While fans ofawaiting , they can indulge in a campier version of the famous fantasy tale. If you love the cheesy movies that are mocked by Mystery Science Theater 3000 and you will probably appreciate the shocking goodness of a 1991 Soviet TV version of the LOTR trilogy.
From school-style costumes to home-computer-like special effects, this is a skewed nostalgia that is about as far from director Peter Jackson’s Hollywood trilogy as Moscow is from Middle-earth.
The TV movie was broadcast on Soviet television in 1991 and then disappeared so as not to be seen again until now, the Guardian newspaper reports. It was broadcast on Leningrad Television and was broadcast to YouTube by Leningrad Television’s successor, 5TV, the newspaper reports.
Tolkien fans who do not understand Russian can still find out who is who and what is. Some of the hobbits look like werewolves, Gandalf could use a bang trim, and the less can be said about Frodo’s furry, yet polite feet (roll to 2:09 in the first video) the better. Sitting through it all seems like a punishment worthy of Gollum. But if you’re a LOTR complete or just a fan of campy cinema, this is a must-see.
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