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Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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8.82 h 58 min2001X-RayPG
A hobbit of The Shire and eight of his companions set out on a quest to Mount Doom to destroy the Ring and the dark lord Sauron.
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Mike of Old EnglandReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 January 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
You shall not pass... on the extra hour of content!
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Picture the scene: You are sat talking with your friends/ loved ones/ clergy/ random people in the street and they start to speak about scenes that you haven’t seen in the Fellowship of the Ring. It’s maddening. The thought that you haven’t seen how Sam gets his Elven rope. Why haven’t you seen the full Bilbo party scene in the Shire? Anger starts to build. You pick up the nearest thing you can and start bashing them over the head repeated times. The judge sentences you to 5 years behind bars. THINK. Buy the extra content. Stay safe out there.
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Mike HeronReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 April 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Lots of good stuff but overall a sadly wasted opportunity
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In fairness to Peter Jackson turning these books into a movie was considered by many to be an impossible task. I wouldn't take issue with Jackson too much over his decision to omit certain parts of the book this was inevitable and if the parts omitted happened to be favourites with readers well that's just really unfortunate however I do take strong as she with him over the additions that he made to the book for example the character of Arwen is completely altered making her into a warrior. In the book Sam Gamgee is deferential towards Pippin and Merry always referring to them as Mr Pippin and Mr Merry where as in the movie his first encounter with them sees him referring to them as a Took and a Brandybuck! I'm sure that Tolkien would have taken extreme exception to this. I'm sure Jackson would argue that this is more in keeping with 21st century attitudes but it definitely does not preserve the spirit of the original novel, which I would argue is a vital part of the author's responsibility to the author. Among the many omissions from the novel one that is particularly regrettable is the Tom Bombadil/Goldberry sequence. Many others have commented on this. I do understand the need to reduce the content of the film however the decision to eliminate Bombadil does rob the film of charm. Instead we have protracted battle scenes which while making brilliant use of CGI give the movie a rather one-dimensional feel. the Gollum sequences are of course groundbreaking in terms of their technical achievement. Andy Serkis did a phenomenal job. in fact it would be difficult if not impossible to find a single actor in this film whose performance was not outstanding. The worst omission from the project was the incomprehensible decision by Peter Jackson not to include Saruman in the final film of the trilogy. In the book, the scouring of the Shire was a hugely important part of the story. Christopher Lee was surprised at this decision and he was not alone. however whatever negative criticism can be levelled at the Lord of the Rings trilogy it is as nothing compared to what could be said about the crass, wholly commercial decision to turn the Hobbit into three films that taken as a whole bear little resemblance to Tolkien's original story.
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Luke LReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 December 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
An all time fave
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It was 2001, and my partner was trying to persuade me to go and see this movie. I frankly wasn't keen. I was convinced this book was unfilmable, not to mention 'nerdy.' But, she insisted, and given that I'd made her see several films against her will, I figured it was only fair that I watched one of her choices.

Well, the star rating will tell you what I thought. I was absolutely blown away by this movie. Just everything is top notch. The performances. The action. The score. The cinematography. Finally, I knew how everyone felt back in '77 watching Star Wars. I couldn't wait to see The Two Towers! And yet I had to. In the meantime i consoled myself by going to watch Fellowship again. I remember every other movie I saw that year seemed... ordinary. Spider-Man, Potter... because the bar had been set so high.

I do hope that one day it will get a theatrical re release. Because as great as it is on DVD, nothing beats the cinematic experience.
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Wendy CockcroftReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 July 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Join the Fellowship on their incredible adventure
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Where it all begins.... beautifully. Director Peter Jackson is as much at home with irreverent slapstick comedy as he is with creepy horror. His Middle-Earth is bright, colourful, and infused with the kind of characters you could go for a drink with. While the Hobbits are quirky and eccentric Jackson resists the urge to make them either cutesy or childish. Rather, he introduces them as real people with real lives and a distinct, colourful culture. We play for a while with the Hobbits until Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) shows up and tells Bilbo (Ian Holm) to leave his magic ring behind when he leaves home to live out the rest of his days with the Elves. This kicks off a big, mad adventure for his nephew Frodo, to whom he bequeaths it, because its maker Sauron wants it back. While making his way with his gardener Sam (Sean Astin) to Bree to meet Gandalf later on, a chance encounter with his cousins Merry and Pippin -- and the demonic Nazgul -- results in the four of them making their way to Rivendell in the company of the Ranger Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen).

At Rivendell (I challenge you to not fall in love with the beauty of the Elven aesthetic), Frodo and his friends meet the other members of the Fellowship: the Dwarf Gimli (John Rhys-Davies), the Elf Legolas (Orlando Bloom), and the man Boromir of Gondor (Sean Bean). Led by Gandalf, they set off to carry the One Ring to Mount Doom to be destroyed in the fiery chasm from whene it came.

Telling a story with nine main characters in, while fleshing out each one and keeping the plot together is no mean feat, but Jackson has a deft hand and he does a great job. The main plot points: the quest to destroy the ring, the frustrated love of Aragorn and Arwen, the addiction of Gollum to the ring, and the ending of the Elves' time in Middle-Earth, are all perfectly rendered with pitch-perfect acting. Settle down and watch the master ply his trade.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 November 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Bad
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I found it very racist on how they shaped orcs( I mean the way they look not colour)
and all of the LOTR Trilogy main heroes are white.
The black gate located in the east where the heroes lives in the west, that's racist too. Why the location is in the east and why everything bad has to be black label on it, for example black gate, blackmail..etc.
7 people found this helpful
Shaun LowthorpeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 September 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Probably my favourite of the three Lord of the Rings films
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Decided to watch Lord of the Rings after telling my 7 year old son about it. He's been getting into Harry Potter and after talking about wizards I thought I'd introduce him to Gandalf and co.
That got him asking questions about why Gandalf's spells are different to Dumbeldore's (are they really spells at all I wondered?).
Of the three Peter Jackson films making up Lord of the Rings, this one is definitely my favourite. There was a lot of the storyline I felt I was coming to for the first time (it's been a few years since I'd seen the film), and a lot of it made more sense this time round - think I'd missed bits when watching it on the big screen. The scene with the Black Riders chasing Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin probably still my favourite.
A great film, the landscapes are stunning, the storytelling excellent, and the special effects still stand the test of time.
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Beanie LuckReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 April 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Incredible
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I purchased all of the limited edition box sets of the extended version of these films on dvd when they 1st came out, and rather than ruin them by keep getting them out of the box thought i would grab them on bluray instead.

The films for me just never age, they are, as a trilogy, my favourite films of all time. The bluray is spectacular and i feel as though i am watching the films for the 1st time.

Great to chill out on a sunday with.
17 people found this helpful
KYWReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 October 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Catching Up
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I am 'late' catching up with Lord of the Rings. When it first premiered I just didn't think I'd enjoy it but having seen the Hobbit movies and a rainy day I decided to watch Fellowship. It was great and now I want to see the other films in the series.
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