April 2002

New Line Home Entertainment announced the forthcoming release of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring on DVD and VHS at a gala event at the historic Warner Bros. studio lot. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring will be available in two distinctly different versions on both DVD and VHS formats, on August 6th, and November 12, 2002.

On August 6, New Line Home Entertainment will unveil the award-winning theatrical version of the film on DVD and VHS. The DVD will contain one of the greatest sneak previews in movie history, featuring a ten-minute behind the scenes preview of The Two Towers, the second installment of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. This glance, more than four months before the theatrical release of The Two Towers on December 18th, 2002, will offer a never-before-seen look at the central panel of director Peter Jackson's (The Frighteners, Heavenly Creatures) masterful cinematic triptych. This double-DVD set includes the PG-13 theatrical version of the film, and a second disc with over two hours of special features and extra content.

A "Special Extended Edition" of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring will arrive in stores November 12. This extended edition of the film contains more than 30 minutes of never- before-seen footage created for the home video release. This version of the film, available on DVD and VHS, will likely have an R rating. The "Special Extended DVD Edition" will be contained in a four-disc set with two discs containing the film, and two discs with more than six hours of added content, produced specifically for the DVD. These extras will plunge the viewer into the complex landscape of Middle-earth, and reveal how Peter Jackson and his team of skilled artists and technicians created a painstakingly beautiful, and faithful re-creation of Tolkien's world.

A collector's DVD gift set will also be released on November 12 in time for the holiday season. This gift set will include the "Special Extended Edition" with box art packaging conceived and designed by famed Tolkien illustrator Alan Lee. Included with the DVD are custom bookends designed and sculpted by Sideshow Weta, the artists that crafted the astonishing theatrical visual effects for The Lord of the Rings. The gift set will also include the National Geographic "Beyond the Movie" DVD, containing two previously unreleased featurettes and a photo gallery. These extras are topped off with a set of exclusive, collectible Decipher game cards.

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