The Lord of the Rings

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Ralph Bakshi directed this animated fantasy, which uses rotoscoping (a method of tracing animation over live-action images) to bring to life J.R.R. Tolkien's mythical world of Middle-earth. The movie has been given a letterboxed transfer in its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 (and has been enhanced for playback on widescreen monitors), and the audio is presented in Dolby Digital Stereo (there is also an alternate French language track in Dolby Digital Mono). The disc has also been encoded with optional subtitles ...
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Ralph Bakshi directed this animated fantasy, which uses rotoscoping (a method of tracing animation over live-action images) to bring to life J.R.R. Tolkien's mythical world of Middle-earth. The movie has been given a letterboxed transfer in its original aspect ratio of 1.78:1 (and has been enhanced for playback on widescreen monitors), and the audio is presented in Dolby Digital Stereo (there is also an alternate French language track in Dolby Digital Mono). The disc has also been encoded with optional subtitles in eight languages -- English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, and Thai. The original theatrical trailer has been included as a bonus feature, as well as biographies of the filmmakers and J.R.R. Tolkien.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Interactive menus; Tolkien and filmmaker highlights; Scene access; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français, Español, Português, Chinese, Thai, Korean, & Japanese
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2001
  • UPC: 085393740825
  • Original Release: 1978
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo, monaural
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 2:14:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Billy Barty
Norman Bird Bilbo
David Buck Gimli
Simon Chandler Meriadoc
Michael Graham Cox Voice Only
Anthony Daniels Legolas
Dominic Gould Pippin
Christopher Guard Frodo
Dominic Guard
John Hurt Voice Only
Michael Sholes
William Squire Gandalf
Alan Tilvern Innkeeper
Peter Woodthorpe Gollum
Technical Credits
Ralph Bakshi Director, Art Director
Peter S. Beagle Screenwriter
Donald W. Ernst Editor
Timothy Galfas Cinematographer
Leonard Rosenman Score Composer
Saul Zaentz Producer
J.R.R. Tolkien Source Author
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Credits [:40]
2. Prologue: a ring's tale [3:41]
3. Bilbo's farewell [2:05]
4. Frodo's quest [6:24]
5. Saruman's sorcery [2:43]
6. Sinister horseman [4:19]
7. Inn at Bree [3:52]
8. Aragorn's vow [3:54]
9. Black Riders invade [2:50]
10. Rider swordsman [4:19]
11. Cornered [5:59]
12. Wall of water [2:39]
13. Gandalf's update [2:51]
14. Coucil of Elrond [4:39]
15. Frodo's quest renewed [2:19]
16. Change in route [2:40]
17. Grabbed at the gateway [2:44]
18. Inside the mine [3:04]
19. Under siege [3:51]
20. Balrog strikes [2:39]
21. Homage to Gandalf [3:27]
22. Galadriel's test [3:05]
23. Borimir's madness [4:21]
24. Borimir's sacrifice [:49]
25. Following the Orcs [5:12]
26. Whiteskins attack [4:55]
27. The Gollum [1:36]
28. Escape in mid-battle [4:38]
29. Treebeard [3:24]
30. Back from the abyss [1:55]
31. Theoden of Rohan [3:48]
32. Gollum gets touchy [4:57]
33. The Orcs advance [4:42]
34. Cave retreat [4:36]
35. Two weary hobbits [2:50]
36. Outnumbered [2:05]
37. Gandalf triumphant [3:19]
38. End Credits [2:34]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Saul Zaentz
         Ralph Bakshi
      J.R.R Tolkien- Biography
      "Of Elves and Other Races"
   Languages
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    genius

    Despite several negative reviews, I consider this to be a classic of animation. This version of LOTR is much darker and complex, without the counteracting lightness Peter Jackson's version brought to the story. I remember watching this as a child and being terrified - it still has that effect on me. Definately a landmark in animation, and should not be taken lightly. Who said genius was easy to understand?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2011

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    this movie rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this movie rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

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    amazing from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    awesome movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

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    amazing just simply amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    awesome from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing cartoon movie!

    i love this movie. i agree the animation isn't all that great, but so what? this movie is quite accurate with the books and it's a great kid's movie. i am 15 yrs. old, and i love it! believe it or not, this is a great movie to watch when you are sick with the flu or cold!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good for a cartoon

    Having read all three books before seeing the movies, I must say this is a good for a cartoon. I had seen the pictures and had been wanting to see it and finally seeing it after seeing Return of the King in theaters, I thought it was great. The music was great, the voice acting was okay, and it was kind of cool that they had real actors pose for the nazgul and the orcs. If you're a Tolkien fan, I would recommend this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It was a lot better when the live action hadn't come out...

    I admit it, I watched the cartoon before I read the book. It does have a really good script but the animation is really bad even for a seventies movie. That thing about punching Legolas, I don't think he's that 'perky' The good thing is that it stays pretty true to the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Three of the Best Movies Of All Time

    These movies are the best of their kind. These are date movies, stay at home movies,films for the whole family, go out must see movies. The Actors and all those people behind the scene are true treasure. These are a must have!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Interesting, but disappointing

    I don't want to knock the production since it is quite interesting and I have a special place in my heart for this film, but it has one major flaw which is that it is only half of the story!! It can be confusing if you haven't read the book, but even if you have you might find yourself eyeing your clock wondering exactly how Frodo is supposed to have time to get to Mordor. The answer is... we don't get that far. I just want people to know what they're getting into here, so there are no unpleasant surprises. So sit back and enjoy, but don't wait for the King to return.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE BOMB!!!

    I liked this movie as much as the others! DO NOT listen to the other reviews. It rocks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Saruman and his Farrah Fawcett hair

    while this movie seems a brave attempt to make a movie that back in the 70's couldn't have been made in live action and though it has some interesting parts (Frodo sings!), it is awfully kitsch and ''spirit of the 70's''! All the characters have big (make that ENORMOUS) hair, Legolas makes you want to punch him because he is so perky (unlike PJ's movie...), and there are scenes where many of the characters look far too ''2D'' for their own good. The battle at Helm's Deep is too fast and dark to be properly enjoyed in my opinion. So I didn't like it. On the other hand, this is a true cult movie, it is Tolkien with all 70's glitz, spirit and utter kitsch, plus some of the most advanced animation available at the time. And yes, it is a darker look at the whole story. And yes, Gollum is again great. And I believe that it would be very interesting to anyone who enjoyed PJ's version to watch this movie. You might like it, you might hate it, you might roll your eyes, but you'll not be bored at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A pretty good movie

    I thought the movie was pretty good but I also thought that Ralph Bakshi should have finished the trilogy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent soundtrack

    Really. Listen to the music if you do not already own the soundtrack CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good script poor animation

    This animated film had many inconsistencies in its animation. They took enough time to explain Tolkiens world and it's surroundings in the script but the animation left something to be desired. In the beginning of the film the characters are well painted over the live actors using Rotoscoping. However as the film progresses, especialy once they arrive at the Prouncing Pony, the animation fell apart. It seems as though they were either trying to diversify the races of middle earth by mixing what seems to be real people with animated ones, or the artist painting over the live actors fell asleep at the wheel. As I progressed through the movie it was plain to see during sceens involving the Riders of Rohan or any sceen where the orcs or unhooded Ring Wraiths are present, that the artists involved did a poor job of painting over the characters in these sceens to create a true feeling of an animated world. However I have to agree with another reviewer in that Ralph Bakshi may have opened the door for Jackson by presenting a darker more violent depiction of the books. I was suprised and disappointed that Bakshi never tried to make another movie finishing the second half of The Two Towers and The Return of the King. I recommend this to those who have read the books and would like an animated version of the first one and a half books for their collection. Jacksons portrail of the Hobbits in the Movie was true to the books but the content and script quality will alwas be limited to those who have not read the books due to time constraints.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good...but not as good as it could be

    it needed some work on the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I have to agree with one of the other reviews. And I am a big fan of the books!

    ''One of the worst movies I've ever seen''. The movie starts out OK then falls apart.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ok but wasn't as good as the live action film!

    I thought that the Lord of the Rings was a good movie but it had alot to improve on. The film made the lead creatures: the hobbits too cute to take seriously the film may by hard to understand for those who haven't read the books. The title doesn't stay true to the book for it only completely completed the first book, the fellowship of the the rings. It only completes that book and the first half of the two towers. None the less, the lord of the rings is a good film that many of all ages will enjoy including the children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I hated it at first but then I could NOT keep myself from laughing!!!!!!!!!

    Ok when I think about this movie I laugh so much I could die.....They really were good with the movie like making it exactly to match the Fellowship book that is. I thought It was soooooo dang funny how they mixed the people with live action and how they created the people. It's sooo funny and you dont even pay attention to the plot....I just saw it for my 1st time and god DID I LAUGH!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best movies i have seen!

    I loved the movie. It was just like I thought it would.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best*!

    It was the best i loved it it was intence and just cool me and all my friends think it was awsoum i love brendon smith, teresa

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