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|National Geographic Beyond the Movie - The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring|
Actors: Phil Crowley, John Howe, Peter McHugh, Oliver Muirhead, Alan Lee
Director: Lisa Kors
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Television, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
National Geographic Beyond the Movie: The Lord of the Rings explores throught provoking questions for viewers who want to go beyond the richly fanciful film into the world that started it all.
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Angie Kathleen L. from OREM, UT
Reviewed on 9/18/2009...
This is specifically for Lord of the Ring enthusiasts. National Geographic's Beyond the Movie exploration of The Lord of The Rings fellowship tries to correlate events in the book with life experiences of the author, JRR Tolkien, while admitting that Tolkien denied any connection to WWII. This production explores ancient Finish history and language as a possible source for Tolkien's invented languages. It also parallels the literary quest to rid the world of an evil thing that the world wrongly created with modern issues with machinery and ecological destruction. All-in-all, it seems more an attempt to create than to explore. Still, it is a thought provoking look at not only what may have molded Tolkein's mythical worlds, but what may be needed to inspire heroes for today.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Great behind the scenes look at FOTR
John | Chicago | 02/16/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I popped this DVD in last night and was surprised. I guess I shouldn't be, with National Geographic producing this. The DVD does a great job of exploring the events that influenced JRR Tolkien, including Industrialization and World War I .I was also surprised with the footage and interviews. These are not interviews of some random Tolkien "experts", but with his best friend, war buddy, and also the man Peter Jackson himself. The rest of cast speaks also, some in full costume on the set. There is tons of footage from the movie. This adds a lot to the DVD.There is also an in-depth study of the origins of the Elfish Language. Very nice. My favorite part of the DVD was seeing how the filmmakers modeled Hobbiton after the childhood village of Tolkien. The bridge is exactly the same! Cool stuff. The houses look just like the village of Bree. Overall, this DVD is a worthy effort. It gives an in-depth look at the origin of the novels and also the movie."
Lopsided Examination of the Roots of Rings
Peter Swift | 03/21/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It was interesting to see which influences National Geographic deemed worthy of exploring, and which they ignored. All falling along predictable political lines, of course.The horrors of war? Environmentalism? Anti-industry? These messages are all delved into, and rightfully so...Tolkien did see the violence of war first-hand, after all, and he did see the rude intrusion of industry and "progress" on the land that he loved (see the "Scouring of the Shire"). But isn't part of the message that some things ARE worth fighting for? And what about Catholicism, Christian ethics and self-sacrifice? Or his emphasis on family and friendship? All were fundamental to Tolkien, but are nowhere to be found in this documentary. Wasn't his close friendship with C.S. Lewis, the man who encouraged him to continue writing more than anyone else, even worth mentioning?!? Instead there's a strange tangent about a guy walking across Africa...whom Tolkien never met.If you can hardly wait for the next installments of the Rings Trilogy, then there is some stuff here you'll enjoy--snippets of interviews with Peter Jackson, comparisons of Hobbiton and Tolkien's own hometown, as well as some interesting (if frustratingly truncated) anthropological information concerning Beowulf and the middle ages generally. But this is a very lopsided presentation, and if you know anything about Tolkien, you will be annoyed."
Better rental than a purchase
David G. Jung | California USA | 03/17/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased it with high hopes that it would really give some good insight about how Tolkien came up with the LOTR. Unfortunately, the insights were rather weak. It was really well researched, but there were no interviews with Tolkien of any kind. One would have thought that some insight from Christopher, his son and editor of the Silmarillion, would have been included in this, but it wasn't. There was never any mention that the story of Bilbo Baggins was a story he told to his kids, and because they liked it so much, he began to write it down.I found out more about Tolkien by reading the CD sleeves of the radio dramatization of LOTR (ISBN 0553456539) than I did with this DVD, I feel completely jipped.If you want to see it, I recommend renting it. It's not worth adding to your collection."