Well, a couple observations here... I think the prior two LOTR films had their EE DVD release dates in November to get the buzz going again for the next film which was released each December. But since there won't be another film next year, maybe they'll bump up the release schedule a little this time around.
Couple things: November is the
month to release DVDs. Most of the biggest titles of any given year will come out in November, right in time for the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.
Also, some people were already pissed that the other Extended editions were released so soon after the theatrical cuts came out (about three months). Well, if they bump up the theatrical DVD from August to, say, June, well, that's going to expand that gap a little bit, which to some people would look a little more consumer-friendly. Now, if they went and bumped the Extended up to September or October, then you'd have the same amount of time between the releases, which would just tick the same people off again.
Another thing to consider is that a set like that takes time to produce. They're working on it even as we speak, and I would guess they'll be doing so for the next couple of months. Especially if the film wins the Best Picture Oscar--I wouldn't be surprised to see something about that on the DVD (that's if the Academy plays nice for a change and lets them have the Oscar footage, which they probably won't, actually.)
There's also the possibility that ROTK could see a brief limited run again right around Oscar time too...
Hell, dude, the Oscars were moved up a month, so they'll be airing in late February next year (the 29th, to be exact). Return of the King
will still be in theatres at that time--no need to rerelease it!
Adam also pointed out an interesting little blurb on the potential LOTR boxset on tap, so that's definitely got me rather intrigued as well. So go dig up some juicy news on that one, would ya'?! I'll be right here waiting...
I know nothing. The only "boxed set" that I would expect to see are just the Extended Editions (and/or the theatrical versions) of all three films in one big, nice, (sturdy) box. If they add a bunch of stuff to any future box set, then people would really
be pissed. The EEs are comprehensive enough as it is.
Willy Wonka 30th Anniversary DVD you say...? Is that just the regular one I see everywhere, with the cheapo cardboard cover? I'd assume it is, since I don't think I've ever seen anything other than that one. I guess I just don't think too much of it based on it's appearance. Not the fancy "Collector's Edition" I'm accustomed to looking for... But if you're suggesting not to judge this book by it's cover, I guess I'll have another looksee.
The current DVD is fine. Yeah, the Snapper (which is what the "cheapo cardboard cover" is called) sucks, but the movie itself looks and sounds great, and there are some interesting features, including a commentary with all of the grown-up kids (sans Wilder) and a decent documentary featuring the grown-up kids and
Wilder. There's some other stuff there too, but the commentary track and the featurette are the highlights. Get it.
Burton's version with Johnny Depp certainly sounds cool too! I wonder what Tim will dream up with for the Oompa Loompas, which always scared the living sh!t out of me in the original (still do). They're right up there with the Land of the Lost sleestack and Jaws for freakiest nightmarish creatures from my childhood...
There's a separate thread for your thoughts on Burton's Willy Wonka--I suggest you take your opinions there instead of cluttering up my thread any further. We'll get around to discussing the DVD here in about another three years. . .
Wizard of Oz deserves better treatment than the version that's on the market right now. I think I'll wait a little longer to see if anything gets mentioned for it, before I drop a potentially wasted $15 on a soon to be obselete DVD.
I've never heard anything even remotely bad about the current Wizard
DVD--the only complaint I think I've ever seen about it was that the extra stuff is a little difficult to navigate through. Other than that, it's supposed to be fantastic. $15 is a great deal for a package like they've got for that classic film, and by no means is the current DVD going to be obsolete anytime soon.
I continue to wait patiently for the Top Gun Special Edition set though... Still no firmer date on that one yet, eh? Or Titanic?
Those are going to be Paramount Special Editions--they were mentioned at The Digital Bits several months ago, and right now, not much else is known about them. They'll be good, though, I'm sure, and much needed--the current discs were passable at best in 1998, when they came out, and are now absolute crap by today's standards.