Thread: Alternative adaptations of LoTR and TH
I've never seen any of the stage versions of LotR. There was a three-part one in (I believe) Cincinatti a few years back as well as one-part versions in Toronto and London, but I'm nowhere near any of those cities.
I am a big fan of the BBC radio version. And their is Bakshi's film which I think is flawed but not without merit. I understand there is also an animated version of TH but I've never seen it. And (horrible as it sounds to me) a stage version of LoTR (has anyone gone to see it?).
Any other versions out there?
I have to say I think PJ has done the best job so far but I havent listened to the BBC radio version yet.
Personally, I REALLY dislike most of the Artistic choices in the Rankin Bass productions. I've only heard bits of the BBC radio productions, when Mum listened to them on tape. So I can't really comment on those.
I agree that PJ did a far better job than the directors of the animated movies. Now if only we could have another director do even better, preferably without waiting 20 years...
An accurate adaptation, would be the most tasty!
What's twenty years, if we get a true Classic?
The joy of all Fans would no doubt be massive![/i:1yukl5c1]
Songs from Beyond the Grave: JRR Tolkien.
And who are we to argue with the Great Professor?
Most interestingly is how they handle the Nazgul. They have included scenes from UT, most notably following Gandalf's rescue from Isengard where they include the scene of the Black Riders finding Wormtongue on his way to report to Saruman. This means we hear proper dialogue from the Nazgul before we meet them in the woods of the Shire. To get around the fact the Black Riders are few of words and a bit hissy when in the Shire they seem to imply the Witch-King is more 'real' than the others. So the rest of them are the traditional "We seek Baggins" hissy sort and he is more cultured in voice.
Its also notable for being the only version I know of which has dialogue from Sauron himself in it. During the scene where Pippin looks into the palantir of Orthanc. "Tell Saruman this dainty is not for him. I will send for it at once" or words to that effect.
And for the most part, I like Bakshi's version FAR better than the RB productions.
I thought Bakshi's film was generally better since it was not so sickeningly juvenile, but at least R/B finished animating their film.
To each his own, though.