Monday, August 8, 2011

Movie Stuff Mondays - Intro and Prologue

Note

I cannot include everything here...sorry! Maybe I will give more info if I can get my dad to order me this book from Amazon. 

Anything highlighted in yellow is an addition or comment by me. 

Intro

Theatrical Cut: 2 hours 58 minutes
Rated PG - 13
Released December 19, 2001

Extended Cut: 3 hours 28 minutes
Rated PG - 13
Released November 12, 2002

Domestic Gross: $314, 776, 170
Worldwide Gross: $871, 368, 364

Prologue
The history of the Ring is recounted, from its part in an historical battle to its rediscovery by Bilbo.

Power can be held in the smallest of things. (J. W. Braun)

What the big Folk Were Saying
"Hey you skipped page 33!" - Someone shortly after the film began
"It's a kitchen appliance gone bad!" - A man referring to Sauron

What the Wirzards Know
The prologue for FOTR was originally conceived as being narrated by Frodo. Then, Gandalf was deemed a better choice. Finally, Galadriel was chosen to give the voiceover, because her character and Blanchett's voice seemed perfect for the part.

Tolkein thought up the "One Ring to rule them all" verse while in the bathtub.

Playing the titular character of a multibillion dollar film trilogy is an impressive addition to an actor's resume. Here, the honor does not go to a star such as Elijah Wood, nor to a legend such as Christopher Lee, but to stuntman Sala Baker, who appears for one minute and thirty-two seconds as Sauron, the Lord of the Rings (most unfair, I think!) 

Elendil, Isildur's father, was played by Peter McKenzie. McKenzie's son Bret appears later in the film and in The Return of the KIng as the Elf "Figwit". (He's in Flight of the Concords - "Frodo, Don't Wear the Ring".)

The prologue was cut from the film, only to be reinstated just prior to the film's release. 

What the Elvish Eyes and Ears Have Noticed
In 2001 and 2002, this film was usually referred to as The Lord of the Rings by New Line cinema, theaters, and fans alike. It wasn't until the second film came out that The Fellowship of the Ring became its favored title.

The theatrical cut is sometimes called "Frodocentric" because of how many scenes seem to revolve around Frodo. The truth, however, is that the film is "One Ring-centric." It's the only movie based on a Tolkien book, animated or live-action, to be told almost completely from the Ring's point of view. (I don't know if I agree with this or not!)

The Foolishness of a Took
Isildur floats in the river, despite wearing about eighty pounds of armour. (Oops! :P)
Curiously, the filmmakers went to a great deal of effort to make Ian Holm appear younger when finding the Ring. Why is this necessary if Bilbo, as we'll learn, "Hasn't aged a day" when Gandalf visits him at Bag End? (Hey, I never thought of that...but it's true!) 

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