Barring any further revelations, this is presumably as impressive as the Extended Edition of The Fellowship of the Ring will ever look or sound. The process behind Jackson's use of digital color grading gets twelve minutes in the hot-seat, as do a series of ungraded vs. It embraces the heights of Tolkien's high fantasy and grounds it in the mud and despair of a Middle-earth in peril. Hunting Frodo are servants of the Dark Lord, Sauron, the Ring's evil creator. It's all at once true to its source and a bold, cinematic take on Tolkien's beloved story. While a measure of filmic softness still prevails at times, many a scene is Glamdring-sharp.
For the little hope that is left, Frodo and Sam march on into Mordor, unprotected. Jackson and Lesnie's greens are discussed throughout -- far more than any other color, actually -- particularly as it applies to scenes in Hobbiton, Bree, Moria and Amon Hen. An ancient Ring thought lost for centuries has been found, and through a strange twist in fate has been given to a small Hobbit named Frodo. Where does that leave us then? When Gandalf discovers the Ring is in fact the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron, Frodo must make an epic quest to the Cracks of Doom in order to destroy it! It is a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing. There are a few ragged edges, a few flaws here and there, but nothing that should prevent anyone from enjoying the upgrade the new transfer offers. Along the way, a fellowship is formed to protect the ringbearer and make sure that the ring arrives at its final destination: Mt.
If Sauron reclaims the Ring, Middle-Earth is doomed. The scenes themselves aren't monumental, or really all that necessary -- especially when compared to the additional scenes in the Two Towers and Return of the King extended cuts -- but each one serves a greater purpose, enriching the tone and texture of Jackson's adaptation and the humanity and bonds of brotherhood shared between Tolkien's protagonists. When Gandalf discovers the Ring is in fact the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron, Frodo must make an epic quest to the Cracks of Doom in order to destroy it! And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. The Fellowship of the Ring isn't just an absorbing swords-n-sorcery epic or the first step in a three-part journey. The Ringwraiths return in an even more frightening form. Just try not to laugh or cry at the 1:20 mark when director of photography Andrew Lesnie drastically raises and lowers -- what else? Through mountains, snow, darkness, forests, rivers and plains, facing evil and danger at every corner the Fellowship of the Ring must go. Best of all, the experience is as immersive as they come.
And it certainly isn't a dull Middle-earth road trip, as some have crassly pegged it. Debate will always swirl around The Fellowship of the Ring, its theatrical and extended cuts, and Jackson's trilogy as a whole. Their discoveries include Hobbiton, Weathertop, the Ford of Bruinen, Rivendell, Lothlorien, the River Anduin and Amon Hen. No, Jackson's extensions are far more integral to the fabric of the film and the sequels that follow. But each instance is negligible at best and a slight distraction at its worst.
At least that's one debate settled: the Blu-ray release of the theatrical cut does indeed suffer from unnecessary noise reduction and aberrant smearing. Needless to say, audio commentaries don't get much better, or much more engrossing, than those that appear across The Lord of the Rings extended edition releases. They are meant to supplement, not supplant, the theatrical cuts. Frodo isn't a victim of circumstance, he's a willing sacrificial lamb who, despite his people's modest roots, commits himself to a task few others could embrace. The encode itself is also sound. Silence is a rarity and the mass-member commentaries have been mercifully, meticulously and intelligently edited together using a variety of recording sessions consisting of smaller groups and individuals. Brace yourselves as the Nazgûl emit their fearsome wail.
Again, that traces back to Jackson, not Warner. I made a promise, Mr Frodo. I feel it in the water. Their quest to destroy the One Ring is the only hope for the end of the Dark Lords reign! The chances of this happening? The Color Change: An Unexpected Journey If you haven't been embroiled in the debate over the revised color timing that graces the new Extended Edition release of Fellowship of the Ring, be grateful. The image is rich and bold, primaries are tenacious, black levels are deeper than ever, the overall palette remains lush and lively, and detail is excellent. He is joined by Gandalf, Legolas the elf, Gimli the Dwarf, Aragorn, Boromir and his three Hobbit friends Merry, Pippin and Samwise. While some will always bemoan the absence of Tom Bombadil and the changes Jackson and his writers made over the course of their adaptation, I can't help but celebrate everything they accomplished.
However he does not go alone. The dark fire will not avail you, Flame of Udun! Howard Shore's masterful score is perfectly prioritized beneath the film's soundscape, gut punch revelations are as pitch-perfect as they are emotional, restless armies will make viewers turn their heads, and the terrifying clamor of orcs, goblins, demons and more will unsettle the most steely listener. Glad that guy's done talking. Their quest to destroy the One Ring is the only hope for the end of the Dark Lords reign! As to my score, I danced around a 4. The Fellowship of the Ring, and really The Lord of the Rings trilogy as a whole, is a sonic powerhouse.
Shadows are darker, saturation has been dampened in key scenes the Council of Elrond, in particular , crush is now more problematic than before, and greens and cyans, though already heavily at play in the film's original palette, have been slightly intensified throughout, in some cases during sequences that once featured very little green or cyan at all. Unfortunately, it's presented in non-anamorphic widescreen, adding pillar-boxed insult to standard-def injury. Doom, the only place where it can be destroyed. Fans can set aside their fears and enjoy The Fellowship of the Ring's high definition presentation for the experience it offers. Jackson's Fellowship of the Ring is a masterclass in adapting an unfilmable literary text, an arguably perfect fusion of faithfulness and freshness, and a movingly intimate, beautifully haunting grand-scale epic in every sense. I still caught sight of anomalies here and there watch the background behind Lurtz when he receives his marching orders in Saruman's tower , but I didn't encounter anything that was cause for any serious concern.
Sam isn't a dutiful friend, he's the very heart of the fellowship, lending strength wherever there is none, cheer wherever sorrow resides, and discipline wherever the Ring seeks chaos. Assuming The Fellowship of the Ring's new color grading has made its way to Blu-ray exactly as Jackson and Lesnie intended, Warner's Extended Edition Blu-ray release is a strong one. The film's updated color grading will no doubt give purists fits, but there's still a lot to enjoy about this release. An ancient Ring thought lost for centuries has been found, and through a strange twist in fate has been given to a small Hobbit named Frodo. Altered color timing aside, The Fellowship of the Ring has, quite frankly, never looked as strong, confident and capable as it does here. He is joined by Gandalf, Legolas the elf, Gimli the Dwarf, Aragorn, Boromir and his three Hobbit friends Merry, Pippin and Samwise.
We're made privy to Isildur's death, given a few more brief glimpses into Bilbo and Frodo's personalities before they part ways, witness the Wood Elves traveling to the Grey Havens, Aragorn singing and visiting his mother's grave, Gandalf giving Frodo an important warning, Galadriel offering gifts to the Fellowship, and other small but welcome moments between the various members of the Fellowship. Jackson proved himself the right filmmaker for the job, Weta and Jackson's production team proved to be exactly what his adaptation needed, and The Fellowship of the Ring, be it the theatrical or extended cut of the film, has proven to be a breathtaking masterpiece worthy of any and all praise it has received and will continue to receive. And so it was that, in December of 2001, literary purists, Tolkien devotees, movie critics and cinephiles of all stripes filed into director Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring with bated breath, wondering if the film they were about to see would cause Tolkien irritation or resentment, or if it would even work as a film at all. Bree, Weathertop, The Mines of Moria, Rivendell and Lothlórien are all much darker than before; by thematically powerful means, perhaps, but undoubtedly to detail-quashing ends. Dialogue, whether whispered or shouted, is crisp, clean, and intelligible; voices, whether human, beast or ethereal warrior, ring true across the soundfield; and creature cries, whether spittled roars or high-pitched screeches, are sharp and stable. But I can't conceive of an adaptation, particularly in regards to The Fellowship of the Ring, that could strike such a careful balance between the literary practicalities and cinematic possibilities inherent in Tolkien's text. For more about The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and the The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Blu-ray release, see the published by Kenneth Brown on June 17, 2011 where this Blu-ray release scored 4.