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The Lord of the Rings (1978)

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The Lord of the Rings (1978)

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"Not bad for an old animation"
2 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

A brave attempt but it didn't do it for me. It was probably legendary at its released date and I must say, there were some pretty interesting animation ideas that sort of surprised me knowing how pretty old this is.

I saw the ‘Peter Jackson’ version, and as a result I found it hard to enjoy this one and appreciate its true value. (Let's blame Peter!)

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"BLAME PETER JACKSON FOR MAKING A BETTER ONE!"
2 stars"
Purchased on Mighty Ape

A brave attempt but it didn't do it for me.

It was probably legendary at its released date and I must say, there were some pretty interesting animation ideas that sort of surprised me knowing how pretty old this flick is.

Don't you think its funny when we say “No offense” just before we offend someone, well, “no offense” to those who gave it more than 2 stars but it bored me, but I'm glad many of yous liked it.

It must be because I saw “Peter Jackson's” version, and as a result I find it hard to enjoy it and appreciate its true value. (Let's blame Peter!)

Anyway, check it out if you still desire.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.
"The only way to watch this."
3 stars"

Get 2 TV's side by side. On one of them have playing the most recent version of LOTR. On the other one, play this.

The orcs are quite interesting…that's the word for it :-)

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Description

One Ring To Rule Them All, One Ring To Find Them, One Ring To Bring Them All, And In The Darkness Bind Them.

Only the first two parts of J.R.R. Tolkein's classic fantasy trilogy of the same name are covered by this rotoscoped animated feature about a band of travellers of different races who seek to defeat an evil sorcerer and his armies with the aid of powerful but insidious magical ring.

Review

Although it was ultimately overshadowed by Peter Jackson's live-action Lord of the Rings trilogy, Ralph Bakshi's animated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy classic is not without charms of its own. A target of derision from intolerant fans, this ambitious production is nevertheless a respectably loyal attempt to animate the first half of Tolkien's trilogy, beginning with the hobbit Frodo's inheritance of "the One Ring" of power from Bilbo Baggins, and ending with the wizard Gandalf's triumph over the evil army of orcs. While the dialogue is literate and superbly voiced by a prestigious cast (including John Hurt as Aragorn), Leonard Rosenman's accomplished score effectively matches the ominous atmosphere that Bakshi's animation creates and sustains. Bakshi's lamentable decision to combine traditional cel animation with "rotoscoped" (i.e., meticulously traced) live-action footage is jarringly distracting and aesthetically disastrous, but when judged by its narrative content, this Lord of the Rings deserves more credit than it typically receives. --Jeff Shannon
Re-released on
March 16th, 2005
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Aspect Ratio
  • 1.78 : 1
Director
Language
English, French, Italian
Length (Minutes)
128
Studio
Subtitles
English, French, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Spanish, German, Romanian, Bulgarian, English HI, Italian HI, Portuguese
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Stereo
Genre
  • Animation
UPC
9325336007815
Product ID
1459668

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