If ever a country has fully embraced a film series, it’s New Zealand and The Lord of the Rings. Since the release of The Fellowship of the Ring over ten years ago, the country has used the Peter Jackson-directed films as both a point of national pride and major selling point for tourism. Our own David Chen even took in some of the Tolkien-inspired sights on a trip to the country a few years back.

With a whole new trilogy of films on the way (the first of which – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – opens next month) New Zealand has already began a full-on Hobbit overhaul. It starts on your plane ride into the country, as Peter Jackson and several recognizable characters cameo in the pre-flight safety video for Air New Zealand. Or Air Middle Earth, as it’s referred to in the video. Check it out below. Read More »

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It makes perfect sense if you think about it. The last video blog Peter Jackson released from the set of The Hobbit was all about 3D and in it you could see his inner geek pouring out. He seems to really be enjoying capturing Middle Earth in 3D. Movies such as The Lion King and presumably Titanic and Star Wars Episode 1 are set for successful 3D theatrical renaissances, so the possibility of a 3D re-release for Jackson’s signature The Lord of the Rings trilogy simply fits.

In a recent interview, the star of those films, Elijah Wood, said there have been discussions about just that and, if it’s done right, he’s all for it. Read his quote and more after the jump. Read More »

While I was in New Zealand visiting Weta last week (see part 1, part 2, and part 3 of my write-up for that visit), I found myself unable to resist the chance to take a Lord of the Rings tour. In particular, the Rover Rings tour in Wellington, New Zealand seemed like a solid operation, and was fairly well-reviewed online.

I’m pretty cynical about the pandering, opportunistic nature of such tours in general, and the price of this tour did nothing to assuage my fears ($95 for a half day, $175 for a full day, including lunch). But I was already all the way on the opposite side of the world and Peter Sciretta agreed to front part of the cost if I wrote it up, so I figured, “What the hell, why not?” I decided to take the plunge and fork over the $95 for the half day option.

Hit the jump to see photos and videos of the Rover Rings Lord of the Rings tour, as well as my general thoughts on whether it was worth my time and money.
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Middle Earth, everywhere you go. Off in New Zealand, Peter Jackson and crew are back at it filming two films based on The Hobbit. On June 28, the Lord of the Rings Extended Editions are finally coming to Blu-ray and, in anticipation of that, each of those films are coming back to a theater near you for one night only. But that’s not all. Beginning this Fall, each one of the films – in celebration of their ten year anniversary – will be touring with a full, live orchestral accompaniment of Howard Shore‘s award-winning scores.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Live In Concert premiered in New York in 2009 and, this October, will come to the West Coast for several stops. The event is a feature length, digital presentation of the film on a 60 foot screen while the Munich Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Chorale and the Phoenix Boys Choir perform the score live. Next year, and the year after that, The Two Towers and The Return of the King will get similar treatments. After the jump, find out if this event is coming to an arena near you. Read More »

Before June 28, when your Blu-ray player can finally take the long route to Mordor, the entire extended edition of Peter Jackson‘s Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings trilogy returns to the big screen. AMC, which has been playing a lot of classic films in anticipation of big Blu-ray releases, will show the extended editions of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King on consecutive weeks in June, opening on the 14th, 21st and 28th respectively. Read more after the break. Read More »

We’ve posted a handful of videos from Australian movie/music remix artist Pogo in the past. He has drawn from Disney (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves) and Pixar (Up) as well as from Terminator 2 and other films to create stuttering but airy songs built out of sounds, music and dialogue culled from each movie.

The Lord of the Rings is his latest giant pool of raw material, and the rough video edit for the song ‘Murmurs of Middle-Earth’ is after the break. Read More »

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When Peter Jackson‘s Lord of the Rings trilogy was released on Blu-ray in April, many fans were angry that the release did not contain the extended editions, but only featured the theatrical releases. To many Ring fans, the extended editions are the one and only version of the film, the director’s cut of the books they love. And after Blu-ray was pushed as a format that could fit more content per disc than ever before, fans were disappointed that Warner Bros didn’t make it work with branching options or whatnot. Well Ringers, it sounds like you day might come soon. The double dip might be on the horizon.

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LOL: FoxTrot Inception

Bill Amend’s Foxtrot comic strip over the weekend was Inception-inspired, and features references to a bunch of awesome geek film properties. Check it out now on Foxtrot.com. Thanks to Alex Billington for the heads up on this one.