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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (DVD, 2002, 2-Disc Set, Widescreen Version)

Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen | Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
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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.

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  • Edition: Widescreen Version; 2-DVD Set
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Film Country: New Zealand
  • UPC: 794043554223

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Genre:Science-Fiction/Fantasy
Format:DVD
Display Format:Widescreen Version; 2-DVD Set

Director:Peter Jackson
Leading Role:Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen
eBay Product ID: EPID3387043

Editorial reviews

"...The playful spookiness of Mr. Jackson's direction provides a lively, light touch..."
New York Times - Elvis Mitchell (12/19/2001)

"...A faithful and visually spectacular adaptation of the first volume in Tolkien's trilogy....RINGS has moment of edge-of-the-seat excitement..."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (12/21/2001)

"...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..."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (01/17/2002)

"...Jackson has captured something of the depth, breadth, and melancholy grandeur of Tolkien's vision. And that is magic, indeed..."
Box Office - L.J. Strom (02/01/2002)

"...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..."
Sight and Sound - Andrew O'Hehir (02/01/2002)

"...Well-made and well-cast....Masterfully paced and one of those rewarding movies that seems to get better as it progresses..."
Hollywood Reporter - David Hunter (12/04/2001)

"...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..."
Variety - Todd McCarthy (12/10/2001)

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Created: 06/09/09

the begging

this is were it begins.. The Lord of the Rings, the book of the 20th Century is about to become the motion picture event of the 21st Century – A groundbreaking epic of good versus evil, extraordinary heroes, wondrous creatures and dark armies of terror. Generations of more than 50 million people around the globe, in 25 different languages have grown up with this epic history. The legend has inspired an entire genre of movies, fiction, and has influenced some of the greatest artists of our time. It has made dreamers out of children and adults, and has recently been named the number one most popular book of the century. But it has never been told in its entirety on the screen.

Using the power of contemporary cinema technology, New Line Cinema is proud to transform J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings into a history-making motion picture event. Beginning in the year 2001, New Line will present a grand trilogy of live-action feature films -- The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King -- that will take audiences inside Tolkien’s living, breathing mythology, the world that is Middle-earth. The Lord of the Rings will collectively re-tell the story of Frodo Baggins, who battles against the Dark Lord, Sauron to save Middle-earth from the grip of evil. In the films, Frodo and The Fellowship embarks on a desperate journey to rid the earth of the source of Sauron’s greatest strength, the One Ring, a ring of such power that it cannot be destroyed. His extraordinary adventures across the treacherous landscape of Middle-earth reveal how the power of friendship and courage can hold the forces of darkness at bay.

By shooting all three films consecutively during one massive production and post-production schedule, New Line Cinema is making history. Never before has such a monumental undertaking been contemplated or executed. The commitment of time, resources and manpower are unheard of as all three films and more than 1,000 effects shots are being produced concurrently with the same director and core cast. Helmer Peter Jackson, whose visionary style of filmmaking and emotional acuity won accolades for his Heavenly Creatures and The Frighteners, brings his deep love for the source material to the project.

The film features a strong international cast that includes (in alphabetical order) Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Brad Dourif, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, John Rhys-Davis, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, and Elijah Wood. But the real star of the film is the story itself - a classic hero’s quest in which the smallest of beings changes the course of the future with the vastness of his courage. -- © 2001 New Line Cinema

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Created: 10/12/06

LORD OF THE RINGS: TRILOGY, A" Must-Have" Collection!

Review For: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (DVD, 2002, 2-Disc Set, Widescreen Version)

Most of the movies that were adapted from novels nowadays do not really stay faithful to the book itself. Some even alter entire stories completely. It is not surprising when fans are utterly disappointed and walk out of theaters angry. And that’s the trend. No matter how big the budget is or how “cool” the digital effects are, it actually all boils down to the story. And that’s it.

However, once in a while, a great film based on a book comes out. This century, that film is J.R.R Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings”, the story that arguably started the fantasy myth of heroes, elves and other races. Directed by Peter Jackson, the film, hands down, has been very faithful to what LotR fans has come to love and cherish for several decades. Yet, on another perspective, people who know nothing about the book will be able to understand and appreciate the movie version. And when they read the books, like what most people do after watching film adaptations, they wouldn't be confused on the events that unfold. Instead, they would say, “Ah, I saw this part….”

On to the film proper, LotR started with Fellowship of the Ring; followed by The Two Towers and was ended by The Return of the King. The first movie, Fellowship of the Ring, introduces us to the characters and the story as a whole. The second one, The Two Towers, builds up tension of the story and gives the audience a clue on what can be expected on the next movie.

The last one, Return of the King, hits the climax of the story and gives audiences a breather during the ending. All throughout these three films, the cinematic's, digital effects and sounds are superb. Peter Jackson and the team did an excellent job of setting the right ambiance and mood. The characters each have their own shining moment in which the actors portrayed them excellently. Believe me, this is one movie you don't want to miss.

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Created: 06/18/09

The Legend Comes to Life

Review For: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (DVD, 2002, 2-Disc Set, Widescreen Version)

The story, sets, costumes & FX are so rich, you'll have to see the film several times to absorb everything. The unspoiled New Zealand locales are spectacular, providing a variety of environments to represent the different settings on the characters' journey. The location sets are imaginative, detailed & weathered, adding to their believability, while the studio sets match them in meticulousness. The costumes are at once familiar & strange, drawing on both the medievil & the fantastic, but more important, they're also functional & practical. The music by Howard Shore is appropriately sweeping, Celtic & folky in keeping with the novel, although it lacks the memorable themes of John Williams or Jerry Goldsmith, but neither would commit a year or more to a 3 picture project. The FX are as they should be, unobtrusive & unnoticed most of the time, there only to support the story not draw attention away from it as in most Hollywood movies which try to coverup illogical plots & bad acting.

I'm particularly gratified by the casting of Viggo Mortenson as Aragorn which was a last minute stroke of luck when the actor first chosen for the part backed out due to differences with the director. I've always thought Mortenson had an intensity & striking but not pretty-boy looks that could portray a flawed, dangerous hero instead of the villains Hollywood always picked him for.

A stellar cast giving some of their best performances, visuals that deliver beyond what I imagined, a perfect mix of humor, passion & tragedy, and a feeling of grandeur, scope & impending doom. Perhaps as an ensemble piece with so many characters & the inability to concentrate on any one, it can't be measured against some of the classic character study films, but even the casual moviegoer can grasp the ideas & not get lost As far as I'm concerned, it's one of the greatest films of all time.

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Created: 12/03/06

The First of Three Lord of the Rings

Review For: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (DVD, 2002, 2-Disc Set, Widescreen Version)

This film is the beginning of an epic saga involving Hobbits, Wizards, Dwarves, Elves, and the race of men. Whether you are a fantasy lover or not there is something for everyone in each of these films. Continuing the story of the ring that is first introduced in the book The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein, this film brings to life every character in this gripping tale. Though it is only the first of three, it is an experience you will not want to miss! You do not have to read the books first to be able to understand the tale, though at times you will wonder what something may mean just before it explains itself. This film could be watch again and again and new things be found in each viewing. As the ending draws to a close you are reminded that it is the first of a trilogy. You will find yourself anxious to continue in the tale of The Lord of the Rings.

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Created: 10/22/05

fellowship of the ring

Review For: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (DVD, 2002, 2-Disc Set, Widescreen Version)

An impressive effort is seen in Peter Jackson's first of three films dedicated to J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Great acting as well as gripping special effects, not to mention the attention to visual detail, down to the smallest things, might lead you to believe that I would give this a perfect rating. I give it a good rating because of a couple of things. Though, I am probably too picky, sometimes. First off, I am a huge fan of the books, therefore, I may have been expecting a bit too much when I walked into the theater. Many things have changed from Tolkien's original to what is seen in the film. Certain characters are given lines that others had in the books and even some changing of a characters mission (as seen in Arwen's character at the river), but all that aside, it is much better constructed fundamentally than almost anything else of the same genre. I give it an A for effort, but not an A+. Still, pick it up, as the next two films got the 5/5 I was hoping I would give them. Thanks for reading, feedback would be appreciated. signed:CLW P.S. Read the books first!

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