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 Posted:   Apr 21, 2021 - 8:24 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

So, this new Lord Of The Rings is set thousands of years before the events in the book. Good, they now have free range to do whatever they like in Middle Earth. Hopefully a bit bloodier & earthier than the trilogy, I don't necessarily mean shagging, but a bit less twee, after Game Of Thrones there's no going back, & it won't have annoying characters like Pippin, Merry & Sam.

You could always watch the Soviet version of LOTR. Can't get much earthier than this...

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/05/soviet-tv-version-lord-of-the-rings-rediscovered-after-30-years

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 21, 2021 - 9:55 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

So, this new Lord Of The Rings is set thousands of years before the events in the book. Good, they now have free range to do whatever they like in Middle Earth. Hopefully a bit bloodier & earthier than the trilogy, I don't necessarily mean shagging, but a bit less twee, after Game Of Thrones there's no going back, & it won't have annoying characters like Pippin, Merry & Sam.

You could always watch the Soviet version of LOTR. Can't get much earthier than this...

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/05/soviet-tv-version-lord-of-the-rings-rediscovered-after-30-years


I read & enjoyed the books in the early seventies, & loved the films at the cinema (as they were released, one a year), & I decided to look at the extended cuts a few months ago, & the first film still worked for me, but 2 & 3 not so much. Sam is such an arse crawler (& worse in the books), & Pippin & Merry, bloody hell. I think I've had enough of that story, & it'll be interesting to see what stories they come up with.

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2021 - 3:31 PM   
 By:   agentMaestraX   (Member)

DeNiro: advert promoting Switzerland with Roger Federer is NOW doing the rounds!

 
 Posted:   May 9, 2021 - 8:33 PM   
 By:   Warlok   (Member)


I read & enjoyed the books in the early seventies, & loved the films at the cinema (as they were released, one a year), & I decided to look at the extended cuts a few months ago, & the first film still worked for me, but 2 & 3 not so much. Sam is such an arse crawler (& worse in the books), & Pippin & Merry, bloody hell. I think I've had enough of that story, & it'll be interesting to see what stories they come up with.


In the original LOTR films I liked all the characters, even those more comedic who became less so as the films played further.

The only thing I didn't like pertained to Legolas and Gimli, and their dialogues. At some point in time, they played so light-heartedly in the grimmest of circumstances so as to take away from the gravity of those circumstances. In Return Of The King, they no longer seemed to be in peril at any time, and with Legolas his combat exploits began to comes across as super-human (super-elvish).

Am looking forward to the series (on BluRay!), *if* they can reach the quality of Jackson's films.

 
 
 Posted:   May 10, 2021 - 4:11 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

So there's two epic (& very expensive) prequels being made, Lord Of The Rings & Game Of Thrones. Excellent, bring 'em on smile

 
 Posted:   May 10, 2021 - 4:34 AM   
 By:   jackfu   (Member)

BILLCARSON:

Many years ago, I saw a sad war story told by DeForest Kelley. I'll see if I can find it again.


Thanks, Dragon53! I agree with Bill and Warlock and I'd love to read that as well.

I found your info about Parfrey quite moving. Imagine the insight he was able to provide to Schaffner and the actors about prison life. It must have been quite an experience for those whom had never experienced what he went through to be working with him.

 
 
 Posted:   May 10, 2021 - 5:49 AM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

Concerning DeForest Kelley's war story, I read it in a library book many years ago. I searched for it on the internet and can't find it. When the corrupt politicians of Houston and Harris County stop playing politics with the coronavirus and open up the library system fully, I will try to find the book again.

 
 Posted:   May 10, 2021 - 6:55 AM   
 By:   Solium   (Member)


I read & enjoyed the books in the early seventies, & loved the films at the cinema (as they were released, one a year), & I decided to look at the extended cuts a few months ago, & the first film still worked for me, but 2 & 3 not so much. Sam is such an arse crawler (& worse in the books), & Pippin & Merry, bloody hell. I think I've had enough of that story, & it'll be interesting to see what stories they come up with.


In the original LOTR films I liked all the characters, even those more comedic who became less so as the films played further.

The only thing I didn't like pertained to Legolas and Gimli, and their dialogues. At some point in time, they played so light-heartedly in the grimmest of circumstances so as to take away from the gravity of those circumstances. In Return Of The King, they no longer seemed to be in peril at any time, and with Legolas his combat exploits began to comes across as super-human (super-elvish).

Am looking forward to the series (on BluRay!), *if* they can reach the quality of Jackson's films.


Good point about the fight scenes in ROTK. I was really impressed with the visual scope and effects but I really didn't feel anything while it was all going on. The protagonists became "supermen" and I really never felt their lives were in danger.

 
 
 Posted:   May 10, 2021 - 7:44 AM   
 By:   Rameau   (Member)

Good point about the fight scenes in ROTK. I was really impressed with the visual scope and effects but I really didn't feel anything while it was all going on. The protagonists became "supermen" and I really never felt their lives were in danger.

Yup, that's what I thought, by the time of ROTK, you were never worried about the group, they could be outnumbered 10-1 by creatures twice their size, & still be okay (mind you, to be fair, they had to stick to the books). With the prequal they can start knocking off lead characters, Game Of Thrones style.

 
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