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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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“X-Men” 1, 2…oh yeah, and 3 (sigh) being released on blu-ray

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced the blu-ray release for “The X-Men Trilogy” with plans for an April 21st, 2009 release date.  While the box set will sell for an estimated price of $72.99, each film will be available for $34.99 (yea, right…that’s why we have Amazon.com 🙂 )

The specs for each film are pretty lengthy, so we’ve tagged them below.

* Be sure to check out the multitude of extra features that have been added to “X-Men: The Last Stand”.  I don’t recall the original DVD release having nearly as many features.

“The X-Men Trilogy” blu-ray specs – Continue reading

Dear George Lucas…PLEASE STOP!

In an recent interview with Newsweek, George Lucas spoke about his thoughts on Harrison Ford and the Indiana Jones franchise.  Here’s what he had to say:

He is Indiana Jones.  If Indiana Jones wasn’t in it, you’d have to call it ‘Mutt Williams and the search for Elvis.’ … Yeah, it’s ‘Mutt Williams and the Search for Elvis.’

He also added some insight on his plans for a 5th installment, with the following:

The franchise really depends on me coming up with a good idea.  And that series is very research-intensive. So we’re doing research now to see if we can’t come up with another object for him to chase … hopefully we’ll come up with something.

Yes, he was serious and I’m going to say this straight out.  George Lucas, you are wrong!  The franchise does not “depend on you coming up with a good idea.”  That’s Spielberg’s job, or at least it’s certainly appeared that way.  Spielberg was the one who prevented you from making a vomit-inducing atrocity of sending Indiana Jones to outer space.  Please, please wake up.  Either retire or come up with something new!  No more special edition, restored, remastered, digitalized, 3D rereleased Star Wars garbage.  Please stop.

I can honestly say that George Lucas has been the only writer-director who has made me wholeheartedly embrace his franchise with open arms and in the end, hurl massive wads of spitballs at it.  I remember completely loving Star Wars as a kid, watching all 3 Special Edition theatrical releases on their opening days, eventually buying the VHS box set with the Darth Vader cover slip.  I even had a box set of that Star Wars collectible card game with the Rebel and Imperial card backings and different planet packs.  Flash forward 10 years…now I utterly loathe Star Wars and can’t stand the sight of it.  “Clone Wars” simply looks like a rehash of the CGI-garbage we got for the prequel trilogy and it’s the last movie I’ll ever seriously watch (factoring in “Gigli”).  During my visit to Comic-Con, Lucasfilm had an enormous “Clone Wars” booth which featured life-size displays of some of the characters, a wide assortment of action figures, and giant, overhead screens that played fan-films.  I did not visit that booth once.  The reason: Mr. George Lucas.

So to Mr. Lucas, please put an end to Star Wars.  I assure you, it’s better off dead at this point.  I am sick and tired of seeing fans dressed up as Jedi Knights, desperately clinging on to a franchise that has been threatening suicide since Episode 1.  They don’t deserve this.  You don’t deserve this.  Please stop.

One more thing, let Spielberg take over the next Indy film.  You will be the demise of Star Wars and I seriously do not want that to happen to the Indiana Jones franchise.  “Crystal Skull” was an apocalyptic foreshadowing of the tragic events that are to come if you do not let this franchise go.  I cannot ask for anything more.

Signed,

Disgruntled Ex-Star Wars Fanatic