A tradition of excellence from New Line Home Video continues with the first release of 2001's epic The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, a DVD that quite simply takes sound, and especially picture, to a new level. The image on this disc, framed at the original aspect ration of 2.35:1 (but also available in a separate severely cropped pan-and-scan version) is stunning. Stunning might not even be enough to describe how good it looks. The Oscar-winning cinematography is perfectly realized, with solid and deep blacks and lush, wonderfully saturated colors. The sound is equally impressive with a 5.1 EX Dolby Digital English track that is startling strong. Recorded loudly, this track will certainly put all sound systems to the test with vibrant use of the surrounds and deep bass. Also available are a surround track and subtitles in English. As for supplemental materials, they are a mixed bag. The focus is on three documentaries, but there is far too much repetition among them. The longest, "A Passage To Middle-earth," at 40 minutes, is really the only one that needs to be watched, as all the information, from interviews to behind-the-scenes segments, are basically the same. A real plus are 15 featurettes taken from the original website for the film. Each lasts only a few minutes, but adds in its own distinct way. Also included is a music video from Enya, a preview of the video game for the second film, theatrical trailers and television spots, and a look at the four-disc special extended set, released three months after this two-disc set. In addition to some online DVD-ROM content is a ten-minute preview for the second film in the series, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Granted, there is a supplement-heavy special edition of this film (if you want a commentary track from director Peter Jackson, among others, better look for that one), but this release is still a outstanding presentation of a spectacular film.
In-depth featurettes: "Welcome to Middle-earth," "Quest for the Ring," "A Passage to Middle-earth"
Featurettes created for lordoftherings.net: "Finding Hobbiton," "Hobbiton Comes Alive," "Believing the World of Bree," "Ringwraiths: The Fallen Kings," "Rivendell: The Elven Refuge," "Languages of Middle-earth," "Two Wizards," "Music of Middle-earth," "Elijah Wood," "Viggo Mortensen," "Orland Bloom," "Cate Blachett," "Liv Tyler," "Ian McKellen," "Weathertop: The Windy Hill"
Exclusive ten-minute behind-the-scenes preview of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Original theatrical trailers and TV spots
Enya "May It Be" music video
Preview of Electronic Arts' video game The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
An inside look at the Special Extended DVD Edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
DVD-ROM content: Exclusive online content
Elijah WoodFrodo Baggins
Ian HolmBilbo Baggins
Sean AstinSamwise 'Sam' Gamgee
Cate BlanchettQueen Galadriel
Dominic MonaghanMeriadoc 'Merry' Brandybuck
Brian SergentTed Sandyman, Mill Owner
Barrie M. OsborneProducer
Howard ShoreComposer (Music Score)
Grant MajorProduction Designer
Mark RobinsArt Director
Philip IveyArt Director
Rob OttersideArt Director
Bob WeinsteinExecutive Producer
Harvey WeinsteinExecutive Producer
Mark OrdeskyExecutive Producer
Michael LynneExecutive Producer
Robert ShayeExecutive Producer
Dan HennahSet Designer
Ngila DicksonCostume Designer
Richard TaylorCostume Designer
David FarmerSound/Sound Designer
Gethin CreaghSound/Sound Designer
Hammond PeekSound/Sound Designer
Michael SemanickSound/Sound Designer
Carolynne CunninghamFirst Assistant Director
Alex FunkeVisual Effects
Allen GuilfordAdditional Cinematography
Alun BollingerAdditional Cinematography
Ethan Van der RynSupervising Sound Editor
Geoff MurphySecond Unit Director
George Marshall RugeStunts Coordinator
John CavillAdditional Cinematography
Mike HopkinsSupervising Sound Editor
Nigel BluckAdditional Cinematography
Richard BluckAdditional Cinematography
Simon RabyAdditional Cinematography
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
New Zealand,United States
Year of Release
2 Discs, DVD, WS
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
New Line Home Video
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring [WS] [2 Discs] [DVD] 
I just finished watching the extended version and it was like watching a whole new film! In every way, this version is superior. The thirty extra minutes are not wasted. The characters are fleshed out, the battles seem more desparate and the agony of the journey both to Rivendale and beyond is made plain. I urge anyone who hasn't already purchased the theater version to skip it and get the extended one instead. Anyone who already has the theater version.....well this one is definately worth forking out the extra dough to get.
When I first saw LOTR I honestly had never read the books so didn't really know what to expect. I like fantasy type films so watched it shorty after it first came out to DVD. Was instantly drawn in to this wonderful and unique film and like most could not wait until the sequel. After many viewings over the years this film holds up very well and is by far a classic. After all the films came out I got into the books and realized how well Peter Jackson balanced staying true to the books all while still making a great film and putting his own touches on it. Truly a cinematic masterpiece! And for those who own the DVD's I would consider upgrading to blu ray. Its like seeing the films again for the first time with the superb visuals that only blu ray can provide and well as the sound quality. And the steelbook is very awesome!
This is my favorite of the 3 LOTR films, its got the most adventure and excitement because it starts off so innocently, the range of emotions in this movie stretch so wide. You gotta get this movie but i'm assuming you already have a copy of it, maybe your looking to upgrade to blu ray, its worth it, the details you see in this movie dont take away from the illusion, they add to it. The film makers did an amazing job of making sure every detail was of this world. And the only other way to have noticed it, was if you saw them in the theater because the resolution was higher and the picture was bigger. Trust me its worth the upgrade!
As a long-time LotR fan, I was so excited when the trilogy was released. The film was beautiful, the acting was spectacular, and I've loved going back to rewatch them over the years.
As technology has advanced, I figured it was time to replace my DVD copies with their Blu-ray counterparts. The Blu-ray versions look amazing. Fellowship is still my favorite, by far.
Unfortunately I was spoiled by having the special features on the extended editions, and will have to get the Blu-ray versions of those as I've even enjoyed going back to watch the behind-the-scenes stuff as well.
Overall, I'm extremely satisfied with this Blu-ray version.