The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Blu-ray)

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Rating: PG-13

Starring:
Alan Howard as The Ring (voice)
Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins
Noel Appleby as Everard Proudfoot
Sean Astin as Samwise ‘Sam’ Gamgee
Sala Baker as Sauron
Sean Bean as Boromir
Cate Blanchett as Galadriel
Orlando Bloom as Legolas Greenleaf
Billy Boyd as Peregrin ‘Pippin’ Took
Marton Csokas as Celeborn
Megan Edwards as Mrs. Proudfoot
Michael Elsworth as Gondorian Archivist
Mark Ferguson as Gil-Galad
Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins
Christopher Lee as Saruman

Directed by Peter Jackson

Special Features:
Disc 1: Blu-ray
Theatrical Trailers
The Lord of the Rings: Aragon’s Quest Game Trailer

Disc 2: DVD
3 Spellbinding Documentaries
Featurette Gallery Spotlighting The Creation Of J.R.R. Tolkien’s World
Enya May It Be Music Video
Preview Of The Two Towers Movie
Theatrical Trailers & TV Spots

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.40:1)
DTS-HD MA 6.1 Surround Sound
Spanish Subtitles
Spanish Languages
Running Time: 178 Minutes

The Details:
The following is the official description of the film:

“With the help of a courageous fellowship of friends and allies, Frodo embarks on a perilous mission to destroy the legendary One Ring. Hunting Frodo are servants of the Dark Lord, Sauron, the Ring’s evil creator. If Sauron reclaims the Ring, Middle-earth is doomed. Winner of four Academy Awards®, this epic tale of good versus evil, friendship and sacrifice will transport you to a world beyond imagination.”

“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” is rated PG-13 for epic battle sequences and some scary images.

Mini-Review:
We all know “The Lord of the Rings” is a great movie. There’s no question about that. The only question is whether or not to buy this Blu-ray now or later.

Back in April 2010, the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy set was released on Blu-ray in a single package. Now they have busted up that set and are selling the movies individually. These individual Blu-ray’s have all the exact same content as that trilogy set. You have the same featurettes, the same digital copies, etc. But it’s actually CHEAPER to buy them individually than in a set. So if you’re determined to buy them now, then this is the way you want to do it.

Now for the downside. First of all, these are not the Extended Editions that have so much more excellent footage. It’s obvious they intend to release those later. So if you want that extra footage, you’re better off waiting. Second, only the movies are in HD. The bonus features are all on DVD and won’t look all that great on your HD TV.

If you’re a LOTR fanatic, then this might be worth adding to your collection. After all, you want to see the trilogy in the best picture quality possible. But if you can be patient and wait, I’d recommend you hold out for the Extended Editions on Blu-ray. You can probably expect them around the time they release “The Hobbit,” but who knows when that will be.

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