The Lord of the Rings (1978)
IMDb Rating 5.6
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Christopher Guard Frodo
William Squire Gandalf
Michael Sholes Aragorn [Voice]
Simon Chandler Meriadoc
Dominic Guard Pippin
Norman Bird Bilbo
Michael Graham Cox Boromir [Voice]
Anthony Daniels Legolas
David Buck Gimli
Peter Woodthorpe Gollum
Michael Scholes Samwise Gamgee (voice)
John Hurt Aragorn (voice)
Controversial animator Ralph Bakshi 's literal adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien 's classic fantasy trilogy, The Lord of the Rings , is brought to the screen in a reverent, stilted way, with Bakshi forsaking his sharp-edged animated looniness for a rotoscoped dullness. Although the film's title encompasses the entire Tolkien trilogy, this longish Bakshi feature, in fact, covers only the first book, The Fellowship of the Ring , and the first half of the second, The Two Towers . Given the complexity of the original story line, this unfortunately means that only those intimately familiar with the books will be able to understand what is happening in the movie. In brief, however, an evil sorcerer from a previous era created a magical ring which enables its users to call upon its tremendous powers to rule the world, but it inevitably warps them to evil. It was believed lost, but during a resurgence of magical evil in the world, Bilbo, a simple, plain-spoken hobbit, recovers it from its hiding place. The forces of good give his nephew Frodo the choice to bear the awful burden of the ring to a place where it may be destroyed. — Clarke Fountain
Movie Details
Genre Adventure; Animation; Fantasy
Director Ralph Bakshi
Producer Saul Zaentz
Writer J.R.R. Tolkien; Peter S. Beagle; Chris Conkling
Studio Warner Bros.
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating PG
Running Time 131 mins
Movie Release Date 11/15/1978
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 196
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 11/15/2002
Product Details
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.78:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 085393740825
Chapters 38
Release Date 2004
Subtitles English; French; Japanese; Korean; Mandarin; Portuguese; Spanish; Thai
Packaging Snap Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Interactive Menus
Tolkien and Filmmaker Highlights
Scene Access
Theatrical Trailer
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