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Look at all the Rings! [Aug. 25th, 2003|09:42 am]
Kurt Onstad
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Okay, so in AOKP, there's been this rumor that Return of the King wasn't coming out until spring. I don't remember where that started, but at this point, most people had pretty much accepted it as truth.

It's nice to see that's wrong...(Thanks to jasheffe for the tip)
From Lord of the Rings.net:
Leading up to the December 17 release of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the final film in Peter Jackson's epic dramatic trilogy, New Line Cinema will release a limited number of 35mm prints of the Special Extended Editions of The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers in theaters across North America. The special screening series will culminate in an unprecedented marathon of back-to-back presentations of the Extended Editions followed by a special screening of The Return of the King. The announcement was made today by Rolf Mittweg, the studio's president and chief operating officer, worldwide distribution and marketing.

From December 5 - 11, the studio will release 100-150 35mm prints of the Special Extended Edition of The Fellowship of the Ring in cities across the country. On December 12 - 15, these prints will be replaced with Special Extended Edition prints of The Two Towers. On Monday, December 8, and Monday, December 15, both films will be presented back-to-back. Then, on Tuesday, December 16, participating theaters will show a one-time-only marathon of both Extended Edition prints followed by an 11pm screening of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. The official opening of the film will commence at 12:01 AM on Wednesday, December 17, 2003.

Advance ticketing for the screening series is expected to commence this fall.


Uh, technomonkey, I think it's going to be time for you to put your "movie organizer" hat back on...(Oh, and jasheffe, if you want to be part of this group let me know, or if no one in AOKP is interested in doing this, I'll definitely join you...)

Kurt
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[User Picture]From: mikester
2003-08-25 09:51 am (UTC)
I remember seeing around April Fool's Day on one of the big internet showbiz sites the story about ROTK being pushed back until Spring...that's probably where the story started.
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[User Picture]From: jasheffe
2003-08-25 09:58 am (UTC)
All I am worried about is how many prints they will release for the Marathon and how they are going to handle pre-sales of tickets. I am not going to be happy if people are camping out weeks beforehand and eat up all the pre-sales...
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[User Picture]From: self
2003-08-25 10:47 am (UTC)

I'm in for three sittings, but not for one marathon.

Two thoughts:
  1. This is probably too much effort.

  2. Work your way through this list before committing to a plan. Return of the King is going to be rediculously popular, and that means a whole lot of chaos best avoided. It'll be worth a few extra dollars to go someplace with reserved seating. I'm thinking the Arclight Theatre (formerly the Cinerama Dome), since in addition to this feature, they've also got one screen running digital projection. (currently, that's showing Pirates of the Carribean - next Friday, it will be Once Upon a Time in Mexico). But if no digital print of RotK is available, the Bridge looks to be a nice alternative.

Also worth noting on the Arclight:
  1. They're screening Independence Day tomorrow at 7:30pm followed by Q&A with screenwriter Dean Devlin. $11 a ticket for that.

  2. They seem to believe they'll have an exclusive run of Shaolin Soccer starting September 5th.
Either one could make for a nice evening.
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[User Picture]From: self
2003-08-25 10:52 am (UTC)

correction:

Once Upon a Time in Mexico is a week from Friday. September 12th. Sorry to get your hopes up.
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[User Picture]From: self
2003-08-25 10:54 am (UTC)

correction:

I mean, a week from next Friday. September 12th.
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[User Picture]From: technomonkey
2003-09-11 05:41 pm (UTC)

Time for another correction. :-(

Sadly, the Arclight (which is an INCREDIBLE theatre, btw - we saw the digitally projected Pirates there. LOVE the theatre) will not be showing Once Upon a Time in Mexico digitally. At least, not this week. Starting tomorrow is the digitally projected Matchstick Men.

And I see no Shaolin Soccer. Anywhere in Southern CA. I wonder when they're claiming it'll be released this time...
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[User Picture]From: technomonkey
2003-09-11 05:45 pm (UTC)

Noteworthy

Strangely, the first time I saw Pirates was at a screening at the Bridge. Nice theatre. But not as nice as the Arclight...
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[User Picture]From: shironiku
2003-08-25 01:49 pm (UTC)

Marathon Man

I will go and watch nine hours of indulgent wide sweeping pan shots, repetitive background music, and over-the-top fight scenes with you.
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2003-08-25 02:13 pm (UTC)

Ishtar (what, we're not naming bad Dustin Hoffman movies?)

Cool! But, just so your wallet knows, if we're doing this, I want to do this right...(see self's comments above)

Kurt
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[User Picture]From: shironiku
2003-08-25 02:50 pm (UTC)

Re: Ishtar (what, we're not naming bad Dustin Hoffman movies?)

You want to go to Toronto??
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[User Picture]From: speedball
2003-08-25 03:09 pm (UTC)

Re: Ishtar (what, we're not naming bad Dustin Hoffman movies?)

Okay, not that right, but at least to the extent of going to a good theatre with reserved seating...

Kurt
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[User Picture]From: shironiku
2003-08-25 10:55 pm (UTC)

Re: Ishtar (what, we're not naming bad Dustin Hoffman movies?)

Ok, you had me worried there for a moment.

....

You want to go in costume??
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[User Picture]From: self
2003-08-26 12:38 am (UTC)

One more appeal for the "hit each film seperately" idea:

Most of my group seems intent on sitting through the extended trilogy in one day. I won't be joining them. I just don't see how my mind would be able to process anything by the time RotK went up onscreen. I'd walk out of the theater remembering nothing, but with a violent aversion to ever hearing the soundtrack again.

</small>(this last, I can tell you from experiencing the Indiana Jones marathon twelve years ago. I may or may not be over it yet - won't know until the DVDs arrive...)</small>
    [Begin Rant]

      My group is notoriously slow to decide anything, and there's no way they'll have tickets in hand before those few theaters running the trilogy completely sell out.

      Nor will they try, because somewhere in the back of their heads, they've already realized they can't afford to buy three movie tickets in a single day, much less six for those with girlfriends. It's also starting to dawn on them that their dates would never put up with such a plan in the first place.

      But, to admit any of this would be to admit defeat, so they'll hold off 'til the last minute and end up hurting their necks from the front row of our local theatre, wishing they could count on each other to hold the plan together for once.

    [End Rant]
In less melodramatic terms, you want to see the extended prints as early as possible because the filmstock deteriorates each time it's run through the projector. Holding off for a marathon means standing by while the quality of your experience goes down in value.

Yes, you could go see the films ahead of time and return once more for the marathon. But now we're talking five admissions for each participant.

Ten for those with dates.

You've consolodated parking for some of it, but that's still a frightening outlay of cash...
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[User Picture]From: astridsdream
2003-08-26 10:53 am (UTC)
*dies of excitement*

Is it known yet which theatres will contain the Holy Grail of Tolkienness? I'm afraid that, what with my being in the midst of the cornfields in Iowa, I'll be nowhere near a theatre of happy and goodness.
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