This is probably "J.R.R.T: A FILM PORTRAIT OF J. R. R. TOLKIEN", 110
minutes, copyright 1992 by "The Tolkien Partnership". I have it on
VHS, not dvd; as I recall, it was released in England on PAL format
and the U.S. rights were bought by an educational film firm that
charged outrageous amounts (several hundred dollars) for the U.S.
(NTSC) version. Too bad, since it's an excellent documentary,
incorporating for the first time some snippets from JRRT himself
(salvaged from the 1968 BBC "Tolkien in Oxford") and includes
interviews with Christopher, Carpenter, Rayner (I think), and many
others. It's ponderously narrated by Judi Dench.
The PAL (UK-tv format) video is available through The Tolkien
Shop in Holland (www.tolkienshop.com; look under "audio", then under
"dvd/video" and scroll down; it's the next to last item) for 17 1/2
euroes, if he or she has access to a tv that can play PAL videos
(some universities do, and foreign film clubs or a good local video
rental shop might also be able to help)
Hope this helps.
On Aug 2, 2006, at 8:40 AM, Edith.Crowe@... wrote:
> Passing this along for Janet Alvarez of the Tolkien Society--if you
> please send or copy your response to humbuckinhoney@....
> Janet & I
> both came across a commercial web site selling DVDs that said this was
> canceled--does anyone know if that's true, and if so, any specifics?
> A lecturer in USA has had a course on Tolkien and Mythology
> accepted for
> the new academic year and is urgently trying to find a film entitled
> 'Tolkien: An Authorised Film Portrait' but without success so far.
> and Barnes and Noble in USA list it but don't seem to have it. Any
> information about where it may be obtained would be very helpful.
> Edith Crowe
> Corresponding Secretary of the Mythopoeic Society (http://