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  1. Regarding getting things for myself, I've kind of been suckered in to Amazon UKs sale already, with some cheap CDs on at ?5...... HMVs sale has just started, and I shall probably be in London next week so, God help my wallet frankly. I both love and loathe the post-christmas 'Sale' season. Pre-Christmas I did move fast to get myself the Criterion editions of Straw Dogs and the box set of Criterion released Hitcock titles as both go out of print as of Thursday. Very pleased I found those actually. Romier is also holding on to Metroid Prime which I need to pay him for and have it shipped over. Daniel
  2. Northfork. I'm actually miffed it got a post-Christmas release to be honest, as it's a wee bit too soon after Christmas to be spending money on more DVDs I have no room to shelve (plus some cheap CDs in Amazon UKs sale have already suckered me in to spending money not even a week after Christmas). It's certainly the only one I want off of this weeks release list though. Daniel
  3. A lot of nice stuff I am really pleased with. Gaming wise, I received the two on my list, a US import of Prince fo Persia on the XBox, and the Platinum edition of Jak and Daxter on the Playstation2. I got a number of DVDs, most obscure to most of you would be some of the region2 titles like the second series of Phoenix Nights, second series of Bo Selecta and the third series of The Leage of Gentlemen. Great shows and very good DVDs. CD wise I gave home to 1992-2002 from Underworld, Storm by Heather Nova, Elton John by Elton John, and what has immediately become my favourite album of 2003 upon listening to it on Christmas day, Damian Rice's album 'O' which in my opinion is a triumph of a debut album. And as if I didn't have more than I have of anything else already, more wonderful books came my way including Andy Serkis' book on Gollum, Pythons by the Bythons, Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy and more. I always love Christmas for it's ability to fuel my reading for the first four months of the new year. Daniel
  4. The very last scene as well, is just beautiful, and such a charming bit music (argh, not on the CD) scoring Frodo's narration (almost word for word from the book) as Sam returns home..... *sniff* Daniel
  5. The set is utterly ridiculous in it's brilliance, I agree. There are many things in the set I will never bother looking over, but nevertheless I can't commend the job done on it enough. You unfold that digipack and it just keeps going, and going, and going, and going and..... Daniel
  6. I just want the episodes. Anything else is a bonus...... Daniel
  7. I do wonder if the Mouth of Sauron scene, should it appear in the Extended Edition, would slow things down a little as much as I love it. It would work for the benefit of the film surely giving greatest reason for Aragorn and company?s "for Frodo" last stand at the Black Gate if they think him to be dead, but it'll be interesting to see what it does to the pacing as the book takes an awfully long time to basically describe Sam and Frodo going up the mountain. Not a grave concern on my part, but as overwhelmed by the pacing as I am, I am most curious as to how things will play out in the extended edition. The spotlight doesn't bother me, as you know, though I do wonder if it would have been better to widen the gaze a little and instead of having a direct lighthouse like beam To have had the light a little more spread out over the grounds it surveys may have looked less awkward, but four times now and I?ve never once looked upon it in utter outrage. Life is too short. The film did some curious things regarding Sauron to be sure, but none that I minded personally. You're correct that as written in the books, the great eye is merely a euphemism for Sauron's stronghold on viewing Middle-Earth from the top of Barad-Dur, that it is description of the presence of his gaze rather than the actual sight of it, that takes grip over land and sea. There's honestly nothing to suggest otherwise in the book, nor is there anything to suggest Sauron is not of physical form (in fact there are a number of things in the book suggesting quite the contrary). Forever was the general worry there would be some sort of showdown with Suaron in the films however, and I am grateful Peter Jackson never took it upon himself to do that as many times in the past he said it was hard just to leave him as a great eye. Again there's little doubting Sauron has physical form in the book, but to have gone and done a final showdown of sorts would have destroyed much of what climax of the book stands for, so to have the eye in literal form was somewhat of a fair compromise in my opinion. I think his decision to keep Sauron as a non-physical presence worked for the sake of filmmaking, which you really have to take into account here. It's tough to only reference the chief antagonist by name alone in a film, especially one such as these, and it was a brave enough decision to just show an eye and nothing more. It's rather a good example of how you can actually do one thing in a book, but not on the screen, which is very true of many of the changes Jackson, Walsh and Boyens made in trying to interpret some of the trickier themes on film. Daniel PS: Upon the fourth viewing I feel my favourite single moment in the entire film is hearing the horns of Rohan and then seeing the Rohirim appear upon the hillside to Shore's music doing a take on the Rohan theme underscored by a military drumming motif. The entire scene with Theoden's speech is remarkable (with the music going into a grander version of Shore's Nature theme), but it's really the very moment they first appear along the ridge of Pelennor that just overwhelms me.
  8. Mmm, yes have a lovely holiday all. A miserable rainy Christmas looms here in the South of England as usual. Lord how I would love for some snow.... And watching a certain fantasy film at the cinema over and over, and over... Daniel
  9. Hah, how wonderful. I adore that film to bits. Daniel PS: I am truly hoping Return of the King kicks Titanic aside for it's overal final worldwide gross.
  10. Pretty much, yes. About 80% of the film was shot against green screen. Daniel
  11. It's a project I've been following for quite some time now as it's had numerous production delays over the years. It's either something I am going to love in the way I love The Rocketeer, or just utterly loathe and be very annoyed with. Daniel
  12. I've just booked for a 4th viewing set for the 23rd, my last this side of Christmas. There's a cinema in Greenwich I have been wanting to experience for quite some time. I've no idea if these exist in the US, but a section of the auditorium seating is assigned for more expensive ticket bookings granting over 18s only large leather seats with fold out tables for your food and drink, access to a private bar, and access to as much popcorn, nachos, tea, coffee, biscuits and soft drinks are one desires. Expensive, but a worthy pre-Christmas treat for my brother and I. Daniel
  13. If it is indeed an IMAX DMR presentation, then it would be given the three Rings films, like the Matrix trilogy were shot in Super 35, so for IMAX DMR they basically go open matte and add a fair bit of digital noise reduction to the image to even out the grain. I do think it must surely be a 35mm blow up, or we'd be seeing a lot more advertising for a DMR presentation. Nevertheless, actual framed DMR print or blowup, on an IMAX sound system it should sound simply outstanding. I had this problem with the blowup of The Matrix I saw a few years ago really. It was a very late showing we all went to (it was a bunch of us during an HTF LA Meet), and it was very tiring to watch since you've little choice but to get very close to a very big projected image which is frankly never a good idea. Because the 2.39:1 ratio is not standard for IMAX and it only takes up a fraction of the screen size, there are a number of hot spotting issues which begin to tire the eyes, and I was honestly falling asleep. FALLING ASLEEP, duing The Matrix over an IMAX sound system!!! Daniel
  14. This is interesting. I wasn't aware there were any re-framed IMAX DMR prints of Return of the King ala Apollo 13, Disney and Matrix sequels. I THINK all the IMAX screenings are just straight 35mm blowup presentations, in which case they retain the correct 2.39:1 aspect ratio and only take up a fraction of the screen size. Still rather big mind you, I saw the first Matrix film as an IMAX blow up in LA a few years ago and it's an immersive way to watch a 35mm print, if a little hard going on the senses. Daniel
  15. The Odeon in London is nice yes. It's a favourite of mine if a little large for it's own good. It's home to many a royal premiere, and seats roughly 2000 people and is a single screen establishment, and to the best of my knowledge is still the largest non-IMAX screen in the UK. Given how old the interior structure design is, it does make for the sound to be a little boomy now and again, but it's comfortable and very pleasing on the whole if one sits upstairs in the royal circle. Projection and care for the actual film prints they show at the Odeon is always on fine form. Given that, as I say, they play host to many big premieres, they end up with some spectacular quality prints with Return of the King being no exception. One thing I like about the majority of cinemas here in the UK is you are assigned seats when booking; something I have noticed is something of a rarity in the USA. It would be very frustrating to me to have to queue up outside for a long time and then scramble for the best seats once inside an auditorium. Daniel
  16. I do actually wonder about this and those who attended a Trilogy Tuesday event. So many hours in a room full of nerd.... Daniel
  17. Mmm, it's certainly not reached British shores as I had thought sadly. Daniel
  18. Third viewing done and dusted, and again I am left as confident as ever over the utter brilliance of every element of this film. I still cannot get over the skilled editing and how I continue to sit watching never once wishing for any scene to progress quickly to another. Daniel PS: One really cute thing occurred in my viewing this afternoon. A number of children watching, all within my earshot who were quiet for the duration, were reduced to audible tears. These kids took liberty of reading aloud every lead actors name as their name and sketch appeared on screen during the end credits, which was really quite a nice moment to have sat in on.
  19. Dean, [spoilers] . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The lump in throat and glassy eyed moment began during the Frodo waking scene for me too, though at a different point. I adore the fact the scene is played with next to no dialogue, and it's the exchange of looks between Frodo and Sam at this moment that really set me off. Then of course the events at the Grey Havens, which I had been waiting to see on screen since New Line first announced they were producing the trilogy.... Needless to say I was not dissapointed with the result. That beautiful wide shot of everyone bowing to the hobbits was adorable too. . . . . . . . . . . [end spoilers] And now, I go off to viewing number three. Daniel
  20. It's an odd feeling that it is over isn't it? In many ways, we have a year left, with the standard DVD to come, and then of course the extended edition, plus the big box set of all the music around the same time as the extended dvd set, but the fun of getting together with friends to see the films on opening morning for the past two years is gone... :? Daniel
  21. One of the finest films of the last decade. A studio picture has not left me so enthralled and in wonder of what can be achieved via the medium of cinema since Schindler's List. I'd deem it flawless in it's theatrical incarnation, and expect the extended edition to be beyond brilliance. Oh goodness me no. As has already been said, Voice of Saruman is being left for the extended, as is Houses of the Healing, the extra stuff at the black gate and the Eowyn/Faramir subplot. Plus more! The original cut ran in at an hour longer, but as with both previous extended cuts, I don't expect all of the footage to be put back, but I think a good thirty to forty minutes can be expected. Daniel PS: I saw it twice today, and as I had hoped, Peter Jackson being united with his usual editor Jamie Selkirk made Return of the King a triumph of film editing that I truly hope wins an oscar. Nothing drags, nothing comes that makes you want to get on to another scene. It is a joy to watch multiple times and just flies by.
  22. It's looking pretty decent. It certainly has me more interested than any of the trailers for Spider-Man did anyhow. MJ seems less slutty thankfully. Allegedly the trailer is tacked onto prints of Return of the King as of the 17th. Daniel
  23. Could you check the train times for me whilst I am away? I've promised Rob I'll let him know what time to be at mine on the 17th when I get back on Monday. Idealy I think a train that get's us into Marylabone around 10am would be good as it;s about fiteen minutes on the tube, and the doors should be ready to open when we arrive. Daniel
  24. Mmm, it's a good time really since it's too early for most. The 15:10 showing sold out quickly because the Odeon is not doing public showings on the evening of the 17th. I have a ticket to go and see it again on Tottenham Court Road at 15:30 so I'll have to bid adios after lunch and return to Middle Earth. I'm trying to fit four or five in before Christmas in my desire to beat ,or at the very least match, my pre-Christmas viewings of Fellowship two years ago. I have a Wycombe viewing for the afternoon of the 18th. The London premiere is tomorrow at the Odeon. I'm off up to Scotland tomorrow and am back on Monday. Daniel
  25. ...... and just seven days remain now, folks..... Daniel
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