In the splatter cinema world, it’s not all that rare to have your film trimmed down a bit for censorship, voluntary ratings certification, or for just “the greater good” of the masses. Hollywood has had to do it. The UK has had to do it (oh, those nasty videos…). Asia is all over the place. But, regardless of territory, you have likely seen Peter Jackson’s DEAD ALIVE (aka BRAINDEAD) in various forms throughout the years and maybe never once in its original form.
Tag: Peter Jackson
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King – 2003 – dir. Peter Jackson
The Return of the King is the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new era. The age of the fair folk passes, and the age of men dawns.
In Tolkien’s books, Aragorn the Ranger has a goal of claiming the kingship from the outset. However, in the films, he undergoes a transition from reluctant leader to king of men. Of course, such a transition is interesting to watch – we first see him as a shady character at the Prancing Pony Inn, contrasted with the crowned royalty he becomes at the end of the third film.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – 2002 – dir. Peter Jackson
Its theatrical release only a year after the World Trade Center attacks, director Peter Jackson mentioned that the producers briefly considered retitling the film, although opted against the idea as, “Fans would’ve killed us.”
I’ve often pondered alternate titles for the trilogy’s second installment. Tolkien himself was less than happy with it in hindsight. He never even concretely specified WHICH two towers the title referred to, although one was most certainly Orthanc, the spire of Saruman, the corrupted white wizard. Other contenders could include Minas Tirith (Gondor’s capital), Minas Morgul (the lair of the Ringwraiths), or Cirith Ungol (the guard tower at the secret entrance to Mordor).
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – 2001 – dir. Peter Jackson
In a story about a wizard, four Hobbits, two men, an elf, a dwarf, and a golden ring that refuses to stay lost, where do we fit in? More specifically, what do we like about The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring?