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The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Edition) [Blu-ray] [2001]

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And it’s not like this is the only film where we have seen this kind of treatment – movies across the last decade, from Aliens to The Matrix, have all had varying levels of colour correction and colour timing changes applied.

The formation of the fellowship was a great point to finish a disk but the rest of them just seem to cut off at less conclusive points, which is jarring. The cast is just as brilliant as everything else, Elijah Wood and Sean Astin as Frodo and Sam, Viggo Mortensen as Aragon, Ian Mckellen as Gandalf, Liv Tyler as Arwin, Cristopher Lee as Saruman, Orlando Bloom as Legolas, John Rhys Davis as Gimly and all the rest of the cast are perfectly suited for their roles. But everything rests on Frodo getting that ring destroyed as both he and Sam come to think it will be the end of them. I was blown away by the audio presentations on the Blu-ray release of the theatrical cuts, and, seamlessly extending the tracks for these longer extended editions, I found the aural rendition here even more jaw-dropping. Jackson who also wrote the script with fran walsh and philippa boyens has made Middle Earth accesible to millions of people, the books are considered classi and deservedly so but are hard for some people to get into and enjoy, here though the films allow us to be a part of Tolkeins legendary world and be thoroughly entertained.

The new and extended scenes were carefully selected under the supervision of Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson. Would I have ideally liked some of the audio commentary material and documentary footage to have been pooled into an elaborate, impressive Picture-in-Picture track? Academy Awards® (2003): Best Picture, Director (Peter Jackson), Adapted Screenplay, Art Direction/Set Direction, Costume Design, Editing, Makeup, Score, Original Song “Into the West,” Sound Mixing and Visual Effects The final battle for Middle-earth™ begins. What may be most amazing about this series — aside from its command of CGI effects; aside from its compelling characters and story; aside from the fabulous star-making performances of Viggo Mortensen and Orlando Bloom; aside from the great casting; aside from the beautiful New Zealand vistas shot by Andrew Lesnie; aside from the sheer spectacle of it all — is how Peter Jackson has made these films his own. Disc three offers “The Appendices Part One — From Book to Vision” and covers the journey of FOTR from page to screen.

But to see how much of Gollum is in Andy Serkis's performance, the Andy Serkis Animation Reference (2 min.tracks the new outfits, while in this section one can also access Design Galleries, which has sections for "The Peoples of Middle Earth," "The Realms of Middle Earth," and "Miniatures. Where the previous release boasted intermittent scenes of excellence, but frequent lacklustre moments, this new transfer maintains a much higher overall standard throughout the runtime. Some fans love it, some hate it, some hate it on general principle, and others don’t even care – and wouldn’t have even noticed were it not pointed out to them.

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