Unauthorized DVD Commentary: The Fellowship of the Ring

So, yeah; I’m a geek. And when I saw what they were doing at dvdtracks.com I couldn’t rest until I’d tried it myself.

So now I have. I’m not sure that anyone else in the world is actually going to be interested in listening to this, but on the off chance someone will be, here you go: my unauthorized audio commentary track for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Edition):

Low Quality/Small File Size

High Quality/Large File Size

9 Responses to “Unauthorized DVD Commentary: The Fellowship of the Ring”

  1. Sven Says:

    Wow. You must really have a lot of time on your hands :)

  2. John Callender Says:

    Well, it was an excuse to watch the movie again. Which, granted, is something of a time commitment, yes.

  3. B Groves Says:

    For some reason the high-res version of the first half of your Fellowship commentary keeps cutting out, whereas the low-res version seems fine. The high-res version of the second half does not seem to suffer the same problem.

  4. Patriot Says:

    I’m a LOTR fan.

    I know Tolkien never meant to do an analogy of World War II but he did anyway, don’t you think?

  5. John Callender Says:

    Well, he was writing LOTR during WWII, so I think it’s inevitable that some of the themes that got worked into the book were colored by those events. Tolkien said explicitly that he really disliked allegory, and didn’t want his books viewed as allegorical (so it would be unwise to try to create direct mappings along the lines of “Sauron = Hitler”), but the themes of good versus evil and sacrifice and friendship and loyalty resonate on some level with the events Tolkien was experiencing. Just as they resonate with what he saw on the battlefield during WWI (which I talk about a little bit toward the end of my commentary).

  6. John Callender Says:

    B Groves, I’m not sure what might be causing the audio problems you’re describing. Could you describe it in a little more detail? When does it happen? Does it always happen at the same point in the recording? Is it possible that it’s related to bandwidth issues and delays in transmission of the data while you’re listening to it? Or is it definitely a problem in the file itself, which manifests even if you save a copy of it locally and play it from there?

    What sort of hardware/software are you using on your end?

  7. B Groves Says:

    The audio on the high-res version (just part 1) keeps dropping out when I play it using WinAmp (on a windows95 machine). I’m not sure how much more detail I can give you than that — it’s persistent throughout the whole audio file. Part 2 was fine and part 1 of the low-res version was fine. Yes it seems to drop out at the same points. It sounds like “Hello, I’m John …allendar and this is my unauthorized audio …ommen… for the Lord of the Rings the …llowshi… of the Ring”. I downloaded it 3 times (I never played it off the net) and it’s pretty consistent. So I would say the problem, whatever it is, has to do with the file itself.

    Ok having said that, I decided to load it up using GoldWave – a nifty little freeware audio editor – to see if I could actually see signs of audio drop-out. To my surprise, GoldWave plays the file fine. So I’m not sure exactly what the problem is — I’ve never had problems playing any other mp3 files using WinAmp.

    feel free to email if you want more info although I’m not sure how much more I can tell you.

  8. Patriot Says:

    I’m more thinking along the lines of Sauron = Japan, Saraman = Hitler, Elves Dwarves Men = Allies, Orcs Goblins Wargs = Axis powers, Elrond = Churchhill, Gandalf = ???. Oh well maybe that won’t work after all.

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