Lord of the Rings-Fellowship of the Ring

Directed By: Peter Jackson Starring: Elijah Wood Ian McKellen

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If you are a fan of the books, or just want a more complete version of the story, then you have to see this special extended edition version of the LotR. The added sceens add alot more depth to the characters and the internal struggles that each faces. As a fan of the books, I really enjoyed the little added details that make you go, "Cool, they put that part in too." Some highlights included an extended introduction to hobbiton, the inclusion of some of the hobbit's singing, an extended time with the elves after Moria (sp), and additional dialog between the members of the fellowship throughout. If you don't pick this up for your collection, it's definitly one that you'll want to rent to get the "full" story from the LotR.

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As someone who did not have any exposure to the Lord of the Rings books, I was a little overwhelmed by the theatrical release when I first saw the movie and left the movie threatre a little lost amidst the rapidly moving storyline.<BR><BR> What a difference 30+ extra minutes of footage add to the movie. I just finished watching the extended edition and all I can say is "wow". I have a much better grasp of the story and the characters were much better developed than the original release. Though I have only glimpsed the first few hours of the material on disc 3 and 4, the wealth of information and the quality of the presentation are excellent and unmatched by anything I have seen. This is definitely a DVD to have in anyone's movie collection.<BR><BR> To top it off (I am not sure if this is true for all buyers), my DVD comes with a movie voucher to watch the Two Tower at the theatre (it will cover up to $10.50 in movie admission) when the movie is release.<BR><BR> Overall, this is by far the best DVD purchase I have made to date.

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by Dave C. on 11/13/2002

If you are a fan of the books, or just want a more complete version of the story, then you have to see this special extended edition version of the LotR. The added sceens add alot more depth to the characters and the internal struggles that each faces. As a fan of the books, I really enjoyed the little added details that make you go, "Cool, they put that part in too." Some highlights included an extended introduction to hobbiton, the inclusion of some of the hobbit's singing, an extended time with the elves after Moria (sp), and additional dialog between the members of the fellowship throughout. If you don't pick this up for your collection, it's definitly one that you'll want to rent to get the "full" story from the LotR. Read More

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As someone who did not have any exposure to the Lord of the Rings books, I was a little overwhelmed by the theatrical release when I first saw the movie and left the movie threatre a little lost amidst the rapidly moving storyline.<BR><BR> What a difference 30+ extra minutes of footage add to the movie. I just finished watching the extended edition and all I can say is "wow". I have a much better grasp of the story and the characters were much better developed than the original release. Though I have only glimpsed the first few hours of the material on disc 3 and 4, the wealth of information and the quality of the presentation are excellent and unmatched by anything I have seen. This is definitely a DVD to have in anyone's movie collection.<BR><BR> To top it off (I am not sure if this is true for all buyers), my DVD comes with a movie voucher to watch the Two Tower at the theatre (it will cover up to $10.50 in movie admission) when the movie is release.<BR><BR> Overall, this is by far the best DVD purchase I have made to date. Read More

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Product Overview

Based on J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is an epic adventure of good against evil, the power of friendship and individual courage. The saga centers around an unassuming Hobbit named Frodo Baggins who inherits a Ring that would give a dark and powerful lord the power to enslave the world. With a loyal fellowship of elves, dwarves, men and a wizard, Frodo embarks on a heroic quest to destroy the One Ring and pave the way for the emergence of mankind.

Discs 1-2: The Feature:
Four Audio Commentaries by Director and Writers, the Design Team, the Production Team and the Cast (Featuring more than 30 participants including Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and Academy Award® winners Richard Taylor, Andrew Lesnie, Howard Shore, Jim Rygiel, Randy Cook and more)

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
Atlas 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

Specifications

Studio New Line
SKU 40170960
UPC 794043554926
UPC 14 00794043554926
Format DVD
Release Date 1/8/2008
Rating Rating
Keywords
Adventure
Based On A Novel
Epic
Essential Cinema
Fantasy
Fantasy Worlds
Friends
Friendships
Good Vs. Evil
Live-Action
Monsters
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note With THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, director Peter Jackson has achieved a meticulous and captivating adaptation of the first book of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy trilogy. The setting is Middle-earth, a mythological land populated by elves, dwarves, humans, and the gentle, diminutive hobbits upon whom the story centers. One hobbit, Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), unexpectedly comes into possession of an ancient magical ring so powerful it invariably corrupts anyone who wears it. In order to prevent the ring's erstwhile owner, the dark lord Sauron, from reclaiming the ring and taking over Middle-earth, a motley band of comrades set out to destroy it in the fires of Mount Doom, where it was forged. Included in the group are Frodo and hobbits Sam (Sean Astin), Merry (Dominic Monoghan), and Pippin (Billy Boyd); the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen); human warriors Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) and Boromir (Sean Bean); the dwarf Gimli (John Rhys-Davies); the elf Legolas (Orlando Bloom). Along the way, they wage battle with monsters, demons, and Sauron's evil minions, all brought to life by spectacular digital technology.^Jackson's grandiose production represents the first of three films that he wrote and directed, derived from Tolkien's beloved novels. Fourteen months in the making, at a cost of $270 million, all three installments were filmed at once in New Zealand where diverse landscapes lend themselves particularly well to the mystical realm of Middle-earth. The trilogy also includes THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS and THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING.
Reviews
New York Times "...The playful spookiness of Mr. Jackson's direction provides a lively, light touch..." 12/19/2001 p.E1
USA Today "...A faithful and visually spectacular adaptation of the first volume in Tolkien's trilogy....RINGS has moment of edge-of-the-seat excitement..." 12/21/2001 p.8E
Rolling Stone "...FELLOWSHIP is the real deal, a movie epic that pops your eyes out, piles on thrills and fun, and yet stays intimately attuned to character..." 01/17/2002 p.55-6
Variety "...[The film] looks to please the book's legions of fans with its imaginatively scrupulous rendering of the tome's characters and worlds on the screen....McKellen delivers Gandalf with great relish and gusto..." 12/10/2001 p.31-6
Box Office "...Jackson has captured something of the depth, breadth, and melancholy grandeur of Tolkien's vision. And that is magic, indeed..." 02/01/2002 p.59
Sight and Sound "...Jackson has translated the best-loved fantasy novel of our age into a commanding screen adventure, one with a sense of human terror and danger and grit under its nails..." 02/01/2002 p.49-52
Hollywood Reporter "...Well-made and well-cast....Masterfully paced and one of those rewarding movies that seems to get better as it progresses..." 12/04/2001 p.8-82
Directors
Peter Jackson
Actors
Elijah Wood
Ian McKellen
Cast & Crew
Billy Boyd - Actor
Brad Dourif - Actor
Cate Blanchett - Actor
Christopher Lee - Actor
Dominic Monaghan - Actor
Elijah Wood - Actor
Andy Serkis - Actor
Hugo Weaving - Actor
Ian Holm - Actor
Ian McKellen - Actor
John Rhys-Davies - Actor
Liv Tyler - Actor
Orlando Bloom - Actor
Orlando Blooms - Actor
Sean Astin - Actor
Sean Bean - Actor
Viggo Mortensen - Actor
Rick Porras - Associate Producer
J.R.R. Tolkien - Based On Novel By
John Howe - Conceptual Artist
Alan Lee - Conceptual Artist/Set Decorator
Ngila Dickson - Costume Designer
Richard Taylor - Creature, Miniature, Armour, Special Make-Up Effects Supervisor
Peter Jackson - Directed, Written & Produced By
Peter Jackson - Director
Andrew Lesnie - Director of Photography
John Gilbert - Editor
John Gilbert & Michael J. Horton - Editors
Mark Ordesky - Executive Producer
Howard Shore - Music By
Howard Shore - Musical Score
Enya - Musical Score
Barrie M. Osborne - Producer
Tim Sanders, et al. - Producer
Grant Major - Production Designer
Frances Walsh - Screenplay
Philippa Boyens - Screenplay
Peter Jackson - Screenplay
Jim Rygiel - Visual Effects Supervisor
Philippa Boyens - Writer
Fran Walsh - Writer/Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2001
Catalog ID 5549
UPC 00794043554926
Number of Discs 4
Running Time 208 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
2.35:1
Awards
Oscar (2002) Andrew Lesnie, Winner, Best Cinematography,Jim Rygiel, et al., Winner, Best Effects, Visual Effects,Peter Owen, Richard Taylor, Winner, Best Makeup,Howard Shore, Winner, Best Music, Original Score,Ian McKellan, Nominee, Best Supporting Actor,Peter Jackson, Nominee, Best Director,Enya, Roma Ryan, Nominee, Best Music, Song ("May It Be"),Peter Jackson, et al., Nominee, Best Picture,Peter Jackson, et al., Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material Previously Produced Or Published
Reviews
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review ...the real deal, a movie epic that pops your eyes out, piles on thrills and fun, and yet stays intimately attuned to character... Jackson is the wizard who gets it right... It's an amazing achievement, with a script...that never allows computer-generated marvels to overwhelm the personal story.
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Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource San Francisco Examiner
Review The astonishing set designs are overwhelming... Jackson and his writers create a real world with its own logic, and they never betray that by pandering to us... an accomplished movie for everyone who ever longed to hit the road and who welcomes adventure. I just wish there was a way to see the whole thing right now...
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Jeffrey M. Anderson
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Wood,Elijah
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone The best film of the year!
Lisa Schwartzbaum, Entertainment Weekly A great picture, a triumphant picture!
Paul Clinton, CNN Not since Gone With The Wind more than 60 years ago has a movie held up as well to the original book.
Rita Kempley, The Washington Post Spectacular scenery, stupefying effects and epic scope... a dream come true.
Joel Siegel, Good Morning America Real magic! One of the best films of the year!
John Anderson, Newsday ...the most rousing and ambitious adventure film of many years and bodes well for the future of the Tolkien fan.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times An excellent film and a ripping yarn of a movie.
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