We have finally done it. All three films, all extended editions, all in HD. All in one day. Here is a bit of a blow-by-blow, with passing thoughts, events of importance, and other elements of the most enjoyable endurance test I have attempted.
8.00: Woke up with my alarm. Bride of Film Nerd was still dead to the world, so fed the cat and got some breaky. Surfed online for a bit.
9.00: Bride of Film Nerd now alert, so we worked on morning chores.
9.51: Snack pile put in place at the ready.
9.57: Hit “Play” on Disc 1, Fellowship of the Ring.
9.58: Bride of Film Nerd already distracted… suggesting decoration ideas for a party we are throwing next week.
10.06: Bride of Film Nerd declares “I don’t remember this…” We were watching the first extended edition only scene.
10.10: Bride already up for drinks.
10.11: Film Nerd is inspired by this act… starts attacking the banana bread.
10.14: Film Nerd now regrets not visiting Hobbiton when in New Zealand.
10.29: Bride jumps at first appearance of the Eye of Sauron… Film Nerd is amused.
10.37: Bride realises that for all intents and purposes that the Ring is a Horcrux… the first of many Potter parallels.
10.39: Bride now appreciates the context for favourite Film Nerd saying, “Don’t tempt me Frodo!”
10.43: Music reminds Bride of chip sessions on the highway in New Zealand… when the only music Film Nerd would play was LOTR soundtracks.
10.50: Wizard fight prompts the pun “My staff is bigger than yours!”
10.51: Memories trying to get photos of the location for “A Shortcut to Mushrooms”. None turned out as the bus was going too fast.
10.56: Frodo declares he must get to Bree. Film Nerd starts thinking about cheese (but does not succumb).
10.59: “It comes in pints?” Film Nerd decides it is still to early for a pint himself.
11.14: The clarity of Blu-Ray… Bree looks amazing in the background as the Hobbits leave with Aragorn.
11.28: Film Nerd regrets not stopping at Arrowtown (Rivendell) on the way to Queenstown.
11.30: First appearance of John-Rhys Davies!!! Did I mention I have met him????
11.44: Disc 1 over.
11.54: Starting disc 2, Fellowship of the Ring
12.06: Film Nerd remembers to buy squid later this week to try the deep fryer (Watcher in the Water at the doors of Moria time). Also he starts to wonder if he is half-hobbit given a number of his musings during the film so far have been about food.
12.16: Bride is frustrated with Pippin… to a similar degree that Gandalf is, really.
12.23: Death of a cave troll. Potter parallel #2.
12.30: YOU SHALL NOT PASS!
13.03: First look at Amon Hen… we drove past there too!!
13.06: NOOOO! Phone interruption 1… Sydney Uni looking for Alumni donations. Now is so not the time!
13.19: “Be at peace, Son of Gondor” (wiping away tear)
13.25: End credits of Fellowship start.
13.35: Fan club special thanks credits start
13.53: Fan club credits finish. Fish and chips for lunch… appropriately we are eating New Zealand Hoki.
14.10: Press “Play” on disc 1 of The Two Towers. Open the Allens Retro mix.
14.25: “He can’t take his grog!” Hmmm, not too early to drink now, but not yet in the mood.
14.35: First time in Edoras… we were there!
14.55: Dead Marshes, or a cave full of Inferi?? Potter parallel #3.
15.22: Finally, Edoras from the exact perspective we got photos from!
15.31: “I know your face”
15.49: Always loved the classic Gollum vs Smeagol scene.
15.55: Disc 1 over, bathroom break time.
16.05: On to disc 2…
16.15: Eowyn clearly got her stew recipe from Gourmet Traveller magazine. The recipe was supposed to be a Shepherd’s Pie…..
16.58: Long distance view of location of Helm’s Deep. I have that photo from standing on top of Edoras.
17.15: Film Nerd catches his Bride napping just as te battle for Helm’s Deep is about to begin. He opens the Burger Rings and grabs a beer.
17.21: BOOM! There is now a breach in the defences….
17.45: The Ents break the Dam, we saw where that was with Dart River Safaris!
18.03: End credits for The Two Towers. Did not stick around for the fan club credits this time.
18.20: Pressed “Play” on disc 1, The Return of the King.
18.25: Pizza from Eagle Boys arrives.
18.35: Phone interruption #2… Film Nerd’s mother.
19.03: FIGWIT! For the uninitiated Figwit stands for “Frodo is great, who is that?”… Played by Flight of the Conchords Bret McKenzie.
19.07: Minas Tirith long view that we say for real. Okay, same spot as the Helm’s Deep long view, but still counts!!
19.45: An approximate time… I was too caught up in the crescendo of lighting of the beacons to note the exact time it occurred.
20.00: Another approximate time, as I was caught up with Elrond revealing “Anduril, Flame of the West, forged from the shards of Narsil!”
20.26: Bits of Gondor itself catapulted at the orc army. So cool!! Film Nerd opens another beer.
20.32: End of disc 1 of Return of the King.
20.40: We start on the final disc of our journey.
20.45: Shelob, or is that Aragog? Potter parallel #4.
21.15: We hit the Ben and Jerry’s Triple caramel chunk.
21.46: Film Nerd experiencing onset of food coma… hits the Mylanta.
21.55: BUT IT IS NOT THIS DAY!
21.58: Bride beats Film Nerd to saying “I love this scene” as Samwise Gamgee intones “…But I can carry you!”
22.10: Frodo claims he is “here at the end of all things”. Apparently, all things does not include the film itself. Multiple ending time.
22.35: The words “The End” on-screen. Film Nerd begins typing this diary.
22.56: Credits finish rolling on the screen in the next room.
23.22: Film Nerd completes the rough draft of diary.
23.26: Film Nerd clicks “Publish” button on this post.