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A production so precious-s-s-s-s-s-s!!!,
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King (BBC Radio Collection) (Audio CD)
I recently borrowed the 14 cd boxed collectors edition of the radio series and was blown away.
A fantastic adaptation by BBC Radio 4 with John Le Mesurier as Bilbo, Ian Holm as Frodo (now Bilbo in the films!) but the real star is Peter Woodthorpe as Gollum, he perfectly captures his split personality and the voice he provides is a joy to behold.(He also did the voice of Gollum in Ralph Bakshi's incomplete animated film version of the story, but seems to take it to a whole new level in this adaptation).
I bought this new 12 cd set and it differs from the previous edition - the story has been re-edited so that each book of the trilogy continues unbroken without the radio programme's original intro and ending, it is no longer split into neat 1-hour long episodes, thus enabling it to fit onto just 12 cds.
The removal of these breaks means that the story flows better, although you may feel compelled to put the next cd in to continue the story as a result!!!
In addition to this re-editing Ian Holm has recorded new epilogues and prologues.
The final cd contains music from the series, and the music is very good indeed.
If you like The Lord Of The Rings and don't yet own the radio series then i can recommend this completely.
If you enjoyed the Fellowship film and would like to know the ending of the trilogy before Christmas 2003(and doubt you could read the epic book in that timeframe!) then this set is ideal.
Believe me, as soon as Gollum appears on the first CD you'll know you've made the right decision!
At 13+ hours long this is excellent value for money, too.