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article imageNic Cage battles throughout the Crusades in 'Season Of The Witch' Special

By Earl Dittman     Jul 4, 2011 in Entertainment
Film stars Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman travel back centuries in time to battle in the Crusades with the power of witches, the paranormal & working with horror icons Christopher Lee and Vincent Price in the 'Season Of The Witch' (on Blu-ray & DVD).
In the recently release of the paranormal Season of the Witch, Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman star in this supernatural action tale about a two heroic fighter3 of the Crusader who must transport a woman -- who is accused of being a witch (Claire Foy) to a remote monastery. However, even before they begin their treacherous journey, they know it is going to be an arduous one that will takes them dangerous and deadly terrain. Transporting the witch to her accusers promises to tests their strength, abilities and courage when they find out the truth behind the alleged witch's secret and find soon find each other fighting against a terrifyingly powerful force that will, ultimately, determine the fate of the world. Directed Dominic Sena, Season Of The Witch also starring Christopher Lee, Vincent Price and Stephen Campbell Moore. Blu-ray Combo Pack Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes; "Becoming The Demon" and "On A Crusade" featurettes; Alternate Ending and a Digital Copy Of Feature Film.
Ron Pearlman in  Season Of The Witch
Ron Pearlman in 'Season Of The Witch'
Season Of The Witch is deep rooted in the era of the Crusades. What could you say is relevant to today’s world from this film?
" I think there are enormous parallels to be made in many different departments of politics and also religion, but I don’t want to draw them. I leave it up to the viewers and you reviewers to sort that out."
I wanted to ask you about the dialogue in the first battle scene, when the two of you were talking about buying drinks after the battle. To me, that seemed much more like a current day dialogue that two guys would have say while competing on maybe a handball court as opposed to what might have been said in the 1300s."Well, I think there is some desire there on the part of the producers and the director to try to give it somewhat of a contemporary feel, and to also, hopefully, make it connect with modern day audiences as well."
Nicolas Cage in  Season Of The Witch
Nicolas Cage in 'Season Of The Witch'
Nic, what made you want to do this movie when you read it?
"Well, first of all, I really wanted to be in the forest. I was making a little movie called Bad Lieutenant in New Orleans, and I was very hot and I was in these tiny, very humid offices, and I was dreaming about making a movie in the forest. And then this script came along and there it was, and I said 'I’m going.' And I was in the Austrian Alps, which was divine, and Hungary. And then I found myself living a dream, because I’d always wanted to play a knight. I’d been doing it since I was very small in my backyard, and it took this long to put it on celluloid, but it was my dream. And that was really the connection. I like to keep it mixed up; I like to keep it eclectic. I want to keep trying to find new looks and new styles of movies to work in, because it’s been 30 years now and I like to go into different careers. I’m celebrating the careers of Vincent Price and Christopher Lee, who I was fortunate to work with. I like those movies. It’s sincere for me, those are the movies I watch. So I thought, 'Maybe now I should try that.'"
In a period piece like this, do you do your own research about the time period? How did you come up with the accent?
"None of us were really there, right, but I try to open myself up to the imagination of what it may have been like. The understanding is this sort of posh British accent didn’t happen until it was experienced in France, where they were trying to sound more like that. So the hypothesis of the sound in those times is that it would have been actually a little bit more like early America settlers here. There would have been more of a mid-Atlantic sound, and that was something that quite a bit of thought went into that. It was interesting for me, because I was working with all these brilliant British actors, but they were being made to sound a little bit more Americanized, where I was sounding just a tad more European. It was a strange kind of mix that we all had to come to, to create a sound that seemed accurate in the eyes of what we were trying to put together with the producers and also the director."
You've been a master of gunplay and driving fast cars, so could you talk about your experience here at getting your swordsmanship up?
"Well, that was very exciting. I really did enjoy that. I felt one of the two ways into being a viable knight would have to be the sword and the horse. And if I could get those two down fairly well in training that maybe you would go along with me for the ride. It’s also one of the reasons why I became a film actor, because I couldn’t figure out really what I wanted to be, and I felt if I could make movies then I could start learning all these different skills. I could be a boxer, I could be a swordfighter. So that always is interesting to learn new skills when you make movies."
Nicolas Cage and  Ron Pearlman in  Season Of The Witch
Nicolas Cage and Ron Pearlman in 'Season Of The Witch'
In the film, you are a part of a convincing wolf attack scene. How much of that was real and how much of it was CGI technology?
"That was a scary day. That really was. Because I had a wolf that was snarling, a real wolf in my face and there was nobody holding on to him, and I was only like a foot away. A few things did flash in my mind that I was going to lose my face, and I was going to get bit. It got to me. That was a scary day."
In the last year, you’ve been sporting the long hair. Are you happy to be back to shorter hair again? Do you want to do more roles where you can go in and be more like your normal self?
"I subscribe to the Lon Chaney school of acting. Senior; not Junior. Historically, film actors and stage actors have always experimented with new looks, and because I do make quite a few movies, I like to keep changing it up and transforming myself. Anything I can do, whether I wear a prosthetic nose or if I decide I want to wear a wig in one movie and don’t wear a wig in another movie that’s fine with me. I like to play dress up when I’m working; that’s part of the fun of it."
In your work, do you ever ask or get approval, or not so much approval but acceptance, from any family member?
"No. I’m all on my own that way. I’m on a different path in many different ways. It’s just whatever I feel I have a connection with. I don’t really share my decisions with other folks. I just go for it."
Nicolas Cage and Ron Pearlman in  Season Of The Witch
Nicolas Cage and Ron Pearlman in 'Season Of The Witch'
Are you thinking about going back to directing?
"I hope to. I don’t know when exactly, but that’s one of my plans. I really do want to get back to that. I have an idea but I might have someone else direct it in the time being. If that doesn’t happen then I’ll go ahead and direct it."
You learned how to ride a horse for Season Of The Witch. Have you or any of the other actors had a chance to do any horseback riding since?
"No. I can only speak for myself, I don’t know what they’ve been doing, but I’d like to get back to that. I just haven’t had any time."
What was it like working with Christopher Lee in a supernatural, period kind of film?
"He was hilarious. He said some very cool things. One of the best stories he shared with me was he was with some friends in Hollywood back in the ‘70s, I think it might have been a Hollywood party in Malibu or something, and it was the Thrilla in Manila or something, Muhammad Ali. It might have been another fight, I’m paraphrasing, but Muhammad Ali said right after the fight 'I just want to thank my friend Christopher Lee.' And then Christopher Lee told me that everyone in the party said, 'How’d you get Muhammad Ali to do that?' And he looked at them and he said 'Magic. Black magic.' (laughs) I love that about him." Blu-ray Combo Pack Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes; "Becoming The Demon" and "On A Crusade" featurettes; Alternate Ending and a Digital Copy Of Feature Film.
Warner Bros.
Sucker Punch
If there is one filmmaker of the first decade of the 21st century that maintains a jaw-dropping creative vision and a brilliant, vivid imagination, it is Zack Snyder, (the filmmaking genius behind both Watchmen and 300). For Sucker Punch, he's taken the soldiers out of the loin clothes and the what little sheen and luster that was left for the aging super heroes in 300, and given them a new home. In Sucker Punch, (slightly reminiscent of Girl Interrupted), Abbie Cornish, former Jude Law squeeze and Aussie acting sensation plays Sweat Pea, Emilyn Browning plays Baby Doll, Jena Malone is Rocket and Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical trilogy) is Blondie. The Sucker gals find themselves a possible way out of the teenage hell-hole they are in by engaging in the shocking purgatory they find themselves a part of by winning against their opponents by using the weapons at their disposal. If they don't escape, their lives are left at the hands of their merciless, dreaded captors that reluctantly let Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish) and keep the band together and try to escape their fate at the terrible hands of their captors that includes Blue (Oscar Isaac), Madam Gorki (Carla Gugino) and the High Roller (Jon Hamm). Cornish, who will be turning 20 years old next year, never dreamed of becoming of a life in pictures, it seemed like such a backwater ideas growing up in the Louisiana-like small plantation in Lochinvar, New South Wales, Australia. "I didn't become interested in cinema until I was a teenager, because I thought it would just be a lost dream," recalls of the star of Limitless, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Stop-Loss and the voice in legendary animated l'm Legend Of The Guardians. "Where I grew up, it was 170 acres. And it was a really, really small town. And for gasoline, you had to drive to the next town! And there were the schools and a pub down the road in town, and that was it. But it was amazing, and I loved it. But to get to the cinema, it was about a 15 or 20 minute drive away. And when I was a kid, in my fond memories of radio and television, in Australia at that time we had only five television channels. One of them would play foreign films. "I was always a night owl as a kid," admits Abbie, who is currently filming up work on finishing up the Madonna-directed W.E. the love story between English King Edward VIII and American journalist Wallis Simpson. "I grew up in a big family, with four brothers and sisters. But for some reason, at midnight, I was the only one awake in the house. And with the birds chirping outside. So I would watch foreign language European films in the middle of the night. And mornings, I would sit there with my brothers for hours, and just watch music video after music video. So that's where it began for me, that sort of thing. Yeah. And it wasn't until I actually became an actor, that I came to understand it more, and be more interested in it. And I still feel like I have a lot to learn about the process of filmmaking. People would ask me if I would be disappointed you when my movies don't do well. And I would says, 'You make a film with your heart and soul, and you don't even think about what's going to happen with it. And I think that's always alive within me, where the process of making a film, is where all the energy goes. And that's what is really important. And if you're passionate about it, you pour yourself into it. And you're surrounded by people doing the same thing. So it doesn't matter, I don't really think in those terms. And I really care about the people I make a film with." Sucker Punch Blu-Ray Combo Pack Bonus Features: "Maximum Movie Mode: Explore the Fantasy World" - Director Zack Snyder hosts this over-two-hour expedition into Sucker Punch's real and fantasy worlds, including director walk-ons, picture-in-picture commentary, storyboards, interactive galleries and more; 'Original Sucker Punch Animated Shorts' - Experience the jaw-dropping prequel stories of the movie's 4 fantasy realms:; "Sucker Punch: Behind The Soundtrack" featurette; BD; Live Enabled and a Digital Copy Of Feature Film.
Warner Bros.
The Closer: The Complete Sixth Season
It seems like its been a rough season for Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh -- Emmy and Grammy Award-winner Kyra Sedgwick -- and her Special Case Unit -- Corey Reynolds, G.W. Bailey, Raymond Cruz. Robert Gossett, Michael Paul Chan and Tony Denison -- as they've had to deal with the dark cloud of a new Assistant Chief Commissioner hanging over their heads, since it looks like a sure bet that Chief Pope (J. K. Simmoms) is being replaced. But will Brenda Leigh get the job as the new head of the LAPD? Does she even want it? Her FBI hubby, Fritzy, thinks it would be a great move for her career. However, with her new nemesis Captain Radar (Battlestar Galatiaca' Mary McDonnell) always trying to find fault with Brenda's decisions. "I think that she really spent most of the last part of the season trying to figure out what it is that she wanted especially with the influence of all these people in her life that she respected and if not loved telling her that she should want this thing," explains Sedgwick, the wife of actor Kevin Bacon. "And I think that ultimately where she comes to in the last five episodes, in one of the last five episodes is what she really wants. And I think that’s great because I think that’s really hard for Brenda to know what she wants. I think she spends most of her life knowing what, why everyone is the way they are and what makes them tick and you know how and what motivates them, what is really their driving force in their life. And I don’t think that she really knows she’s not a self-aware person. So I think it’s sort of a wonderful moment when she finally realizes what it is that she wants and what she doesn’t want." While part of the decision is made for her, Brenda begins to make sure very hard decisions about her future at the LAPD. "I think everyone projects their own dreams and aspirations on to her," Sedgwick explains. "I think that you know whether it’s Mary McDonald or it’s Fritz and I think that often happens in the world. And I think that you know she you know where – what she wants gets completely lost in the shuffle because she’s also a person who doesn’t really know what she wants until actually the last. It's in one in these final five episodes when she finally gets clear about what it is that she wants. But I think that she’s easily malleable because there’s all these people with all these very strong opinions about what she should do. So I think that, I think that it makes her you know there's just a great stuff to play and great places for her to go." (Only On DVD) Bonus Features: "Police Files: Unaired Scenes," "Kyra Sedgwick Opens Up About The Closer and Script To Screen: Making Episode 3 In Custody and Gag Reel.
The Warrior's Way
Kate Bosworth was determined to make The Warrior's Way. After reporting to the set to the role of '50s/'60s real-life, pop teen queen Sandra Dee in the biopic, Across The Sea, Kate Bosworth had flown-in from New Zealand where she had just gotten off a 27-hour flight from filming The Warrior's Way with an international cast including Geoffrey Rush, Danny Huston and Asian sensations Jang Dong Gun, Ti Lung and Tony Cox after performing in the martial arts-meets-conventional- action-fight film. "The Warrior's Way was an incredible film for me to do," explains Kate, who can next be seen with True Blood Swedish fanger hunk Alexander Skarsgaard. "When I first signed on to do the movie, it was called The Laundry Warrior, but it was still directed by the director named Sngmoo Lee. But when I saw Geoffrey's same attached, I just had to do it. I have had a bunch of friends ask me what it is about, and It's an incredibly difficult film to explain because I feel it creates it's own genre. It's martial arts/Old Western and fantasy that takes place in a deserted carnival village. So I sum it up as the films of Ang Lee/Coen Brothers and Tim Burton all mixed into one big jumble. I think it'll work because the director did have an amazing vision and has put a lot of poetry into the film." After a lifetime of swordsmanship and hand-to-hand combat, the world's most dangerous fighter (Jameg Dong Gun, who flees his Asian homeland to start a new land in the new land of the American West. But as soon as the hunter hits the new land, he becomes the hunted and find himself forced into fierce, mano-a-mano battles against a renegade gang of outlaws and murderous swordsman and assassin from his past. "The Warrior's Way was certainly the most physical film I've ever done. months later, I'm still swore from all the sword training. (laughs) I learned to swordfight because I was a knife thrower as a part of the carnival village. That was my thing. So, do mess with me or I'll cut you up -- good,: the bas ass," the Kiwi beauty from Down Under adds jokingly. Combo Pack Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes; Behind-the-Scenes Montage and a Digital Copy Of Feature Film.
Cedar Rapids
Do you ever wonder what kind of wild partying insurance salesman do will on their yearly convention outings? Actors Ed Helms and John C. Reilly are here to expose the raw naked truth in director Michael Arteta's business trip edition of the Super-Awesome Edition of the Combo Pack of Cedar Rapids. Although Ed Helms (who can currently be seen in theaters along with the mega-blockbuster sequel The Hangover Over 2 he was never an insurance salesman either, like all of us, has had a run in a time or two with an agent like his character Tim Lippe. (Prepare for the excitement)."I was in a fender bender when I was sixteen years old," The Office veteran recalls, "It wasn't even a fender bender, because there was no damage; it was just a ding on the bumper. And I still got a letter from the victim’s insurance company or her lawyer, I don’t remember. Anyway, it was like an episode of The Brady Bunch. She showed up in court with a neck brace and all this stuff. So I'm freaked out by auto insurance issues. My dad was also a lawyer who consulted with insurance companies, so he always says, 'Come on, the insurance are the good guys!' Of course, he's being sarcastic, but what’s funny is in the movie, Tim Lippi really believes that. And that’s a really unusual and striking point of view. And it’s a fun story to tell with Tim who is just that bright-eyed and optimistic about such a weird job." As mentioned, Helms and John C. Reilly lead an all-star cast in the comedy that shows what can happen when insurance agents go wild! Shy and naive Tim ventures to the "big city" of Cedar Rapids for a convention and ends up crossing paths with the ultimate party animal (Reilly). Before long, Tim is crashing parties, skinny-dipping in the hotel pool and being seduced by a sexy soccer mom. "The story needed to have some dark edges to it to really challenge Tim Lippi's character, Actually, in the earlier drafts, it got a lot darker than what you saw. So it was just a matter of finding the right balance and what the ingredients were. Like how much of an ingredient do you need to make it work. Yeah, he was such a fun addition, because he was a scary, weird, dark guy. He’s just game for anything and an old buddy, so I just like roping people in." After spending two months in Bangkok shooting the rest of Hangover 2. he's s already for jazzed by the pre-excitement he's receiving "It getting exhilarated intense, overwhelmed and ultimately. I just feel just want awesome. You’ll see it and feel it onscreen. Everything is heightened, crazy, quite a ride, a lot of fun and mostly me working my ass off. Much like The Hangover 1 & 2 and Cedar Rapids, lt's always a struggle. What’s funny is you always think it’s just about to become easier. You need to stay hungry in life. You need to keep fighting for the good projects. Nothing falls into your lap, which is a good thing. And you have to take risks. Like John J. Reilly's memorable fart jokes in Cedar Rapids. Guys laugh until they cry. It’s a testament to John C. Reilly’s genius that he can sell such a crude fart joke as high art. I mean it, it was art, wasn’t it?" In the recently released film Season of the Witch, Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage and Ron Perlman star in this supernatural action tale about a heroic Crusader and his fellow soldier who must transport a woman -- who is accused of being a witch (Claire Foy) to a remote monastery. However, even before they begin their journey, they know it is going to be an arduous one that will takes them dangerous and deadly terrain. Transporting the witch to her accusers promises to tests their strength, abilities and courage when they find out the truth behind the alleged witch's secret and find soon find each other fighting against a terrifyingly powerful force that will, ultimately, determine the fate of the world. Directed Dominic Sena, Season Of The Witch also starring Christopher Lee, Vincent Price and Stephen Campbell Moore. Blu-ray Combo Pack Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes; "Becoming The Demon" and "On A Crusade" featurettes; Alternate Ending and a Digital Copy Blu-ray Combo Pack Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes; "Becoming The Demon" and "On A Crusade" featurettes; Alternate Ending and a Digital Copy Of Feature Film.
Warehouse 13
Have you missing your time at the Warehouse -- that governmental facility that houses the world's supernatural mysteries and paranormal adventures -- then wait no more, the exciting and thrilling Season 2 is now available on DVD (and Season 4 begins airing in just weeks). Featuring the daring Secret Service team of Pete (former Bones star Eddie McClintock) and Myka (Joanne Kelly from Supernatural), and their boss Artie (Sauk Rubinek), this 3-disc set includes all of Season Two's new inventions, top secret artifacts and strange gadgetry. And the Warehouse remains like a paranormal heaven to Pete. "Pete is in his own environment there," costar Eddie McClintock admits. "I mean, he’s in hog heaven. And, you know, he’s basically a giant kid and now he gets to play with adult toys, you know, that are just, basically what he’s wanted to do his whole life, so he’s right at home there." While You'll find a smile on Pete's face on each other their assignments, his female partner, Myka, isn't quite as thrilled with what they have to do. "Well I think when anyone is thrust into a situation where they’re not given the facts or the whole truth behind it, there is a bit of apprehension or reticence, offers Kelly, who also appeared in the series Vanished." You know, her journey opens up a lot more as the series progresses. But I think that in life, in life when we are given a situation that is strange and at this point almost inconceivable, I mean, it’s pretty wild, it’s pretty out there, and this is somebody who thinks in black and white and she’s proven wrong by the warehouse, by the very existence of it. I don’t think this is anything that she had even dreamt could be possible. And I think the lack of answers and the lack of factual documents or the lack of guidance affect her and makes her push against that idea. But I think that reaction as you’ll see in the series once it airs, it changes and it grows as she learns more and more about the warehouse." Kelly is a very trusting person, and she doesn't think her series' alter-ego would every work for a Warehouse 13 in Canada. "I’m Canadian so I don’t think our government is hiding much," Kelly insists. "I don’t think we have much to hide." Season 2 also contains the Eureka crossover episode "Crossing Over," when cast members from both shows visit its sister show. Bonus Features: Deleted Scenes; Gag Reel; Episode Commentaries with Cast & Crew; Video Blogs; Photo Gallery; A Thrilleromedy: The Cast And Crew Of Warehouse 13 Discuss The Evolution Of The Show And Expand On The Relationships Of The Characters; A Stitch In Time: Get To Know The Team's Unexpected New Nemesis, The Time-Traveling H.G. Wells (No, Not That H.G. Wells!), Who's Not At All Who She Appears To Be; Designing The Warehouse: Discover The Inspirations Behind The Design Of The Warehouse And The Artifacts It Contains. Eureka Crossover Episode: Crossing Over.
Warner Bros.
Hawthorne: The Complete First Season
Jada Pinkett Smith, the wife of actor Will Smith (Men In Black) and mothers of Jaden (The New Karate Kid) and Willow Smith (I Am Legend) took on her first on another season of the primetime hit, last month. Smith, who portrays Christina Hawthorne, the capable head of a failing hospital. After doing film for so long. Jada thought it was time for a change. "There's a lot more responsibility in television for me with this show being an executive producer and a lead actress," Smith admits. "So, I look at television as a producer’s realm more than a director’s realm where in film the director leads the ship. In television you have to have very strong producers to keep in the vision of the show. And so this year, Will (Smith) and I, along with Glen Mascara and Miguel Melendez, really had to come together, put our heads together and became very solid on the vision of the show and really push forward to make the vision happen. Whereas, like I said before, usually that is the director’s job to do. But it was a very interesting season. We worked very hard. I really think we were successful in solidifying the vision for the show." Christina Hawthorne (Jada Pinkett Smith) is locked in a battle against forces far too large for any one person to handle. Whether fighting to see that a homeless woman is treated like a human being, talking a close friend and suicidal cancer patient off a ledge, accommodating the clashing egos of the hospital's talented doctors and administrators, or managing a nursing staff of grizzled veterans and idealistic young rookies, she's the much-needed conscience for an organization that all too often forgets whom it's there to serve. Still learning to cope with the death of her husband and make peace with her powerful and grieving mother-in-law, Christina looks to balance her pressure cooker career with raising a smart but willful teenage girl as she tries to change a broken system, one patient at a time." Smith prrofs that you can create great chemistry with great actors like Michael Vartan and Hannah Hudson, the actress who portrays her daughter Camille. According to Smith, there is no secret to maintaining that chemistry. "When the chemistry is perfect, I think you just get lucky," says Smith, which has just began Season 2. "I think you get lucky sometimes because chemistry is not something you can really create. It just has to kind of be there. I think Michael Vartan and I, we’re really good friends. What’s crazy is that we’re like sisters and brothers. We really don’t have any real like chemistry off-screen. We’re kind of goofballs together. But it works onscreen which is amazing. And my daughter and I, I think I just have a lot of affinity for women in general -- teenage girls. And so I just raised my goddaughter, who is close to Hannah’s age. And so everything that I’m going through with her on the show. I’ve been through already with my goddaughter, who I just sent to college year before and worse. So she just reminded me of that relationship with my goddaughter. So I had instant affinity for her that I just placed, you know, into that daughter relationship that we have and just very much mirroring also my relationship with my mother who we were more like sisters than mother and daughter because she had me at such a young age. And on the show I had Camilla at a young age as well. So I had a lot to work with and just, you know, loving Hannah herself as just being the individual that she is. She’s a hard girl not to love. So, you know, that’s how we do it." (Only on DVD) Bonus Features: "All In A Day's Work - A Conversation With Jada Pinkett Smith," "Inside Richmond Trinity" and "Get To Know The Cast Of Hawthorne's Heroes." featurettes.
Warner Bros./New Line
The Lord Of The Rings Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Edition
The quest is over: possess the complete adventure in stunning Blu-ray clarity and sound!
All 3 extended versions in dazzling 1080p and DTS-HD MA 6.1 Audio. Deluxe 15-disc set includes 9 special features DVDs with over 26 hours of spellbinding behind-the-moviemaking material, including the rare Costa Botes documentaries.
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
With the help of a courageous fellowship of friends and allies, Frodo embarks on a perilous mission to destroy the legendary One Ring.
The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers
In the middle chapter of this historic movie trilogy, the Fellowship is broken, but its quest to destroy the One Ring continues.
The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King.
The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam, led by Gollum, continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring.
Warner Bros./New Line
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
Discs 1-2 (Blu-ray): The Feature
Four Audio Commentaries by Director and Writers, the Design Team, the Production Team and the Cast (Featuring more than 30 participants including Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and Academy Award winners Richard Taylor, Andrew Lesnie, Howard Shore, Jim Rygiel, Randy Cook, and cast including Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Sean Astin, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monahagan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee and Sean Bean.
Disc 3 (DVD): The Appendices Part One - From Book To Vision
Six documentaries covering JR.R. Tolkien, the process of adapting a book into a screenplay and planning the film, designing and building Middle-earth, as well as a visit to Weta Workshop with an up close look at the costumes, weapons, armor, creatures and miniatures created for the film. An interactive map of Middle-earth tracing the journey of the Fellowship Galleries of art and accompanying slide shows with commentaries by the artists (includes an archive of nearly 2000 images. Storyboards and previsualization sequences with film comparisons.
Disc 4 (DVD): From Vision To Reality
11 Original documentaries covering the cast, principal photography a day in the life of a hobbit, visual effects, post production, editing, music and sound and the release of the film. Galleries of Behind-the-Scenes Photographs.
Warner Bros./New Line
Disc 5 (DVD): The Fellowship Of The Ring Behind The Scenes
Created by filmmaker Costa Botes (personally selected by Peter Jackson), this unique film uses raw footage to reveal the inside story of the greatest adventure film franchise of all time The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers Discs 6-7 (Blu-ray): The Feature Four feature-length commentaries by director and writers, the cast, the production and the design teams, with over 40 participants including Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Barrie M. Osborne, Richard Taylor, Andrew Lesnie, Howard Shore, Jim Rygiel and Joe Leterri, and cast including Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Sean Bean, Mirando Otto, Brad Dourif, Andy Serkis, Bernard Hill and more.
Disc 8 (DVD): The Appendices
Five original documentaries cover adapting the book into a screenplay, the origins of Middle-earth, designing Middle-earth, a visit to the Weta workshop, and an in-depth look at creating and bringing Gollum to lifeTwo interactive maps: Middle-earth Atlas and New Zealand as Middle-earth Galleries with audio commentaries containing over 1,500 images.
Disc 9 (DVD): The Appendices
Eight original documentaries cover the filming of The Two Towers, the visual effects, editing, music and sound, stunts and fight training, and a visit to Weta Digital.Interactive sound demonstration of The Battle of Helm's DeepGalleries with audio commentaries containing nearly 300 images.
Disc 10 (DVD): The Two Towers Behind The Scenes
Created by filmmaker Costa Botes (personally selected by Peter Jackson), this unique film uses raw footage to reveal the inside story of the greatest adventure film franchise of all time.
The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
Discs 11 & 12 (Blu-ray): Feature Film
Warner Bros./New Lines
Four feature-length commentaries by the director and writers, the cast, the production and design teams, with over 40 participants including Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Bowens, Barrie M. Osborne, Richard Taylor, Howard Shore, Jim Regal, and cast including Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Sean Astin, John Rhys-Davies, Bernard Hill, Christopher Lee, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, David Whenham, Karl Urban, John Noble, Andy Serkis, with Smeagol and Gollum.
Disc 13 (DVD): The Appendices Part Five - The War Of The Ring
6 original documentaries covering adapting the book into a screenplay, designing Middle-earth, a visit to the Weta Workshop, costume design and more. Two interactive maps: Middle-earth Atlas and New Zealand as Middle-earth. Galleries with audio commentaries (includes an archive of over 2,000 images)
Disc 14 (DVD): The Appendices Part Six - The Passing Of An Age
7 original documentaries covering the filming of The Return Of The King, the visual effects, editing, music and sound, and a touching tribute as the cast bids a fond farewell to Middle-earth and the characters they played. Gallery of production photos.
Disc 15 (DVD): Return Of King Behind The Scenes
Created by filmmaker Costa Botes (personally selected by Peter Jackson), this unique film uses raw footage to reveal the inside story of the greatest adventure film franchise of all time.
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