Funnier when originally posted 11/24/2003
Thousands of Lord of the Rings fanatics were pleasantly surprised on Tuesday when they viewed what they thought would be the latest installment of the hit movies on DVD. Instead of seeing 40 extra minutes of the Two Towers, the viewers were treated to something they didn’t expect to see for another month.
New Line Cinema is urgently trying to recall about one hundred thousand copies of its hit DVD – “The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers – Extended Edition”. The DVD’s in question were actually copied using the master DVD of the movie – “The Lord of the Rings – Return of the King – Extended Edition”. Return of the King is due to be released in theaters December 17th.
All three Lord of the Rings movies were filmed at the same time, with only special effects and editing being performed to the movies while the first installment was in the theaters.
To minimize the production cost of the DVD’s, New Line Productions decided to burn the Return of the King DVD’s at the same time as the Two Towers DVD’s. Do to a production mishap at one of the facilities; a large number of the DVD’s were created using the Return of the King master and the Two Towers artwork.
Not all viewers were happy about the mix up. The mistake was not discovered until last night, when an upset fan Tim M., complained that he had received the wrong movie. Tim speaking to EGI from the comic book store that he manages in Missouri, told EGI, “I had been planning a party for my friends where we would all watch the movie together. Can you imagine their reaction if I put in Return of the King instead of Two Towers. I’m just glad I previewed the disk.”
An executive at New Line Cinema told EGI, “This mixup is both distressing and costly. It is bad enough when users can download poorly made copies of the movie as soon as it is released in theaters. Now we have a case where thousands of perfect copies are floating around.”
The executive went on to say, “Naturally, once the mistake was discovered, we bit the finger off of the courier and threw the production manager into Mt. St. Helens along with a copy of the ill fated disk.”
If you have a copy of the Return of the King, New Line Productions is offering a complete refund and a free copy of the Two Towers DVD.