Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 7. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003)
7. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy – The Extended Edition [Blu-ray] (2001, 2002, 2003)
Plot: A ring has been given to a small Hobbit named Frodo (Elijah Wood). When Gandalf (Ian McKellen) discovers it is in fact the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron, Frodo must make a quest to the Cracks of Doom to destroy it. He is joined by Gandalf, Legolas (Orlando Bloom), Gimli (John Rhys-Davies), Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Boromir (Sean Bean) and his three friends Merry (Dominic Monaghan), Pippin (Billy Boyd) and Sam (Sean Astin).
The Legend Comes to Life (tagline)
Also Starring: Cate Blanchett, Brad Dourif, Bernard Hill, Christopher Lee, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Hugo Weaving
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Written by: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson
Length: 228 min, 223 min, 231 min
Budget: $93 million, $94 million, $94 million
Gross Revenue: $869,797,416, $920,400,000, $1,118,888,979 (Worldwide)
My Favorite Movie Quote:
Galadriel: The one ring to rule them all.
Review: Dwarfs!! I love them! I’ve said it before but I think it’s something that needs repeating. And in these films there’s a bunch of them.
Okay, technically hobbits aren’t dwarfs, but at least they have to be considered some kind of little people. Whatever they are, this bluray collection offers even more dwarf/little people than ever before.
Yeah, that’s right, even more!! First, they released a DVD set with the theatrical releases of the movies adding up to 558 minutes, and when we all had bought that one they released a DVD set with the extended versions adding up to 654 minutes. Almost 100 minutes more awesome Dwarf time!
And now, when we already have crammed two DVD sets of Lord of the Ring excellence on our shelves (to impress the ladies of course) they release a third (and last?) set. The ultimate Lord of the Rings experience, this time on bluray, with even longer version (682 minutes total) AND 26 hours of additional content. I can’t wait to have a movie night and watch it from start to end. I say night, but I of course mean week.
Nerdiest Movie Trivia: Elijah Wood dressed up in breeches and a flowing shirt and went out into the hills to shoot his audition tape.
His friend George Huang, directed the video.
The extras in this material is actually tempting me more than the actual movies. Peter Jackson knows how to please the nerd masses. For example, I didn’t like King Kong, but I loved The King Kong Production Diaries. The man knows the value of great extra materials. And 26 hours of it? I just had a tiny nerd orgasm.
But just to clarify, if you haven’t seen any of these movies, there are so much more going on in this trilogy than dwarfs and little people. There’s also Gollum, nazi statues, beautiful women, orcs and an elf.
Ricky Gervais loves dwarfs too. Did you know that? Here’s a promo he did with Warwick Davis promoting the upcoming sitcom Life’s too short. And judging from this clip alone, it’s going to be hilarious!
THE LORD OF THE RINGS OSCAR COUNT
The Fellowship of the Ring
4 Wins: Cinematography (Andrew Lesnie) Visual Effects (Jim Rygiel, Randall William Cook, Richard Taylor, Mark Stetson) Makeup (Peter Owen, Richard Taylor) Original Score (Howard Shore)
9 Nominations: Best Picture (Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh) Director (Peter Jackson) Supporting Actor (Ian McKellen) Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson) Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Costume Design, Film Editing (John Gilbert) Best Sound, Best Music, Original Song (Enya, Nicky Ryan, Roma Ryan) For the song “May It Be”.
The Two Towers
2 Wins: Sound Editing (Ethan Van der Ryn, Mike Hopkins) Visual Effects (Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook, Alex Funke)
4 Nominations: Best Picture (Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson) Film Editing (Michael Horton) Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Sound (Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges, Hammond Peek)
The Return of the King
11 Wins: Best Picture (Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh) Director (Peter Jackson) Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing (Jamie Selkirk) Best Makeup, Best Music, Original Score (Howard Shore) Best Sound Mixing, Best Visual Effects, Best Writing – Adapted Screenplay (Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson) Best Music, Original Song (Fran Walsh, Howard Shore, Annie Lennox) For the song “Into the West”.
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