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Lord of the Rings - FOTR - The Book-Cut (Released)

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Finally! I have completed the LOTR trilogy with crafting the FOTR Book-Cut!

The changes that exist are few… and these I will point out…

I re-cut the film as close as I wanted it… to the book… obviously I couldn’t have ALL
of the stuff from the book because I would need extra footage.

The film begins, not by a prologue but with Bilbo writing his book… it all happens in sequence
until when Gandalf trots to Minas Tirith and looks at the old scrolls… then we see an un-cut and un-
narrated LAST ALLIANCE battle. I took the liberty of putting in “17 Years Later” when the Ringwraith
asks directions from a weary hobbit (Farmer Maggot?).

It goes in order but there are <span class=“Bold”>no</span> Gandalf/Saruman sub-plot intercuts… so now we, the audience
don’t know what happened to him!

The film keeps going (and yeah I couldn’t take out the annoying Arwen thing… it wouldn’t work)
and we stop right at when the Ringwraiths meet their (temporary) doom at the ford of Bruinen.

Disc 2 is inserted, and we fade in with Gandalf sitting near Frodo’s bed. When Frodo asks him what happened
Gandalf recalls the FULL and UNCUT sub-plot of the Saruman “incident”.

I put in the Aragorn/Arwen conversation seen in TTT (where he’s about to leave with the Fellowship)
into this Book-Cut FOTR… I know it’s not in the book… but I was excited about that idea! Hehe…

I also re-graded a bunch of stuff! Because I thought it would be nice to look at things differently AND
I was unimpressed by many grading color choices that are in the real film… so I changed some… you will
see some changes later on…

I changed alot of the doubting Aragorn dont-want-to-be-king junk. I didn’t like that whole idea…
so I took out as much of it as I could (i.e. Aragorn tells Legolas to sit down at the council, etc… that stuff I took out…)

I also tried to make Saruman a little less “central” as a villian… like in the books. So, you won’t be hearing
Gandalf say “It’s Sarumaaaan!” at Caradrhas for example. Nor, will you see alot of Uruk-Hai suiting up and stuff that
takes place in Saruman’s shack.

Moria remains unchanged… heh… except that I severely shortened the broken stairway scene… and they
don’t see any corpses of Dwarves and Goblins until they reach Balin’s Tomb… and that makes the Watcher’s
attack more of a surprise… sort of.

Lothlorien I changed alot! In terms of grading at least… I pretty much hated the cold blueness of it and all that!
It’s supposed to be a nice place to rest and stuff… so I took the liberty of jacking up the colors and making it more warm.

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Here you see the comparison (below: original - above: re-graded)… I like it… some of you may think it’s too red… maybe your’e right… ahh whatever…

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here are some more re-grades… I think the warmer feel makes it more pleasant.

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The gift-giving scenes I’m more happy with… see? Alot friendlier and elvish.

when they boat through the Anduin there is no “Isengard theme music video” with intercuts with the Fellowship
and the Uruk-Hai.
The extended night scene with Boromir, Aragorn, Frodo, and Gollum… I took out where Aragorn and Boromir have
a little quarrel… because Aragorn’s too much of a self-doubting nut in the movie… he should be more heroic (IMHO)…

For the Amon Hen stuff I slightly made the color more warm and added more color to it… what I hated in the whole LOTR
series was the desaturation of alot of things… what’s the use of desaturating it when in real life it would have been more
colorful? (I know it’s for mood expression, but it was just annoying)…
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v463/Lord_Phillock/Junk/fotr-comparison-07.jpg
you may not see it… but there is a slight saturation difference (my version is above)

And we do not see Boromir die… he blows his horn once and the trio run for his aid and we CUT to Frodo with the ring.

and end the film that way… without intercutting with Aragorn and company… that, we will see in my re-furbished TTT cut… thank you!

well what do you think?

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like it. a good list of the changes and I do agree on the colour issues. lothlorien looks better warmedup.

my only beef with your choice is not showing boromirs death.

it redeems him as a character...unless you're going to show his death later as a flashback when merry is telling the steward about his son. ie merrys audio and we see aragorn die.

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I personally don't think that the movies would have worked if they were shot directly from the book, and I think Peter Jackson's team done a good job of adapting the books into watchable movies with mass appeal. However, if a book cut is what you want, it sounds like you have made some good choices and done a good job. I also agree that the 'warmed up' Lothlorien is far superior to the original, and from your screenshots is a lot closer to what I imagined when reading the book, so well done.

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whatever I wrote here, I deeply regret it.

Nothing about fanediting is easy.

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hey yo! We see Boromir die in The Two Towers! And the rest of the Amon Hen battle.

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How can we get a copy of this? I'd like to check it out. Will it be going up on myspleen? I think we're really starting to need an a.b.fan-edits usenet group.
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This sounds great though I also have a problem with Aragorn's doubt being cut down. It was a central part of the character in the books too and adds more to depth. He's a reluctant king.
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actually in the books he's not nearly THAT reluctant....

and I'm having problems uploading things on demonoid.com

it keeps telling me the address is expired when it's NOT! ARRGH!!!

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I guess his reluctance isn't that bad in the books, but still, there's some doubt in his mind.
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whats the chance of this edit being released or uploaded?? i can forward it to people if given a copy
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themessiah: You can find Deleted Magic on myspleen.

As for this, it seems like Demonoid has been having problems all day. Have you tried getting uploader status on myspleen and putting your edit there? Just a thought.
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^^thanx 4 the heads up. now getting deleted magic.
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If anyone has a copy they'd like to pay forward to me, I'd appreciate it. And I have a virtually empty PM box thanks to some judicious cutting and pasting, so somebody shoot me. a PM. Thanks!

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Originally posted by: lordjedi
themessiah: You can find Deleted Magic on myspleen.

As for this, it seems like Demonoid has been having problems all day. Have you tried getting uploader status on myspleen and putting your edit there? Just a thought.


Demonoid was down at the time for an update--they redid the look of the site. Anyways, it's in good shape now.

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This sounds like a really good edit of the movie.


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This sounds and looks like a great project. Please let me know if anyone can forward a copy because all I can get here is lousy dail up (28.8kbps). If I recieve a copy I would be more than happy to do the same for others.
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I was hoping to get this off Demonoid, but if anyone would like to send me a copy, I'd be grateful.
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Is there any plans to put this on a torrent site because I would love to get a copy of this!


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I like the Lorien shots. It works because that's how the scenes were actually shot - with a warmer palette - and the grading was used to give the film its really-unusual-at-the-time look. You've brought it a bit back to reality.
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Are there going to be and torrent files available for us to download these edits?

I love what you did with the colors, looks great in the stills.
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Is this just for fellowship, or are the other movies edited as well?
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Is this going to be a torrent or for trade as i would be very interested in them.
If you want to trade pm me.
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Very cool looking. I am very interested if this trilogy is ever ready for torrents.
Also, If anyone made cover art (perhaps the book covers?) that would be excellent.
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hi! I'll try getting FOTR part 1 up for grabs at Demonoid first thing tomorrow (as it is now around 1 AM and I am dead tired)...

I have six parts to the trilogy... just like the six parts to the books...

Part 1: The Ring Sets Out | Part 2: The Ring Goes South | Part 3: The Treason Of Isengard | Part 4: The Ring Goes East | Part 5: The War Of the Ring
| Part 6: The End of the Third Age

when the films ARE up for download... please forgive that sometimes there are some slight off-sync audio... this just happens rarely in the ROTK version.

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All Right! Finally! Here's a link to the LOTR FOTR Book Cut - Disc 1!

It starts and ends like the books do.. and more.

check it out! I'll upload Disc 2 later on...

and then Two Towers... and after that... Return of the King...

so have fun and I hope there wont be any problems...

Download it at Demonoid.com

:: No direct links to torrents!

- M



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My bad!

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