continues her meteoric rise to stardom. After a role on the WB’s now defunct Felicity, the thespian has, er, garnered a cult following playing Sydney Bristow in the ABC spy series Alias, which the Alphabet just renewed for a third season. At the behest of Steven Spielberg ( news), Garner also appeared in a small role this Christmas in the director’s con-man caper Catch Me If You Can. Other credits include Dude, Where’s My Car?, Washington Square and Mr. Magoo.

This isn’t the only time a successful movie has spun off a franchise for its leading lady.

Fox’s decision to give Garner her own movie comes three months after MGM announced it was crafting a spinoff from last year’s hit 007 thriller, Die Another Day, that would feature Halle Berry ( news) reprising her butt-kicking Bond babe Jinx.

Tale Tied to Hanukkah Holiday Stirs Gibson Vision

Wednesday March 17 3:49 PM ET

Mel Gibson, whose hit film “The Passion of the Christ” was attacked as anti-Semitic by some critics, says he is now intrigued by the revolt of the Maccabees — the story behind the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.

“The story that’s always fired my imagination … is the Book of Maccabees,” the actor and director told ABC Radio talk show host Sean Hannity on Tuesday.

“The Maccabees family stood up, and they made war. They stuck by their guns and they came out winning,” he said. “It’s like a Western.”

The Maccabees led a three-year war, some 200 years before the birth of Jesus, against Antiochus, a king who forced the Jews to worship false gods. The war led to the liberation of Jerusalem and rededication of the Temple that is celebrated in the Hanukkah holiday.

Gibson’s “The Passion,” which depicts the last hours of the life of Jesus, has been a huge box office hit, making $264 million since its Feb. 25 opening.

But several critics and religious leaders have blasted the film, saying Gibson made an unflattering portrayal of Jews and blamed them in the movie for the crucifiction of Christ.

Anti-Defamation League National Director Abe Foxman was not pleased with Gibson’s interest in Jewish history.

“My answer would be ‘thanks but no thanks,”‘ Foxman said on Wednesday. “The last thing we need in Jewish history is to convert our history into a Western.”

“In his hands we may wind up losing,” he joked.

Gibson did not say he was planning another biblical film.

love actually

caught the sneak preview tonight and what can i say about this film but absolutly marvelous, great, amazing, etc. etc.

what a wonderful clever film with stand out performances by everyone….great ensemble piece and worth every minute

this is a must see and i give it an a