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frodoholic and I have been discussing the possibility of asking TORN to approach whoever necessary to enable all LOTR fans to be able to see the Costa Botes documentary shown at the NZ Film Festival, preferably on dvd. I believe they would only take any notice of this if it carried lots of signatures, but as neither of us have done anything like this before we're not too sure of the best way to go about this so that they will know that the signatures are genuine and not just made up. The only way we could think of was (1) in the case of LJ Users put your live journal name and (2)in the case of other groups or message boards, just follow the signature with the name of the group. Not perfect, I know, and if anyone else has any other ideas, please let us know. Anyway, this is what I've drafted out. I've addressed it to Tehanu as she was the one who posted the two recent items on torn referring to this, though it may be a good idea to send copies to the other main people at torn. Again, if anyone can suggest any improvements, it would be appreciated.

"Dear Tehanu

We are all LOTR fans who are desperate to see the Costa Botes behind-the-scenes documentary which was shown at the NZ Film Festival. The details reported in your recent article are just too tantalizing to bear.

“There is talk that the documentaries will be included in a special edition of LOTR in 2006, but given the vagaries of Hollywood it's not certain that they'd appear as we saw them here in NZ these past few weeks.”

But Hollywood must not do that – they must bring it to us unspoiled!!

“We can only hope that the diehard LOTR fan community will have many more opportunities to see these documentaries on the big screen, exactly as they are."

It would be wonderful to see it on the big screen, but as that would only happen in selected cinemas it means many fans would miss out. It needs to be put on dvd – and preferably all 21 hours that Costa Botes referred to (in fact, we wouldn’t say no to all 800 hours!). Personally, and I know there are others who agree, I don’t really mind waiting, to have something that wonderful on the horizon would help fill the ghastly void now that all the films have been released. But all true LOTR fans deserve to see this at some time.

We are hoping that there may be a way that you and the other wonderful people at TORN could help to bring this about. Perhaps some sort of petition – if the thousands of people who visit the site all signed this surely it would carry some weight. Or perhaps you may have some better ideas.

We would be eternally grateful for your help with this.

Yours sincerely"
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shirebound
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Time:2004-09-18 08:15 am (UTC)
That's beautifully written, and I would most certainly sign it.
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not_alone
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Time:2004-09-19 12:15 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I will put you down as Shirebound ~ LJ User unless you prefer something different.
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noipeh
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Time:2004-09-18 09:43 am (UTC)
Sounds good to me. Keep me up to date and I'll not only sign the thing, I'll make sure a lot of my friends do too.
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not_alone
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Time:2004-09-19 12:22 pm (UTC)
I think I might as well start collecting signatures right now, so unless you want anything different I'll put you down as noipeh - LJ User. It would be great if you could get some more sigs for me - just their LJ name or their name from a message board or group followed by the name of the mb or group for verification purposes. Its the only way I can think to do it. You can either send them as a reply to the message here or email me at faculty99uk@yahoo.co.uk. Thanks.
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ladysunrope
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Time:2004-09-18 10:32 am (UTC)
I met Tehanu in NZ-she's a very resourceful lady and if anyone knows the score she will.

I'd certainly sign anything that brings more LOTR goodness. What's the point of it sitting in New Line vaults for goodness sake?
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not_alone
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Time:2004-09-19 12:25 pm (UTC)
Does she still live in NZ? For some reason I thought she'd moved to the US, but I maybe getting her mixed up with someone else. I've started collecting signatures so unless you want something different I'll put you down as ladysunrope - LJ member. Thanks.
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ladysunrope
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Time:2004-09-19 12:41 pm (UTC)
No she moved to the US to be with her boyfriend- think they might have married.
I met her in NZ before she left.
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mother2012
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Time:2004-09-18 01:37 pm (UTC)
Seconding ladysunrope. Surely New Line realizes that every foot of film represents money they can get from us?
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not_alone
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Time:2004-09-19 12:28 pm (UTC)
Surely New Line realizes that every foot of film represents money they can get from us?

We can but hope. I'll put your name down as mother2012 - LJ member - let me know if you'd prefer something different. Thanks.
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shes_eclectic
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Time:2004-09-18 08:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you for doing this! I think it's very well written and of course I would sign it!
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not_alone
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Time:2004-09-19 12:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks - I will put you down as melncholy blond - LJ member unless you'd prefer something else.
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frodoholic
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Time:2004-09-20 10:15 am (UTC)
I posted this on my LJ and it woodlust. I put a week or so as a deadline-that should be enough time ((we hope)) for a lot of signatures!

Thanks to everyone who is 'on board' already!

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not_alone
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Time:2004-09-21 01:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks. When I saw that new item on torn about this I did wonder if it was perhaps a non-starter - but as they have now actually said that it will probably be on dvd eventually I think we need to change the final version to emphasise that we want to see the whole thing, not just little bits.
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frodoholic
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Time:2004-09-21 08:23 pm (UTC)
What worries me just a little is the comment that "possibly" it (they) will be added to the box sets. I know I would hate to see 3 full length documentaries cut down to just an hour or so. If that is the case it would really be a shame. :*
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lilagrubb
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Time:2004-09-20 12:04 pm (UTC)
I'll sign.
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not_alone
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Time:2004-09-21 01:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Since I wrote this New Line have said that it will only ever be seen on a boxed edition of the dvd in a couple of years. So I will probably change the final version to put more emphasis on the fact that we want to see all of it, not just a few bits and pieces.
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bagendbabe
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Time:2004-09-21 01:34 pm (UTC)
I will sign, of course!!!!!! Thanks to both of you!
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not_alone
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Time:2004-09-21 01:49 pm (UTC)
Thanks Julie. In light of the further post on torn which appeared after I wrote this, I will need to change the final version slightly, as they have said that it will probably appear on a boxed set dvd in a couple of years. What we want to make sure is that we see all of it, not just a couple of hours.
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bagendbabe
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Time:2004-09-21 11:32 pm (UTC)
Well yes Pauline - we want to see ALL of it, even it means waiting, we can do that, can't we?!!

Need to see as much of Lij as is on film.
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