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This expansive 4-disc DVD set takes viewers further into "The Fellowship of the Ring".

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A heretic recants

  • Feb 25, 2004
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I was not especially taken with Peter Jackson's films, but was sufficiently intrigued by them to read the story, and wasn't especially swayed by that either - Tolkein's masterwork is a heavily over-written linear, episodic chaser providing the context for a devoutly catholic (and therefore fairly block-headed) rumination on good and evil - the sort of thing you don't see too often in these post modern times (and three cheers for that).

What did impress me, though, was Tolkien's complete universe of Middle Earth, with its different languages, cultures, history, literature and mythology. This is a collossal feat of imagination and erudition, and to my mind far outstrips the value of the stories which, as I said, I found for the most part pretty dull.

Having wathced the extended edition DVD has opened my eyes to Peter Jackson's equivalent achievement - not through a re-watching of the film (although the additional half-hour is a marked improvment), but by watching the two "appendix" discs dealing with the making of the movie. To say Jackson and his team (especially the Weta Workshop) have an loving eye for detail is to massively understate the efforts they went to to visualise Tolkien's middle earth. No detail was spared, and the pity is that (rather like the books) much of the effort, skill, wit and invention will go totally unnoticed by the cinema-going public: the metalwork and engraving on the elven swords, the cultural motifs embedded into the design of the various creatures' weapons, the architecture of the various cities, even the fact that one poor soul at Weta spent three years and 12 miles of plastic pipe handmaking chain-mail just so the dwarves' and hobbits' armour looked convincing.

Utterly amazing, and it gives me a new-found respect for the films - this is a labour of love as opposed to a reinterpretation, and on that level it is an overwhelming triumph.

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Good stuff. Even though Glorfindel didn't make it into the script ;)
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review by . November 29, 2003
Long had fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" novels waited for a film worth making. The first in New Line Cinema's adaptions of Tolkien's novels, THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING is just that. In fact, it is the best film since about 1994.Elijah Wood plays Frogo Baggins, the young Hobbit who discovers that his Uncle Bilbo's (Ian Holm) magic ring is actually the source of a wild hunt which involves elves, orcs, and other creatures of Middle-Earth. After being informed of …
review by . January 02, 2003
I must admit that the first time I saw Lord of the Rings, I fell asleep.. assuming that my falling asleep meant I didn't like the movie, I didn't attempt to watch it again until I saw this DVD set and figured it was a great value for the price.WOW, what I missed! I'm glad that I never actually saw the original theatrical version, because this extended version of the film is true to the book I knew and loved as a kid.While 4 DVD's seems like a lot to watch (and you probably WON'T watch them all in …
review by . November 10, 2002
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There are DVDs. There are special edition DVDs. There are special edition DVDs loaded with extras. Now, there is THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING SPECIAL EXTENDED DVD EDITION. I don't think there has been anything like this in home viewing ever. It has been suggested that this Special Edition set is the closest thing one can actually get to having been a part of the movie and I would have to agree.It will take a person about two weeks of 4 hours of viewing each day to get through …
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Specially created for home viewing, over 30 minutes of new and extended scenes were added by director Peter Jackson, including new music by Howard Shore.

Hours of bonus features
Packaging featuring conceptual sketches
A 12-page companion booklet
Exclusive DVD-ROM content
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Director: Peter Jackson
Genre: Action, Adventure, Classics, Drama, Fantasy
Release Date: December 10, 2001 (U.K. Premiere); December 19, 2001 (U.S. Premiere)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 208 minutes
Studio: New Line Cinema, Wingnut Films
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