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4.0 out of 5 stars The time is ripe for "The Lord of the Rings"!!!!!!!!, 19 July 2002
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This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Four Disc Collector's Box Set) [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
This is yet another must-buy item in a Tolkien-fans collection. The film is by far the best adaption of The lords of the Ring (The only other adaption is the dreadful cartoon version of the book)that has come out since The Tolkien family's books from Middle Earth. The time is serctainly ripe for this kind of movie. The Middle-Earth saga depends upon large scale battles, backgrounds and so on, which can by now be brought realisticly to life with cgi and computers. And this has been done marvellously( the opening battle had me drooling and wanting for more)The three hours you spend on this movie is something that you doesnt feel at all, it has a good script and has been directed well. The effects are also very well done. When a bow is fired and the arrow hits rock or a weapon\armor hit rock you hear the metallic sound and the camera-angle used here is very good. Everything is very realistick in the film, like the snow. New Zealand is the right location for the film! The actors all perform well as well. But like most gems, this gem has also flaws (a few at least). Most of which are from the script and a few in the technical dept.. Gandalf lacks some of the inner peace and authority of a 1000 more or less year old wizard that has guided the good races of Middle-Earth for a long time,and Sauron, the archenemy, has been at least in movie 1 been somewhat overshadowed by Saruman. This is only minor things and i rate it 4,5 since giving it 5 is not 100% right since it has a few flaws and one had to fit a 1200 page book to 3 3hour movies, which makes it impossible for it to achieve 5 stars (i would like to do it thoug) And i agree with the others that says that one cannot rate Lord of the Rings fairly without waiting for the two last fils
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