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LotR Limited Ed. DVD Extras (RotK) — Shelob's Lair....

Posted on 2006.10.21 at 13:22
Last "Limited Edition" LotR DVD screencaps. Honestly. Below are a mere dozen caps, but I saved them for last because they are so beautiful.


In this bit of the RotK "Limited Edition" Extras, Elijah is merely standing around the Shelob's Lair set -- somewhat in character, mostly out -- while crew members fiddle about with this before continuing.

The frames taken from this moment are, to me, absolutely exquisite. You know how the face of Elijah Wood as Frodo affects me: the aesthetic power of its classical beauty: a face straight out of the history of painting. These caps exemplify that quality to a very high degree: every frame a work of art, portraits of what pearlette calls a "Baroque angel".

I also think that the shreds of spiderweb that partially obscure Frodo's face from view add a wonderful effect. They make a veil, almost, stretched across the image of his face. A veil which only accentuates the sense of mystery and near-other-worldliness many of us see in film-Frodo.

We see Frodo plainly; as he is, but we also see him through the scrims of our imaginations. Stealing from a famous text, we see him "dimly", but, one day, we hope, if only in our imaginations, "face to face" -- as his creator, Tolkien saw him. Whether fully-revealed or veiled, his face takes my breath away.

Once again, many thanks to jan-u-wine for loaning me these DVD's.

Note: As usual, these have been tweaked for brightness but especially for sharpness. The top images were the most blurry, but so beautiful! You can try sharpening them more, but the surface of the image begins to look like cheesecloth or windowscreen. If that is an effect you like, go to it!


This is to let fans of these images know that wendylady1 has just made some really striking versions of one of the last screencaps in the series, using a photo-shopping program. The effects are subtle so that they don't destroy the original image, but bring out moods and nuances in different ways.

If you would like to see Wendy's enigmatic caps, go HERE.

ETA #2:

Another of my artist-Frodo-friends (and current chief beta of "Threshold"), stillscarlet, has also photoshopped one of these images. I had a huge weakness for an Elijah she had done a while back, as if behind a scrim of lace. It made me think of him looking wistfully out of a window (see image I am referring to in a comment below). So, acquiesing to my wishes, she made a few lace ones of one of the Shelob's Lair cap, also ones using gorgeous "oil painting" and "tree bark" effects.

To see Scarlet's screencap versions, go HERE.

~ Elijah Wood as Frodo, while filming the Shelob's Lair scene for RotK:

P.S. There's a great little sequence in which Andy Serkis, off-camera, helps spur Elijah's reactions by delivering some of Gollum's most taunting lines while Frodo is hung suspended in the web.

So that's where that look of blazing fury came from! Unfortunately, it didn't really make good caps. But, again, it was an example of a generous artist: an actor who made it his business to bring the most out of his fellow-performers with his enthusiastic engagement, even though he was not on-screen himself.

~ Mechtild

Listing of all Frodo and Elijah screencaps HERE.


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mechtild at 2006-10-21 21:42 (UTC) (Link)
One of my Tolkien-friends has done some effects to one of the mesmerizing screencaps at the end. I am asking her if I can link them. If/when she says yes, I'll send you a comment. The effects give the images a variety of subtly different, very cool looks.
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shirebound at 2006-10-21 19:20 (UTC) (Link)
I love seeing this 'behind the scenes' Frodo/Elijah. Thank you again.
mechtild at 2006-10-21 21:39 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome, Shirebound.
Estelanui - Francesca
estelanui at 2006-10-21 20:20 (UTC) (Link)
Your 'Limited Edition' LotR screencaps has been a wonderful ride, Mech!
Particularly these two last entries are very beautifull and enligthening of the acting process.

I'm such a enthusiast of the movie "making of" that sometimes I enjoy them more than some films.
Thank you so much: you gave the possibility to take a glance at the new documentary also to us, poor fellows of region 2. :-(

P.S. and yes, you are a fomenter! You know, under the influence of your screencaps, when I heard that european 'Limited Edition' 'release has been delayed till 16 May 2007, I deleted my pre-order and now I'm happily waiting my region 1 copy! :) *is nut and happy*
mechtild at 2006-10-21 21:39 (UTC) (Link)
What is region 1 and 2? Does that apply for DVD's, not just videos??? Dang! There are so many films I've wanted to buy off Ebay that were available in video but only Region 2. I thought the DVD's would be different. Boo hoo hoo!

These were, perhaps, my favourite images of Frolijah I've ever seen, Estelanui. The bottom series, especially .... I think they are mesmerizing.
primula_baggins at 2006-10-21 20:46 (UTC) (Link)
*sigh* I love him. Love him, love him, love him! Did I mention that I love him?

; )

He's just glorious. Thanks so much for these again.
mechtild at 2006-10-21 21:36 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome, Primula. I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who could stare at him for hours.
bagma at 2006-10-21 20:59 (UTC) (Link)
He's so beautiful that it's almost frightening. I've looked at his face for hours, trying to determine why he's so fascinating, but I am unable to find the answer... *sighs*

Thank you for this wonderful series of screencaps!
mechtild at 2006-10-21 21:35 (UTC) (Link)
Ah, Bagma, such a face ought to be either illegal or immortalized. I know it's our destiny as mortals to wither and fade, but I so wish an exception could be made for this face. I suppose it is immortal, in a way -- immortal as long as these images are preserved. I'm hanging onto mine, that's for sure. :)
wendylady1 at 2006-10-21 21:17 (UTC) (Link)
I hope you don't mind, but all this talk of mystery, divinity, and general otherworldliness, inherent in our Mr Frodo, has prompted me to do a little experimentation, and fiddling around, with PSP8...
I am about to post pictures up on my journal, so come along, and see what I made...

Frodo really is just made for this isn't he ?!!
mechtild at 2006-10-21 21:28 (UTC) (Link)
Hi, Wendy, I just got back from errands and saw your post right away. I left you a message there, asking if I can add a link to this entry. They came out so magically. I loved looking at all the effects you got.

Yes, these are fabulous caps. Sorry they weren't sharper; I actually sharpened them as much as I could without making the surface look like cheesecloth.
pearlette at 2006-10-21 21:23 (UTC) (Link)

Just ... beautiful.
mechtild at 2006-10-21 21:33 (UTC) (Link)
Aren't they absolutely wonderful, Pearl? I slightly rearranged the order of the caps as they actually occur, so the most direct gaze came last. *thuds to floor*

I think these may have become my favourite caps, for sheer art swoon-appeal.
stillscarlet at 2006-10-21 22:14 (UTC) (Link)

Thank you, Mechtild!
mechtild at 2006-10-21 22:51 (UTC) (Link)
Aren't they the most GORGEOUS things????? Did you see Wendy's photoshops of one of them? I added a link above.
taerie at 2006-10-21 22:19 (UTC) (Link)
Oh my gosh.. look at that. These are time machines. Sit down and look at them and then look up again. It will be hours later.
mechtild at 2006-10-21 22:52 (UTC) (Link)
Taerie, aren't they the best? I think these are my new all-time favourites. I just added a link up there to some photo-shops Wendy just did of one of them. They came out reeeeeeallly neat!
(Anonymous) at 2006-10-21 23:41 (UTC) (Link)

warning: looking too long into That Face and Those Eyes could...

cause you to go into some sort of Frolijah-coma... I don't know... I only know that even after looking at this face for something like 5 solid years, now, since Fotr previews started arriving in fall 2001, that I have yet to see a face more beautiful in my life. No one else even comes CLOSE. I'd have said it's a sin to be so beautiful, but God doesn't sin, and He made Elijah, so the beauty we see is surely a good thing....
There is something about beauty. I wish I could be more clear, but it's something about the aesthetic experience raising us up out of our everyday wordly mundane thoughts, and making us think about God more, about the 'higher things', more -- and/or more deeply. I've read the prayers of Soren Kierkegaard, and the prayers are mostly an 'ecstatic' outpouring to God, prayers of thanks, of awareness of God's glory (fully evident in all the beauty we see around us, in all forms...), and I like reading his prayers because I can relate to how he (SK) feels... wanting to express the inexpressible to God. And seeing Elijah, in beautiful shots such as these (THANK YOU MECH!!.. and WENDY,too!)... especially as Frodo.. makes me feel that same need to burst out with praise for God. It's really quite hard to explain. But intense beauty simply lifts spirits up, I believe. It surely raises MY spirits. For which I thank God.

Thank you again Mech for all the work you have done on the screencaps. I know they are a 'labor of love,' but even labors of love take TIME.

And time is very dear.

Must run. Goodness, such perfection in one human being. He really does look like the Baroque Angel that you have all been referring to. He is out of this world, with one foot in the next world.

Must close!
Many thanks!
mechtild at 2006-10-22 00:12 (UTC) (Link)

Re: warning: looking too long into That Face and Those Eyes could...

Wow, Mary! What paean of praise! I know what you mean about this face making one want to pour it out (praise, that is). His face is sort of the Annapurna or Grand Canyon or Northern Lights of faces. To my aesthetic tastes, it's the tops. Faces don't get any more gorgeous.

Funny, that he's a man. I know a lot of readers might think that's an odd remark, especially if they are slashers, but I spent my girlhood (3-10 years old?) drawing a lot, and I always drew what I thought most beautiful: women and horses. Never men. I drew a lot of angels, true, but I always thought angels were female. I was shocked when a lady at Sunday School told me all angels were men. Whaaaah...???? Not only did I not like the idea of my own gender being shut out of angel-hood, but men were boring-looking and un-beautiful.

In Frolijah, I think God has finally satisfied my aesthetic cravings in one person. He's as strong, well-shaped, valiant and sturdy as a horse, but as beautiful as a woman, in terms of delicacy of line and colour, and silky textures.

Oh, what a dream come true!
frodoholic at 2006-10-22 02:58 (UTC) (Link)
When I look at these gorgeous caps I don't see Elijah Wood, I see Frodo. Its so strange to me how they are like seperate entities, not the same. Elijah is beautiful but there is something about "Frodo" that is so mesmerizing..and so ethereal.

mechtild at 2006-10-22 13:55 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, Frodoholic, "mesmerizing".
Starlit Woods
starlit_woods at 2006-10-22 09:50 (UTC) (Link)
Gordon Bennett on a bicycle! Mechtild, these are beautiful! I'm just speechless!

Thank you so much for screen capping them and thank you Jan-u-wine for loaning the dvds! :D
mechtild at 2006-10-22 13:56 (UTC) (Link)
You are welcome, Starlit. They are splendid. Thank you Film Gods for letting these films be made and for guiding EW to play Frodo!
maeglian at 2006-10-22 10:57 (UTC) (Link)
I really don't know what to say. The beauty of those os almost unbelievable. And it's just some outtake thing from inbetween repeat scene shots! Each does look like the artwork of one of the great masters.

Thank you so much for the screencaps series you've given us, Mech. It's been a real and wonderful treat and it has refreshed my LotR / Frolijah awe....something I wasn't at all sure could be done anymore, to tell the truth.
mechtild at 2006-10-22 13:57 (UTC) (Link)
The beauty of those os almost unbelievable. And it's just some outtake thing from inbetween repeat scene shots! Each does look like the artwork of one of the great masters.

Yep, yep, yep. Sure enough. *smooches* to you and welcome back to the nuts, even if just for a visit.
melyanna_65 at 2006-10-22 11:00 (UTC) (Link)
Awwwww. *Is melting*

What more can I say, save that he is the most marvelous creature ever and that you are a truly sweetheart?

*many hugs*
mechtild at 2006-10-22 13:58 (UTC) (Link)
I agree - "marvel"-ous. He is. What a perfect meeting of live person and fictional character on film.
frodosweetstuff at 2006-10-22 14:13 (UTC) (Link)
Frodo is so beautiful. Elijah is so beautiful. And all the stages inbetween are so beautiful, too (not sure what to call an Elijah who looks for the most part like Frodo, or a Frodo out of whose eyes Elijah looks...)

Thank you!!
mechtild at 2006-10-22 18:00 (UTC) (Link)
There's no doubt about it he/they are a stunner/stunners.

[N]ot sure what to call an Elijah who looks for the most part like Frodo, or a Frodo out of whose eyes Elijah looks...

A well-put comment, Frodosweetuff. One that leads to pleasant, lengthy reflection.
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