Top Ten reasons to do a Lord of the Rings Blu-ray marathon this Fourth of July weekend

by Brad Sturdivant

I’ve been looking forward to this July 4th weekend for quite some time now.  No, it’s not because I’m looking forward to eating hotdogs and potato salad with a group of old friends, it’s because the Extended Edition of the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy hit Blu-ray this past Tuesday and that means I can finally do that LOTR marathon I’ve been planning.  Sad?  Maybe.  But movie marathons are a blast and what better way to test your movie stamina than with over 12 hours worth of LOTR goodness?

Oh, and if you haven’t bought the Extended Editions on Blu-ray yet, click the image below and get them in time for next weekend or click this link: LORD OF THE RINGS EXTENDED EDITION BLU-RAYS.

Lord of the Rings Blu-ray

10. Peter Jackson wants you to – Even though he’s off filming THE HOBBIT, Peter took time out to supervise the Blu-ray transfer of the Extended Editions and gave it his seal of approval.  I’ve always looked at the EE’s as the way he wanted the films to be presented and Blu-ray as the format they should be viewed in.  Who am I to argue with Peter Jackson?

Peter Jackson on the set of The Hobbit

9. Because you can – I guess that all but sums it up.  If you’ve invested into an HD TV and you have the surround sound set up, then you should get your money’s worth and pop in the LOTR films.  Blu-ray was made for films of this caliber.  Plus, these films look so good that you could open up your house and charge admission for those that haven’t jumped on the Blu-ray bandwagon yet.

8. I don’t remember anything about RETURN OF THE KING –  Okay, maybe this one only applies to me.  I saw ROTK in theaters, but haven’t watched it since.  I never even saw the extended edition.  Does it really have 87 endings?  I just can’t remember.  I bought the DVD when it first came out, but I just never got around to it.  Then Blu-ray took over and I kept telling myself I’d wait for the Blu-ray.

Viggo Mortensen and Liv Tyler in Return of the King

7. Trilogies are the only way to see Orlando Bloom in a meaningful role – What happened to Orlando Bloom?  LOTR should have catapulted him to stardom, but after this and Pirates, he couldn’t find decent roles.  I actually thought he was a talented actor with some charisma, but apparently Hollywood executives didn’t feel the same way.

6. It’s really, really hot outside – I know the 4th of July weekend is traditionally when everyone wants to go outside and do fun activities like jet-skiing, hiking, watch a baseball game, have a picnic, etc.,  but it’s almost 100 degrees in some parts of the world and frankly, I’d rather sit in a nice air-conditioned house and let atrophy sit in while I bask in the glory of the LOTR.

5. Aragorn motivates me – After wasting an entire weekend watching movies, I’ll need motivation to return to the real world and actually accomplish something.  Who better to motivate you than the King himself, Aragorn?  The role that launched Viggo Mortensen is one of the best examples of leadership on film and is enough to get even the laziest bums off their…bum.

4. Surround sound – Theaters are too inconsistent with sound.  Some theaters get it right and give you a great sound experience, but too many of them screw it up and barely have the surround channels working.  As it turns out, I actually know how to set up and calibrate my surround sound system and watching the battles in TWO TOWERS in full 7.1 glory is the stuff movie dreams are made of.

Lord of the Rings

3. The first part of THE HOBBIT is still a year and a half away – Although I’m not looking forward to THE HOBBIT as much as some people, I’m still excited about revisiting Middle Earth.  But the first part of the two-part prequel doesn’t come out until December 14th, 2012, so the only way to get back to Middle Earth is via the original trilogy.

2. 4th of July celebrations are lame – That isn’t un-patriotic, it’s just true.  I’ve never been a fireworks guy and I can’t stand hotdogs.  Getting dragged to a late night fireworks show where I spend my time fighting mosquitoes and obnoxious, drunk rednecks is not my idea of a good time.  Plus, the fireworks scare my dog and that’s not cool.  So sitting on my couch, eating take-out and watching three of the greatest movies of all time sounds like a lot more fun.

Elijah Wood as Frodo

1. Because Blu-ray is awesome – This goes without saying, but when I sit down on Saturday morning to start the trilogy, this will be the best I’ve ever seen these films.  Some will argue that the theatrical presentation was better, but I disagree completely.  Blu-ray is the best way to watch movies these days and I’m excited to see the LOTR films like Peter Jackson intended them.

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