NOTE: This article is a republication- Source: Forbes Website (Erik Kain).
At long last, one of the greatest adaptations in modern cinema is headed to Netflix. Peter Jackson’s epic The Lord Of The Rings trilogy is coming to the streaming service in February.
The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers and The Return Of The King all land on Netflix on Wednesday, February 1st. It’s unclear if these will be the theatrical or extended versions of the films (or both) though you can still watch either on HBO.
The trilogy has been on Netflix before, though apparently never at the same time, so this marks a first. None of the films have been available to Netflix subscribers since 2020.
Jackson’s Rings adaptation has aged well. I admit, I was fairly critical of many of the choices made for the adaptation at the time, but compared to the blatant disregard for the source material we see in so many modern adaptations these days, Jackson did a phenomenal—and phenomenally faithful—job. Compared to the absolute disaster that was Amazon’s The Rings Of Power, well, the less we say about that the better.
Don’t get me wrong, I still have my gripes—especially with the third and final film—but I’ve mostly softened my harsher opinions and watch these with love and nostalgia now. And what a terrific cast! Ian McKellan as Gandalf, Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn, and the list goes on. The score remains one of my all-time favorites as well. I want to go live in the Shire and smoke pipe-weed and eat second breakfasts and steal mushrooms and have just enough adventure, but not too much. It’s not too much to ask.
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