The Lord of The Rings (Animated) [Import anglais]
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All the magical adventure of J.R.R. Tolkien's thrilling fantasy classic comes to life in this brilliantly animated tale of the enchanted land of Middle Earth - and the brave band of hobbits, heroes and wizards who set out to protect it!
Le monde se partage en deux catégories : ceux qui ont lu Le Seigneur des anneaux et les autres. Les premiers savent et se jetteront sur la seule adaptation (mythique et inachevée car le film ne couvre qu'une partie de la trilogie) qui existe de ce monument de la littérature fantastique médiévale. Les autres, une fois plongés dans le dessin animé de Ralph Bakshi, seront intrigués par son sens du merveilleux et de l'aventure, cherchant à connaître l'origine de ce film atypique, à la technique à la fois révolutionnaire et obsolète, à la poésie naïve et épique. On croyait Le Seigneur des anneaux perdu : les droits furent vendus avec ceux d'un catalogue quelconque et ses fans désespéraient de ne jamais le revoir. La puissance d'évocation visuelle du dessin animé est telle qu'elle servit de modèle aux designers du film de Peter Jackson dont le premier épisode est prévu pour 2001. Le monde se partage en deux catégories : ceux qui ont revu Le Seigneur des anneaux et les autres... -- Ambroise Ecorcheville --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.Voir l'ensemble des Descriptions du produit
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That was over 20 years ago, and I think I've seen this movie once since then, so when it was released on DVD I eagerly snapped it up. So how does it hold up to the childhood memories?
Pretty good, actually.
The story is basically the same as in the book: The Hobbit Frodo is joined by eight companions in a quest to destroy the evil Ring of Sauron. The characters and locales look pretty much as one would imagine from reading the books. (This movie adapts The Fellowship of the Ring & half of The Two Towers.) I had a problem with Strider and Boromir trudging through feet of snow in nothing but their little dresses, though.....bundle up, guys!
The scenery is by turns lush (The Shire), and forbidding (The excellent Mines of Moria sequence). The problems were pretty much all the same: Bakshi's use of "Rotoscoping", or filming real actors and drawing over them. The rotoscoped portions just don't fit with the rest of the movie, and it can be QUITE jarring to look at. (Check out how all of the Orcs seem to have just 2 kinds of faces.....couldn't they at least have made different masks to film the Orc actors in????) Also troubling (in a very minor way...) was how "Saruman" was pronounced "Aruman" about half the time. People who aren't familiar with the story will find that confusing; people who ARE will find it more and more irritating each time it happens......and it happens A LOT. The film also ends a little too abruptly; I remember being bothered by that as a kid. (It still bothers me!)
On the plus side, the DVD looks great; the colors are perfect, and the sound is great. It's too bad there aren't more extras: all there is are a few text features. (Not even a trailer!)
Overall, not as good as the new film adaptation, but worth a look for Tolkien fans.
The voice-overs are all spectacular, and the rotoscoped animation gives the characters a life that animation seldom possesses - though there are those who would argue that point, most assuredly. The animation is also suitably dark and grim, though this also translates into a visual problem, for even places that SHOULD look fair and beautiful - such as Rivendell or Lothlorien - tend to be almost gloomy and ominous. When the Fellowship enters the dark halls of Moria, however, Bakshi is in top form.
This adaptation attempts to make a single film out of "The Fellowship of the Ring" and over half of "The Two Towers," which is obviously a mistake. Because of this, there are several changes to the story that we Tolkien zealots so adore, and sometimes beloved moments are lopped out entirely. This happens most in the beginning of the film when the hobbits are on the road and making toward Bree. There is no Tom Bombadil and no fog on the Barrow Downs here (nor will there be in the upcoming Peter Jackson film, alas!). And just when you expect to see the battle with Shelob, the movie ends most abruptly without completing the narrative. A pity.
Still, Bakshi does manage to deliver a good (if not excellent), well-animated, well-acted film version of fantasy's most beloved classic. It is far superior to the Rankin-Bass productions of "The Hobbit" and "The Return of the King," even at its worst. Fans of the series will probably either love it or hate it. I myself cannot wait for the DVD...
ATTENTION EVERYONE ELSE: FIRST TIMERS, ANIMATION HISTORY ENTHUSIASTS, LORD OF THE RINGS OBSESSERS and ESPECIALLY HOME THEATER BLU-RAY OWNERS.
OKAY NOW, WHY DID I GIVE THIS "FIVE STAR RATING"? SHORT HISTORY of LOR animation and movie evolvement (in the 1970's). Hollywood up until Ralph Bakshi couldn't fathom the monumental task in bring this epic to the screen in a 3-4 hour movie. The cost and locations plus the unique history, races, weapontry etc unimaginable.
In 1978 Ralph Bakshi obtained the movie rights of LOR and figured on a limited budget with the cel animation enhanced with "ROTOSCOPE" (live action sequences with cel animated tracing and coloring. Giving us Smooth accurate movement of figures)) he could bring this epic to the big screen.
REMEMBER this was 1978 before computers, CGI this was revolutionary!!!
NOTE: 1970's animation was bad and studios were going broke. Lord of the Rings release inspired the animators to create and be more imaginative.
This 1978 Widescreen Classic was shown only in the best theaters, reserved seating only. Exclusive showings, master programs and LOR memorabilia was being sold. This movie made alot of money!!!! (I can remember standing line to purchase a ticket for a later viewing, days later!!)
WELL NOW!!!!!!!!! For the first time you experience or re-experience that THEATER EXCITEMENT once again in your BLU-RAY Home Theater with Dolby Digital Sound. WOW!!!! This is fun stuff!! Note: I observed, for some reason the Opening Title sequence and credits were not HD quality. The movie itself is!!!!!
The remastered movie is well worth the money alone. But you get 3 movie copies to watch; a Blu-ray, Standard DVD and a Digital Copy.
SPECIAL NOTE: TO REALLY ENJOY AND APPRECIATE THIS CLASSIC ANIMATED EPIC I SUGGEST YOU WATCH THE SPECIAL FEATURE FIRST, "FORGING THROUGH THE DARKNESS"!!!!
This will let you understand and see the groundbreaking animation and the brilliant mind of Ralph Bakshi.
LOR plays for 133 minutes and the rotoscoped animation is quite amazing. This was a one of a kind movie fantasy and the brilliant screenplay packs the LOR to Helms Deep. This was basically the first half mark. The ending was nicely done so this movie could stand alone. NOTE: Animators Rankin & Bass did "The Hobbit"(1977) and "THE Return of King" (1980) (completes the Hobbit & LOR Animated story)for TV.
SPECIAL FEATURES: A 30 min Featurette "Forging Through the Darkness: The Ralph Bakshi Vision for The Lord of the Rings" THIS WAS AN ABSOLUTELY INFORMATIVE STORY TO WATCH. Made in 2009 so it provides us with new information about Bakshi and LOR. Basically it explains the entire making of LOR (live action filming, rotoscoping everything!!!) Plus it includes Bakshi biographical material explained by himself!!!!
A must have for your Blu-ray Home Theater Library. ENJOY!!!!!
The rotoscoped animation seems to draw the most invective, but I have personally considered it one of the stronger aspects of the film, setting it apart from the usual run-of-the-mill, mundane "cartoons". It's a sort of "adult" cartoon. Would these people have rather seen Aragorn look like Fred Flintstone, perhaps? At the time, the only feasible, economical way to represent a world such as Middle-earth was in the realm of animation, and fortunately for us Bakshi opted not to resort to the animation of Bugs Bunny cartoons. The lifelike movements of the characters, even though they are "cartoons", adds an unusual, almost surreal aspect to what we are seeing. When I saw it in the theatre in 1978, I was awestruck, having only seen the usual Saturday morning Hanna-Barbera animation up to that point. I still am in awe of the magnitude of effort that this film's final appearance must have required.
Obviously a sequel would have been nice, but we get what we get and I don't see any problems deserving of the damnation that this film has suffered through. It's not perfect--left out plenty of things, ends rather suddenly--but it was a monumental work and I can understand how Bakshi might have reached a point where he said enough is enough.
Besides, you gotta love Boromir with the Viking helmet. Now THAT was cool. But the main highlight: there was absolutely, positively NO ARWEN in this film! Now that is cause for celebration!