Lord of the Ring fans get ready for the super long extended editions ready to roll out in August. Wait a minute, I already have the super long extended editions, or do I? It seems that yes I do. Apparently New Line and Peter Jackson are not content with the billions of dollars they have already made and knowing the obsessive nature of their fanboy geeks, they know they can sell any number of “new” and “super” editions.
It seems that these new editions will contain both the theatrical version and the extended versions of the film. I might add that all of these are already available for sale. What is new to the “new” editions? New documentaries on the making of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. As if there weren’t enough documentaries and making of features in the previous DVD editions.
I am all for loading up a DVD with great additions, I am looking forward to repurchasing the Dazed and Confused Criterion edition just for the extras, but enough is enough. As much as I loved the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as of right now, I will not be plopping down my hard earned dough for something that I already own. It makes no sense.
This is the type of tactic that leads people like me to look into ripping and burning DVDs. When you have the movie, but you want the extras? Just go rent this edition and rip and burn, now you have all the editions. At least until they release the super never before seen unrated director’s cut in three collectible boxes featuring Frodo, Gandalf, and Sam.