I've purchased an Epson R200 which has a CD/DVD printable tray that works great. Its not a thermal print like your Lord of the Rings dvds but it looks great with images taken from video, psd.s that have been saved as high res JPEGs, and the software that comes with the printer's text tool looks great too.
The printer (CompUSA) with rebates and such was 50 bucks, and the CompUSA INKJET PRINTABLE DVD's work perfectly.
Those run a dollar a disc in spools of 25 - $25 bucks a spool.
One Pro/Con of the R200 is that you move up from the 2 inkjet cartridges to 6.... The cartridges are about 12 each. So you can look at it as -
"I have to spend about 60-70 bucks to refill all of these cartridges"
"I only have to spend 12 on the individual colors if/when they run out"
So theres my 2 cents. Hope this helps.