|The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring|
Ian McKellen, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Christopher Lee
Two-disc set; widescreen; closed caption; English subtitles; exclusive 10-minute behind-the-scenes preview of "The Two Towers"; three in-depth documentaries that reveal the secrets behind the production of the film "Welcome to Middle-earth" (in-store special as shown by Houghton Mifflin), "The Quest for the Ring" (as debuted on the FBC Network), "A Passage to Middle-earth" (as premiered on the SCI-FI Channel); 15 featurettes originally created for lordoftherings.net, which explore the locales and cultures of Middle-earth and include interviews with cast members Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Liv Tyler and others; music video "May It Be" by Enya; theatrical trailer; an inside look at the special extended DVD edition of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"; preview of Electronic Arts' video game "The Two Towers." DVD-ROM features exclusive online content.
|Impressive, finely-wrought amusement-park ride of a movie that brings to life the first book of fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien's beloved "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. In the hands of quirky, fastidious, wildly creative New Zealand director Peter Jackson ("Heavenly Creatures"), the material is true to its source and covers a lot of the ground in the fanciful setting, Middle-Earth. Frodo (Elijah Wood), a member of the diminutive race of hobbits, becomes a reluctant hero and potential savior of his world when his uncle Bilbo (Ian Holm) and the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) entrust the lad to transport and destroy an all-powerful ring that can corrupt its wearer. Hobbit, elf, troll and human representatives accompany Frodo on his journey, while an evil force that craves the ring grows in power. Despite the film's three-hour length, the classic storytelling, visual potency and grand cast (Cate Blanchett, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Liv Tyler, Christopher Lee, etc.) leave you eager for Part 2. It will be tough to break the hobbit.|