Warning - check disks
There has been a mistake with some of the disks in the Lord of the Rings Extended Boxsets. The error is usually the disc that has the 2nd part of the Return of the King movie. In my boxset it looked correct (the label was in English and stated it was the 2nd part of the Return of the King) but when the disk was played it was German special bonus content regarding the making of the Lord of the Rings. I was bought this as a present from Virgin store in Bristol for Xmas 2007 and only discovered the wrong disc a few months ago. I contacted the store and the suppliers and the production companies and got NOWHERE with any of them. So, in short, please make sure to check and play EVERY disc to see that you have all the correct content. On amazon you can see on the Customer Reviews at the bottom of the page where 6 others have experienced similar problems. Here's the link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lord-Rings-Trilogy-Extended-Box/dp/B0002VJT2C (you may need to type this address into your browser as copy and paste might not work - alternatively search amazon for 'The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition Box Set) [DVD]'
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The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy
I have red the book mant times since my teens some 45 years ago and relished every moment if it. and when I heard that it was being made into a movie I waited with bated breath not knowing just what to expect. As each film was released I was one of the first in the queue to see it and as this was in Thailand my three year old daughter and she was engrosed with it, and for one so young to be engrosed in anything other than cartoons was a sure sign that it was a winner. Each film was seen on release and each 2 disk DVD was bought as it was released and I thought how could anything better this, but then the extended version was released. As much as I wanted to get this version I was very reluctant to pay the full price and so bided my time for a cheaper version. My wait paid off and I managed to get it for 14.99. The extra footage is superb, but what a pity that this version was not the one on general release. I have had this set now for almost a month and have watched it three times and never tire of it. The one downside is that the movie is divided between 2 disks where it would have been better on just one disk. it runs for almost 12 hours but I would recomend it to anyone who loves fantasy.
3 of the best
With the first film released I trotted down to my cinema and sat for several hours, which normally would have annoyed me, but I almost wished this film never ended, maybe hoping for a bit more action in the second one, I was not dissapointed, then the third film was released and I thought I had died and gone to heaven as these are by far the greatest films ever made, based on the best books ever written, the only thing that has surpassed the originals is the exstended versions, This is a must see for anyone as it imcompasses so many different ideas andf themes that fans of all genres od films will fall in love with it like I have. If you dont own these movies then buy them or live in the knowledge that you are missing out on something special.
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Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of The Ring
Very few movies deserve a three-hour running time. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring deserved every minute, and more. When it ended, I was confused: I didn't think three hours had passed, and I wanted so badly for it to go on longer. Director Peter Jackson, who was given virtual carte blanche to make the supposedly unfilmable J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy into three megabudget movies, pulled it off. What was considered a shocking choice of director (his previous credits including the shockfests Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles, and Braindead) now seems like a stroke of genius. The movie just wouldn't have worked with a director who didn't believe in going all out. Because of this risky venture, Tolkien's world explodes onto the screen in vibrant, brooding, beautiful life.
An opening narration provides everything you need to know about the history of Middle Earth; the dark lord Sauron's attempts to rule the world up to the "present day," the 110th birthday of Bilbo Baggins (played by Ian Holm), who is in possession of the ring of power used by Sauron so many years before, and who is afraid that the evil forces massing again will find him. Hobbits, of which Bilbo is one, are human-like but small, coming up to the average man's navel. In a stroke of special effects genius, the filmmakers digitally shrunk the actors playing hobbits; the effect is wonderful because the story is supposed to be about the Hobbits' adventures, and the way the picture was filmed makes everything look like it is seen from their perspective. Instead of looking small, they look normal, and the humans and elves they interact with look unnaturally tall and ungainly. Bilbo's nephew Frodo, played by Elijah Wood, comes into possession of the ring when Bilbo is almost unable to part with it (it exerts a form of mind control on those who possess it, making them want to use it for ill means). He is entrusted by Gandalf (Ian McKellan) with the mission of delivering it to Rivendell, home of the elves (and the name of a mental institution outside St. Johns, Michigan), to keep it from the hands of the evil lord Sauron, who has returned (mostly) to Middle Earth in an attempt to rule the world once again. He has sent several demon knights, among the most frightening creatures ever filmed, to kill the hobbits and take the ring. Frodo sets out for Rivendell in the company of Sam (Sean Astin).
What makes this film stand apart from many other attempts to film similar stories is the palpable sense of dread that hangs over the entire movie. Every shot, every camera angle, every note of music in the brilliant score by Howard Shore indicates that, behind the idyllic exterior, darkness lurks. It makes Frodo and company's journey across Middle Earth one of the most nerve-wrenching and exciting journeys on film. Frodo's small group slowly becomes the titular Fellowship of the Ring when Strider (Viggo Mortensen) and Boromir (Sean Bean), along with the elf Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and the dwarf Gimli (John Rhys-Davies), are sent on a mission to cast the ring into the fires of Mount Doom, the only place in middle earth where it can be destroyed.
Scene after scene unfolds, each more breathtaking than the previous one.