Saturday, January 04, 2003

NYTimes -- The Best DVD's of 2002

Hands down the DVD of 2002, the four-disc set is full of asides, but it's at its best when Mr. Jackson and his two co-writers, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, describe a new DVD version of the film with 30 minutes of added scenes.

On two of last year's better DVD's directors talk about difficulties encountered getting their first films made and into theaters. A movie declaring springtime for Hitler made Hollywood nervous, Mel Brooks says on a special edition of "THE PRODUCERS" (MGM). So someone suggested springtime for Mussolini. Ridley Scott's first feature film, "THE DUELLISTS" (Paramount), may have won the grand jury award at the Cannes International Film Festival, but there were only seven prints to put in theaters in 1977.

I missed recording the extended version of Lord of the Rings from Pay Per View.

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