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The Lord of the Rings: The THEATRICAL Trilogy comes to blu-ray; Hobbit news!

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That’s right.  It was too good to be true 😦  These blu-ray releases of The Lord of the Rings trilogy do not include the extended cuts of the films; only the theatrical cuts.  So before you think of handing over Mr. Benjamin Franklin (MSRP $99.98) to your local Best Buy cashier, think again – unless you’re just a die-hard LOTR geek who has to own this, knowing surely that the Dark Lord Sauron will triumph over Middle Earth if you don’t.  Other than the lengths of the features, details are still sketchy, as no technical specifications or bonus materials have been released.  The theatrical trilogy comes to blu-ray later this year.

A more complete boxed set with the extended cuts is expected to follow after the theatrical releases of the new Hobbit movies; so come on, guys.  Chances are, you already own the trilogy on DVD, whether they’re theatrical or extended cuts.  Will it really kill us to wait a few more years for a much better set of these films?

Speaking of The Hobbit, this comes fresh from Empire Magazine – Peter Jackson and Guillermo Del Toro have revised their plans for The Hobbit.  With the initial idea that two films would be made – the first, being the adaptation of the novel and the second, bridging the gap between The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring – the latest update is that The Hobbit will actually take two full length films on its own.

Guillermo Del Toro had the following to say:

We’ve decided to have The Hobbit span the two movies, including the White Council and the comings and goings of Gandalf to Dol Guldur.

And Peter Jackson:

We decided it would be a mistake to try to cram everything into one movie. The essential brief was to do The Hobbit, and it allows us to make The Hobbit in a little more style, if you like, of the trilogy.

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The future of film: 3D

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Time posted an interesting article on the future of film in three dimensions (dum dum dummmm). Apparently some dudes cited in the article like Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, and Peter Jackson feel that 3D film is going to revolutionize film:

Cameron’s Avatar, due in December, could be the thing that forces theaters to convert to digital. Spielberg predicts it will be the biggest 3-D live-action film ever. More than a thousand people have worked on it, at a cost in excess of $200 million, and it represents digital filmmaking’s bleeding edge. Cameron wrote the treatment for it in 1995 as a way to push his digital-production company to its limits. (“We can’t do this,” he recalled his crew saying. “We’ll die.”) He worked for years to build the tools he needed to realize his vision. The movie pioneers two unrelated technologies–e-motion capture, which uses images from tiny cameras rigged to actors’ heads to replicate their expressions, and digital 3-D.

I can’t wait to see just how uncomfortable this is going to make movie-goers who finally get to see Dr. Manhattan’s blue penis in all its three-dimensional glory. That really will be revolutionary.

Tintin (Excite!!!)

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For those of you who are uninitiated, stop everything that you are doing and go out and buy the Tintin comics. That’s right…just drop out of law school, med school, any of those useless endeavors and make yourself worthwhile by reading these awesome comics, because pretty soon they’re going to be movies directed by none other than Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, as reported by NY Times:

After months of deal-making turmoil, the elaborate, two-film “Tintin” series planned by the directors Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson may find its financiers in a partnership being forged by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Paramount Pictures.

Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Andy Serkis have already hopped on for the projects which will use motion capture 3D.

Look, I know what you guys are thinking, that this news could only get better by making the films into a trilogy with another legendary film-maker. Worry no more, I sent Spielberg a copy of “Dark Knight” with “Directed by Rahul Victor” written on top of it and he was very impressed and signed me up. Sharpies are amazing.

Writing begins on “The Hobbit”

It’s about time.  Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens have begun working with director, Guillermo Del Toro, on the screenplays for the two films that “The Hobbit” will be divided into.

Shooting is scheduled to commence in New Zealand during Fall 2009 at the earliest.  The first of “The Hobbit” films is planned for a December 2011 release, and the second one for a December 2012 release.