Studio Synopsis ~ In this first part of the Trilogy, the young hobbit Frodo Baggins inherits a ring; but this ring is no mere trinket. It is the One Ring, an instrument of absolute power that could allow Sauron, the dark Lord of Mordor, to rule Middle-earth and enslave its peoples. Frodo, together with a Fellowship that includes his loyal hobbit friends, humans, a wizard, a dwarf and an elf, must take the One Ring across Middle-earth to Mount Doom, where it first was forged, and destroy it forever. Such a journey means venturing deep into territory manned by Sauron, where he is amassing his army of Orcs. And it is not only external evils that the Fellowship must combat, but also internal dissension and the corrupting influence of the One Ring itself. The course of future history is entwined with the fate of the Fellowship. The film won four Oscars® for Best Visual Effects, Cinematography, Makeup and Original Score.
Studio: Warner Bros.
Running Time: 208 minutes
Number of Disks: 5
– Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Edition: Over 30 extra minutes integrated into the film
– The Lord of the Rings: War in the North: The Untold Story
– Commentary with Director & Writers
– Commentary with Design Team
– Commentary with Production & Post Production
– Commentary with Cast
– Easter Egg: MTV Movie Award Spoof (The Council of Elrod)
– Costa Botes Documentary: The Fellowship of the Ring: Behind the Scenes (DVD)
– The Appendices, Part 1: From Book to Vision (DVD)
*Peter Jackson introduction
*J.R.R. Tolkien: Creator of Middle Earth
*From Book to Script
*Visualizing the Story
*Designing and Building Middle Earth
*Middle-earth Atlas: Tracing the Journeys of the Fellowship: interactive map
– The Appendices, Part 2: From Vision to Reality (DVD)
*Elijah Wood introduction
*Filming The Fellowship of the Ring
*Post-production: Putting it all together
*Sound and music
*The Road Goes Ever On…
Finally for fans of the magical and magnificent Middle Earth “The Lord of the Rings” series who can’t see their way clear of dropping major ducats for the robust “Lord Of The Rings Trilogy: Extended Edition Collection”, Warner Bros. has offered a layaway plan of sorts, presenting each film now as an individual 5-disc purchase. “The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring – Extended Edition” is the first of the three stellar solo releases and includes every indulgence and extra from the aforementioned ample trilogy collection.
With an abundance of content sure to envelope everyone – be they interested in the production process, costume design, cinematography, special effects, or even the Weta Workshop which was responsible for all the films props and set pieces – even the most discerning fan will have all their interests addressed. Commentary connoisseurs will feel like a hobbit in a hobby store as they discover a healthy offering of comment-worthy topics, with insights from director Peter Jackson himself, to coverage from the cast, writers, and the design and production teams.
Director Peter Jackson and his Co-Writers are remarkably eloquent and informative about everything from the problems with production to working with each other and the cast throughout their amazing journey. The production and design teams discuss everything from hang-ups to Hobbit feet, and the Weta Workshop, Artistic, and Conceptual Design Departments chime in for an overloading of all things creature and creative. The Video Effects Departments round out the revelations pixel by pixel to bring viewers a totally immersive experience.
Next up is “The Appendices, Parts 1 & 2”, which deal primarily with the same subject matter as seen in previous releases, but in a documentary-like format sure to please those viewers who love a more realistic look to their learning. J.R.R. Tolkien fans should absolutely love these appendices, because not only do these wonderful segments illustrate just what an astonishing imagination Tolkien possessed, but also gives an exhaustive timeline and context to his work, all done in such a way as to pay total respect and homage to a superb story engineer.
What do filmmakers and realtors have in common… location, location, location, and this release gives plenty of them. Everything from Jackson’s initial glimmerings of scouting locations and then throughout the tedious process of a walk-a-bout gone awry. These New Zealand treks are exhaustively informative and endlessly entertaining.
Nearing the end of the journey is something that every fan will enjoy completely, the “Costa Botes Documentary: The Fellowship of the Ring: Behind the Scenes”. These fascinating looks into real life on the set gives a great grounding of what it means to be on location and in the middle of a hoard of hundreds. Witnessing brief run-ins with the cast in full costume to Jackson addressing his masses, nothing will bring you closer to the full experience of being on set as these incredible “home movies”.
So for the next best thing to being given a guided tour of Middle-Earth by Frodo himself, “The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring – Extended Edition” is the ultimate first step in indulgent content and fantastic features and, oh yeah… there’s a pretty good film in the case as well.
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Central Cast: Elijah Wood | Sean Astin | Billy Boyd | Dominic Monaghan | Ian McKellen | Viggo Mortensen | Andy Serkis | Orlando Bloom | Liv Tyler | Hugo Weaving | John Rhys-Davies
Director: Peter Jackson
Central Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien | Fran Walsh
Theatrical Release: December 19, 2001
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: August 28, 2012
Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE