The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Directed by Peter Jackson
Starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen

Alliance Atlantis | January 15, 2008 | DVD

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It's so nice to see a film that lives up to its hype -- as epic and impressive as the book upon which it is based. The daunting task of putting J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy classic on film was taken up with great enthusiasm and talent by Kiwi filmmaker Peter Jackson, and the result is magnificent.

The challenge was to impress the heck out of devotees of the books without leaving non-readers scratching their heads and Jackson has done just that, with help from a monumentally talented crew of artistic directors, costume designers and technicians and a wonderfully-chosen cast. Elijah Wood is brave and tortured as Frodo Baggins and the other hobbits -- especially the pitch-perfect Sam (Sean Astin) -- are marvelous. Viggo Mortensen is beguiling as Strider/Aragorn, Orlando Bloom is both luminous and steely as the elf prince Legolas, and Sean Bean is brilliant as the shady Boromir. Sir Ian McKellen deserves special notice (like, say, an Oscar nomination) for his turn as the wizard Gandalf and even Liv Tyler, whom we expected to resent, plays the Elvish princess Arwen with grace and skill.

The New Zealand locations are magical, from the rolling green hills of the Shire to the dreamy refuge of Rivendell to the ethereal forests of Lothlorien. The myth was brought to life in every way and good on Jackson for being brave and smart enough to complete all three films at once, preserving the artistic integrity of the project and the strength of the wonderful performances. The investment in time and money will, no doubt, be richly rewarded.

Video Release: January 15, 2008

Theatrical Release: 2001

Runtime: 208

Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)

Studio: Alliance Atlantis

UPC: 794043554926

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Directed by Peter Jackson
Starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen

Video Release: January 15, 2008

Theatrical Release: 2001

Runtime: 208

Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)

Studio: Alliance Atlantis

UPC: 794043554926


Edition Description
  • Closed Captioned
  • Color
  • Runtime: 208 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Wide Screen
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English

Editorial Notes

DVD features include:

DISCS 1-2: The Feature
• Unique version of the epic adventure with over 30 minutes of never-before-seen footage incorporated into the film and new music scored by Howard Shore
• Four feature-length audio commentaries by director and writers, the design team, the production team, and the cast featuring more than 30 participants

DISCS 3-4: The Appendices
• Two discs with hours of original content including multiple documentaries and design/photo galleries with thousands of images to give viewers an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

DISC 3: "From Book to Vision":
• Adapting the book into a screenplay & planning the film
• Designing and building Middle-earth
• Storyboards to pre-visualization
• Weta Workshop visit: An up-close look at the weapons, armor, creatures, and miniatures from the film
• An interactive map of Middle-earth tracing the journey of the Fellowship
• An interactive map of New Zealand highlighting the location scouting process
• Galleries of art and slideshows with commentaries by the artists
• Guided tour of the wardrobe department
• Footage from early meetings, moving storyboards, and pre-visualization reels

DISC 4: "From Vision to Reality":
• Bringing the characters to life
• A day in the life of a hobbit
• Principal photography: Stories from the set
• Scale: Creating the illusion of size
• Galleries of behind-the-scenes photographs and personal cast photos
• Editorial and visual effects multi-angle progressions
• Sound design demonstration

Description

IN THEATRES: DECEMBER 19, 2001 Based on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy novel, this film is the first of a trilogy written, directed, and produced by Peter Jackson. The two films that will follow this one, THE TWO TOWERS and THE RETURN OF THE KING, will be released in December 2002 and December 2003 respectively.

Notes

Other elves include Arwen (Liv Tyler), Galadriel (Cate Blanchett), and Eldrond (Hugo Weaving), but they are not part of the core band of nine who set out to destroy the ring at Mount Doom.
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