The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Top 30 Moments

December 14, 2012 at 8:16 am

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Top 30 Moments | The Fellowship of the Ring | The Two Towers | The Return of the King

THE JOURNEY ENDS

I’ve counted down the 10 best moments of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers & The Return of the King.  In Part 4 of this series, we find out where each of these rank in the series as a whole!  For more detailed write ups be sure to check out Part 1,2& 3:

Top 10 Moments: The Fellowship of the Ring

Top 10 Moments: The Two Towers

Top 10 Moments: The Return of the King

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LORD OF THE RINGS MOMENT?

30. ROHAN ARRIVES

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Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

29. THE BIRTH OF LURTZ

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28. GANDALF VS BALROG 2: THE WIDE SHOT

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27. SMEAGOL’S BIRTHDAY

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26. NUMBER 43

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25. WEATHERTOP

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Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring

24. LEGOLAS SHIELD SURFING

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Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

23. IS THIS ALL YOU CAN CONJURE SARUMAN?

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Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

22. THE WATCHER IN THE WATER

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21. HORSE TIDAL WAVE

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20. THE CAVE TROLL

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19. I WILL TAKE IT / FELLOWSHIP

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18. SAM VS SHELOB

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Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

17. GO HOME

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Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

16. MY BUSINESS IS WITH ISENGARD

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Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

15. TOSS ME

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Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

14. ARAGORN VS LURTZ / MY KING

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Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring

13. DWARROWDELF

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12. MY PRECIOUS

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Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

11. THE GREAT STORIES

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Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

10. LEGOLAS VS MUMAKIL

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Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

9. THE BEACONS

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8. BOROMIR PIERCED BY MANY

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7. “WHITE SHORES & BEYOND…”

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6. AT DAWN LOOK TO THE EAST

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Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers

5. YOU SHALL NOT PASS

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Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring

4. “FOR FRODO”

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Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

3. GOLLUM VS SMEAGOL

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2. SAM CARRIES FRODO

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Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

1. MOUNT DOOM

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King
Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER ONE LOTR MOMENT?

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Top 10 Moments: The Return of the King

December 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

THE FINAL CHAPTER, THE PRECIOUS MOMENTS

“The board is set…  The pieces are moving.”

We arrive at last to the final chapter of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and part 3 of my LOTR Moments Countdown.  Winner of 11 Academy Awards and easily the most difficult to narrow down to 10 moments.  Where do these classics rank in the entire trilogy?  Stay tuned for the 4th and final part of this series!  The Return of the King

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10. ROHAN ARRIVES

Just when all hope is lost, Rohan arrives and absolutely decimates the Orc lines…  Then Mumakil’s arrive and all hope is lost again…  It was nice while it lasted.

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Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

9. SMEAGOL’S BIRTHDAY

The first ‘My Precious’ has to make this list.

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8. SAM VS SHELOB

Sam really shines in Return of the King and not just because he’s holding the  Light of Eärendil.

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

7. GO HOME

I really thought Sean Astin would get a best supporting actor nomination for this scene alone.

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

6. LEGOLAS VS MUMAKIL

An extremely cool moment somewhat overshadowed by one of the most memorable lines in the series…

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

“That still only counts as one!”

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

5. THE BEACONS

This made the list purely because it’s visually spectacular. Howard Shore’s score is amazing throughout but this sequence is particularly powerful.

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4.  “WHITE SHORES & BEYOND…”

“A far green country under a swift sunrise.”

J.R.R. Tolkien.  You have my admiration.  Gandalf doesn’t actually say these words in the book but it’s a phenomenal cinematic moment.

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3. “FOR FRODO”

Gimli sums it up pretty well:

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“Certainty of death, small chance of success….  What are we waiting for?”

It may be humorous but it also sets up the impact of Aragorn’s big moment.  Courage.

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2. SAM CARRIES FRODO

The Lord of the Rings is packed with themes like the aforementioned courage.  Friendship is another prevalent theme in this story and it doesn’t get better than this.

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

1.  MOUNT DOOM

The journey ends.  The long struggle is over for everyone including Gollum who falls to his death in one of the best motion captured performances ever.  There are many movies out there that set up an epic finale only to rush through it.  Stretching out this moment was a nice touch and a brilliant way to end this masterpiece.  (Or at least start a series of endings)

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Is it weird that watching Sauron’s eye as Barad-dûr crumbles makes me laugh?

Top 10 Moments: The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ‘RETURN OF THE KING’ MOMENT?

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LOTR Extended Editions: The Best Special Features Ever?

December 11, 2012 at 8:28 am

LOTR Extended Editions: The Best Special Features Ever?

DO THE LORD OF THE RINGS EXTENDED EDITIONS CONTAIN
THE BEST SPECIAL FEATURES EVER PRODUCED?

I watch the extended editions of The Lord of the Rings trilogy at least twice a year.  The second I finish watching the films, I immediately watch the incredible special features included with each film.  These wonderful documentaries are THE most in depth and interesting special features I’ve ever seen.  Indeed, the story of the filmmaker’s journey is as compelling as the movies they dedicated themselves to create.  Each and every person associated with these legendary films brought so much passion and commitment to their craft.  It’s beyond inspiring.  As an aspiring screenwriter, it makes me feel lazy and that’s a GOOD thing.

I’m at the point where I can pretty much recite the documentaries from memory.  It’s fascinating to watch their journey play out.  It’s so inspiring to watch people pour so much effort into something they believe in.   So much thought is put into every detail no matter how small it may seem.

What’s even more inspiring is the leadership shown by director Peter Jackson.  Throughout the documentaries, people sometimes question whether or not he has pushed them beyond their limits.  Only to discover that they are truly capable of remarkable things when challenged.  Peter Jackson commanded a well oiled machine with thousands of artists willing to do whatever it took to achieve his masterful vision of J.R.R Tokien’s world.

The documentaries themselves are split on two discs for each film.  One disc is devoted to pre production covering everything from inspiration, to the screenplay (nice) and finally the creation of all the sets, props, weapons, armor and more.  The second disc chronicles the production itself with tons of behind the scenes footage from the set.  This disc is complimented by an in depth look at the fascinating post production process.  This includes the tale of Weta Digital and their Oscar winning visual effects work.  There is nearly 6 hours of content to view for each film.  All of this is complimented by lengthy interviews with the cast & crew.

It’s a phenomenal wealth of information for anyone who loves ‘making of’ documentaries.  In fact, these documentaries redefined what special features could be.

WILL THE HOBBIT CONTINUE THE TREND?

I sincerely hope The Hobbit will come packaged with more amazing stories from the set.  Actually, I’m not concerned.  It has to!

We’ve already been treated to tons of behind the scenes videos including these:

It’s great to see so many familiar faces hard at work again.  I’m already planning on skipping the initial Blu Ray release in order to save my money for the inevitable extended editions.  More inspiring documentaries are on the way and like the movies, I can’t wait to follow the journey over and over again.

LOTR Extended Editions: The Best Special Features Ever?