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The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Edition

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The Lord of the Rings Movies is a very enjoyable series. Although a person cannot really truly value the movies if they did not read the books as well, there are a lot of things that were left out of the movies because if they left them in, then the movies would have b...
The Lord of the Rings Movies is a very enjoyable series. Although a person cannot really truly value the movies if they did not read the books as well, there are a lot of things that were left out of the movies because if they left them in, then the movies would have been too long. (Even though they are already pretty long without the deleted scenes, which are amazing by the way) I watched all the movies first before reading the books, but there was a big enough gap between seeing the movies and reading the books, that I could fully appreciate all the books without that mindset that the books were ruining the movie. What surprised me was that the books went into so much more behind what we see on screen with the characters. There are a few scenes that are in a different order, as well as a few characters that are missing from the story. Of course a director is going to have to make some decisions on keeping or taking out certain things for the sake of the length of the movie. And Peter Jackson did an amazing job of taking this fictional world and bringing it to a screen in front of our eyes for our viewing pleasure. But, as is with most series, the books are almost always going to be better than the movies. It might be because we actually see the most fitting characters and the most fitting scenery in our heads and it is pleasing to us as an individual, while the director is just one person and they have to please an audience, and you can never please everyone. Or it is because Tolkien made an amazing series, and he put so much into it. He created his own language for the books, there are family trees for almost all of the characters, and an entire world with its own cycles of plants and animals. Either way, I cannot stress enough how important it is to read the books before you watch the movies. It will make that much of a difference in your experience and even though the books might take a little bit to start going, and at some parts, they might seem a bit tedious, but it definitely is so worth the experience. And you can legitimately say that you are a nerd, because you read The Hobbit, and the Lord of The Rings series. This review is part of a class assignment from a community college in California

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6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

This item is mis-labeled

This item is being sold as "Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Edition," but if you type in the upc in froogle, it comes up as just the Motion Picture Trilogy (i.e., *not the Extended Edition). The extended edition has a different cover with large letters that say "EXTEND...
This item is being sold as "Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Edition," but if you type in the upc in froogle, it comes up as just the Motion Picture Trilogy (i.e., *not the Extended Edition). The extended edition has a different cover with large letters that say "EXTENDED EDITION." This item is just the theatrical version. Please correct this. My low rating reflects only this mislabeling, nothing further.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    The Lord of the Rings Movies is a very enjoyable series. Although a person cannot really truly value the movies if they did not read the books as well, there are a lot of things that were left out of the movies because if they left them in, then the movies would have been too long. (Even though they are already pretty long without the deleted scenes, which are amazing by the way) I watched all the movies first before reading the books, but there was a big enough gap between seeing the movies and reading the books, that I could fully appreciate all the books without that mindset that the books were ruining the movie. What surprised me was that the books went into so much more behind what we see on screen with the characters. There are a few scenes that are in a different order, as well as a few characters that are missing from the story. Of course a director is going to have to make some decisions on keeping or taking out certain things for the sake of the length of the movie. And Peter Jackson did an amazing job of taking this fictional world and bringing it to a screen in front of our eyes for our viewing pleasure. But, as is with most series, the books are almost always going to be better than the movies. It might be because we actually see the most fitting characters and the most fitting scenery in our heads and it is pleasing to us as an individual, while the director is just one person and they have to please an audience, and you can never please everyone. Or it is because Tolkien made an amazing series, and he put so much into it. He created his own language for the books, there are family trees for almost all of the characters, and an entire world with its own cycles of plants and animals. Either way, I cannot stress enough how important it is to read the books before you watch the movies. It will make that much of a difference in your experience and even though the books might take a little bit to start going, and at some parts, they might seem a bit tedious, but it definitely is so worth the experience. And you can legitimately say that you are a nerd, because you read The Hobbit, and the Lord of The Rings series. This review is part of a class assignment from a community college in California

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

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    This review is being written as an assignment for a college English class I am taking at Crafton Hills College.

    The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy was extremely well done considering it is a book to film adaptation. No movie, unless extremely lengthy, will be able to capture every nuance a book can contain. Even at the whopping three or so hours per film it still left out many, many details from the books. The Lord of the Rings film trilogy is likely the most successful series of films ever created, even despite the fact that the producers deliberately left out so many details from the books that fans of Tolkien may consider important and essential.

    Regardless, I think it was a great decision to leave out all of these details from the movie. Many friends I've talked to who absolutely love the movies can not get through the books because of the long winded descriptions for seemingly insignificant things like plants or trees or other random aspects of nature Tolkien decided to include in his work. So then, is it the author's fault for not being able to produce a work accessible to people in this day and age or is it man's fault for no longer being interested in what Tolkien saw such beauty in? I suppose this is up to the reader or viewer to decide; some may not see any problem with the extremely long and sometimes tedious to read descriptions Tolkien decides to include in his books, and others may not be able to get through them and put the books down permanently out of frustration. The latter is most often the case these days from my observations.

    The fact that movies can not encompass everything books can (yet) may have been a very, very good thing in the case of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I believe that the much more simplified version the movies are, compared to the books, are far better suited to the audiences of today. I don't think anyone would have sat through the movie with some of the long, and often boring monologues Tolkien has in his books. And although the movies are simplified in terms of detail, I believe they did an excellent job making it their own creation while keeping true to much of Tolkiens original works. Some things are absolutely necessary to be changed, for example plays, the actors are often over the top and overly dramatic so that the entire audience, not just the people in the front, can see and capture the same emotion the actor is feeling. If you had that same actor acting the same way in a movie as they did in the play, it would likely be considered terrible and over the top acting. For this reason I believe that the decisions to simplify characters, or change their personalities even if it's a bit drastic from the book, was a good decision. It is a completely different media and certain elements must be met to entertain the society of today.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I want to let every die-hard LOTR fan know that this blu-ray set does not include the extended editions to each film. Peter Jackson has said that he's filming a small amount of 'NEW' scenes that are additional to the previous DVD extra's. The blu-ray extended edition will presumably be available at a time to coincide with the release of 'The Hobbit'.

    With all of this said, these are EPIC films even in the theatrical format.

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