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Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
     

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

4.8 234
Director: Peter Jackson

Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Ian Holm

 

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This two-disc set contains the first of Peter Jackson's adaptations of The Lord of the Rings books. The disc contains a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital EX 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible.

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This two-disc set contains the first of Peter Jackson's adaptations of The Lord of the Rings books. The disc contains a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital EX 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include close to a dozen featurettes that provide a great deal of information about every aspect of the production, a preview of the second film in the series, a music video, television promotional spots, and trailers. This is an excellent disc, but the same features can be found on a disc with a widescreen transfer. That disc is superior to this one, but this disc serves its purpose.

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:
08/06/2002
UPC:
0794043541322
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital Surround EX]
Time:
2:58:00

Special Features

A two-DVD set featuring a pan & scan 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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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 Shine [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. Flight to the Ford [6:12]
18. Rivendell [2:00]
19. Many Meetings [3:28]
20. The Fate 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 Kazad-Dûm [9:40]
31. Lothlórien [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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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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DarthPlagueis More than 1 year ago
lord of the rings is one big epic movie it rocks from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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