The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Special Widescreen Extended Edition) (4 Discs)
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- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 19.05 x 14.61 x 3.18 cm; 408.23 Grams
- Item model number : MFR794043554926#VG
- Director : Peter Jackson
- Media Format : Widescreen, NTSC
- Run time : 2 hours and 58 minutes
- Release date : Nov. 12 2002
- Actors : Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean, Alan Howard
- Subtitles: : English
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (DTS ES 6.1), Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1)
- Studio : Alliance Films
- Producers : Barrie M. Osborne, Bob Weinstein, Ellen Somers
- ASIN : B000067DNF
- Writers : Fran Walsh, J.R.R. Tolkien, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens
- Number of discs : 4
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,107 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
- Customer Reviews:
DISCS 1-2: The Feature
Unique version of the epic adventure with over 30 minutes of never-before-seen footage incorporated into the film and new music scored by Academy Award(r)-winning composer Howard Shore (approx. 208 minutes); four audio commentaries by director and writers, the design team, the production team, and the cast featuring more than 30 participants including Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, and Academy Award(r) winners Richard Taylor, Andrew Lesnie, Howard Shore, Jim Rygiel, Randy Cook, and many more.
DISCS 3-4: The Appendices
Two discs with hours of original content including multiple documentaries and design/photo galleries with thousands of images to give viewers an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
DISC 3: "From Book to Vision":
Adapting the book into a screenplay & plannin g the film
Designing and building Middle-earth
Storyboards to pre-visualization
Weta Workshop visit: An up-close look at the weapons, armor, creatures, and miniatures from the film
Atlas of Middle-earth: Tracing the journey of the Fellowship
An interactive map of New Zealand highlighting the location scouting process
Galleries of art and slideshows with commentaries by the artists
Guided tour of the wardrobe department
Footage from early meetings, moving storyboards, and pre-visualization reels
And much more!
DISC 4: "From Vision to Reality":
Bringing the characters to life
A day in the life of a hobbit
Principal photography: Stories from the set
Scale: Creating the illusion of size
Galleries of behind-the-scenes photographs and personal cast photos
Editorial and visual effects multi-angle progressions
Sound design demonstration
And much more!
DVD-ROM Content: Includes access to exclusive online features
In every aspect, the extended-edition DVD of Peter Jackson's epic fantasy The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring blows away the theatrical-version DVD. No one who cares at all about the film should ever need to watch the original version again. Well, maybe the impatient and the squeamish will still prefer the theatrical version, because the extended edition makes a long film 30 minutes longer and there's a bit more violence (though both versions are rated PG-13). But the changes--sometimes whole scenes, sometimes merely a few seconds--make for a richer film. There's more of the spirit of J.R.R. Tolkien, embodied in more songs and a longer opening focusing on Hobbiton. There's more character development, and more background into what is to come in the two subsequent films, such as Galadriel's gifts to the Fellowship and Aragorn's burden of lineage. And some additions make more sense to the plot, or are merely worth seeing, such as the wood elves leaving Middle-earth or the view of Caras Galadhon (but sorry, there's still no Tom Bombadil). Extremely useful are the chapter menus that indicate which scenes are new or extended.
Of the four commentary tracks, the ones with the greatest general appeal are the one by Jackson and cowriters Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, and the one by 10 cast members, but the more technically oriented commentaries by the creative and production staff are also worth hearing. The bonus features (encompassing two complete DVDs) are far superior to the largely promotional materials included on the theatrical release, delving into such matters as script development, casting, and visual effects. The only drawback is that the film is now spread over two discs, with a somewhat abrupt break following the council at Rivendell, due to the storage capacity required for the longer running time, the added DTS ES 6.1 audio, and the commentary tracks. But that's a minor inconvenience. Whether in this four-disc set or in the collector's gift set (which adds Argonath bookends and a DVD of National Geographic Beyond the Movie: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring), the extended-edition DVD is the Fellowship DVD to rule them all. --David Horiuchi
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Recently I've been reading reviews and comments about the LOTR, including the movies, and so decided to watch the first of the movies myself. I'd seen it once after it came out, now almost 20 years ago. Each movie represented one of the books. Fellowship of the Rings was my favorite of the trilogy; the movie by comparison seemed even more appalling today than when I last saw it. Without the backstory, all the characters assembled for this fellowship seemed shallow, relationships weren't explained, Elrond was horribly horribly cast, as were I felt Frodo to some extent, Gimli, and, much as I like Kate Blanchett, Galadriel too. Timelines were skewed and compressed, and also made little sense, especially Gandalf's imprisonment in Isengard, and then his appearance at Elrond's council, which also was a big disappointment. One of the most telling parts of the disconnect to me occurred when Gandalf apparently died Moria. Apart from perhaps the hobbits, why would the others grieve him? There was next to no backstory for any of them, including Aragorn's long friendship and work with Gandalf. Finally, the CGI was overwhelming and often intrusive, the slimy orcs particularly annoying (and looking like every other monster in every other movie). So I suppose this was fun for kids, and people who like superhero movies. A good interpretation of the books, or good cinema, it was not.
However, make sure to check out the extended edition, if you've already seen the original or just particularly interested in this series. I didn't find out about it until after the purchase of the original. Also, there seems to be an issue with Amazon Video, where it doesn't recognize my 4K monitor. I haven't been able to fix that.
The movie starts with HD quality and after a few seconds it goes Mario Bros 8bit quality. I'm not expecting a refund, but, if I rent a movie, I'm expecting to have the advertised quality.
There was some lag/ refreshing that happened in some scenery scenes, not sure if it’s because of our internet connection or the download of prime. But regardless this deserves nothing less than 5 stars
I'd love to give this product 5 stars, I really would, because the cover art and extras are all amazing. But it's incredible to me that they immerse you into the film for 1.5 hrs and then rip you from the world and tell you to put in a second disc. If this was DVD I would understand, but you can easily fit the entire film on bluray.
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Well, the star rating will tell you what I thought. I was absolutely blown away by this movie. Just everything is top notch. The performances. The action. The score. The cinematography. Finally, I knew how everyone felt back in '77 watching Star Wars. I couldn't wait to see The Two Towers! And yet I had to. In the meantime i consoled myself by going to watch Fellowship again. I remember every other movie I saw that year seemed... ordinary. Spider-Man, Potter... because the bar had been set so high.
I do hope that one day it will get a theatrical re release. Because as great as it is on DVD, nothing beats the cinematic experience.
The films for me just never age, they are, as a trilogy, my favourite films of all time. The bluray is spectacular and i feel as though i am watching the films for the 1st time.
Great to chill out on a sunday with.