Jan 29, 1:04pm
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My middle son, youngest daughter and I went to watch it in the cinema in Madrid yesterday and it is much better than I had recalled. Both my son and I realised that Peter Jackson films took much more inspiration from it than we had previously thought, and with good reason, because it has lots of virtues.
Bakshi "Lord of the Rings" has been rereleased in Spanish cinemas - saw it yesterday
Jackson also learned from a lot of the Bakshi movie's flaws, too. Sam is terrible in this version, there really is not much good that can be said about his depiction, and Merry and Pippin were indistinguishable.
Bakshi's Nazgul and Orcs are very, very effective, though, and there are some wonderful location designs. My son and I enjoyed the score hugely.
The voice cast was even better, far superior, to my memories: John Hurt is unsurprisingly superb as Aragorn, and Christopher Guard has always been my favourite Frodo, but Norman Bird is as great a Bilbo as any, and Gandalf and Boromir were much better than I had recalled. Bakshi's elf voices are particularly good, and even my daughter, who was critical of many elements of the movie, felt they were much more Tolkienesque in terms of look and sound.