Ralph Bakshi’s Lord of the Rings Now on DVD

Before there was New Zealand’s greatest ad for tourism in the form of the epic LOTR trilogy, animator Ralph Bakshi tackled Tolkien’s novels, albeit with much more freedom, in 1978. I vaguely remember the dramatic poster and realistic animated movements, thanks to its rotoscoping technique. It may be time for a revisit. Official details, and pics of some familiar characters form the film, below.

This original animated classic from acclaimed director Ralph Bakshi and Academy Award Winning producer Saul Zaentz has been remastered with pristine New Dolby 5.1 audio and picture quality and will be distributed as a single disc DVD and Blu-ray combo which features a Blu-ray, DVD and bonus digital copy.  The film will also be available for Digital Download. This film is rated PG.

The deluxe edition features a never-before-seen, 30-minute in-depth interview  with legendary director Ralph Bakshi entitled “Forging Through The Darkness: The Ralph Bakshi Vision for The Lord Of The Rings.”  This special feature explores his concept for creating an illustrated film, his pioneering rotoscoping process, and inspirations for his visual storytelling.

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