It’s a cinematic rule of thumb: the further into a series, the worse the film. There are a lot of reasons for this but the primary is that the first film in a series always introduces the characters, the world they inhabit, and the basic tension between them. In the Pirates of the Caribbean series, we first met Johnny Depp’s memorable Captain Jack Sparrow in The Curse of the Black Pearl, and it was a delightful film, a fun amusement park ride even more entertaining than the eponymous Disneyland ride upon which it was based.
This is pretty awesomely cool, film fans! NCM Fathom is going to be showing The Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Trilogy at a bunch of theaters throughout the US for one night only on the big screen, one movie per week for three weeks, late in June.
They’re going to be shown at a bunch of places, but in the interest of us all having a midpoint where we can meet and watch this together, I’m picking the AMC Flatiron Crossing 14 in Broomfield, CO for the showings.
* The Two Towers (w/ 56 additional minutes) at 7pm on June 21
* The Return of the King (w/ 62 minutes of additional footage) at 7pm on the 28th of June.
Frustratingly, I can’t actually make the first night, but I’m definitely scoring tickets for parts II and III and would love to have a bunch of people join me!
In addition to the significant amount of extra footage, Jackson has also recorded new introductions to the films. As Fathom’s team explains: “fans will be treated to personal introductions to each film from Jackson, which were captured on the set of his current film The Hobbit, all making this an historic series that can only be experienced on the big screen.”
So what say you, DaveOnFilm reader? Want to join us for a LotR extravaganza in Broomfield, Colorado for a few evenings in June, 2011? If so, buy your tickets, then email me and let’s coordinate!
By the way, if you’re really, really, really into it, the Extended Edition on Blu-ray will be released on June 28th too. On (ready for this?) 15 discs. Yes. 15 discs. Yikes.