Recently I discovered the DVD Special Extended Editions of the “Lord of the Rings,” which include much, much more than the theatrical releases.
First, the extended editions of ” The Friendship of the Ring,” “The Two Towers,” and the “Return of the King” all have much extra footage, enriching the story immensely.
Second, these editions also include interviews with director Peter Jackson, screenwriter Philippa Boyens, composer Howard Shore, and all the principal actors, to scratch the surface of the extra features. So many hours of creative details and insights!
One of the delightful details: Peter Jackson wanted a harmonious cast. And on location, Hobbit actors Elijah Wood (Frodo), Sean Astin (Sam), Dominic Monaghan (Merry) and Billy Boyd (Pippin) all lived together in one trailer and became great friends — a friendship that was translated onto the screen.
The Alameda County Library is fortunate to own all three editions. Look for the “Lord of the Rings” New Line Platinum Series.