It's been a long wait for a new podcast episode, I know, but I thank you guys for your patience. I'm sure that I've driven everyone I know absolutely crazy this summer because my Internet updating has been extremely sporadic, but with school starting tomorrow - GAHHHHHHHHH! - I'll be on a tight calendar with scheduled slots for both blogging and podcasting.
That means more normalcy and consistency. And this time, I mean it.
But now onto more fun things... like The Lord of the Rings!
LOTR is my absolute most favorite book (after The Bible) and film, as most of you probably know (and if you didn't, you'll definitely know by the time you're done with this commentary). Because of that, it just kind of made sense for me to do a commentary on the first movie.
What you need to know before playing this episode is that I'm not using the version of the movie that most people have. Most people own the theatrical version, which (duh) was shown in theaters and has a cover that looks like this:
I'm using the Special Extended Version, the one that's so long that the movie had to be split over two discs and the other three discs in the case are chock full of the most wonderful behind-the-scenes content ever imaginable (the case is the first picture in this post). So if you're holding the theatrical version, please put it back. It's not that I don't like the theatrical version - ok, yes, it is, but that's beside the point - but the extended is so much better simply because it's longer.
I explain all of this stuff in the episode introduction, but still...
Put the theatrical version back on the shelf. Thank you. Now go to your library and get the extended version, or borrow it from one of your friends, or bribe a sibling with chocolate to use theirs, or steal it. No, don't actually steal it. Stealing is wrong. Got it now? You're awesome!
Part One of this commentary (which is in this post) will cover all of disc one of the film, while Part Two (which is in the next post) will cover all of the second disc. Overall it's an almost four hour long epic, but the handy part about having two separate parts is that you don't have to watch the whole movie straight through if you don't want to (but, really, who wouldn't want to experience the awesomeness that is LOTR in one uber-long sitting?).
So, without further ado, I'll let my audible voice take over for my written voice. I hope you guys enjoy this!