Re: [mythsoc] Extended DVDs
- At 10:47 AM 7/12/2004 -0400, Diane Joy Baker wrote:
>No one MAKES us buy any of the LOTR items, including the kitsch.No one was arguing that they did, so this is beside the point. No one is
making us see the films at all. No one is making us read the book, either,
and nobody is making us watch "reality TV" or Michael Moore or any other
cultural phenomena that regularly get denounced. However, we are being
ASKED to buy, read, watch, etc. These things are part of our culture and
we can talk about how much we like being asked to buy them. So let's talk
about the Extended DVDs and not pretend this has anything to do with
>The DVD version is surely the version Jackson prefers, since he didn't showProbably true, but also beside the point. Jackson released the shorter
>the shorter versions the second time around.
versions to theatres. He should be willing to be judged by them.
>But we live in a less than perfect place, and Jackson had to make one kindEvery time I read "We live in a less than perfect place, so I must
>of movie for theatre-goers (shorter) and another for DVD buyers for the
>project to be viable.
compromise my artistic integrity," I hear the voice of Saruman.
>Ideally, no, the DVDs should not "save" the films on artistic terms, butBut we're being asked to take it, and therefore we can say why or why not
>the nice thing is that we can choose which version to purchase. Jackson is
>providing me a service; I can take it or leave it.
we're inclined to do so - and, more importantly, whether considering the
Extended versions to be the "real" versions means we were ripped off by
paying to see an "incomplete" version in the theatre that was not
identified as such.
- David Bratman