November 9, 2001
LotR CD-ROM Cardz in
Stores on Thanksgiving
New York, New York (November 7, 2001) As the first
installment of New Line Cinemas highly anticipated epic, live-action trilogy, The
Lord of the Rings, careens towards the big screen on December 19 Frodo, Gandalf,
Strider, and Ringwraiths will also hit your monitor screen in a series of CD Rom
Cardz. The premiere 4-card set of CD Cardz based on the first installment, "The
Fellowship of the Ring," will offer fans an in-depth look at the greatest
fantasy-adventure story ever told -- inside an era where humans share the world with
immortal elves, powerful wizards and industrious dwarves.
Fully loaded with highlights, screensavers, film trailers and sound FX, the first set of
the official The Fellowship of the Ring Cardz will feature the lead characters of
"Middle Earth" including Elijah Wood as "Frodo Baggins," Sir Ian
McKellan as "Gandalf," Viggo Mortensen as "Strider," and the
Produced by Serious USA, Inc., CD Cardz are the latest in portable and affordable hi-tech,
entertainment products and marks the introduction of digital collectibles without the
headaches of additional software and hardware installation. The first set of The Lord of
the Rings CD Cardz will be available November 22 and will retail for $19.95 in select
stores nationwide and at serioususa.com.
Serious USA will continue to produce CD Cardz series for the entire trilogy, including:
The Two Towers (December 2002) and The Return of the King (December 2003).
"The Lord of the Rings is a breakthrough movie franchise on a staggering scale,"
said Serious USA President, David-Joseph Brown. "The world of this classic
story, brought to the screen by the crème of international moviemakers, translates
brilliantly on to our new technology."
"Were excited to partner with Serious USA for The Lord of the Rings CD ROM
Cardz," commented Randi Goodman, Vice President, Domestic Licensing and
Merchandising, New Line Cinema. "Without a doubt, Tolkien enthusiasts will be
mesmerized by the cutting-edge artistry of the films. Now, with the CD ROM Cardz, fans of
all ages can take some of this cinematography home with them."
Serious USA, the producer of the CD Cardz, is the U.S. operating company of UK-based
Serious Global Holdings Ltd (SGH) which sold close to 3 million CD Cardz in its first year
of operation including: Euro 2000 Soccer; Titan A.E., Westlife; and Butt-Ugly Martians.
Based in Manhattan, Serious USA is a cutting-edge multimedia company specializing in the
production of CD Cardz for the consumer market. More information about Serious USA can be
obtained at www.serioususa.com.
Founded in 1967, New Line Cinema is the entertainment industrys leading independent
producer and distributor of theatrical motion pictures. New Line licenses its films to
ancillary markets including cable and broadcast television as well as to international
venues. The company, which is a subsidiary of AOL Time Warner Inc., operates several
divisionsincluding in-house theatrical distribution, marketing, home video, television,
acquisitions, production, licensing and merchandising units. More information about New
Line Cinema can be obtained at www.newline.com.