Lord Of The Rings 1978

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(110) IMDb 6.1/10
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Controversial animator Ralph Bakshi's literal adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, is brought to the screen in a reverent, stilted way, with Bakshi forsaking his sharp-edged animated looniness for a rotoscoped dullness. Although the film's title encompasses the entire Tolkien trilogy, this longish Bakshi feature, in fact, covers only the first book, The...

Starring:
Christopher Guard,William Squire
Runtime:
2 hours 13 minutes

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Lord Of The Rings

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Children & Family, Science Fiction, Animated, Action & Adventure
Director Ralph Bakshi
Starring Christopher Guard, William Squire
Supporting actors John Hurt, Annette Crosbie, Anthony Daniels
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
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3.7 out of 5 stars

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Eric Ian Steele on 2 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
The only flaw with Ralph Bakshi's beautiful, scary and atompsheric animated version of Tolkein's classic is that it is not the whole story. The film's second part was never completed, leaving the story more than half way through after the first film ends -- however this is a complete movie in iteself. But apart from that one small problem, this is a brilliantly realized rendering of Middle Earth. The exceptional voice cast includes John Hurt and Anthony Daniels. The animation uses innovative techniques such as rotoscoping, so the battle sequences look and feel as though you are watching real people and creatures. The orcs are unforgettable, the elves magical, the hobbits endearing, the Ring Wraiths truly disturbing, and the sequence in Moria is eerie and exciting. Hand-drawn animation always wins hands-down over computer wizardry, but this film is definitely a must-see. We can only wonder what might have been had the project been seen through to completion.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jax Dakota Cash on 2 Nov 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
It suddenly occurred to me the other night that I should get this on DVD. So I did. I had this film on tape all through my childhood recorded off TV. I loved it. Watched it last night, first time in years, and I still remember it. I love the characters and the environment's artwork, the music is awesome. It was nice to watch again, made me remember what it was like to be a kid again, all innocent and worry-less... It's a must have for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Geordie Mark on 26 Mar 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
From a child I loved this. Sure its unfinished and ends at Helms Deep, but that doesn't matter, this is Bakshi at his finest.
Not too much to say about the blu ray, the picture and sound are about as good as they will ever get but not that different to the dvd version to be honest. There is however a nice documentary on the making of the film which will appeal to Bakshi fans like my self.
For the money I would recommend upgrading, absolute bargain!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kevinbeckett on 24 Aug 2013
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What animation. Better than Disney. Better than Terry Gilliam. Only half the story but this is well worth watching, and at 3 it's fantastic value for money. As a bonus Annette Crosbie is the voice of Galadriel, bet Victor didn't know that!
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62 of 71 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Oct 2001
Format: DVD
I remember going to see this when it was first released in the cinema. I was very disappointed at the abrupt ending and from the first appearance of Treebeard onwards the film seemed very rushed. Years later it is all explained as Ralph Bakshi began to run out of money and did his best to complete the movie at a climatic point - the battle at Helms Deep. The third criticism I have was of the representation of Treebeard himself, while a very difficult character to visualise - I think Bakshi could have done much better.
That aside, the first three quarters of the film, the script and especially the visuals and tone of the film capture middle earth in a way that I believe, to those that have seen this film, remains with you. I do not think it appropriate or fair to compare the animated version with the upcoming movies, that was then - this is now as the saying goes, technology of the 21st Century is making the new trilogy possible.
I am as excited as everyone else about the new movies, but I certainly will not use it as a vehicle to rubbish anything that came before it. The BBC Radio adaptation is also excellent and has its place and so does Bakshi's Lord of the Rings, as indeed will Peter Jackson's trilogy.
Buy the Ralph Bakshi version, you'll enjoy it. I bet you will even see some (now famous) images that actually first appeared here and have been borrowed by various artists and Peter Jackson. One example is the Hobbits hiding, from a Ring Wraith, under a tree on the way to Bree, take a look at this and then the Peter Jackson scene of this you will see that - well take a look for yourself.
Bear in mind it was this film that first got Peter Jackson interested in Tolkien's LOTR.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By P. Macinnes on 23 Feb 2004
Format: DVD
I've read with great interest the thoughts of people who obviously are 'modern' Tolkien fanatics (late comers to the party). Whether you know the stories inside out or just like the premise of good versus evil, LOTR is a fantastic story that has homage paid to it through many major media milestones. There has been an awesome radio play that saw the modern Bilbo's actor, Ian Holm, playing the part of Frodo; there has been the inspiring and world dominating LOTR trilogy courtesy of Peter Jackson; and then there's the 70s Ralph Bakshi animated feature (cartoon is too simple a phrase to link to this film).
Bakshi obviously laboured hard to produce this movie and although it is not the polished film that Jackson has made, it was and still is a rough diamond that those who can appreciate good film making will find inspiring, interesting and altogether captivating.
I first saw this film when I was about six years old and ever since, this is the vision of Tolkien that I love the most. Seeing The Fellowship of the Ring in December 2001 brought back memories of it, as PJ obviously took elements from the Bakshi version to help him tell his story. Okay, the special effects are fantastic in the modern film – but is this all we want? Take films like Dracula; we've had modern versions made that have paled in comparison to earlier works because they have been too reliant on modern technology. PJ's version isn't a flawed film, it's just I always remember the RB version.
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