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The lord of the rings I: The fellowship of the ring - Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan, Sean Astin

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Movie propaganda

Three rings for the elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for mortal men doomed to die,
One for the dark lord on his dark throne
In the land of Mordor where the shadows lie.
One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them,
One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the land of Mordor where the shadows lie.

Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm) is the unknown owner of Sauron's One Ring through a previous adventure (The Hobbit). He's lived a long and happy life and feels it is time to move on. He throws a huge birthday party for himself and Frodo (Elijah Wood). Afterwards he departs the shire leaving the ring to Frodo. Gandalf (Ian McKellen) advises Frodo to keep the ring hidden and not to use it... he has a dire suspicion. Seventeen years pass. Gandalf returns to the shire and tells Frodo that the ring given to him by Bilbo is in fact the One Ring, and Sauron (Christopher Lee) is searching for it. He also tells Frodo that the ring must be destroyed within the Cracks of Doom on Mount Doom in Mordor... This is the only way the ring can be unmade and Sauron defeated forever. Gandalf bids Frodo leave the shire and journey to Rivendell to seek counsel from Elrond. Sam Gamgee (Sean Astin) goes with Frodo on his journey.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film fantasy adventure Gandalf Legolas Frodo

Persons of interest

  • Elijah Wood .... Frodo Baggins
  • Ian McKellan .... Gandalf
  • Christopher Lee .... Sauron
  • Sean Astin .... Samwise Gamgee
  • Dominic Monaghan .... Meriadoc "Merry" Brandybuck
  • Billy Boyd .... Peregrin "Pippin" Took
  • Stuart Townsend .... Aragorn
  • Sean Bean .... Boromir
  • Orlando Bloom .... Legolas
  • John Rhys-Davies .... Gimli
  • Ian Holm .... Bilbo Baggins
  • Cate Blanchett .... Galadriel
  • Brad Dourif .... Wormtongue
  • Liv Tyler .... Arwen Undomiel
  • JRR Tolkien .... Author
  • Fran Walsh .... Screenwriter
  • Philippa Boyens .... Screenwriter
  • Stephen Sinclair .... Screenwriter
  • Peter Jackson .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Ahhh... magic!

If you liked the swords and sorcery aspect of Willow, not to mention the scenery, then Lord of the rings I: The fellowship of the ring will knock your socks off. With the advances made in digital filmmaking, you'll believe an orc can fly.

Meanwhile, JRR Tolkien's dense book, previously impenetrable to me, has been made into a fun, scary, thrilling adventure that anyone can enjoy. It's the archetypal fantasy epic, with monsters, heroes, magic, villains, wickedness, sorcery, fun, adventure, travelling, exploring and running away. For a few hours you can leave behind the mundane world of dial-up internet connections and paying rent and dive into a world beyond any other.

It's so good.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Disc 1:
    • Audio: Dolby Digital ex 5.1 surround sound
    • Disc: Single side, single layer
    • Languages: English
    • Picture: Widescreen 16:9
    • Subtitles: English captions
  • Disc 2:
    • Behind the production:
      • Houghton Mifflin welcomes you to Middle-earth
      • The quest for the ring - a Fox TV special
      • A passage to middle-earth - a Sci-fi Channel special
    • Behind-the-scenes preview of The Two Towers
    • lord-of-the-rings.net featurettes:
      • Finding Hobbiton
      • Hobbiton comes alive
      • Believing the world of Bree
      • Ringwraiths: The fallen kings
      • Languages of Middle-earth
      • Two wizards
      • Interviews: Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Ian McKellan
      • Music of Middle -earth
      • Weathertop: the windy hill
      • Music video: May it be by Enya
      • Peter Jackson - making The two towers
      • Preview of Electronic Arts video game, The two towers
      • Inside look at the special extended edition of Lord of the rings I: The fellowship of the ring
      • DVD-ROM content
      • Exclusive online content

Media intelligence (DVD and VHS - Extended edition)

  • >30 minutes of new footage created for the release
  • Two discs with more than six hours of added content

Media intelligence (DVD - Gift set)

  • Special extended edition DVDs with box art by Alan Lee
  • Custom bookends by Sideshow Weta
  • Beyond the movie DVD by National Geographic including two new Featurettes and Photo Gallery

Security censorship classification

M (Supernatural themes, medium level violence)

Surveillance time

182 minutes (3:02 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 26 December 2001
DVD rental: 6 August 2002
VHS rental: 6 August 2002
DVD retail: 12 November 2002 - Special edition
VHS retail: 12 November 2002 - Special edition
Film: 14 November 2002 - Re-release

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