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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Four-Disc Special Extended Edition) (2001)

Elijah Wood , Ian McKellen , Peter Jackson  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Sean Bean, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen
  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Writers: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, J.R.R. Tolkien, Philippa Boyens
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (DTS ES 6.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 12, 2002
  • Run Time: 208 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,268 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067DNF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,566 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Four-Disc Special Extended Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • (c) 2002 New Line Home Entertainment, Inc.  (c) 2001 New Line Productions, Inc.  TM The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Tolkien Enterprises under license to New Line Productions, Inc.  All Rights Reserved
  • DISCS 1-2: The Feature
  • Unique version of the epic adventure with over 30 minutes of never-before-seen footage incorporated into the film
  • Commentary by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens
  • Commentary by the design team
  • Commentary by the production/post-production team
  • Commentary by 10 actors, including Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen
  • Easter egg: theatrical preview of The Two Towers
  • DISCS 3-4: The Appendices
  • Two discs with hours of original content including multiple documentaries and design/photo galleries with thousands of images to give viewers an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • DISC 3: "From Book to Vision":
  • Adapting the book into a screenplay & planning the film
  • Designing and building Middle-earth
  • Storyboards to pre-visualization
  • Weta Workshop visit: An up-close look at the weapons, armor, creatures, and miniatures from the film
  • An interactive map of Middle-earth tracing the journey of the Fellowship
  • An interactive map of New Zealand highlighting the location scouting process
  • Galleries of art and slideshows with commentaries by the artists
  • Guided tour of the wardrobe department
  • Footage from early meetings, moving storyboards, and pre-visualization reels
  • DISC 4: "From Vision to Reality":
  • Bringing the characters to life
  • A day in the life of a hobbit
  • Principal photography: Stories from the set
  • Scale: Creating the illusion of size
  • Galleries of behind-the-scenes photographs and personal cast photos
  • Editorial and visual effects multi-angle progressions
  • Sound design demonstration

Editorial Reviews

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In every aspect, the extended-edition DVD of Peter Jackson's epic fantasy The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring blows away the theatrical-version DVD. No one who cares at all about the film should ever need to watch the original version again. Well, maybe the impatient and the squeamish will still prefer the theatrical version, because the extended edition makes a long film 30 minutes longer and there's a bit more violence (though both versions are rated PG-13). But the changes--sometimes whole scenes, sometimes merely a few seconds--make for a richer film. There's more of the spirit of J.R.R. Tolkien, embodied in more songs and a longer opening focusing on Hobbiton. There's more character development, and more background into what is to come in the two subsequent films, such as Galadriel's gifts to the Fellowship and Aragorn's burden of lineage. And some additions make more sense to the plot, or are merely worth seeing, such as the wood elves leaving Middle-earth or the view of Caras Galadhon (but sorry, there's still no Tom Bombadil). Extremely useful are the chapter menus that indicate which scenes are new or extended.

Of the four commentary tracks, the ones with the greatest general appeal are the one by Jackson and cowriters Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, and the one by 10 cast members, but the more technically oriented commentaries by the creative and production staff are also worth hearing. The bonus features (encompassing two complete DVDs) are far superior to the largely promotional materials included on the theatrical release, delving into such matters as script development, casting, and visual effects. The only drawback is that the film is now spread over two discs, with a somewhat abrupt break following the council at Rivendell, due to the storage capacity required for the longer running time, the added DTS ES 6.1 audio, and the commentary tracks. But that's a minor inconvenience. Whether in this four-disc set or in the collector's gift set (which adds Argonath bookends and a DVD of National Geographic Beyond the Movie: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring), the extended-edition DVD is the Fellowship DVD to rule them all. --David Horiuchi

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Not seen in theaters, this unique version of the epic adventure features over 30 minutes of new and extended scenes integrated into the film by the director.



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713 of 782 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! A fantasy masterpiece for the cinema! December 22, 2001
A cinematic version of Tolkien's THE LORD OF THE RINGS ranks up with the hope that Lucas will indeed make another Star Wars Trilogy, and, I think I can safely say, this is one of the most anticipated films in the movie industry's long and checkered history. You would think it's movie paradise, considering Lucas has been in the midst of another Star Wars trilogy and LORD OF THE RINGS has finally got a cinema deal (live action!), but PHANTOM MENACE proved something of a disappointment (Mesa Jar Jar Binks!), and I think quite a few people will enter into the theatre with a certain amount of trepidation.
There's a reason for that. Three animated Tolkien films have been released with very problematic results. The 1978 Bakshi release is just embarrassing; the film is both incoherent and confusing.
Rankin & Bass's two movies are fine for little kids; those two films are Tolkien for Saturday Morning cartoons. They proved my introduction to Tolkien and for that I am thankful, but the movies still fail to capture the grandeur of Tolkien's imagination.
There are two things to consider here about a work of literature. Although all good literature has a polarization effect on its readers, this work has a gigantic legion of followers which are extremely dedicated to Tolkien's vision (I count myself a member of this camp). The other camp cannot figure out what the big fuss is about and why they should care about the novel.
Now, there's a reason why all this is relevant to the film: had Peter Jackson gone to far either way the film would have fallen apart. Appeal to much to the fan-base and you loose the general movie-goer. Appeal to much to the movie-goer, and you'll lose the fan-base.
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100 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NEVER WATCH THE ORIGINAL AGAIN! November 14, 2002
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I just finished watching the extended version and it was like watching a whole new film! In every way, this version is superior. The thirty extra minutes are not wasted. The characters are fleshed out, the battles seem more desparate and the agony of the journey both to Rivendale and beyond is made plain. I urge anyone who hasn't already purchased the theater version to skip it and get the extended one instead. Anyone who already has the theater version.....well this one is definately worth forking out the extra dough to get.
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1,789 of 2,077 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An astonishing masterpiece. December 31, 2001
Considered both as fantasy adventure and as an adaptation of a beloved literary classic, Peter Jackson's film of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" sets new standards for cinematic excellence. Everything about this film feels exactly right, from the casting to the screenplay to the special effects. The last are amazing, putting to shame anything George Lucas has come up with, and yet they always serve to advance the story; unlike Lucas, there's never any hint that Jackson is merely playing with his toys. Jackson shows great respect for Tolkien's text, but not slavish devotion. Certain characters--such as the lovable Tom Bombadil and Frodo's poisonous Aunt Lobelia--are missing, and Tolkien would be chagrined to find that the little poems and songs he loved to write are nowhere quoted. But if Jackson gives short shrift to Tolkien's whimsy, he more than makes up for that by giving us Tolkien's intensity, pathos and moral vision absolutely undiluted. Above all, Jackson never forgets that Tolkien's chief emphasis was always on the characters he created. Jackson casts wonderful actors to play those characters and--again unlike Lucas--he actually allows them to give performances. How wonderful to find the great Sir Ian McKellen, a uniquely commanding and charismatic actor, as Gandalf, or the charming and touching Elijah Wood as Frodo. You can go straight down the list--Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn, Sean Astin as Sam, Ian Holm as Bilbo, Cate Blanchett as Galadriel--and find nothing but perfection. This is one of the very few big-budget blockbusters that unqualifiedly deserves its success, and all we can do now is look forward with excitement to the release of "The Two Towers" in 2002 and "The Return of the King" in 2003. Like the books they came from, these three fillms will be cherished by future generations.
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242 of 278 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, we get to partake of the Fellowship of the Ring December 19, 2001
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Given the major competition that is out there for "The Lord of the Rings," I think it is helpful to point out those who have not read the Trilogy will fare much better watching "The Fellowship of the Ring" than those who are uninitiated watching "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." In fact, this may well be one of those movies where the novices will enjoy it more than those soaked in hobbit lore and the history of the Rings.
Elijah Wood is a credible Frodo, although there are almost as many shots of him looking worried about what is happening as there are close ups of the ring (I might be able to recognize the skin patterns on Wood's hand in my sleep). Ian McKellen, as would be expected, makes the most of playing Gandalf the Grey, bringing a most human dimension to the role while avoiding chewing the scenery except for those moments when the wizard unleashes the full force of his power. Cate Blanchett is a rather cold Galadriel, missing the spark that should take our breath away just looking at her. But ultimately the performances are almost incidental to the rest of what is happening in this film.
While much is to be said for the stunning set designs, of which the mines of Moria stand out even above the Elven havens of Rivendell and Lothlorien, equal measure must be given to the enchanted New Zealand landscapes. The visual spectacles hinted at in the trailers are revealed in all their glory throughout the entire film. The fight sequences hold up well against the current contemporary standard, albeit without any wire work. Surprisingly with all the swordplay involved it is Legolas with his bow and arrows that stands out during every single battle. The orcs are suitable horrendous (and numerous) and the balrog certainly exceeded my expectations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the Rings....great movie.
Just a great movie...just got done watching it for the 3rd time with my 8 yr. olf son. We are catching up for the 3rd and final The Hobbit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing Majesty to My Livingroom
The statues of kings of old, the Argonath peers majestically across my livingroom from its spot on the inset wall shelf. Read more
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I love all 3 movies including the 2 Hobbit movies, you can't just one without the other movies also. THANKS!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This rocks
I love this movie.
I'm 11.
My brother is 8.
We both have watched it 3 times.
I recommend listening to the books first.
It helps;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
An uplifting movie about friendship, temptations and the wellbeing of society as a whole.
Its also an adventure to get to know what your heart is hiding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fellowship of the Ring
This is an amazing trilogy. It has been around for awhile, but it is truly a classic that I can watch over and over! Get all three, then get started on the current Hobbit series!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite of the three
Lots of good hobbit life. Good focused story line without the classic slow Tolkien beginning. The back story is all good, but this gets into the story a little faster. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story Line
This Movie has a good story line I think, but one thing bothers me. After watching it the other day, I realized, Everyone in this film, it appeared to me, has either Blue or... Read more
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I am convinced that the best way to watch the LOTR is to watch the extended versions...but I was hesitant to shop for the extended versions knowing that they would be more than I... Read more
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Ilove the detail of fantacy! it invols you and it is hard not to sit on the edge of your seat! I recommend it to all fantacy fans!
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I need to know if it brings subtitles in Spanish? thanks
The giftbox version (which includes the statues) doesn not have spanish subtitles. You'll have to buy the new Platinum Edition Extended version.
Aug 16, 2011 by Camilo Rodrguez |  See all 3 posts
Booklet missing?
My set came the same way Brand new but only the return of the king booklet.I have seen this happen on other sets like alien quadriligy and gladiator extended cut. It seems that after a set is out for a long time apparently when new pressings are made they do not reprint the insert.Probably to... Read more
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