Ok, so now you have your ROTK DVD… So why not join your fellow Barli friends in discussing all things DVD and then watching it together?

We have an exciting double-feature for LOTR fans this weekend. First up is our annual Hall of Fire DVD chat; join the intrepid HoF staff as they conduct a freewheeling discussion about the theatrical DVD. Some of the points to be chewed over: What is your reaction to ROTK after all this time? Still the “greatest movie ever!” or “a total disaster” or have your feelings mellowed over time? Does ROTK deserve to be one of the most Oscar winning films of all time? And how about those special features? Is it worth buying the theatrical release as well as the extended edition? [Read More]

Following HoF (see below for times) will be Barliman’s first-ever DVD-Watching Party!

Join us in #moviechat where we will simultaneously press “Play” on our individual DVD players to cheer and jeer at the final episode of Peter Jackson’s epic. Now, we’ve never done this before, but expect it will be pretty easy going. We plan to take a break midway through the film, to allow for stretching of fingers and backs. Barliman will be on hand to serve drinks and snacks (and to enforce the house rules).

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Saturday and Sunday, May 29-30

Hall of Fire Chat: 5:30pm ET (17:30) [also 10:30pm (22:30) GMT and 7:30am Sunday (07:30) AET]
ROTK DVD-Watching Party: 7pm ET (19:00) [also midnight (00:00) GMT and 9am Sunday (09:00) AET]

Hall of Fire Chat: 6:00 pm (18:00) GMT [also 1pm ET (13:00) and 3am Monday (03:00) AET]
ROTK DVD-Watching Party: 7:30 pm (19:30) GMT [also 2:30pm ET (14:30) and 4:30am (04:30) AET]

ET = Eastern Time, USA’s East Coast
GMT = Greenwich Mean Time, UK
AET = Australian East Coast


On TORn’s IRC server, in the #moviechat channel. After joining the server, type /join #moviechat to get there.

If you’ve never been to TORn’s IRC server before, you can join through our java applet and type /join #moviechat once you’re signed in. We reccommend you visit our FAQ for some guidelines on using our IRC service. Barliman’s is a place for good conversation about JRR Tolkien’s works. We welcome you to our community and ask that you, and all guests, abide by some simple guidelines.


Like I said, we’ve never done this before, but it doesn’t seem to be rocket science. Once everyone is in #moviechat and has their DVD ready to go, the ops will moderate the room and have a countdown to “Play.” I expect that we will be able to give minute-markers throughout the evening for latecomers. A break will be taken midway through — the exact point will be announced in the topic.

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That’s all, folks! See you this weekend!