Posts Tagged ‘Andy Serkis’

This week’s releases include: woolly vengeance; an old school action flick; an over-the-top family; a biopic; an amusing story of an unlucky guy; a sexy anthology; a memorable musical; revisiting a classic science fiction franchise; a multifaceted coming-of-age story; a flamboyant rock ‘n’ roll picture; and a life awakening. (more…)


Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy is an epic unquestionably worthy of a Blu-ray transfer.

Set in the fictional world of Middle-earth, the three films follow the hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) as he and a Fellowship (Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, John Rhys Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan and Orlando Bloom) embark on a quest to destroy the One Ring, and thus ensure the destruction of its maker, the Dark Lord Sauron. The Fellowship becomes divided and Frodo continues the quest together with his loyal companion Sam and the treacherous Gollum (Andy Serkis). Meanwhile, the wizard Gandalf and Aragorn, heir in exile to the throne of Gondor, unite and rally the Free Peoples of Middle-earth, who are ultimately victorious in the War of the Ring.

This project made household names of the characters as well as the actors that played them. Though its popularity has waned somewhat since the original releases, it is still widely regarded as one of the best and fascinating films put on film.

The world created by Jackson’s imagination and a dedicated crew is often breathtaking and the increased picture quality only amplifies its beauty. In addition, the characters are given new life and vibrancy.

The unfortunate downfall of this release is it does not include the extended director’s cuts of the films. If a re-release was to occur, it is these versions that should have been transferred instead.

The nine-disc set includes three special features DVDs with more than six hours of behind-the-movie featurettes (included in previous DVD releases) and digital copies of all three films.