Category: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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James Ronald Reuel Tolkien is profiled in this BBC program offering an exploration of the renowned English writer's life story. What experiences fueled the imagination of the creator of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings"? Learn more about the literary giant in this scintillating documentary. 48 min. Soundtrack: English.
His three-part "Lord of the Rings" saga has sold more than 50 million copies around the world and stands as a landmark of the fantasy genre. Learn about J.R.R. Tolkien and the creation of Middle Earth and its denizens with this insightful program that features interviews with Tolkien scholars, artwork by the Brothers Hildebrandt, computer ... more
The Master Of The Rings: The Unauthorized Story Behind J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord Of The Rings (2001)
Learn about the reserved Oxford English professor who created a milestone in fantasy literature with his books on hobbits, dwarves, elves and other inhabitants of Middle Earth. This documentary takes you to Tolkien's hometown in England, visits fans who have created their own musical and artistic salutes (and even re-enacted scenes ... more
Narrated by Dominic Monaghan, this winning documentary examines how J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" has captivated the hearts and minds of millions across the globe. Along with a look at how devoted fans have embraced the literary masterwork, the program also includes insights from those involved with the film adaptations of ... more
Could you really visit the Shire? Was Elvish inspired by actual European languages? These questions and more are discussed in this outstanding documentary that explores the real-life inspirations behind J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Narrated by Ian Holm, the program analyzes how Tolkien drew influence from such locations ... more
Hobbits, elves, wizards, Orcs, Ring Wraiths and the other strange inhabitants of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth fantasy trilogy are brought to stunning life in this animated saga by Ralph Bakshi. Join Frodo Baggins and his comrades on a dangerous mission to destroy the magic One Ring of Power before its evil can be unleashed. 133 min. ... more
In the first installment of director Peter Jackson's ambitious and successful film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy trilogy, Elijah Wood stars as plucky hobbit Frodo Baggins, whose bequest of an arcane ring from his uncle Bilbo (Ian Holm) spurs a perilous journey to prevent an overpowering evil from enveloping Middle Earth. Ideally-cast ... more
With the Fellowship of the Ring splintered, the war for Middle Earth continues in the second Tolkien tale from Peter Jackson. As warriors Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) help defend the fortress of Helm's Deep from the monstrous forces of dark lord Sauron, ring-bearing hobbit Frodo (Elijah ... more
Eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, went to director Peter Jackson's triumphant finale to fantasy cinema's most acclaimed series. As Frodo, Sam and the treacherous Gollum attempt to destroy the One Ring of Power in the fires of Mt. Doom, Aragorn the ranger faces his destiny as the rightful ruler of Gondor, leading the armies ... more
This five-disc set features the expanded version, with 13 extra minutes of footage newly incorporated into the film, plus hours of special behind-the-scenes features, including "New Zealand: Home of Middle-Earth," "The Company of Thorin," "The Songs of 'The Hobbit'," and more. 182 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby ... more
Director Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth for the first of his three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's 1937 novel. Sixty years before "The Lord of the Rings," Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is recruited by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to join a band of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on a quest to reclaim ... more