Comments: Lord of the Rings documentaries on DVD

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Mark Walker, Feb 17, 2002.

  1. Mark Walker

    Mark Walker Cinematographer

    Jan 6, 1999
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    I have noticed a bunch of DVDs in the stores
    now on JRR Tolkien and The Lord of The Rings.
    Of course, there is the National Geographic DVD
    which hits stores this coming Tuesday (Feb 19),
    which was done with the full cooperation of
    the Peter Jackson films.
    But there are others, like
    Master of The Rings
    and a few others on DVD that have come out as well.
    Looking at the back of the cover for
    Master of The Rings and
    I wasn't terribly impressed...seemed more
    like a "see the people who have been effected
    by Tolkien's books" thing. Yawn.
    But I did not see it, so I am not sure.
    Has anyone seen any TOLKIEN, or Lord of the Rings
    documentary DVDs, and can you tell us what they
    are like?
  2. Josh_Hill

    Josh_Hill Screenwriter

    Jan 6, 2002
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    I have seen Master of the Rings. I picked it up at Sams for $8. Its a nice documentary. Has a lot of interviews with Tolkien. I havent seen the National Geographic one yet, but I want too.
  3. Jeff Swindoll

    Jeff Swindoll Supporting Actor

    Mar 19, 2000
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    FYI, there are 2 Master of the Rings. One is called J.R.R. Tolkien : Master of the Rings : the definative guide to the world of the rings and the cover is a artist's rendition of the Pillars of the Kings. I got this one at Sam's for $8.99. It tries to look at LOTR from a scholarly viewpoint and not a fan based one. I really wouldnt say that it was definative, but it was an enjoyable 80 mins. I thought it wasnt too bad for $8.99 [​IMG]. The other is called Masters of the Rings : the unauthorized story behind LOTR. I dont have this one, but from what I've read it deals more with a fan based reaction to LOTR (the books) and a society that recreates Tolkien inspired battle sequences.
    Addition: I'd also recommend, for whatever it's worth [​IMG], to pick up the J.R.R. Tolkien Audio collection CD. It's from Caedmon and is from a tape Tolkien made in 1952 "that inspired him to continue his own quest to see his vision in print." Rather magical to have Tolkien read you selections from LOTR. It can be had for $16.95 at Cheers.
  4. Mark Zimmer

    Mark Zimmer Producer

    Jun 30, 1997
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    Both versions of the Tolkien Master etc. documentaries are reviewed at
    The National Geographic program was pretty good, though it kept going off onto tangents unrelated to either the film or Tolkien. Does the DVD contain any additional footage?

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