Lord of the Rings on VHS. Starring Christopher Guard, William Squire, Michael Scholes, John Hurt. Directed by Ralph Bakshi. From the novels “The Fellowship of the Ring” and “The Two Towers” by J.R.R. Tolkien. 1978.
From the box:
All the magical adventure of J.R.R. Tolkien’s thrilling fantasy classic comes to life in this brilliantly animated tale of the enchanted land of Middle Earth — and the brave band of hobbits, heroes and wizards who set out to protect it!
When a dangerous and powerful magic Ring falls into his hands, a little hobbit named Frodo is caught up in a gigantic adventure! Now, join him, the mighty wizard Gandalf and a daring band of elves, dwarfs and warriors as they set out to defend their enchanted land from the wicked sorcerer who would destroy it. Set in a mystical age of magic, monsters and unlikely heroes on incredible journeys, The Lord of the Rings will cast its spell over your entire family!
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Read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring: The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings
Read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Two Towers: The Two Towers: Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings
Fire and Ice on VHS. Starring Randy Norton, Cynthia Leake, Steve Sandor, Sean Hannon, Leo Gordon, William Ostrander. Directed by Ralph Bakshi. Produced by Ralph Bakshi and Frank Frazetta. 1983.
From the box:
A Masterpiece Of Fantasy And Illustration
Fire and Ice, an animated adventure film, is the work of the imaginations of Ralph Bakshi and Frank Frazetta, masters of fantasy and illustration. A tiny village is destroyed by a surging glacier, which serves as the deadly domain for the evil Ice Lord, Nekron. The only survivor is a young warrior, Larn, who vows to avenge this act of destruction! The evil continues, however, as Nekron’s palace of ice heads straight towards Fire Keep, the great fortress ruled by the good King Jarol. When Jarol’s beautiful daughter, Teegra, is abducted by Nekron’s subhuman ape-like creatures, Larn begins a daring search for her. What results is a tense battle between good and evil, surrounded by the mystical elements of the ancient past!
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Cool World on VHS. Starring Gabriel Byrne, Kim Basinger, Brad Pitt. With Michele Abrams, Deirdre O’Connell. Directed by Ralph Bakshi. 1992.
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When ex-con cartoonist Jack Deebs (Gabriel Byrne) was behind bars he found escape by creating Cool World, a cartoon series featuring a voluptuous vixen named Holli Would.
But the ‘toonsmith becomes a prisoner of his own fantasies when Holli pulls Jack into Cool World with a scheme to seduce him and bring herself to life. A hard-boiled detective (Brad Pitt)–the only other human in Cool World–cautions Jack with the law: ‘Noids (humans) don’t have sex with doodles (cartoons).
The flesh proves weaker than ink, however, as Holli takes human form (Kim Basinger) in Las Vegas, starting a trans-universal chase that threatens the destruction of both worlds.
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