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LotR Limited Ed. DVD Extras - Misc. Screencaps....

Posted on 2006.10.11 at 21:12
Over at not_alone's LJ, I saw she had a few caps up from the Costa Botes footage. The Extras from the recently released "Limited Edition" DVD sets of the LotR films are entirely made up of this footage. Seeing the images in her lovely post prodded me to get busy and finish editing the caps I had made from these discs last week.

I was not willing to buy this latest set of DVD's. I already own all the theatricals in two versions (fullscreen for making caps, widescreen for watching) and the EE's (the versions I typically watch for my own pleasure). However, jan-u-wine was kind enough to offer the new DVD's to me on loan. She sent them along and I watched all the extras last week.

If you want to see the extras that come with the new DVD's, my advice is to borrow or rent them rather than buy them. That is, unless you don't already own the films. But I suspect few of you don't already own at least one version of each film.

My first impression of the Costa Botes material was how *lacking* it seemed compared to the professionally prepared extras that came with the EE's. No voice overs, no nice titles, no soundtrack music. Just LotR home movies.

For the FotR extra material, there were quite a few sequences that already appear in EE DVD extras, which was rather disappointing (except that I went ahead and finally capped some of them, to be presented in future posts). Again, I'm very grateful to have been able to borrow these rather than buy them (thanks so much, jan-u-wine!).

I'm not saying the material is not interesting to a hard-core fan. It's just not worth buying entire new sets of movies one already owns to see it. The material that came with TTT and RotK was more interesting to me than FotR's, but I doubt I'll watch any of them again.


Below are some miscellaneous caps taken from the FotR "Limited Edition" extras. As usual, the caps have all been cropped and tweaked heavily for exposure, contrast, and focus.

~ The four hobbit actors rehearse a fight scene. I'm not sure but it looks like Weathertop, judging from the hooded actor in the background and the shape of the unfinished set.

I just love to see Frodo get to wield a sword, if only briefly, and even if dressed as Elijah Wood:

~ The actors chat while waiting to film a scene from Weathertop:

~ Two nice caps I hadn't seen before of Frodo pushing Sam into the dance:

~ A very clear close-up in profile as Frodo examines the Ring in the fireside scene in Bag End:

~ This screencap is just one from a tiny bit in the "behind-the-scenes" I found particularly charming. In it, Gandalf is thrusting the Ring into the fire and Frodo is approaching, saying, "What are you doing?" One could see from this angle that Sir Ian was up on a raised catwalk for the scene, making him taller.

What I found amusing and oddly endearing was the sight of Elijah (as Frodo) entering in costume, but wearing sneakers. I guess PJ had assured him that his prosthetic feet would not be necessary for this shot. Considering how long putting on the feet took each morning, he must have celebrated. But Frodo in sneakers is a sight I won't soon forget.

~ Last of the miscellaneous shots, this is an image that made me laugh: the Ring-wraiths all huddling dolefully under umbrellas. They don't look very fearsome. Although, as I recall, the Black Riders didn't like water, so I suppose it was all quite in character:

All other screencap entries listed here.

~ Mechtild


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taerie at 2006-10-12 03:19 (UTC) (Link)
These were way fun to look at! Thanks!!
mechtild at 2006-10-12 03:25 (UTC) (Link)
You are so welcome, Taerie!
... where would I be
i_o_r_h_a_e_l at 2006-10-12 03:32 (UTC) (Link)
The wraiths with umbrellas are really heartbreaking - LOL!

Oh. I love the pic with the hobbits chatting. Elijah is just so, so lovely. And his doe eyes were fixed to Dom!

Thank you so much!
mechtild at 2006-10-12 12:32 (UTC) (Link)
More "doe eyes" coming up tonight.
ms_banazira at 2006-10-12 05:25 (UTC) (Link)
I love the sneakers and sweatsocks! How funny is that, and as you say, Oddly endearing!

But thank you for talking me down. Ever since those discs came out I've been arguing with myself, and occasionally I have to fight off a mad impulse to dash off to Best Buy for them. Now I can resist, because you're right that I'd probably watch them once, and then never again.

There is only one bit I really want to see, the filming of the Crack of Doom sequence, where Elijah morphs into Frodo off-screen. Were you as impressed as everyone else seems to be?
mechtild at 2006-10-12 12:38 (UTC) (Link)
I guess not. I don't remember it. They might mean when Sean is being filmed as Sam and Elijah plays Frodo for him off camera. My impression was that it was another example of the way the actors often filmed scenes when one actor was being covered and the other wasn't. If possible, the other actor would be there and provide the interactions and responses, even though they weren't being filmed. I thought that's what he was doing. It's just a few frames, very ill-lit since he wasn't being shot, which made them a bit fuzzy. I even made caps but tossed them since they weren't very good in terms of resolution.

Your comment about what others have said makes it seem as though he fell into his Frodo character even though he hadn't intended it, just watching Sam act the Sammath Naur lines. That would be very interesting. Well, I haven't given the discs back yet. Maybe I'll have a look at that again this afternoon, Honey.
Starlit Woods
starlit_woods at 2006-10-12 05:40 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for the nice caps Mechtild, it's good to see the pictures clearly, and see some I hadn't seen before. Thank you to jan-u-wine also for letting you use her discs :)

I got the impression (but I haven't seen the dvds) that the first cap with the swords is meant to be them rehearsing Weathertop, they're in the same positions (protecting Frodo in the centre) as they are in that scene and you can see a Ringwraith coming at them from the background. You're right about it looking like a tomb though, Weathertop had some pillars or something I think...but I don't think they were as ellaborate as that...maybe I should go watch the movie again to find out ;)
mechtild at 2006-10-12 12:39 (UTC) (Link)
I am sure you are right about it being Weathertop, Starlit. I changed my note. Thanks!
maeglian at 2006-10-12 06:08 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for these screencaps, they're all so good!

The wraiths with umbrellas are a hoot. Doleful, almost surreal especially with all of them having identical umbrellas, like they were actually issued them by Sauron along with their horses and cloaks.

And the other screencaps...... vividly bring back how utterly in love I was with FotR, every little thing about it and about Frodo, back when that love was still new and unlooked-for and amazing and fresh. Plus how young the 4 hobbit actors were and looked, back when they started filming! (How much younger we were, too - I suppose is the logical follow-up to thought to that......) How amazing it was to learn bits and pieces of the tricks they used to convey the scale differences! How I gobbled up every little tidbit! And still there are gems like this around? That's great.

FotR is still of course, one of my absolute favourite films of all time that I'll continue to cherish dearly, and Frodo still holds that special place in my heart. Thanks for sharing this lovely fuel to those flames! :-)
mechtild at 2006-10-12 12:42 (UTC) (Link)
The wraiths with umbrellas are a hoot. Doleful, almost surreal especially with all of them having identical umbrellas, like they were actually issued them by Sauron along with their horses and cloaks.

Issued by Sauron like the cloaks and horses -- that was a scream, Maeglian! Don't say things like that when I'm holding my first cup of coffee!

Yeah, it was a golden time, although for me it didn't start until before TTT was released. I didn't get on board with any of the behind the scenes at all, not one TV special or documentary, internet leak or anything, until the FotR EE came out with its treasure trove of making-of extras.
Estelanui - Francesca
estelanui at 2006-10-12 07:05 (UTC) (Link)
Eeeeeeeeeee! You killed me!

I didn't receive my region 2 DVDs and the relise date is yet uncertain. I so crave for them.

You, lucky region-1 girls!!! :)
mechtild at 2006-10-12 12:45 (UTC) (Link)
More to come. Although not much more -- except for mostly re-dos in FotR (re-plays of material already in previous documentaries) -- of Frodo. They are interesting, though. Especially if you truly enjoyed seeing how they made the film in terms of actual design and construction and the human interactions. These give a bit more frank account of the negative side; unhappy overworked artisans do crop up in it.
shirebound at 2006-10-12 11:34 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I don't plan to buy the DVD's, so I'm greedy for any new pics folks are kind enough to share.
mechtild at 2006-10-12 12:45 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome!
maewyn_2 at 2006-10-12 11:46 (UTC) (Link)
I really like the one with Frodo looking at the ring.

Looking at the Weathertop practice picture, are the two on the left stand-ins? They don't look much like Dom or Billy. The one with the hat MAY be Dominic, but the one on the far left looks nothing like Billy.

Ringwraiths sitting under umbrellas looks so surreal, you have to laugh!
mechtild at 2006-10-12 12:51 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, it's them, Maewyn. That's the difference a wig makes - and a focussed camera. Although this is more focussed than the actual footage, it's clear in the sequence from the tone of their sounds and their body language that they are themselves and not their doubles.

There are scenes using there stunt doubles in which I didn't even know the doubles were being used until they got to the close-up. When all the hobbits tumble down the bluff just before the Black Rider shows up the first time, the part shot from where they tumble from the top all the way down, that's stunt doubles. But I really couldn't tell until they landed and they showed Frodo's face which cleary was not EW's.

Then they showed the real hobbits tumbling down a much shorter drop onto a thick stunt mat for the close-up landing used in the film. It was quite funny, since EW had a cackingly, shrieking laughing fit during one of the takes. Sounded like a banshee.
Gentle Hobbit
gentlehobbit at 2006-10-12 13:56 (UTC) (Link)
These were fun to see! Thank you so much for posting them! I have no intention of buying them either, so it's great to have a peek at some of what's in them.

Oh dear! *wipes eyes* The one of the Nazgul under their light blue umbrellas is priceless! It's begging for a caption or an icon, or both!

mechtild at 2006-10-12 20:41 (UTC) (Link)
Scroll down and look at what whiteling did to the umbrellas. Ha ha ha!
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mechtild at 2006-10-12 20:29 (UTC) (Link)
I love that profile, too, Mews. There's one similar to it in the "Farewell to Frodo" footage, but it's not as close as this.
bandwench at 2006-10-12 15:45 (UTC) (Link)
*hangs head in shame* I bought them and haven't even watched them yet. *feels like an utter putz* Oh, well, THAT feeling is nothing new for me! Ü

What I meant to say was "THANK YOU" for making these caps and cleaning them up for our viewing pleasure. Frodo in sneakers and baggy socks, melts my motherly Lijah loving heart. *fingers itch to pull up his socks and clean his face with a saliva-dampened tissue* And I MUST hear the Lijah doing a Banshee impersonation laugh! Something about him laughing like he just really does not care what anyone thinks of it makes me happy inside for him. He must know people find his laugh dorky, and yet he just lets it bubble out however it will.

And the profile of him studying the ring is absolutely gorgeous! *stares and is so thankful for having a lovely friend like you that posts such beautiful things to look at*
mechtild at 2006-10-12 20:32 (UTC) (Link)
Bandwench, I just watched that bit where he laughs like a banshee again and it's such a funny bit. I'm going to post caps from that sequence, because the images are nice to look at, but it really does need to be heard. Dom and Billy really tease EW. He's difficult to ruffle, though. The banshee laugh comes after the actual take.

Yeah, those socks and sneakers; they're the cutest.
melyanna_65 at 2006-10-12 16:11 (UTC) (Link)
Awww, what a gorgeous set of pictures from my fave movie ever!

I love each one of them, especially the close up of Frodo examining the ring (what a perfect profile, sighs!) and the one with Frodo in sneakers! It's a true rarity, I'll never see Frodo wearing shoes again!

Thanks, hon, for posting!

mechtild at 2006-10-12 20:32 (UTC) (Link)
My pleasure, Melyanna!
mariole at 2006-10-12 16:43 (UTC) (Link)
Although, as I recall, the Black Riders didn't like water, so I suppose it was all quite in character:

Hee! So true. Great observation. :-D

The lads rehearsing for Weathertop was one of my fave moments from the extras. Thank you for capping it so nicely! Too bad they didn't get to fight much, after all that practice! :(

I also observed the sneakers of when Frodo runs up. I forget what feature it was in, but it was and continues to be hilarious. When I see things like this, I realize how much "acting" goes into acting.

Thanks for your report on the new DVDs. I'd already made up my mind just to rent them, and it's nice to hear your experience confirm this. I wasn't too impressed with the teaser footage they'd shown. Someday when it's cold and I want to sit and drink tea, I will view them. Thank you!!!
mechtild at 2006-10-12 20:37 (UTC) (Link)
I think you'll enjoy the footage, Mariole, as anyone who's a real geek for the films would. If you are only watching for glimpses of your favourite hobby, you'll be disappointed, since he's not in them that much. There are good moments, but the majority is about the film-making as a whole.

I'm someone who watched and enjoyed the whole of the documentaries, not just the ones with the actors, so I really got a lot out of them. I watched parts of these again to make more caps this afternoon, and I'd say I enjoyed them more watching them a second time. "Second viewing syndrome". This time, knowing ahead of time how candid and unspectacularly presented the material would be, I found myself enjoying it much more. I saw things I missed, too. So, yes, do rent them and watch them. A second viewing wouldn't hurt, either.
whiteling at 2006-10-12 18:12 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks you so much, Mechtild, for those fab screencaps - the hobbits at Weathertop disguised as Billy, Dom, Eljah and Sean; Frodo in sneakers; Frodo's delicate profile... *sigh*... just wonderful. And then the Ringwraiths with Saruman's umbrellas!! What a scream.
But it could have been even worse...

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mechtild at 2006-10-12 20:38 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Whiteling, that's GREAT!!!! Super manip! Ha ha ha!
pearlette at 2006-10-12 19:36 (UTC) (Link)
Frodo in sneakers!!!!!!!!!!!

Jailbait Lij holding a sword and lookin' hot hot hot!!!!!!!!

Nazgul with umbrellas!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Frolijah Doe Eyes!

Frolijah profile, looking at the Ring!


mechtild at 2006-10-12 20:39 (UTC) (Link)
Aren't those calves tucked into those socks and sneakers the cutest? It makes me want to grab them, even if the shoes and socks make him look eight, not eighteen.
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