Aroview: Peter Jackson’s mammoth adaptation of J R R Tolkien’s fantasy classic continues in grand fashion, with increased visual panache and dramatic substance bolstering a difficult three-storyline structure.
This version contains over 42 minutes of footage incorporated into the film, made especially for this release.
Discs 1 & 2: Four audio commentaries by the director and writers, the design team, the production team and the cast.
Disc 3: Adapting the book into a screenplay and planning the film. Designing and inspiration for locations in Middle-earth. Storyboards to pre-visualisation. Weta Workshop visit – the weapons, armor, creatures and miniatures. Atlas of Middle-earth: tracing the journey of the Fellowship. Interactive map of New Zealand highlighting the location scouting process. Galleries of art and slideshows with commentaries by the artists.
Disc 4: Sending actors to battle – preparation for sword fighting. Principal photography: stories from the set. Digital effects including motion capture and "Massive" (a program to create armies of Orcs). Bigatures – a close-up look at detailed miniatures used in the film. Galleries of behind-the-scenes photographs and personal cast photos. Post-production – editing it all together. Sound design demonstration.
The collector's box set includes the special extended 4 disc DVD edition, plus a collectible Gollum polystone statue created by Sideshow Weta, and the exclusive 'The Evolution of Gollum' (including a bonus DVD and a printed companion piece on Gollum).