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5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest movie ever made, January 6, 2008
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Four-Disc Special Extended Edition) (DVD)
I won't bother to explain why I think this is the greatest movie ever made. Nor will I mention the special features, except to say that they too are the best special features ever added to a DVD. What I would like to explain is why the so-called "extended edition" is far superior to the theatrical version. (It is not extended at all; it is simply the movie as it should be seen. The cinematic version is ridiculously truncated by comparison.)

Here are 10 reasons:

1. The relationship between Boromir and Aragorn, which is absolutely central to the plot, is greatly fleshed out. We see them meeting and clashing, then trying to resolve their differences - which are due to Aragorn's sense of duty and Boromir's loyalty to his father - which makes their break and ultimate reconciliation, and thus the climax of the film, far more meaningful.

2. The same holds true for another significant relationship, between Gimli and Legolas. The traditional dislike between elves and dwarfs was not made clear at all in the theatrical version, nor were their personal difficulties. This has important implications for their growing friendship, for the harmony of the fellowship, and for Gimli's relationship with Galadriel.

3. The hobbits get a chance to act as hobbits before they become involved in the serious business of being a fellowship.

4. The prologue gives some detail about Isildur's role in the finding, keeping and losing of the ring, which is absolutely central to the story and to Aragorn's character.

5. Celeborn becomes a real character. He is the Lord of Lothlorien, a very wise and dignified elf, and it was very demeaning to reduce him to an almost silent cameo role.

6. We get to see the gifts of Galadriel and Celeborn, including the elven cloaks with their leaf brooches, lembas waybread, Frodo's phial, Sam's rope, Merry's and Pippin's daggers, Aragorn's short sword, and Legolas's new bow - all of which become very significant at various points during the three film.

7. The Council of Elrond gets to look like a real Council.

8. Aragorn's background is explained more clearly, particularly with regard to his mother, his relationship with Elrond, and the way his ancestry and his destiny have always haunted him.

9. The significance of mithril is explained. This gives far more impact to the scene where Frodo is saved.

10. The geography of Lothlorien is a lot clearer.
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