Last week Peter Jackson said that they recently delivered both scripts of The Hobbit to the studio and they hope to begin filming by the end of the year (although they are still at the mercy of MGM and it’s financial situation). Now, while promoting the DVD/Blu-ray release of The Lovely Bones, the director spoke about re-releasing the Lord of the Rings trilogy in 3D, and understand why fans are disappointed with the recently Blu-ray release of the films.
From The Wall Street Journal:
About three years ago, we tried converting about 10 minutes of “King Kong” [into 3D] and it turned out okay. We were happy with the results, but it was expensive at the time, certainly too expensive to do the whole movie. But you can do conversions well if you take time. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is an example of one that was done really well. You just have to take the appropriate amount of time, and time is obviously money. So if you do it quickly, fast and cheap, and it’s not going to turn out well. If we were going to convert LOTR, I’d want to do it properly, which would be a very long, time-consuming, and expensive process.
He was then asked how he felt about fans purposefully giving the Blu-ray trilogy one-star reviews on Amazon and other online marketplaces because they want the extended version on Blu-ray.
I agree with the fans. I was heavily involved in the DVD process when the films were being released through New Line, but now that Warner Brothers has taken control over the releasing of the films, they just tell me what they’re doing and don’t involve me in the process. [With New Line,] the one thing we never did with the fans was make them feel cheated. Back in the original release, we always put extra material in, extra documentaries — a lot of added value. I so totally understand why the fans would be upset; I don’t disagree with them.
I always liked Peter Jackson. I haven’t purchased the trilogy on Blu-ray yet, and will be waiting for the full 4 hour+ per movie edition. Do you own the Lord of the Rings on Blu-ray, or will you be waiting for the extended edition?