Finally got to see Jackson's LOTR this week. While it was great, I thought there was an excessive amount of "fuzziness", or I guess it's what you all are talking about, grain. I have no idea what they projected, 35 or Super 35, but the images were incredibly "soft", especially during the bright daylight scenes as Gandalf is traveling into town. I hope you've got something there Keith, and I hope what I saw was a Super 35 projection, because I'd sure like to see a crisper LOTR.
back to Bakshi's LOTR
. I just got done watching the dvd for the first time. It's been since I was a kid that I last saw the film. I find that I still like it, and I still think the wraiths are scary, but I don't anticipate having any nightmares tonight
. What I would like to address is this business about Aruman
. It turns out that only Gandalf and the hobbits call Saruman Aruman. During the council, both the narrator and Elrond distinctly say Saruman, as does Gimli later in the film. And, sure enough, in the end credits he is in fact called Saruman. I began to wonder if maybe wizards and hobbits dropped the S as rule of regional or racial dialect. But then, accepting that, that leaves us to wonder why they don't drop the S in Sauron. In any event, I know I'm giving Bakshi license where it probably isn't deserved, as the popular outcry against the film on this very point by Tolkien readers surely reveals that Tolkien himself never expressed this difference in dialect. However, I do plan to read FOTR soon (no, I never have
), and I'll be keeping my eyes open for any evidence of such a condition.
I just wanted to point out that the production does in fact recognize Saruman's original spelling, and popularly agreed upon pronuciation, except in the case of the hobbits and Gandalf. So there.
Now I gotta go out and buy American Pop. So far this month, I've watched Fritz the Cat and LOTR, and it still ain't enough. Besides Pop, the only other Bakshi out there on dvd is Heavy Traffic, and I hear it's pan and scan... boo! hiss!! And if they come out with Wizards soon, I'm gonna go postal!