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Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - DVD Extended
Edition, Reviewed by Falstaff
When I first
heard about the Special Extended Editions that Peter Jackson was
planning for the three Lord of the Rings movies, I got very excited.
And it was anticipation well spent. Although not a full review,
here is a brief look at the unique extended version of The Fellowship
of the Ring.
This is not
a collection of deleted scenes by any means. While there are only
six brand-new scenes in the movie, there are twenty extended scenes,
where Jackson put bits and pieces of his original vision of the
film back into already existing sequences. Each of these scenes
is an opportunity to see Tolkien’s world in greater detail
and even more depth than in the original theatrical release.
One of the new
additions to the film is the opening sequence, after the Prologue.
This sequence, “Concerning Hobbits” is essentially an
adaptation of Tolkien’s original Prologue to his book, told
in the voice of Bilbo Baggins. This charming scene, as well as an
added sequence at the Green Dragon Inn, gives more depth to the
Hobbits and greater understanding of the corner of Middle Earth
that they live in. It also makes for a much more “Tolkien-esque”
opening to the movie!
Most of the
extension of the movie lies in conversation and exposition, sometimes
adding characters from the books not seen in the original release,
such as the Sackville-Bagginses; the extended scenes often set up
further the complexity of Tolkien’s characters, the extended
conversation between Aragorn and Boromir in Rivendell being one
example, or the extended scenes between Aragorn and Arwen. A favorite
of mine was the new scene showing Aragorn and Elrond at Aragorn’s
that fans of the book will love to see include the appearance of
Bilbo’s trolls and the Hobbits’ passage through the
Midgewater Marshes. Also, quite a bit of comic relief has been added
in the form of Merry and Pippin.
Almost the entire
second half of the movie has been extended, with expansions in Moria,
Lothlorien, and at the breaking of the fellowship on the banks of
As a matter
of fact, the extended version of the film is so much better than
the theatrical version that I have not watched the original release
since I purchased the extended edition. In short – Good Idea,