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Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
     

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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Director: Peter Jackson

Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Ian Holm

 

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New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson fulfills his lifelong dream of transforming author J.R.R. Tolkien's best-selling fantasy-epic into a three-part motion picture that begins with this holiday 2001 release. Elijah Wood stars as Frodo Baggins, a Hobbit resident of the medieval "Middle-Earth" who discovers that a ring bequeathed to him by beloved relative and benefactor

Overview

New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson fulfills his lifelong dream of transforming author J.R.R. Tolkien's best-selling fantasy-epic into a three-part motion picture that begins with this holiday 2001 release. Elijah Wood stars as Frodo Baggins, a Hobbit resident of the medieval "Middle-Earth" who discovers that a ring bequeathed to him by beloved relative and benefactor Bilbo (Ian Holm) is in fact the "one ring," a device that will allow its bearer to manipulate dark powers and enslave the world. Frodo is charged by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to return the ring to Mount Doom, the evil site where it was forged millennia ago and the only place where it can be destroyed. Accompanying Frodo is a fellowship of eight others: his Hobbit friends Sam (Sean Astin), Merry (Dominic Monaghan), and Pippin (Billy Boyd); plus Gandalf; the human warriors Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) and Boromir (Sean Bean); Elf archer Legolas (Orlando Bloom); and Dwarf soldier Gimli (John Rhys-Davies). The band's odyssey to the dreaded land of Mordor, where Mount Doom lies, takes them through the Elfish domain of Rivendell and the forest of Lothlorien, where they receive aid and comfort from the Elf princess Arwen (Liv Tyler), her father Elrond (Hugo Weaving), and Queen Galadriel (Cate Blanchett). In pursuit of the travelers and their ring are Saruman (Christopher Lee) -- a traitorous wizard and kin, of sorts, to Gandalf -- and the Dark Riders, under the control of the evil, mysterious Sauron (Sala Baker). The Fellowship must also do battle with an ogre, flying spies, Orcs, and other deadly obstacles both natural and otherwise as they draw closer to Mordor. Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (2001) was filmed in Jackson's native New Zealand simultaneously with its pair of sequels, The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003).

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
J.R.R. Tolkien's fabled Ring trilogy, originally published in the 1950s, set a new standard for fantasy fiction -- and its Oscar-winning live-action adaptation does the same for movies of the sword-and-sorcery genre. Perhaps the most eagerly awaited fantasy film of all time and nearly five years in the making, The Fellowship of the Ring captures the spirit of Tolkien's Middle-earth saga far more faithfully than its millions of fans dared hope. (Ralph Bakshi offered an animated adaptation in 1978, but to a much less rousing response.) The story begins as elderly hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm) relinquishes possession of his most valuable keepsake, a golden ring possessing magical powers, to his youthful heir, Frodo (Elijah Wood). Charged with casting the ring into the fires from which it was forged, the young hobbit begins an arduous trek across Middle-earth, accompanied by a sturdy band that includes his best friend, Sam Gamgee (Sean Astin), the mercurial wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), the haunted warrior Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), and the blustery dwarf Gimli (John Rhys-Davies), among others. Opposed by treacherous sorcerer Saruman (Christopher Lee) and the demonic emissaries of the Dark Lord, Sauron, this continuously embattled Fellowship makes its way slowly toward the cruel land of Mordor. Studded with remarkable action sequences enhanced by state-of-the-art computer effects, Fellowship is a veritable feast for eye and ear. Director Peter Jackson shot the film in his native New Zealand, where he found stunning, picturesque locations in which to set his scenes. These marvelous natural settings combine with the beautifully crafted sets, costumes, makeup, and props to convincingly bring Tolkien's mythical world to life. The actors, one and all, play their roles as if they were born to them; even such briefly seen stars as Cate Blanchett (elf queen Galadriel) and Liv Tyler (elf maiden Arwen) perform with panache. Fellowship departs from the sacred texts in a number of ways, but Jackson's movie replicates the trilogy's first book faithfully. A rousing adventure-fantasy that will delight Tolkien devotees and newbies alike, this is truly an unforgettable film -- one that will yield new pleasures with each viewing, and which therefore belongs in every video collection.
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
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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2012
UPC:
0794043163265
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
New Line Home Video
Time:
3:28:00

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - The Appendices: Part One: From Book To Vision
   Introduction
   Play All
   J.R.R. Tolkien - Creator of Middle-Earth
   From Book To Script
   Visualizing The Story
      Storyboards And Pre-Viz: Making Words Into Images
      Early Storyboards
         "The Prologue"
            View Sequence
         "Orc Pursuit Into Lothlórien"
            View Sequence
         "Sarn Gebir Rapids Chase"
            View Sequence
      Pre-Viz Animatics
         "Gandalf Rides To Orthanc"
         "The Stairs Of Khazad-düm|}|}|}|}|
      Animatic To Film Comparisons
         Storyboard To Film Comparison: "Nazgúl Attack At Bree"
            Split Screen Comparison
            Storyboard Only
            Film Only
         Pre-Viz To Film Comparison: "The Bridge Of Khazad-dûm|}|}|}|}|
            Split Screen Comparison
            Pre-Viz Only
            Film Only
      Bag End Set Test
   Designing And Building Middle-earth
      Designing Middle-Earth
      Weta Workshop
      Costume Design
      Design Galleries
         The Peoples Of Middle-Earth
            The Enemy
               Sauron
                  Enter Gallery
                     Slideshow
               The Ringwraiths
                  Slideshow
               Orcs
                  Slideshow
               Moria Orcs
                  Slideshow
               The Watcher
                  Slideshow
               The Cave Troll
                  Slideshow
               The Balrog
                  Slideshow
            The Last Alliance
               Elendil
                  Slideshow
               Gil-Galad
                  Slideshow
               Isildur
                  Slideshow
               Númenóreans
                  Slideshow
               Gil-Galad's Army
                  Slideshow
            Isengard
               Saruman The White
                  Slideshow
               The Fighting Uruk-hai
                  Slideshow
            Bilbo Baggins
               Slideshow
            The Fellowship
               Gandalf The Grey
                  Slideshow
               Frodo
                  Slideshow
               Sam
                  Slideshow
               Merry
                  Slideshow
               Pippin
                  Slideshow
               Dragorn
                  Slideshow
               Legolas
                  Slideshow
               Gimli
                  Slideshow
               Boromir
                  Slideshow
            Rivendell
               Elrond
                  Enter Gallery
                     Slideshow
               Arwen
                  Slideshow
            LothLórien
               Galadriel
                  Slideshow
               Celeborn
                  Slideshow
         The Realms Of Middle-Earth
            The Second Age (Prologue)
               Slideshow
            The Shire
               Slideshow
            Bag End
               Slideshow
            Bree
               Slideshow
            Isengard
               Slideshow
            Weathertop
               Slideshow
            Trollshaw
               Slideshow
            Rivendell
               Rivendell
                  Slideshow
               Frodo's Bedroom
                  Slideshow
               Elrond's Chamber
                  Slideshow
            Moria
               Slideshow
            LothLorien
               Slideshow
            The SilverLode & The Dnduin
               Slideshow
            Amon Hen
               Slideshow
   Middle-Earth Atlas
      Enter The Map
         Hobbiton
         Weathertop
         Bree
         Trollshaw
         Rivendell
         Caradhras
         Moria
         River Anduin
         Lorien
         Argonath
         Amon Hen
         Isengard
         Minas Tirith
   New Zealand As Middle-Earth
      Play All
         Amon Hen
   Index
      Index 1 of 9
      Documentaries:
         J.R.R. Tolkien - Creator of Middle-earth
         From Book to Script
         Storyboards and Pre-Viz: Making Words Into Images
         Designing Middle-earth
         Weta Workshop
         Costume Design
      Index 2 Of 9
      Additional Features:
         Early Storyboard Sequence: The Prologue
         Abandoned Storyboard Sequence: Orc Pursuit Into LothLórien
         Abandoned Storyboard Sequence: Sarn Gebir Rapids Chase
         Pre-Viz Animatic: Gandalf Rides to Orthanc
         Pre-Viz Animatic: The Stairs of Khazad-dûm
      Index 3 of 9
      Additional Features (Continued):
         Storyboard to Film Comparison: Nazgûl Attack at Bree
            Split Screen Comparison
            Storyboard Only
            Film Only
         Pre-Viz to Film Comparison: The Bridge of Khazad-dûm
            Split Screen Comparison
            Pre-Viz Only
            Film Only
         Bag End Set Test
         Middle-Earth Atlas
            Enter The Map
               Hobbiton
               Weathertop
               Bree
               Trollshaw
               Rivendell
               Caradhras
               Moria
               River Anduin
               Lorien
               Argonath
               Amon Hen
               Isengard
               Minas Tirith
         New Zealand as Middle-earth
            Play All
      Index 4 of 9
      Galleries:
      The People of Middle Earth (Alphabetical Order)
         Aragorn
            Slideshow
         Arwen
            Slideshow
         Balrog
            Slideshow
         Bilbo Baggins
            Slideshow
         Boromir
            Slideshow
         The Cave Troll
            Slideshow
         Celeborn
            Slideshow
      Index 5 of 9
      The People of Middle-Earth (Continued)
         Elendil
            Slideshow
         Elrond
            Slideshow
         Frodo
            Slideshow
         Galadriel
            Galadriel
         Gandalf the Grey
            Slideshow
         Gil-galad
            Slideshow
         Gil-galad's Army
            Slideshow
      Index 6 of 9
      The Peoples of Middle-Earth (Continued)
         Gimli
            Slideshow
         Isildur
            Slideshow
         Legolas
            Slideshow
         Merry
            Slideshow
         Moria Orcs
            Slideshow
         Númenóreans
            Slideshow
         Orcs
            Slideshow
         Pippin
            Slideshow
      Index 7 of 9
      The Peoples of Middle-Earth (Continued)
         The Ringwraiths
            Slideshow
         Sam
            Slideshow
         Saruman the White
            Slideshow
         Sauron
            Slideshow
         Uruk-hai
            Slideshow
         The Watcher
            Slideshow
      Index 8 of 9
      The Realms of Middle-Earth (Story Order)
         The Second Age (Prologue)
            Slideshow
         The Shire
            Slideshow
         Bag End
            Slideshow
         Bree
            Slideshow
         Isengard
            Slideshow
         Weathertop
            Slideshow
         Trollshaw
            Slideshow
      Index 9 of 9
      The Realms of Middle-Earth (Continued)
         Rivendell
            Slideshow
         Rivendell - Frodo's Bedroom
            Slideshow
         Rivendell- Elrond's Chamber
            Slideshow
         Moria
            Slideshow
         LothLórien
            Slideshow
         The Silverlode & the Anduin
            Slideshow
         Amon Hen
            Slideshow
   Help
   DVD Credits
      The Appendices and Audio Commentaries Produced by Kurtti-Pellerin
      DVD Production Services
      DVD Interactive Menu Design & Production
      Video Mastering
      Audio Services
      Interactive DVD-ROM Interface
      InterActual 2.0 Player Software
Disc #2 -- Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Part Two: From Vision To Reality
   Introduction
   Play All
   Filming "The Fellowship of the Ring"
      The Fellowship of the Cast
      A Day in the Life of a Hobbit
      Cameras in Middle-Earth
      Production Photos
         Enter Gallery
            Slideshow
   Visual Effects
      Scale
      Miniatures
         Big-Atures
         Galleries
            Orthanc
               Enter Gallery
                  Slideshow
            Rivendell
               Slideshow
            Moria
               Slideshow
            LothLórien
               Slideshow
            Hobbiton Factories
               Slideshow
            The Argonath
               Slideshow
      Weta Digital
   Post Production: Putting It All Together
      Editorial: Assembling An Epic
      Editorial Demonstration: "The Council Of Elrond"
         View Demonstration
   Digital Grading
   Sound and Music
      The Soundscapes Of Middle-Earth
      Music For Middle-Earth
   The Road Goes Ever On
   Index
      Documentaries:
         The Fellowship of the Cast
         A Day in the Life of a Hobbit
         Cameras in Middle-Earth
         Scale
         Big-atures
         Weta Digital
         Editorial: Assembling an Epic
         Digital Grading
         The Soundscapes of Middle-earth
         Music For Middle-earth
         The Road Goes Ever On
         Additional Feature:
            Editorial Demonstration: "The Council of Elrond"
               View Demonstration
         Galleries:
            Production Photos
               Enter Gallery
                  Slideshow
            Orthanc Miniature
               Enter Gallery
                  Slideshow
            Rivendell Miniature
               Slideshow
            Moria Miniature
               Slideshow
            LothLórien Miniature
               Slideshow
            Hobbiton Factories Miniature
               Slideshow
            The Argonath Miniature
               Slideshow
   Help
   DVD Credits
      The Appendices and Audio Commentaries Produced by Kurtti-Pellerin
      DVD Production Services
      DVD Interactive Menu Design & Production
      Video Mastering
      Audio Services
      Interactive DVD-ROM Interface
      InterActual 2.0 Player Software
Disc #3 -- Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - The Fellowship of the Ring: Behind The Scenes
   Play
   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish
      Subtitles: Off
   DVD-ROM/Online Features

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 233 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
jet123 More than 1 year ago
you know in this story bulacan like alister
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
A good introduction to the lore and characters and the setting. Good acting, characters, soundtrack, direction, etc.
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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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lord of the rings is one big epic movie it rocks from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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