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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

FOTR 'Directors Cut' (aka EE) - sublime

Posted on 2011.06.15 at 16:58


jan_u_wine at 2011-06-15 22:47 (UTC) (Link)
damn me, i cried all through it. the person i was with thought i was loony.....

uhhhhh....that's a charge i can't defend successfully.....
mechtild at 2011-06-15 22:52 (UTC) (Link)
Loony? Surely not. Luckily, no one was sitting next to me or I might have had a few looks. Who cries over opening titles? Or everytime they show the Shire? More than ever I thought the opening "Concerning Hobbits" sequences (including the party) were so, SO well done.

I know everyone's eyes were great the first time around, but weren't they even better? This time I noticed what unusually lovely eyes Hugo Weaving has. The circumferences of his irises are distinctly darker than the rest, almost as if they were outlined. Oh, heck, everyone's eyes were terrific.

And the shots of the maps -- was it my imagination or were they so crisp and vivid, yet not at all fakey looking, they seemed alive on the screen?
jan_u_wine at 2011-06-15 22:59 (UTC) (Link)
is this because this is the Blue Ray (oh, god, will i have to get BR now? nooooooo), or just because remastered?

but you are right: I heard things I never heard before and saw things that I never had, either.

I thought an oliphaunt was sitting on my chest at the first view of the Shire. Or an angel. I was instantly filled with yearning.

hmm. perhaps we have some (newly-back-in-love)Posts in our future!

must run!
mechtild at 2011-06-16 00:16 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, the Blu-ray has gobs to do with it. When I heard the trilogy EE's were coming out on Blu-ray I searched for reviews of them, reviews that talked about the quality of video and sound, not the usual criteria. I found sites where geeky film nuts review new DVD's paying particular attention to the technical quality. The reviewers all mentioned the lesser quality of FOTR, not as a film but in terms of quality of video, compared to TTT and ROTK. This was because, they said, Jackson and company simply didn't have the budget advanced for FOTR to do the highest quality processing and post-production. They did wonders with their resources, but it was clear, said the geek reviewers, that much more budget was spent on these things in the second two films.

But apart from the difference between FOTR and the later films in the trilogy, they all gave the Blu-ray discs, theatrical and EE, stunning reviews for quality of video and especially sound. It's one of the reasons I told Glen we had to buy a "home theatre" sound system this time. They all said the sound quality was superb -- crisp dialogue, beautiful sound on the score, and terrific sound editing (all the other sounds in the films). But to able to appreciate it you needed to hear the films with all those multiple channels. I can't wait!

An OLIPHAUNT on your chest, ey? Sounds like an inspiring one, too. :)
jan_u_wine at 2011-06-16 01:49 (UTC) (Link)
oh, sigh. technology is much more clever than i. Everytime i am sittin' pretty with my batch o' films, they come up with a better format for showing them to me. And then i have to start over.

I'll have to give this a nice long think!
mechtild at 2011-06-16 02:44 (UTC) (Link)
Good idea, lamby. Who knows what they'll come up with in another few years?
jan_u_wine at 2011-06-16 02:48 (UTC) (Link)
in a few years, there will probably be REAL Rings of Power......

Run, Frodo, run.

And don't fall.
Lavender Took
lavendertook at 2011-06-17 05:07 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't notice Hugo's eyes, this time, but Isuldur's eyes really struck me, and I don't know if I missed it before or if it is the remastering that I saw distinct gold rings in his eyes. I wonder if someone was having symbolic fun in turning up the contrast between the layers in his iris. (-,

Yes, the maps, Lee's illustration of a face on Bilbo's desk, the text on the pages of Frodo's book, the script on the outside of Aragorn's book were all sharper. But conversely, I thought the focus on everything around Bilbo as he scurried back and forth getting the table set for Gandalf was way more blurred.
mechtild at 2011-06-17 06:58 (UTC) (Link)
Yes! I saw that Lee drawing on Bilbo's desk, too, now that you mention it. I recognized it from his book of LOTR drawings, or it is one from the same series. (I think they appear in the end credits of ROTK, too.)

I didn't notice the blur you mention, but I read about the blurring in general in a review of the Blu-ray disc on a geeky DVD review site. It actually had a name, and is something that happens when they high-def sequences that don't have enough resolution to work with, or something like that. I wish I could find that review again, but it talked at length about the downside of making Blu-rays from films before high definition was out there. Something called smudging is one of them. Also I think there's an effect that over-outlines things. These things are considered faults, of course.

No, I totally missed the Rings reflected in Isildur's eyes. DOH. I really, really could see the multi-light reflections in Galadriel's eyes, though. :) I had wondered, re Elrond's eyes, whether Hugo was wearing contacts lighter than the colour of his own eyes to play Elrond, but that the contacts didn't extend all the way across his own darker irises. Since I've never seen Weaving in high def in anything else (or on the big screen at all in close-ups), I really don't know if that is a natural feature of his own eyes.

You ask such interesting questions, Lavender, I wonder if there's an article somewhere that talks explicitly about what the process actually is, in "digitally remastering" something.
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