Join DaveOnFilm for an epic ‘Lord of the Rings’ event!

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.

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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 schedule?

* The Fellowship of the Ring (w/ 49 minutes of additional footage!) at 7pm on June 14th
* 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.

Not sure about the storyline?  I mean, really?  Well, here’s a summary from NCM:

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy™ tells the story of Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), a hobbit who battles against the Dark Lord Sauron to save his world, Middle-earth, from the grip of evil. In the films, Frodo and his fellowship of friends and allies embark on a desperate journey to rid Middle-earth of the source of Sauron’s greatest strength, The One™ Ring — a ring that has the power to enslave the inhabitants of Middle-earth. The trilogy tells tales of extraordinary adventures across the treacherous landscape of Middle-earth and reveals how the power of friendship, love and courage can hold the forces of darkness at bay. Beside Wood, the films star Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, featuring Sean Bean, and Ian Holm, with Andy Serkis as Gollum. The films also star MartonCsokas, Craig Parker and Lawrence Makaoare.
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Frodo (Elijah Wood) grasps for The One Ring

Of the 30 total Academy Award nominations the three The Lord of the Rings films received, they won a record 17 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and 8 others for the third film.  Based on the best-selling novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, Jackson’s movie trilogy is an epic journey of men, hobbits, elves, dwarves and the rest of Middle-earth’s creatures and cultures.  The films chronicle the struggle of good versus evil with fantastic special effects and a strong emotional center; capturing the enduring fellowship and ultimate sacrifice while enhancing the chaos and destruction of Middle-earth.
You can also read the many, many reviews on IMDb too, starting with The Fellowship of the Ring, then The Two Towers and ending with The Return of the King.

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