Beyond the Movie: LOTR on DVD

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  1. MatS

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    ok...well not really [​IMG]
    National Geographic Beyond the Movie: The Lord of the Rings will be released on video and DVD in February 2002 in the United States as well as through its distribution partners worldwide in 2002.
    NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER PRESENTS THE WORLDWIDE BROADCAST PREMIERE OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BEYOND THE MOVIE: THE LORD OF THE RINGS ON DECEMBER 23 ON MSNBC TO COINCIDE WITH NEW LINE CINEMA'S EPIC FILM
    National Geographic Embarks on an Extraordinary Journey to Explore How the Imaginary World of Middle-earth Reflects Our Own
    (Washington, DC, December 3, 2001) National Geographic EXPLORER embarks on an extraordinary journey to the far corners of the globe and back into time to explore the impact of cultural forces that inspired New Line's epic motion picture adaptation of the first book of J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy in National Geographic Beyond the Movie: The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien's epic story appeals to many as new generations face the challenges of global conflicts and peace. National Geographic examines how Tolkien's imaginary world of hobbits and wizards reflects today's world in conflict by delving into the fascinating parallels between real-life myths, events, and languages to those created by Tolkien and cinematically realized by director Peter Jackson in New Line Cinema's The Fellowship of the Ring. Featuring exclusive footage from The Fellowship of the Ring and insightful interviews with the cast and filmmakers, only National Geographic can present such a unique look into the blockbuster film and the real-life story behind it. National Geographic Beyond the Movie: The Lord of the Rings premieres on EXPLORER on Sunday, December 23, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT exclusively on MSNBC.
    For those who love movies and the real stories that inspire them?, National Geographic Beyond the Movie: The Lord of the Rings poses thought-provoking questions about the history, geography, folklore, and culture that go beyond the richly fanciful tale. Who was J.R.R. Tolkien, and how did he create the amazing world of Middle-earth? Is the struggle between good and evil in the epic story a reflection of the early 20th century? How do the places, heroes, and villains of Middle-earth reflect our own real places, myths, and legends? Are the languages spoken in Middle-earth based on real languages? How does Frodo compare to great explorers, and is a hero's journey such as his still possible in today's world?
    National Geographic Beyond the Movie: The Lord of the Rings centers on the intriguing and enduring questions posed by this well-loved story. National Geographic explores the influences of the events of Toklien's time as Great Britain is hurled out of the Victorian era into the 20th century with industrialization encroaching at an alarming rate through the pastoral English countryside of Tolkien's childhood. The First World War also greatly impacted the author. With rare combat footage including some of the battalion that to which Tolkien belonged, National Geographic journeys to the trenches of the battle of the Somme where Tolkien witnessed the death of friends and the disintegration of rigid class boundaries, and the deeply scarred earth. Here Tolkien began to imagine his great epic story.
    After the war, Tolkien became a distinguished Oxford professor of Anglo-Saxon literature and language. However, he led a parallel private life, developing an elaborate mythology for his beloved England. In Tolkien's tale, he has created an idyllic world that is threatened by a great evil, and the mission of one individual to save it.
    An avid scholar and linguist, Tolkien was deeply inspired by epics like Beowulf and the Finnish Kalevala. EXPLORER travels to a remote village in Finland with National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and anthropologist Wade Davis to meet the one of the last "rune-singers," who sings the Kalevala. Composed from a collection of old ballads and lyric poetry, the epic recounts the mythical history of the Finns -- the creation of the world and the adventurous journeys of brave heroes. Finnish, the language of the Kalevala, is believed to have influenced Tolkien's invented language of the elves.
    National Geographic EXPLORER's encore presentation on National Geographic Beyond the Movie: The Lord of the Rings will air on Friday, December 28, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. For additional programming information and updates for National Geographic EXPLORER, please log on to www.nationalgeographic.com/tv/explorer. For more in-depth experience of the EXPLORER presentation, log onto www.nationalgeographic.com/ngbeyond. National Geographic Beyond the Movie: The Lord of the Rings will be released on video and DVD in February 2002 in the United States as well as through its distribution partners worldwide in 2002.
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  2. James E

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    [​IMG] Don't do that man, It was not nice![​IMG]
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  3. Peter Overduin

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    I find it interesting - in a disturbing way - that the single greatest motivation in Tolien's life and literature is not mentioned even once or even inferred; that is his deeply held Christian faith. Tolien would not be the first to be 'de-christianized' by a studios and historians. C.S. Lewis's 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe' trilogy is also under consideration for a massive cinematic production. Perhaps the reaction to the studio's intention to remove all references to Christianity from the story (which is what it is all about) and secularize it will give them pause to think about it.

    For Nat Geo to attempt any 'behind the scene's' look into Tolien's life, while ignoring the faith that motivated him so intensely, would be nothing short of a travesty and an appalling deconstruction of one of the greatest intellectuals of the past century.
     
  4. george kaplan

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    Tolkien may have been a Christian, but it's a big stretch in my opinion to say that LOTR is Christian by any stretch of the imagination. He has a whole elaborate mythology with multiple gods and levels of gods and even though there is a single ultimate God, the whole world is based far more on mythology than anything else. If anybody de-christianized Tolkien's LOTR, it was Tolkien.
     
  5. Luis Cruz

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    In response to Mr. Kaplan, I must say you need to look at the LOTR on a different level. What inspired Tolkien to write the masterpiece was his faith in Christianity. The books were written with a Christian worldview. Now he doesn't make it as obvious as C.S. Lewis, but it is in there. Also I might add, that if Tolkien would have never spoken to C.S. Lewis about Christianity, C.S. Lewis would not have written the books he did. You may also want to take a look at this little interesting tid bit about Tolkien and LOTR...it's very interesting to say the least.
    http://focusonthefamily.org/pplace/pi/lotr/A0018586.cfm
     
  6. Tino

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    Guys, remember, religious discussions are a no-no here at the HTF.
    Plus that header is gonna piss a lot of people off.[​IMG]
     
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    Tease [​IMG]
     
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  9. george kaplan

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    Well I hardly think talking about religion as it pertains to a film is off limits here any more than politics would be off limits discussing JFK. However, I don't see much point in going at it, since having read lots and lots of Tolkien (including all of the books edited by his son), there is no way anyone is going to convince me that the books which are polytheistic and are on the to-ban list of conservative groups since it portrays what they feel is 'occultism' is somehow a christian work that is being stripped of this in the film.
     
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    I've changed this thread's title to more accurately represent the initial post's content.

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  11. Sutjahjo Ngaserin

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    >>>What inspired Tolkien to write the masterpiece was his faith in Christianity
     
  12. Sutjahjo Ngaserin

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    >>>should not allow their children to read.
     
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    Of course, many organized religious groups excel at trying to restrict free-thinking. Fortunately, LOTR will continue to survive any ban by any group and will thrive even more as a result of this excellent movie. For anyone to be so threatened by such a humane and life-affirming story and movie is more a comment on the poverty of their thought and the level of their fear.
     
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    Yesterday my Baptist minister specifically recommended LOTR from the pulpit, citing Tolkien's Christian world view [​IMG] .
     
  16. Rob Gillespie

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    Let them ban themselves from seeing it. These people will always find something to get constipated about.
     
  17. MatS

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    glad this topic has stayed on topic [​IMG] ..anyway, pretty good special with many key scenes from the movie (spoilers if you hadn't seen it). Plenty of insite into Tolkien's inspiration for the trilogy. I would think those who were picking up the Rush Hour 2 dvd just for the trailer would be looking into this as well.
     
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    >>>Yesterday my Baptist minister specifically recommended LOTR from the pulpit, citing Tolkien's Christian world view
     
  19. Holadem

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    I see ZERO christianity in the LOTR. The only remotely religious influence I see is the love of the good guys (Gandalf mainly) for all life. Christianity did not invent compassion, it is the focus of 13 zillions other religions. Unless I hear it from the horse's mouth, any claim of religion's role in the LOTR is overblown. After all, people thought the book was related to europe in the 30's then to the cold war in the 50...

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