The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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A tradition of excellence from New Line Home Video continues with the first release of 2001's epic The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, a DVD that quite simply takes sound, and especially picture, to a new level. The image on this disc, framed at the original aspect ration of 2.35:1 (but also available in a separate severely cropped pan-and-scan version) is stunning. Stunning might not even be enough to describe how good it looks. The Oscar-winning cinematography is perfectly realized, with solid and ...
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Overview

A tradition of excellence from New Line Home Video continues with the first release of 2001's epic The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, a DVD that quite simply takes sound, and especially picture, to a new level. The image on this disc, framed at the original aspect ration of 2.35:1 (but also available in a separate severely cropped pan-and-scan version) is stunning. Stunning might not even be enough to describe how good it looks. The Oscar-winning cinematography is perfectly realized, with solid and deep blacks and lush, wonderfully saturated colors. The sound is equally impressive with a 5.1 EX Dolby Digital English track that is startling strong. Recorded loudly, this track will certainly put all sound systems to the test with vibrant use of the surrounds and deep bass. Also available are a surround track and subtitles in English. As for supplemental materials, they are a mixed bag. The focus is on three documentaries, but there is far too much repetition among them. The longest, "A Passage To Middle-earth," at 40 minutes, is really the only one that needs to be watched, as all the information, from interviews to behind-the-scenes segments, are basically the same. A real plus are 15 featurettes taken from the original website for the film. Each lasts only a few minutes, but adds in its own distinct way. Also included is a music video from Enya, a preview of the video game for the second film, theatrical trailers and television spots, and a look at the four-disc special extended set, released three months after this two-disc set. In addition to some online DVD-ROM content is a ten-minute preview for the second film in the series, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Granted, there is a supplement-heavy special edition of this film (if you want a commentary track from director Peter Jackson, among others, better look for that one), but this release is still a outstanding presentation of a spectacular film.
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Special Features

A two-DVD set featuring a widescreen presentation of the movie; an exclusive 10-minute behind-the-scenes preview of The Two Towers; three in-depth behind-the-scenes documentaries, including "Welcome to Middle-earth" (in-store special as shown by Houghton Mifflin), "The Quest for the Ring" (as debuted on the FBC Network), "A Passage to Middle-earth" (as premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel); 15 featurettes exploring the locales and cultures of Middle-earth; interviews with cast members Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Liv Tyler, and others; Enya "May It Be" music video; an inside look at the Special Extended DVD Edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring; preview of Electronic Arts' video game, The Two Towers; DVD-ROM features.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Ryan Shriver
Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is certainly the grandest and most skillfully made cinematic spectacle in recent memory, surpassing even Star Wars -- perhaps the most venerated science fiction series in cinematic history -- in terms of creativity, adventure, and sheer enjoyment. Swift, economical (in spite of a nearly three-hour running time), and extremely engrossing, Jackson starts his tale with a brief and essential history of Middle-earth and its inhabitants to bring moviegoers unfamiliar with J.R.R. Tolkien's epic novel up to speed, while greatly impressing Tolkien's longtime fans with great flourish and a bit of inside humor. And so it goes from the lush and rolling meadows of the Shire to the bleak and infernal wasteland of Mordor, all vividly realized by Jackson's team of screenwriters and special-effects technicians who are all well on their way to receiving a bevy of awards for their amazing work. As for the cast, one would be hard-pressed to assemble a more perfectly suited ensemble. The three main characters -- as portrayed by Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan, and Viggo Mortensen -- are the real life force of the film's narrative, each giving astonishing performances with characters that could have very easily been made into caricatures had they been essayed by lesser actors. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring does have some very minor narrative problems, mostly involving some very brief explanations of certain plot elements, while a handful of the secondary characters -- particularly Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) and Legolas (Orlando Bloom) -- are not quite fully characterized. These issues, however, have more to do with the audacity of attempting to cover the entirety of a 400-page novel in three hours than with some deficiency of the script. As it stands, Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring is the ultimate fantasy film, thereby making the next chapter of the saga, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, one of the most anticipated films of 2002.
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers
1/2
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.
New York Times - Elvis Mitchell
The playful spookiness of Mr. Jackson's direction provides a lively, light touch, a gesture that doesn't normally come to mind when Tolkien's name is mentioned.
Time Magazine - Richard Corliss
Though faithful in every detail to Tolkien, it has a vigorous life of its own -- grandeur, moral heft and emotional depth.
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan
Made with intelligence, imagination, passion and skill, propulsively paced and shot through with an aged-in-oak sense of wonder, the trilogy's first film so thrillingly catches us up in its sweeping story that nothing matters but the vivid and compelling events unfolding on the screen.

The playful spookiness of Mr. Jackson's direction provides a lively, light touch, a gesture that doesn't normally come to mind when Tolkien's name is mentioned.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/6/2002
  • UPC: 794043554223
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital Surround EX
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:58:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,665

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elijah Wood Frodo Baggins
Ian McKellen Gandalf
Ian Holm Bilbo Baggins
Viggo Mortensen Aragorn
Sean Bean Boromir
Sean Astin Samwise Gamgee
John Rhys-Davies Gimli
Billy Boyd Pippin
Cate Blanchett Galadriel
Orlando Bloom Legolas
Liv Tyler Arwen
Hugo Weaving Elrond
Christopher Lee Saruman
Dominic Monaghan Meriadoc Brandybuck
Marton Csokas Celeborn
Craig Parker Haldir
Lawrence Makoare Lurtz
Technical Credits
Peter Jackson Director
David Farmer Sound/Sound Designer
Joe Peter Bleakley Art Director
Philippa Boyens Screenwriter
Victoria Burrows Casting
Gethin Creagh Sound/Sound Designer
Malcolm Cromie Sound/Sound Designer
Carolynne Cunningham Asst. Director
Ngila Dickson Costumes/Costume Designer
Enya Songwriter
J.R.R. Tolkien Source Author
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lord Of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
1. Prologue: One Ring to Rule Them All... [7:14]
2. The Shire [4:19]
3. Very Old Friends [4:04]
4. A Long-Expected Party [4:23]
5. Farewell Dear Bilbo [4:24]
6. Keep it Secret, Keep it Safe [2:13]
7. The Account of Isildur [2:41]
8. The Shadow of the Past [9:06]
9. Saruman the White [4:36]
10. A Shortcut to Mushrooms [3:50]
11. Bucklebury Ferry [2:17]
12. At the Sign of the Prancing Pony [5:53]
13. The Nazgûl [3:24]
14. The Spoiling of Isengard [1:42]
15. A Knife in the Dark [4:39]
16. The Caverns of Isengard [2:31]
17. Fight to the Ford [6:12]
18. Rivendell [2:00]
19. Many Meetings [3:28]
20. The Face of the Ring [3:33]
21. The Sword That Was Broken [2:11]
22. The Evenstar [1:38]
23. The Council of Elrond [6:57]
24. Bilbo's Gifts [1:53]
25. The Ring Goes South [2:59]
26. The Pass of Caradhras [4:41]
27. Moria [4:48]
28. A Journey in the Dark [4:54]
29. Balin's Tomb [8:56]
30. The Bridge of Khazad-Dûm [9:40]
31. Lochlórien [6:26]
32. The Mirror of Galadriel [5:28]
33. The Fighting Uruk-Hai [1:40]
34. Farewell to Lórien [:52]
35. The Great River [2:44]
36. Parth Galen [6:29]
37. The Breaking of the Fellowship [6:39]
38. The Departure of Boromir [2:34]
39. The Road Goes Ever On... [6:18]
40. Credits [7:39]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Lord Of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
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   Special Features
   Setup Screen and Sound Options
      English Dolby Digital EX Surround Sound
      2.0 Stereo Surround Sound
      English Subtitles
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Disc #2 -- Lord Of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
   Welcome to Middle-Earth: Houghton Mifflin In-Store Special
   Quest For the Ring: Fox TV Special
   A Passage to Middle-Earth: SCI-FI Channel Special
   Lordoftherings.net Featurettes
   Theatrical Trailers
      Teaser One
      Teaser Two
      Final Trailer
   TV Spots
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      MTV
      Fellowship
      Top Ten/AFI
      Phenomenon
      Academy Nomination
      Epic Oscar
   Enya "May it Be" Music Video
   Special Extended DVD Edition Preview
   Behind the Scenes Preview of "The Two Towers"
   "The Two Towers" Video Game Preview by EA
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best movie I have ever seen

    This movie is not only breath taking, it is an increadible experiance. I have seen the movie 4 times and never tired of it. I highly recomend this to anyone!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2014

    you know in this story bulacan like alister

    you know in this story bulacan like alister

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Buy the DVD version instead

    I have watched the DVD version many times. Very disappointed to find many scenes removed in the Blu ray version: Elrond's council, inside Moria, in Lorien. The story has lost a lot.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The great movie to own!

    This is one of the best movies I have seen for the year so far!!!, after I saw the moview, I read the book. I must say, the book is not that much different from the movie...oviously the book is more detailed...the second part of the movie, I anticipate will be even better, because the book was a page turner.... after I had finished reading the entire book, in my mind I could envision the actual movie... the book was very clear and I can't wait to see the second part. the special effects are absolutely stunning. The directors did a great job with everything.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2002

    Excellent movie follows the book very well!!

    If you love JRR Tolkiens Lord of the Rings or fantasy/adventure you have to see Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings Trilogy!! Elija Wood (Frodo), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Viggo Mortensen (Stider/Aragorn), Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Hugo Weaving (Elrond) and the others are outstanding!! This is a movie that does some justice to the book despite a few differences between them!! Excellent a must see!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''My Precious...''

    I have watched so many movies... too many, maybe. But never had any of them ever etched in my mind as much as the FOTR did. The visual effects and cinematography are stunning. Every scene is breathtaking -- The Shire, Rivendell, Lothlorien, the Misty Mountains, the River Bruinen, the Great River Anduin, and even the darkest place like Moria. The casts are so perfect for their roles. The score is majestic. I have watched Beautiful Mind. How it beated the FOTR at the Academy Awards I still do not understand.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Love this movie

    A good introduction to the lore and characters and the setting. Good acting, characters, soundtrack, direction, etc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    NOT the Extended Version

    I got my copies of all three blu-ray discs in and they are NOT the extended versions they are the theatrical cuts.

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

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    amazing movie im currently am reading the fellowship of the ring

    lord of the rings is one big epic movie it rocks from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The best

    This is a very good movie

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Love LOTR!!

    I am probably LOTR's biggest fan!! (Although, I'm probably one of thousands who say that!;) This is one of my favorite movies, and always will be. You usually can't say that the movie was just as good as the book, but this one is..... and the book was amazing! I love all the characters. Merry and Pippin make it funny. All the actors did an amazing job. The special effects are great! Everything about the movie is great! Make sure you watch The Two Towers and The Return of the King. They get better each time! Which is amazing because I didn't think that it was possible after watching Fellowship of the Ring! I LOVE LOTR!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great for years to come

    I know this film will be a film families will watch for many years to come.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    An Amazing Acheivement

    This DVD is the first version of the first Lord of the Rings movies. In other words, the one that sparked the whole phenonmenon. Sure, maybe the extended editions or The Return of the King is better than this, but do you really want to be without the one that started it all? I don't think so! This film rocks, and it's got even better pacing than the extended version; it's well worth the money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Captivating and Exciting!!

    Must sure you see the entire trilogy to understand the story. It is a perfect movie for fans of all ages.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Amazing!

    This movie is amazing! It has amazing actors, and is more light hearted and not as dark as the other movies. I love Merry and Pippin and how they bring some comedy to this amazing movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The beginning of a Classic

    What can be said about the movie that many thought would never be made. Everything from the casting to the actual film is FANTASTIC. I think the way Peter Jackson and his co-writers of this and the 2 sequels were able to extract the main story from the extensive books that are the LORD of the RINGS trilogy and make the films was tremendous. Many hard-core fans of the books were somewhat upset by what was left out but the movies were 3 hrs long each as they were.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful film.

    Kudos to Al. Certainly no Kudos to Karl. I consider this film my generation's Star Wars. If you're a little nervous about the fantasy genre, just remember, this film represents everything that makes our world go round. You will learn a lot from this trilogy. And get a good nine hours of entertainment as well. The story and characters are what make this film. The setting is just a colorful way to keep the watchers attention. Definately my favorite film of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    To Karl...

    Instead of bashing people who may disagree with your taste in movies, read a book. Then go and see the movie. Then if you don't like the movie, let us know why. When you make snap judgements about things you know nothing about, people tend to not have much respect for what you have to say.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DORKS ! ! ! !

    want to know why this movie sucked? i never read the books and am not a geek. the movie has a midget going to throw a ring into a mountain. that's it. how is that make for and epic movie? if you play dungeons and dragons, have been stuffed in a locker at school, or have tape on your glasses this is the movie for you. otherwise it's over 3 hours of elves,wizards,and trolls. if you like this movie put down your dragon model and re-evaluate your life.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is a must see!

    It entered me into another world. I'm tellin' you what this was the coolest movie ever. Besides the other Two movies, anyway. Trust me. Once you watch this you will be a Lord of the Rings fanatic!

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