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LORD OF THE RINGS
THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
EXTENDED EDITION--2 DISC SET
NEW AND SEALED
There’s only one way to start this review – if you’re a Lord of the
Rings fan then buy the extended edition of Fellowship of the Ring. What
you get is an extended version of the film, which is 30 minutes longer
than the theatrical version, with 4 additional audio commentaries by
cast and crew members. Then there’s the small matter of 2 discs full of
extras including lots of different documentaries.
Is the extended
version of the film an improvement? Yes! The extra footage varies from a
split second shot to extra lines in a scene and even to complete
scenes. The extra footage does add a lot to the film, which is a relief
because I was a bit afraid that pointless scenes would be added in. This
thankfully is not the case.
Of the added shots and scenes, it is
apparent why they had been edited out of the theatrical version of the
film. They are maybe slow the story down too much or simply don’t fit in
too well. But there are some scenes that should definitely have been
included in the original version. Two scenes immediately spring to mind.
The first is the extended council of Elrond scene. Boromir
voices his opinion more, which cause more tension within the council.
Then there’s the best moment to be added in, Gandalf speaking in the
Black Tongue. It simply comes out of nowhere basically; suddenly he’s
speaking in this language, which sounds so dark and almost scary.
second scene is the gift giving at Lothlorien. It’s a well-known fact
that Peter Jackson really wanted this scene included in the theatrical
version of the film and now we get to see it. It follows very closely to
the book, but changes are included. The scene is beautifully shot and
perfectly shows the atmosphere of Lothlorien.
Other new scenes
include Aragorn visiting his mother’s grave, the departure of the
fellowship from Rivendell, Frodo and Sam seeing Wood Elves heading for
the Grey Havens, the Midgewater Marshes and a scene from the Green
Dragon Inn. Extended scenes include extended Hobbiton scenes (including
Concerning Hobbits from the book), extended scenes in Rivendell and
Moria, and an extended prologue.
I don’t think that this version
is let down by any of the added footage. However there are quite a few
quirky little comments added into this version. For example, at the door
to the Mines of Moria. When Gandalf tries to open the doors and they
don’t open Pippin comes out with the obvious statement of “nothing’s
happening”. To some this may seem a bit childish and distract from the
seriousness of the quest, but on the whole I feel that it doesn’t matter
and actually adds a new dimension to the film.
As for the extras,
this is the DVD set to end all others. With 2 discs full of extras this
set is the benchmark for all other DVDs from now on. What you’ve got is
a good six hours of documentaries about every aspect of Lord of the
Rings, from JRR Tolkien to shooting the Trilogy. Also, there are
literally hundreds of still frames to go with the documentaries. Not
forgetting such things as such things as videos of storyboards and
It will honestly take to hours to digest
everything on the DVDs, there’s almost too much information. For Tolkien
fans, the information about Middle Earth and Tolkien will be nothing
new, but is still worth watching. However, the documentaries about the
filming give a great insight into film production (watch out for the Bag
End set test with Peter Jackson as Bilbo).
So how would I rate
this DVD set? It has to be 10 out of 10. IT has everything you could
ever want on a LOTR DVD. Next question is can the Two Towers DVD beat
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