Fantasy Rules On Home Video

Fantasy film fans have plenty to be giddy about with Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Platinum Series Extended Edition DVD topping today’s crop of home video releases.

The Episode II two-disc DVD features more than six hours of additional material, including feature-length commentary from George Lucas and the filmmakers, exclusive documentaries and eight never-before-seen scenes. It retails for $29.98.

The special edition VHS will include selected deleted scenes and a Star Wars: Connections featurette hosted by R2-D2 and C-3PO, who explain the Star Wars story to new fans. The special edition VHS carries a suggested retail price of $24.98.

While the theatrical version of Lord of the Rings debuted on home video in August, the new four-disc extended version is perhaps the one Tolkien fans have been waiting for. In addition to more than 30 minutes of never-before-seen footage created for home video, the New Line release contains 50 minutes of new music by composer Howard Shore and the London Philharmonic, and new effects shots by Weta Digital.

Two of the discs house more than six hours of additional content, including director, cast, design and production team commentaries; production documentaries and interactive featurettes covering the adaptation of a literary classic. The DVD set retails for $39.99. A Special Extended Edition two-tape VHS set for $24.99.

For $79.92, you can take your Hobbit habit to the next level with The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Limited Edition Collector’s Gift Set, which packages the four discs of the Special Extended Edition with box art conceived and designed by Tolkien illustrator Alan Lee. Also included are custom Argonath DVD-bookends, collectible Decipher game cards and the National Geographic Beyond the Movie DVD.

Also premiering on home video today is Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year. DVD special features include a Winnie-hosted Christmas Around the World featurette, a New Year’s Party countdown for kids, set-top games, singalong songs, music chapter selection and kid-friendly menus.