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

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

27. SMEAGOL’S BIRTHDAY

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

26. NUMBER 43

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25. WEATHERTOP

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

24. LEGOLAS SHIELD SURFING

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

23. IS THIS ALL YOU CAN CONJURE SARUMAN?

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

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

15. TOSS ME

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

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
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 Two Towers

December 12, 2012 at 9:57 am

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

THE JOURNEY CONTINUES

The Lord of the Rings Top 10 Moments Countdown continues with The Two Towers.  In part 1 of this series, I counted down the top 10 moments of The Fellowship of the Ring.  Narrowing the extended edition down to 10 moments wasn’t easy and The Two Towers was no different.  It’s hard to select specific moments from a film that features the battle at Helm’s Deep, Gollum, Ents and more.  There are simply too many classic moments I couldn’t fit in this countdown.

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HONORABLE MENTION: Gimli Pile Up

10. GANDALF VS BALROG 2: THE WIDE SHOT

If you’ve ever seen the special features, there’s a great sequence devoted to this Wizard vs Demon battle.  Pulling out for this breathtaking wide shot was a genius move by Peter Jackson.

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9. NUMBER 43

“He was twitching because he’s got my axe embedded in his nervous system”

Gimli and Legolas compete with each other throughout the trilogy but this moment really cemented their friendly rivalry.  Not a lot of respect for that dead Uruk Hai but I suppose it’s to be expected.

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

8. LEGOLAS SHIELD SURFING

I think it’s lame that they refer to these Legolas moments as ‘Leggy’ moments but that doesn’t make them any less cool on screen.  The daring elf rides a shield down a staircase while firing arrows into enemy skulls.  Not too mention the skillful dismount sending the shield deep into the chest of a Saruman’s minion.

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

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

7. IS THIS ALL YOU CAN CONJURE SARUMAN?

A massive explosion that spells doom for our heroes.  It’s also a fantastic showcase of the productions incredible miniatures.  (aka Bigatures)

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

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

6. MY BUSINESS IS WITH ISENGARD

This battle makes me laugh for a number of reasons other than the numerous giant trees that talk and squash Orcs.

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

If you really pay attention when they break the damn, an Ent picks up an Orc and oh-so-casually tosses him in the path of destruction.  I’ve included a screen shot of the doomed Orc in mid air.

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

During the battle, many Orcs are crushed but they still inflict damage on the Ents.  One unlucky Oak (or is it Ash?) is lit on fire.  What makes me laugh is how quickly this poor Ent darts towards the rushing water to douse the flames.  Great stuff.

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

5. TOSS ME

Nobody tosses a Dwarf!

Setting up a joke in one film and paying it off in another is a rare occurrence on the big screen.  These moments don’t happen in the books but it’s a perfect example of attention to detail and a deep love of the material.  The screenwriting Oscars were well earned.

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

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

4. MY PRECIOUS

Introducing Gollum.  One of the most beloved & fascinating characters in the history of fiction.

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

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

3. THE GREAT STORIES

“What are we holding on to?”

This is a great speech and one of Sam’s shining moments in the trilogy.

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

2. AT DAWN LOOK TO THE EAST

Gandalf returns just as our heroes and what’s left of Rohan meet their doom.  A fantastic and visually spectacular moment.

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

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

1. GOLLUM VS SMEAGOL

“I hate you…”

Brilliant. Watching Smeagol struggle with his powerful inner demon before finally ridding himself of Gollum. This is a perfect moment that really illustrates the hold the Ring has on Smeagol.

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

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ‘TWO TOWERS’ 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?