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J.R.R. Tolkien & The Birth Of Lord Of The Rings


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Main Program: C+



I am part of a more sizable minority than one would think exists that did not like or care for Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings films, though this critic is no fantasy fan and much prefers Ridley Scott or John Boorman if Fantasy genre filmmaking is to be taken seriously.  Early on, we looked at a very disappointing DVD/CD set called J.R.R. Tolkien – Master Of The Rings, which dragged and dragged.  Much less pretentious, yet simple but viable is J.R.R. Tolkien & The Birth Of Lord Of The Rings (2004) which is not stuffy and does a much nicer job of covering his life story in under-hour running length.


Once again, this is a European import with the same narrator Delta has been using on other programs.  Our critic and literary expert Wayne Wise was not pleased with the King Arthur installment, but I believe Rings fans would find this more interesting and straightforward, not having to worry about problematic history records.  People lost in the fantasy will likely not want to hear about the reality, but here it is and it is more interesting than his books.  Inexpensive and short, you cannot go wrong picking it up.


The 1.33 X 1 image was shot on analog PAL video and looks fine for that, but a nice mix of film footage surfaces from time to time.  The simple stereo sound is PCM 2.0 for a change and Liam Dunn’s quasi-sarcastic tone at times is a hoot.  He’s always half the fun of watching any of the shows in this series, which is good, because this disc has zero extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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