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Director: Ralph Bakshi     Starring: Animated
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40157655
UPC: 085393740825
UPC 14: 00085393740825
Rating: NR
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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.

"...skilfully maintains the spirit of the book while adding the energy, pace and atmosphere of cinema.  BBC Online
"...inspired and exciting...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"Well done...  VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/1/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 133 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1978
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 37408
Video UPC UPC: 00085393740825
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info J.J.R. Tolkein - Based On Novels By
Video Cast Info Timothy Galfas - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Ralph Bakshi - Director
Video Cast Info Leonard Rosenman - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Paul Kont - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Saul Zaentz - Producer
Video Cast Info Chris Conkling - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Peter S. Beagle - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Michael Scholes - Voice Of
Video Cast Info William Squire - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Christopher Guard - Voice Of
Video Cast Info Dominic Guard - Voice Of
Video Cast Info John Hurt - Voice Of


Golden Globe (1979)
   Video Award Name Leonard Rosenman, Nominee, Best Original Motion Picture Score

Memorable Quotes

"One ring to rule them all; one ring to find them. One ring to keep them all and in the darkness bind them!"----Gandalf

Professional Reviews

"...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

Product Attributes

Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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