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Pepebuho asks: "Given that LOTR 3 is out, how many of you have staged Home LOTR Marathons? How long did they take? Was it fun or did everybody fell asleep by the middle of the Return of the King?"
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Lord of the Rings Home Marathons?

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  • by jnicholson (733344) on Tuesday June 01, 2004 @10:31PM (#9311170) Homepage
    We decided not to do this until the full-length version is out. No real point doing the marathon before then, is there?
    • I was going to say that, but I see lots of other people have so I'm just going to say 'hear hear' instead.

      But then, I'm the person who hasn't seen the cinematic edition of any of them.
      • And i'm the person who hasn't seen the cinematic or the DVD edition of any of them. (Or the video version for that matter) Maybe once a friend buys them and i can borrow them off him, but i'll save my money.
        • Then at least try to borrow the 4CD edition. I found the documentaries on how the movie was made and fact about the LOTR itself even more entertaining... There's a video about Tolkien himself on 'The Two Towers' that I enjoyed a lot...

          But yeah, It was kind of expensive... Might want to rent it instead...
  • About a month. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by students (763488) * on Tuesday June 01, 2004 @10:34PM (#9311191) Homepage Journal
    One movie each weekend. With the extra features on the DVD. And yes, some people fell asleep.
  • by monkeyserver.com (311067) on Tuesday June 01, 2004 @10:35PM (#9311193) Homepage Journal
    what's a marathon without the extended edition? You wimps gonna try it with the theatrical versions? Bah! I'm waiting for the motherload, this november it'll be me and my friends, a minifridge, 3 extended editions, and one very long day...
  • Those of us that are real fans were at Trilogy Tuesday.
    • True dat.

      I survived Trilogy Tuesday!

      I'm planning to rent a copy of RoTK for a friend that hasn't seen it yet (was out of the country) but I'm not buying it until the extended version comes out.
    • Those of us that are real fans were at Trilogy Tuesday.

      and those of us that work are waiting until this november and doing an Extended Weekend :P

    • Except for those of us that were screwed over by the online ticket ordering site for the local Trilogy Tuesday theatre crashing while the tickets sold out for people getting them through non-online means which were not available to everyone. :(
      • Re:Trilogy Tuesday (Score:2, Interesting)

        by Nephilium (684559)
        The opposite happened here... the movie theater didn't seem to understand what they were getting into... They had *one* booth open to buy tickets... and they sold out in under an hour (good on-line sales...)...

        And memory from that day that sticks the longest was the massive boo-ing that occurred during the Mask 2 preview (which I haven't seen since)... turning towards the New Line Rep, and seeing them taking furious notes on a clipboard.

        Nephilium
        It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a gold

        • > turning towards the New Line Rep, and seeing them taking furious notes on a clipboard.

          They got away with just *notes?* You sorry bastards missed a perfect opportunity.

          [door to studio exec's office opens and in walks the press flack from the premiere. He has been "tarred & feathered" with a noxious mixture of melted Milk Duds, nacho cheese, and rancid popcorn.]

          Exec: So how was the premiere? Did they go ape for the "Mask 2" trailer? [he looks up] Jesus! What happened to you?!

          Flack [weakly]: Well
    • Those of us that are real fans were at Trilogy Tuesday.

      Let me tell you, after waking up at four in the morning, standing all morning in the cold Denver weather, and then watching 12 hours of LotR, seeing Shelob come after Frodo was bloody scary. When I got home, my wife asked me how the movie was. Apparently, the only thing I said before crashing into bed was, "It was good. Spiders are frightening. Shelob was huge."

      I enjoyed RotK much more the second time, when my senses weren't numbed by sleep d

    • Some of us don't wish to drive 2 hours and get a hotel room to prove our fandom, you are 733t3r than me.
  • by Landaras (159892) <neil@wehnema[ ]om ['n.c' in gap]> on Tuesday June 01, 2004 @10:37PM (#9311208) Homepage
    A Lord of the Rings marathon?

    That's impossible!

    Since clearly all of Slashdot has boycotted buying DVD's due to the rampant evil of the MPAA...

    </sarcasm>

    - Neil Wehneman
  • by Kalixis (471812) on Tuesday June 01, 2004 @10:53PM (#9311295)
    Just before Return came out in the cinemas, we planned the following:
    • Watch Fellowship of the Ring.
    • Watch The Two Towers.
    • Watch Return of the King at the cinema.
    • One after the other.

    Need I tell you fellowship & towers were the extended editions?

    He who hosted the marathon had access to a digital projector - thankfully he also had a spare, large white wall to watch everything on. Someone brought along the extended editions of fellowship and towers, and we were off. Well, after about two hours of Mario Kart: Double Dash, that is. To warm up the projector. Yeah.

    In the end, sweets were consumed, chips were pulverised, bottles were emptied, LOTR was watched, fun was had. Something like 10am till about 1am all up.
  • When RotK came out, my girlfriend (who's a huge LOTR fan) and I sat down with a few six-packs and two large pizzas at around 2:30ish and were done with the first two before 10:00ish (yeah... you know chicks... having to take bathroom breaks and pausing to get up and go to the fridge every once in a while) to go stand in line and catch the midnight show on opening night. I imagine if you have plans to watch all three, just write the ENTIRE day off.
  • Friends? (Score:4, Funny)

    by Doc Squidly (720087) on Tuesday June 01, 2004 @11:36PM (#9311504)
    I don't have any friends you insensitive clod!
  • by E_elven (600520) on Tuesday June 01, 2004 @11:59PM (#9311600) Journal
    ..will do this:
    • Fellowship of the Ring Theatrical
    • The Two Towers Theatrical
    • Return of the King Theatrical
    • -- break for 15 --
    • Fellowship of the Ring Extended
    • The Two Towers Extended
    • Return of the King Extended
    • Go out and beat people with nerf bats screaming "Die orc!" a lot
    • Re:The TRUE fans.. (Score:1, Interesting)

      by Anonymous Coward
      The "true fans" I know didn't like the movies as they thought that the books were either disgraced or that the books shouldn't ever have been adapted.

      Needless to say, I'm not a "true fan".
      • Those 'true fans' are idiots. Obviously the movies weren't going to be exactly the same. They were, however, enjoyable. What next, bitching because "that damn Jackoffson left out all the events of Silmarillion, he sucks"?
        • that damn Jackoffson left out all the events of Silmarillion, he sucks

          I didn't mind that - the Quenta Silmarillion doesn't really have all that much of an effect on LotR. I was a little annoyed that the whole Akallabeth got left out, though.

          Now I'm just hoping that after they get around to filming The Hobbit they consider the tale of Turin Turambar for the next Tolkien project. I would love to see Glaurung at the sack of Nargothrond on screen.

          • I was a little annoyed that the whole Akallabeth got left out, though.

            I agree. Without that part of the tale told in full, it's pretty damned hard to understand Sauron's whole motivation. I mean, how are we supposed to empathize with Sauron when we don't understand where he's coming from?
      • The "true fans" marathon will be a re-enactment of the trilogy the way it was supposed to have been filmed.
    • And what about the animated version?
      • I heard there is even a book . . . !

        That's a serious LotR marathon. Start with "The Hobbit" on Monday night and polish off "The Return of the King" by Sunday.

        -Peter
        • That's a serious LotR marathon. Start with "The Hobbit" on Monday night and polish off "The Return of the King" by Sunday.

          God, it's taken me the better part of a year to even get through LotR, and I'm STILL not done with it.

          Of course, I'm only reading it on the toilet, but still... :)
    • Don't forget The Two Towers: The Purist Edit [wikipedia.org].


      --Phil (Annoying Tolkien purist)
  • Um. No. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Seumas (6865) * on Wednesday June 02, 2004 @12:18AM (#9311684)
    Look, I liked LOTR as much as the next guy, but I have more important things to do with my time than sit down and watch 6 hours of movies that I've already seen plus 3.5 hours of the 3rd movie all at once. And no, I didn't go to the theaters to see LOTR-3. The first time I saw LOTR-3 was this past weekend on DVD on my 65" widescreen (yes, part of the reason I don't bother with theaters anymore! heh).

    It's like Star Wars. I don't quite understand the desire to watch it 500 times. I have watched four of the five StarWars movies in my life time and I know what happens in them. Why would I want to see them a second time? If I'm going to spend another 10 hours in front of the television, it's at least going to be with NEW movies.

    Not to be a curmudgeon. I honestly have never understood people who claim to have seen a film 5, 10, 20, 50 times.
    • Not to be a curmudgeon. I honestly have never understood people who claim to have seen a film 5, 10, 20, 50 times.

      Try being out in the middle of nowhere, with no movie theaters or television stations, with a VCR and a few prerecorded tapes. Your entertainment choices are limited to listening to shortwave radio or watching a movie for the Nth time.

    • Loser.
    • You spot new things every time you watch again. I Watched "A head in the polls", a topical (in the UK) futurama episode again last night. As well as being hilarious (my girlfriend's a fan now!), I spotted a new visual gag (Rook takes Pawnshop) that I didn't see the first 10 times.

      I take it you dont own any dvd's, just rent them from netflix or wherever?
      • Dude, that just means you have to up your perception rating, to have a higher probability of noticing "tibits".

        People still don't believe me there looks like there is a constellation of stars looking like a dog in the space cloudes of "godfellas".
    • Re:Um. No. (Score:4, Funny)

      by nathanh (1214) on Wednesday June 02, 2004 @07:06AM (#9313121) Homepage
      Why would I want to see them a second time? If I'm going to spend another 10 hours in front of the television, it's at least going to be with NEW movies.

      Why listen to the same song more than once? Why eat the same type of meal more than once? Why have sex with the same person more than once?

      BECAUSE IT IS ENJOYABLE YOU MORON.

      I don't like Star Wars but I've watched Metropolis (Fritz Lang) a dozen times. I still enjoy watching it even though I know every single scene by heart.

      If people enjoy watching LOTR ten times then let them. Don't be a dickhead and make them feel bad about it.

      • Listening to music is not at all like watching a movie. Unlike a movie, you aren't following a plot line and a story and while you can tire of a song or album, it's more from repetition than simply knowing every work in the script.

        You can quote an entire movie line by line and I'm the moron. Christ...
        • Re:Um. No. (Score:3, Insightful)

          by piggy (5857)
          It depends if you watch a movie merely for the plot, or if you gain some additional sort of enjoyment from it, be it art, style, the mood it creates, or the mindless sense of abandonment of reality. Keep in mind that listening to a song just for the lyrics will grow old very quickly, but clearly that is not the only reason many people listen to music. The point is that while you may only derive pleasure from a movie's plot, someone else may enjoy other aspects.

          Your comment "You can quote an entire movie

        • Re:Um. No. (Score:5, Funny)

          by nathanh (1214) on Wednesday June 02, 2004 @08:43AM (#9313507) Homepage
          You can quote an entire movie line by line and I'm the moron. Christ...

          Metropolis is a silent movie.

        • Good troll. Got 'em biting.
    • I've heard "Stairway to Heaven" and I know how it sounds. Why would I want to listen to it a second time?
    • If it's a good movie, I mean if it's a good movie -- you'd be amazed how much you missed the first time around...
      Even in real life: have you ever wanted to pause and really think it over? Now, a good movie can be like that but a lot faster.

      So, yes, there is a point in watching a movie more than once, given it contain a little more then dancing colors on a (65"?) widescreen.
    • "Look, I liked LOTR as much as the next guy..."

      Um... obviously *not*...

      A.
    • I honestly have never understood people who claim to have seen a film 5, 10, 20, 50 times.

      Well, it depends on the movie. I never understood why anyone would watch something like Something's Gotta Give even once.

      But a movie like The Godfather, or Rashomon, or The Seventh Seal? That's altogether different. There's more to a good movie than the plot. Some people just don't know what to look for.

      You probably have some kind of art hanging somewhere in your home. Why would you look at it more than on

  • Hm (Score:5, Funny)

    by pudge (3605) * <(ten.egdup) (ta) (todhsals)> on Wednesday June 02, 2004 @12:31AM (#9311774) Homepage Journal
    I started my LotR marathon today while working on some new features in the Slash code. I hope it doesn't show ...
  • by slothman32 (629113)
    I actually did an anti-marathon. When I saw TFOTR I watched it in 2 1.5 hour parts. I don't know why someone would spend 20 hours watching it when they could be doing something constructive like sleeping or sitting around doing nothing.
  • Until the extended edition of the last movie comes out I won't be doing a marathon. Once it is out however I shall partake in the fun
  • ..done that. I watched a LotR triple feature in december. First two movies where full length. I gotta admit that I was this close to fleeing the cinema before the Battle of Helms Deep. But I hadn't watched RotK before, so I dragged thru. No fun.
  • Me and my friends have beed doing this with tv series published on DVD -- one season at a time (that's about 22*40min).

    That's a challenge for real tough guys ;)

    Robert
    • Try watching the stand without a break. After a few hours you wanna send Mother Abagaile to Abu Ghairib.

      THAT seperates the men from the boys ;)
  • by pradeepe (608025)
    a fine terrapin-affiliated university on the east coast showed all three movies from 5pm to 4am. what they didn't tell us is that the first two were gonna be the extended cuts (seems like they didn't know this actually), and we winded up having a grand total of twenty minutes between each movie to get our food on... around the time the eagles landed, there were people in the theater who were laughing uncontrollably for no reason except that wait, they're eagles! hahahahah! HA! good stuff though. i'll never
    • there were people in the theater who were laughing uncontrollably for no reason except that wait, they're eagles! hahahahah!

      What I thought was funniest, was after eleven hours everyone's eyeballs shrinking and imploding into puffs of flame the same time Sauron's did...
  • in a NOC that has five 61" large rear projection screens. We really only need four to monitor the network. So while I'm on weekend shift, I plan on using one of them to watch all three, since my shift is 12 hours and I'm the only one on my shift :)
    • On a Related News Note:

      Sprint network goes down for 12 hours before technician catches it and fixes it. Phone company rep stated, "Hey, he was watching RotK! You're lucky the network came up at all that day."

  • I'm going to be screening all of them together in my just redone movie room with a 8' wide screen from DLP projector. I will have to re-arrange the furnature some in order to get 12 or so people in the room at the same time.

    Between that and fresh stove popped corn, it should be a hit with the gang. I have already done the first two in a row before ROTK came out in theaters and I expect that this one will go the full 11-12 hrs easy.
  • by Alpha27 (211269) on Wednesday June 02, 2004 @09:23AM (#9313824)
    ...I doubt I would ever do a marathon of the series.

    It was plain boring in many sections of the movie that we began to improvise by doing a bit of Mystery Science Theater 3000 ourselves of the movie.

    Some things came up:
    - Hobbit love. Those guys REALLY dig each other.
    - The akwardly long glances in the end of the movie were too long to take seriously, with the causal smiles thrown by the Hobbit characters, you begin to wonder what else does that ring do to them.
    - Alot of pot references in the movie.
    - The main human character turns down the advances of a human princess. "I can't give you the love you desire" Dude, it's free *boink boink* and you're turning it down?!!? Refer to Hobbit Love.
    - It took the White Wizard nearly an hour to ride to the top of the castle. Yes we knew it was a BIG castle when we first saw the grand shots, now you take us on a roadtrip to the top.
    - Why did it take 3 movies to get to the volcano? Everytime we get to a checkpoint, we get a reminder of the volcano and see it in the distance. This is the longest roadtrip in HISTORY. What ever happened to horses? What about those HUGE birds?

    If I were to watch the movies again, it would be to write a guide on how to watch them all in less time.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Watch the extended versions, and pass around a joint every time they mention 'pipeweed.' I'm not a big smoker myself (if you know what I mean) but even the real stoners in the group found it hard to keep up. The rest of us were so high, we didn't even know where the phone was. Heeeelp!

    You'll forgive me posting as anonymous coward. Employers have ears!
  • by Punboy (737239) *
    We're waiting until they release the version edited so all 3 movies are run together into one big 10 hour epic :-D I actually think they're doing it... I hope they'er doing it... THEY'D BETTER BE DOING IT! *raises fist* We have watched the 3rd movie, however. We just couldn't wait to see it again.
  • I think he's going to recut the whole thing into one 14 hours long "Complete" version. Another whole weekend stuck in the house. To complete my fantasy movie series musings - Episode III will suck even more. Harry Potter will die. Hopefully not as a virgin. Support literacy. Eat alphabet crackers.
  • Eight hours of a Hollywood special-FXathon? No thanks. If I wanted to watch actors get chased by special effects for nine hours, I'd play a computer game, where at least I could keep my actions consistent :-) (unlike that wizard in FOTR who was invincible in all those fights, then fell down a hole in the mountain!!)
    • Hollywood special-FXathon? No thanks. If I wanted to watch actors get chased by special effects for nine hours...

      Um, you do know the movie was made entirely in New Zealand, right?
      • Indeed - and did Mr Cooper pay attention when he watched FOTR? There was the small matter of the Balrog, who dragged "the wizard" down "the hole". He didn't just fall. The two Maiar spirits then fought for about 10 days before Olorin (who was variously known as Gandalf, Mithrandir, The Grey Pilgrim etc by the peoples of Middle Earth) finally slew the un-named Balrog (known only as "Durin's Bane").
  • I watched the first two movies on Sunday, and then purchased and watched the third movie on Wednesday. I have read the books enough times that I could have slept through any part of it and not known I missed anything!
  • Just watched the Hobbit Cartoon. Does that count?

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