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Re: Limited Edition soundtrack and DVD
• Posted by: Angela Liu
• Date: Saturday, April 10, 2004, at 9:06 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Limited Edition soundtrack and DVD (Angela Liu)

Well, I'd just gotten the LE soundtrack today, and here are my comments on the "Introspective" DVD:

First, the supertrailer *is* seven minutes long; my mistake in thinking that it was five. As this is my first time seeing it, I must say that it was quite well put together - although it's obvious that they used some footage that was excluded from the final film, or scenes that haven't quite gone through the visual effects cycle just yet.

"Use Well The Days" is the real meat of the DVD, showcasing various fragments of anecdotes from Shore's every day life of working on Return of The King. They have some footage of the key musicians that was involved with the score, such as Renee Fleming, Sir James Galway, Ben del Maestro, and of course, Annie Lennox performing Into The West. Shore glosses over a few of the more intricate instrument choices that was used in a number of songs, such as the pan flute during Faramir's sacrifice for Osgiliath.

The "Poems, Text & Lyrics" is a nice, lengthy archive that portrays all of said things used in the movie, both in English and its original Sindarin language. There's also a photo gallery of Shore and the music staff.

I can give or take the outtake 'rarity' track, "Use Well The Days." Although the song is very well written for Lennox's voice (I might even say that it sounds more appropriate than Into The West), the piece itself doesn't have the same thematic or melodic push that makes Into The West so likeable. It's a nice, serene listen, nonetheless.

In general, I'd say that if you're a hardcore LOTR music fan (or even a hardcore LOTR fan in general), then it's definitely worth picking up the limited edition set, even if you already have the original. And if you've yet to own neither, do shell out for the extra six or seven bucks for the LE. The album case itself is a nice little keepsake, the booklet is more expansive than the normal edition, and it's just a nifty thing to have.

> I'm pretty much in the same boat as you, buying the standard edition, but
> months later wanting the LE just to check out that DVD. I put in an order
> for it already, so I'll let you know how it is in the next couple of days.

> On a related note, that supertrailer is apparently going to show up on the
> theatrical DVD of the film, which is released on May 25th. And I hear it's
> going to be fleshed out and extended from five minutes to nearly seven.

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