To tie in with the availability of The Lord of the Rings trilogy on Blu-ray on April 6, Warner is releasing on the same day a remastered version of Ralph Bakshi‘s The Lord of the Rings animated film from 1978.
Unfortunately, the film was perhaps overly ambitious. Much of the movie is rotoscoped, animated by drawing over footage of live-action actors. Also, be warned that it’s missing an ending; a planned second movie was never made due to funding issues with the studio. For these reasons, this package is likely of most interest to animation historians and collectors. Here’s a good overview of its strengths and weaknesses.
There are two packages: A standard DVD, and a Blu-ray combo pack that also includes a DVD and a digital copy code for use on Windows only. Congrats to Warner on including the half-hour featurette, “Forging Through the Darkness: The Ralph Bakshi Vision for The Lord of the Rings” on the DVD as well as the Blu-ray. It’s mostly interview footage covering Bakshi’s life, career, and ambitions, including talking with Ralph himself, as well as explaining the techniques used to make this movie. It’s also the only special feature, other than the restored picture and audio. (The studio provided a review copy.)
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