In our family, some are big fans of Tolkien, some didn't care for the books. This film managed to delight both camps. As for me, I started the movie fully expecting to walk away and find something else to do, because I easily get turned off/bored by action movies and violence. This time, I was glued to the screen for the whole 3 hours. Although there are violent scenes, the editing is so skillful, that I never got to my usual "OK, I get the point. . . move on".
This movie is worth watching for the sets alone. This movie is worth watching for the acting alone. This movie is worth watching for the editing alone. This movie is worth watching for the cinematography alone. When you put them all together, it's a wonderful experience. Oh, yeah, and the story works too ;-)
I've already reviewed the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings films elsewhere (in short: 5 stars, the 6 movies that justify the existence of the film industry), so let's focus here specifically on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Two-Disc Widescreen Theatrical Edition) . The key difference between this and other releases is the special features, most of which are, within my experience, unique to this edition.
The special features disc includes...
Welcome to Middle-earth: Houton Mifflin In-Store Special Quest for the Ring: FOX TV Special A Passage to Middle-earth: SCI-FI Channel Special lordoftherings.net Featurettes Theatrical Trailers TV spots Enya "May It Be" Music Video Special Extended DVD Edition Preview Behind the Scenes Preview of "The Two Towers" The Two Towers Video Game Preview by EA
... and of these, the first three special productions and the lordoftherings.net...
What can I say? If you're looking at this special edition box set, you probably need no convincing that the Lord of the Rings series is one of the greatest film achievements of this century (not to mention a fantastic series of books!). Therefore, I'll focus on what makes this edition special. A lot of effort when into the details of this thing, from the nicely textured box, to the hours of documentaries and special features. The box feels good in the hand, and looks almost like a thick book. It looks good on any shelf. But what makes this addition really special is the extra footage in the film. God knows how many hours were filmed for this series. The theatrical version of the Fellowship of the Ring was just under three hours at 178 minutes. This extended addition adds 30 minutes of added and extended scenes. Even at that, there's still a lot left out from the book, but the overall effect is a more complete telling of this epic tale. I was deeply impressed with the level...
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