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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

Caravaggio’s “Bacchus” – complete Re-do of old manip....

Posted on 2006.12.19 at 15:35


ms_banazira at 2006-12-20 00:02 (UTC) (Link)
That looks great!
mechtild at 2006-12-20 00:17 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! P.S. If you would like to borrow my set of the BBC series, Honey, I would be happy to send it to you. It's quite expensive for the whole series.

Not all of it is great, but on the whole it's a huge accomplishment. It lacks the epic grandeur of the films (the battle scenes seem a bit wan and forced), and I dislike Aragorn and Boromir on it. But I love and adore the work Holm and Nighy do as Frodo and Sam, although I had to listen to Holm once, to get used to the extreme difference from the film performance.

All the bit players are great (huge cheers for the Farmer Maggot and hobbit scenes, especially the tavern scenes), Merry and Pippin lovely (the English gentlehobbits I had pictured them, in terms of their speech). Hordern is an excellent Gandalf - McKellen's resembles him. Saruman is smooth, Grima an older adviser, Theoden extremely deep-voiced and grave. Denethor is less nutty than John Noble. Arwen is a poor choice, vocally, but I like all the Elves, all light-voiced and elegant in their speech. Pearl loves Faramir more than I do. Treebeard is extremely good. Oh, almost best of all is the narrator, who is terrific. I was a little disappointed in the Bilbo, who is a bit uninvolved in the role, to me, but he'll do.
ms_banazira at 2006-12-20 00:20 (UTC) (Link)
I'd love to borrow your CDs! I'll pm you at KD with my address. Thank you very much, Mech!
mechtild at 2006-12-20 05:04 (UTC) (Link)
O.K., Honey. I'll box it up and send it tomorrow if I have time. You can keep it for a while, since it takes a while to listen to. I listen to it in the car, lying in bed, and on headphones while puttering or doing chores, even working at the library when I was doing long stretches of shelving. Very embarrassing during the more moving parts, since I'd get all teary. What did the patrons think?!

I've listened to it about four times now. I'm not nearly tired of it (except for a few spots that are real clinkers). Repeated listenings has helped me listen to actors I didn't like as well with more appreciation, finding parts of their characterizations I really liked, even if I couldn't like everything. But some choices for the production are just clunky (the Eagles' victory song is guffawed over by everyone, for instance). Oh, I forgot to say I LOVE the BBC Gimli. He's especially gorgeous reciting the poem about Khazad-dum down in Moria.
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