The “other” Lord of the Rings movie

I enjoy lurking around on the Blu-ray.com forums; stumbled across this thread yesterday – the 1978 animated version of The Lord of the Rings will be released on Blu-ray April 6. I immediately made a pre-order on amazon; “blind” purchase and all.

I do not care how much cheese factor this movie has; it has always been a person favorite from childhood days and I cannot wait to see what sort of goodness high-def brings to this animated classic. Besides, I cannot get my kid into the books or movies, so maybe the animated version will do the trick.

If you are a fan of the 1978 animated version, or even just have a passing interest in knocking everything that is wrong with this film, you should really check out this review. I think it is overly harsh, but it is highly entertaining and worth a read. For example,

Did you know that The Last Alliance lost? Evidently so. “As the Last Alliance of Men and Elves fell beneath his power”, however, Sauron failed to notice “the heroic shadow who slipped in”; Isildur, according to the movie, heroically snuck up behind Sauron and heroically hacked his hand off while he was looking the other way, and so came by the Ring. Hah! Some hero: “Isildur the Backstabbing Sneak”.

Sometimes I just like what I like; the pundits be damned. Of course no offense intended to the reviewer; I actually enjoyed the review!

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