The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Elijah Wood
Director: Peter Jackson Cast: Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood
, Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
, Ian Holm
Ian Holm
Peter Jackson

DVD (Wide Screen)

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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 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/06/2002
UPC: 0794043554223
Original Release: 2001
Rating: PG-13
Source: New Line Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital Surround EX]
Time: 2:58:00
Sales rank: 1,311

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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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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