Lord of the Rings

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Animation starts out ok, but battle scenes are very poorly done. The plot is hard to follow, even if you have read the book. Not enough time is spent on character development. Don't waste your money on this one. Read the book or go see the live action version, you'll enjoy them much more.

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Not worth the Price even at $5

on 3/5/2002

Animation starts out ok, but battle scenes are very poorly done. The plot is hard to follow, even if you have read the book. Not enough time is spent on character development. Don't waste your money on this one. Read the book or go see the live action version, you'll enjoy them much more. Read More

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Product Overview

Brilliantly animated tale of the enchanted land of middle earth, and the brave band of hobbits, heroes and wizards who set out to save it.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 40157655
UPC 085393740825
UPC 14 00085393740825
Format DVD
Rating NR
Keywords
Adventure
Animation
Big Battles
Epic
Fantasy
Good Vs. Evil
Medieval
Recommended
Swords & Sorcery
Theatrical Release
Witches And Wizards
Editors Note
Note Ralph Bakshi's animated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's revered Middle-earth saga captures the dark mood of the books extraordinarily well. The film covers the first half of the trilogy--THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING and the earlier part of THE TWO TOWERS--as Frodo (voiced by Christopher Guard), the cousin of Bilbo Baggins from THE HOBBIT, is given the all-powerful ring sought by the evil Sauron of Mordor. So begins his adventure, as he must elude Mordor's black riders in an effort to prevent the ring from returning to its owner and thereby signaling the end of Middle-earth. Even with the mighty wizard Gandalf as his ally and faithful friends Merry, Sam, and Pippin by his side, Frodo is still up to his hobbit neck in peril.^Bakshi took a big risk when deciding to direct the beloved Tolkien tale, but the resulting work effectively brings Middle-earth to the screen. Bakshi combines painted live-action footage with various styles of animation to create a very unusual collage-style texture for this film. Viewers should be warned that the story ends rather abruptly, leaving room for a sequel that was, unfortunately, never filmed. Still, for fans of fantasy, this moody, atmospheric version of the novels captures the shadowy hues of Tolkien's work in a way that is unique and worth discovering.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "One ring to rule them all; one ring to find them. One ring to keep them all and in the darkness bind them!"--Gandalf
Reviews
Variety "...Bakshi has perfected some outstanding pen-and-ink effects while translating faithfully a portion of J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy..." 11/08/1978
New York Times "...Bakshi attempts to go beyond the limits of movie animation as we know it....Visually compelling..." 11/15/1978 p.C21
Directors
Ralph Bakshi
Actors
Name Animated
Link Search Link
Cast & Crew
J.J.R. Tolkein - Based On Novels By
Timothy Galfas - Cinematographer
Ralph Bakshi - Director
Leonard Rosenman - Musical Score
Paul Kont - Musical Score
Saul Zaentz - Producer
Chris Conkling - Screenplay
Peter S. Beagle - Screenplay
Michael Scholes - Voice Of
William Squire - Voice Of
Christopher Guard - Voice Of
Dominic Guard - Voice Of
John Hurt - Voice Of
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1978
Catalog ID 37408
UPC 00085393740825
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 133 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Awards
Golden Globe (1979) Leonard Rosenman, Nominee, Best Original Motion Picture Score
Features
DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
BBC Online ...skilfully maintains the spirit of the book while adding the energy, pace and atmosphere of cinema.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide ...inspired and exciting...
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever Well done...
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