The Lord of the Rings

1978

Action / Adventure / Animation / Fantasy

29
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 50%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 64%
IMDb Rating 6.2 10 26661

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Cast

John Hurt as Aragorn 'Strider' - Son of Arathorn
Anthony Daniels as Legolas Greenleaf - Son of Thranduil / Déagol - Smeagol's Cousin
Billy Barty as Bilbo / Sam
Mel Smith as Additional Voices
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968.68 MB
1280*720
English
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23.976 fps
2hr 12 min
P/S 11 / 18
2.02 GB
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English
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23.976 fps
2hr 12 min
P/S 11 / 31

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by JohnHowardReid 8 / 10

Bakshi is the winner with me!

I enjoyed Ralph Bakshi's "The Lord of the Rings" (1978) more than Peter Jackson's somewhat faulty 2001 version.

Both films are so faithful in their own way to Tolkien's vision that one could go through them both, vigorously comparing actor with actor, and scene for scene.

However, all in all, I thought the Ralph Bakshi product, thanks to his storyboard, actors and artists, more than held their own against Jackson's over-hyped re-make.

Both films are available in really excellent10/10 DVD versions, the Ralph Bakshi delight from Warner Brothers, the somewhat less entertaining Peter Jackson effort from New Line.

Reviewed by Tweekums 7 / 10

A solid animated version of the first half of 'The Lord of the Rings'

This film tells the tale of Frodo Baggins, a Hobbit, who must go on an epic quest to take the evil ring of power to Mount Doom in the Kingdom of Mordor; all the time under threat of attack by the nine sinister Ring Wraths and evil Orcs. He starts his journey after being given the quest by the wizard Gandalf and is initially accompanied by fellow Hobbits Sam, Merry and Pippin. They are later joined by Aragorn, a friend of Gandalf. He leads then to the elvish town of Rivendell where they are reunited with Gandalf. Here the 'Fellowship of the Ring' is formed as Gandalf, Legolas the Elf, Gimli the Dwarf and Boromir, a human warrior join the four Hobbits and Aragorn. Their troubles are only beginning; the forces of darkness are constantly after the ring and the ring itself threatens to tear the group apart as members think they could use it for good; something which is quite impossible.

It must be said that since Peter Jackson's epic three film adaption of 'The Lord of the Rings' this version looks a distinct second best. That isn't to say this isn't worth watching. I certainly enjoyed it when I saw it as a child even if I was disappointed by the ending that makes it clear that this is just the first part of the story… I was even more disappointed when it became apparent that the conclusion wouldn't be made. On the positive side the story moves at a cracking pace and I liked the character designs. Some might not like the obvious rotoscoping used during more action led scenes and scenes involving large groups but I rather liked it as it gave the film a distinctive look and meant we could get for more motion in these scenes than if it was conventionally animated. The voice cast does a good job, never sounding 'cartoony'. Overall I'd recommend this but one has to accept that it only shows half of the story… at least now we can watch Peter Jackson's films to find out how it ends.

Reviewed by davibush 5 / 10

A rocket that fizzled away

Jacksons LOTR is very similar to this animated effort. It begins with a well paced narrative , explaining the story and the animation is quite good, but not Disney quality. When the first Horseman arrives it really is creepy and frightening, and the Prancing Pony sequence is also chilling. Sadly , as the film moves on , the quality of the animation drops and towards the end, the director is racing through the story and the animation almost completely disappears. Obviously the makers had good intentions but bit off more than he could chew...or draw, and probably ran out of money. I believe Jackson did see this film in his youth and was determined to do the story justice, which he did beyond the call of duty. Worth watching , but will leave the viewer disappointed . Gollum as usual, stole the show!

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