The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship of the Ring
In the fictional, peaceful land known as Middle-earth, where hobbits, dwarfs, elves and wizards live, a dark and powerful lord has combined the forces of evil to destroy and enslave everyone. This evil master, Sauron requires only one thing to grant him total power; a Ring that has been lost for centuries.
Fate however has given the ring to a small, un-assuming hobbit named Frodo Baggins, who along with his friend Sam and a fellowship of helpers, has to complete an arduous journey to mount doom, where the one ring can be destroyed, bringing peace and harmony back to Middle Earth.
Of course, Sauron is raising an army and has his evil minions on the lookout for the little band of heroes.
The fellowship however is only the beginning of the story, and we have to wait till the end of the trilogy to discover if Frodo is the little hobbit who could.
On it’s cinematic release, Fellowship was a resounding success, Peter Jackson vision for one of the most beloved books of all time seemed to hit all the right notes. Probably because Peter himself was an avid fanboy of Tolkien’s work, and was given the surprising freedom to let his passion run free.
I’ve seen The Fellowship three time already, once at the cinema, once on DVD and again when the extended version was released on DVD. The announcement of the BluRay release came as no surprise. If any film trilogy deserved to be given the hi-def treatment, this was it. My only fear was that I had already seen The Fellowship so many times that another viewing would not fill me with the same awe as the first time, and that, I might actually find my self bored with the whole affair.
Fortunately my fears were unfounded, with Fellowship being my first experience with BluRay I was blown away by the clarity and detail. It was almost like watching The Fellowship of the Rings for the first time. Other than obviously being well versed in what was going to happen at any stage throughout the film, it really was as if I had never seen The Fellowship of the Rings before.
The only disappointing aspect of the BluRay release is that it is a vanilla release, by which I mean that all you get is one disc, with nothing but the film. No extras, no special features. Nothing. Though I’m sure if this trilogy sells well, there will be the Extended BluRay Edition sometime in the future.
I can’t wait now to witness The Two Towers on BluRay – but have to as I have imposed week long breaks between viewings of the three films.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Release date: April 21st, 2010
Stars: Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Bean, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Ian McKellen, Ian Holm, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Liv Tyler, Hugo Weaving, Lawrence Makoare, Sala Baker, Shane Rangi
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Supported Audio: DTS Digital Surround 5.1
Brand: Lord of the Rings
Director: Jackson, Peter
Studio: Roadshow Entertainment