The Return of the King

The Return of the King

DVD - 2014
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The Magic Ring of The Hobbit has now become the Ring of Doom, and to restore peace it must be destroyed in the raging fires in which it was made. Chosen for the task, Frodo and faithful servant Samwise face grave perils, the worst of which is the ring's terrible power to possess its wearer. Will Frodo give in to the madness of the ring, or will he fulfill his quest?
Publisher: [S.I.] [s.n.] [2014]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Edition: Remastered deluxe edition
Credits: Music, Maury Laws ; lyrics, Jules Bass.
Performers: Voices, Orson Bean, Theodore Bikel, William Conrad, John Huston, Roddy McDowall.
Audience: Rating: Not rated
Language Note: English subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing
UPC: 883929396443
Call Number: J DVD R

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Mr_Han
Nov 01, 2018

It's okay, but it's not exactly the same as the reguar one, but it's perfect for kids. It's basically a summary of the Hobbit for younger kids.

It's an okay adaption, with some decent animation in some places, and awful in others. Fans of the Peter Jackson movies will spot certain scenes that inspired his own adaptation. Other spots however are just plain awful: the Witch-King of Angmar shares the same voice actor as Starscream/Skeletor/Cobra Commander. I'm not sure whether to call that a clever easter egg or just a very poor decision, but it totally kills the natural menace of the character.

Though it technically covers the events of Return of the King (and it does a better job connecting the disparate scenes of the story than Mr. Tolkien did), the movie does also allude to events in previous books. This was a smart decision, though really it just makes me wistful that the production team didn't get to adapt Fellowship or Two Towers.

kevfarley Jan 10, 2015

Lackluster animation,.. should enthrawl kiddies, who won't understand it.
Looses the spirit of this classic mythology masterpiece.
Let them eat Jackson !

ANTHONY MICHAEL POLANCO Jan 06, 2015

Its a really good film in my book. the dialogue is old fashioned but I loved it. and the animation and plot ties in with the 1977 Hobbit Film obviously. It was trilling to watch Return of the King in a different perspective, since everyone's seen enough peter Jackson.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 03, 2014

So you should be no means go into this comparing it to Peter Jackson's trilogy, although that's probably impossible. The team of Rankin & Bass, who gave us those creepy stop-motion animated Xmas specials, had made a version of "The Hobbit" in the 70s (which I like), then Ralph Bashki made an attempt at "Lord of the Rings" (in one movie) and finally Rankin & Bass adapted just the last book. It's an animated made for TV movie so its ambitions are severely curtailed by its limitations. I'm partial to pre-digital animation, so I really like the look of this (many of the animators were Japanese) and certain design elements show up in Jackson's films. Unfortunately, the adaptation is a mess, cutting out way too much and not having much of a sense of direction. There are also some truly awful songs, many sung by washed up bard Glenn Yarbrough. There is one Orc song that should've been used again though. John Huston voices Gandalf and provides the narration. Might be a good introduction for a 6-8 year old kid as it's not too scary. Also, check out "The Last Unicorn."

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