If you want an opportunity to win an exquisite Lord of the Rings-themed chess set, check out the Lord of the Rings sweepstakes announcement that Warner Brothers just posted at SF-Fandom. The sweepstakes is tied to their Blu-Ray release for Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” movies.
I mentioned this news in Episode 21 of Middle-earth Talk Radio, which we recorded last night.
The chess set is designed “by The Noble Collection with an ancient map of Middle-earth mounted beneath the playing surface and a base with actual images of the memorable characters and scenes from the thrilling motion picture trilogy.”
It’s time to pay the piper. Everyone knows at the back of their minds that there is a price to pay for new technology. So far, we’ve gotten off lightly on the consumer cost of the latest 3-D movie technology.
Sure, there have been long lines, and the ticket prices bumped up from around $10 to $13. But now AMC Theaters and Regal Cinemas just increased the ticket price for 3-D movies again this weekend. News reports suggest that it should cost around $15 in most markets for a 3-D movie ticket.
And you still have to wear the goofy glasses, too.
On top of that, new blockbuster movies are being released in 3-D. Warner Brothers announced earlier this week that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” will be distributed in 3-D format. I hope that is not ONLY in 3-D format.
Warner Brothers, are you listening? It’s cool to see things pop off the screen every now and then, but the goofy glasses are not comfortable.
We’re all waiting for true holographic projection technology. I would estimate that is still 10-15 years away from commercial production. I hope I’m pleasantly surprised in the next 5 years.
Frankly, I would pay $25 a ticket for a real holographic movie — especially one where the holograms are substantial enough that I would not be looking at my fellow audience movies through “ghosts”.
So, I’ll continue to see movies in the cinema. I love the experience. I’m not happy about the prices. But I love stadium seating, huge wide screens, and the 3-D effects are tolerable for me (for now).
Spike Jonze’ Where The Wild Things Are has to be the most anticipated film of 2009. I’ve watched the trailers so many times in theaters and online and listened to other people express the same feeling of amazement and wonder that I have, that I am sure this movie will be a huge, huge hit. So many people want to see it around here that I suspect I may have to buy my tickets NOW.
Oh yes, the movie opens in theaters tomorrow, October 16.
You know, I’ve complained about the sucky Web sites that Warner Brothers tends to put together for its movies. The official site for “Where The Wild Things Are” actually has some content. Even so, it’s just so lame. I really wish they would spend some time cruising fan sites and see what people really want to find on a cool Web site.
I loved this book when I was a kid. In fact, I’ve rarely met anyone who had not read Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s story, either when they were a child or when they had their own children. It just ignites the imagination and I can well understand why Spike Jonze took 3 years to make the movie. He wanted to do it right (and Maurice Sendak was involved in the production as well).
I’m pumped and ready to see the movie.