What $800 may buy you in Middle-earth products

800 Middle-earth

Given the recent outcry at the $800 price tag for the Middle-earth Limited Collector’s Edition, and inspired by TheOneRing.net’s recent Facebook post, I thought it would be fun to see what $800 may buy you in Middle-earth products.

Bear in mind that this is just a very selective list and may include other items that have been overseen. Prices are also based on approximations.

So, imagine you have $800 in your hand, or next to you and you’re ready to splurge on Middle-earth. Instead of choosing the Limited Collector’s Edition, you decide to purchase one of the following bundles … Continue reading “What $800 may buy you in Middle-earth products”

Thoughts on the Middle-earth Limited Collector’s Edition

*NOTE* I feel I should explain myself for the lack of posts on this blog for over a month, but any reason would hardly be sufficient. Suffice to say, real life stuff gets in the way; but hurray! I’m back for the day!

Middle-earth Limited Collectors Edition

Word is out that Warner Bros. will be releasing a much-anticipated (as well as dreaded) box set containing all 6 Middle-earth films. The release is expected to take place on October 4th, and whilst the set promises to be a definitive version, there are some well-justified concerns. Continue reading “Thoughts on the Middle-earth Limited Collector’s Edition”

In Praise of Michael Pellerin

Michael Pellerin

I am a big fan of behind the scenes documentaries for films.

My passion started way back in 1994 when, just a few months after the release of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, a ‘making of’ feature was shown on TV. I was mesmerised to see what went on behind the camera lens: the writing of the script, the set design and, of course, the creation of the dinosaurs themselves.

Since then, I devoured any behind the scenes features I came across, no matter what film it was. This occurred well before the advent of DVDs and such instances showed up few and far between. Continue reading “In Praise of Michael Pellerin”

The Battle of The Five Armies Extended Edition Review!

Thorin chargeAn Extended Cut that fixes many issues but remains slightly inconsistent

Here it is folks! The long-awaited review of the extended edition of The Battle of the Five Armies is here.

Don’t expect a long discussion for now; just a quick look at each extended scene.

A few mild spoilers follow, in case you haven’t yet seen it. Continue reading “The Battle of The Five Armies Extended Edition Review!”

The Hobbit Trilogy Extended Edition Trailer! New Scenes!

BOTFA EE - Dain and Dwarf Rams

In case you missed it . . .

Yes, so a certain trailer for a certain trilogy was released online in anticipation of the cinema release of all three extended editions of The Hobbit. Here’s the result.

Below we take a look at the new shots in store.

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In the meantime, here are some of the extended/new scenes we can expect in The Battle of the Five Armies. Continue reading “The Hobbit Trilogy Extended Edition Trailer! New Scenes!”

The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition Details!

Hobbit BOTFA EE (header)

Announcing the long-awaited Extended Edition

It’s been known for a while now, but we can finally confirm that the extended edition of The Battle of the Five Armies will be released on November 17.Blu-ray_EE

The gates of these long-kept details have been burst open and have confirmed some information on what we can except with this final release from The Hobbit trilogy. Continue reading “The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition Details!”

The Gaffer’s Elite: The Films

The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies (posters)

Ranking all things Middle-earth

It is useless trying to escape the unavoidable.

With this final post from The Gaffer’s Elite series, it is time to rank the Middle-earth films.

Yes, you heard that right: writing down, from 1 to 6, the best films from the good ones.

I’m sweating just typing that sentence; most fans can attest to the special viewing experience gained from every one of these six movies.

And yet, it is no use denying that there will always be that one film, from either of the two trilogies, that makes you feel geekier and more impressed whenever re-watching.

Do not hate me for the Herculean task I have had to complete in creating this list!

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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies arrives March 24!

HBT3_BD_3D SKEW (11-20)

“Frenetic, gripping, ridiculous and solemn at all the right places – the geek blockbuster of the year.”

— Michael Calia, The Wall Street Journal

 The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies

Arrives onto Blu-Ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-Ray Combo Pack, 2-Disc DVD Special Edition and Digital HD on March 24 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Continue reading “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies arrives March 24!”