This generously-filled and generally apposite four-DVD special extended edition is
excellent value. In the first instance, it presents an added value The Lord of the Rings – The Fellowship
of the Rings film, for there is over 30 minutes material over and above the theatre running time
including six new scenes and 20 extended scenes. These add much to our understanding of the story,
and its background, including that all-important Prologue. Here are also four additional feature-length
commentaries by the production and design teams including not only Peter Jackson and the cast, but
also the composer Howard Shore. The film images, in lavish colour, are crystal clear and the sound
engineering is very good.
Disc Three has six documentaries covering the process of adaptation from
J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic novel and the set designs, costumes, creatures and the miniatures created for the film.
It also has a useful interactive map of Middle-earth tracing the journeys of the Fellowship.
From the point of view of Film Music on the Web, the main feature interest comes on Disc Four
with a ten-minute feature on Howard Shore’s music. He covers the composition of all the main themes
explains his choice of choirs and soloists for the vocal (and orchestral) cues. He maintains that his
Lord of the Rings score is "operatic" and that its grand design will become clear once
the three films have been released and that it should stand on its own as a complete and satisfying
One of the best – if not the best – DVD specials released this year