Bad review of the DVD
- By Bryan Curtis, from Slate: http://slate.msn.com/?id=2069485
The makers of Fellowship of the Ring ... turned a great film into a bad
commercial. The disks' bonus featuresendless but uninformative
documentaries and adsare built to sell, sell, sell. Sell the official
movie guide; the tie-in video game; the theatrical sequel; even the more
souped-up Fellowship DVD, which arrives in November. By the time you've
waded through the extras, you're positively grooving on the sweet smell of
Consider Fellowship's three documentaries and 11 short "featurettes," which
look like they've been thrown together by the producers of Entertainment
Tonight. There's almost no discussion of the making of the film. ...
The Fellowship documentaries take a few on-set anecdotes and stretch them
as thin as taffy. ...
The theatrical trailers on the DVD have the same problem. Fellowship
includes nine of themthree from the theater, six from television. Why? ...
When New Line isn't selling us the movie we just bought, they're hawking
the toy-store tie-ins. One of the documentaries included here ran as an
in-store promotion for Houghton-Mifflin, makers of the Official Movie
Guide. The second disk includes a previewi.e., a commercialfor the
upcoming Lord of the Rings video game. In it, the programmers boast that
you can't tell the difference between the footage from the movie and that
from the video game. Actually, you can ...
The disks' best feature is also an ad, though it's a particularly skillful
one: a 10-minute preview for Fellowship's sequel, The Two Towers, which
arrives in theaters in December. Those 10 minutes, which include interviews
with director Peter Jackson and the other filmmakers, contain more
technical detail than the hours of "documentary" footage combined. The most
tantalizing bit is a look at a computer program that allows the filmmakers
to endow digital ogres with their own intelligence, a technique that one
day, with any luck, can be reversed and used on the makers of this DVD.
Not until you reach the end of the second disk, do you realize, achingly,
that a better Fellowship disk is on the way. The Platinum Series Extended
Edition, which arrives in stores Nov. 12, will include four audio
commentaries and loads of fresh documentaries. Even more enticing is 30
minutes of new footage that director Peter Jackson has added to the film.
Jackson assures us this longer version isn't a "director's cut"i.e., a
shallow excuse to produce another high-dollar disk. No matter. We'll be
pining for the new DVD, if only so we can dump this denuded version into
- Hey, I got mine for $15. It's worth $15. I can sit down and start dissecting
the costumes. Plus, I can begin work on the ones in TT <g>.
"David S. Bratman" wrote:
> We'll be
> pining for the new DVD, if only so we can dump this denuded version into
> the trash.
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