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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Edition Box Set) [DVD]

Elijah Wood , Ian McKellen , Peter Jackson    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,003 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean, Viggo Mortensen
  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Writers: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, J.R.R. Tolkien, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair
  • Producers: Barrie M. Osborne, Bob Weinstein
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 12
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Dec 2004
  • Run Time: 681 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,003 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002VJT2C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 471 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From Amazon.co.uk

The extended editions of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings present the greatest trilogy in film history in the most ambitious sets in DVD history. In bringing J.R.R. Tolkien's nearly unfilmable work to the screen, Jackson benefited from extraordinary special effects, evocative New Zealand locales, and an exceptionally well-chosen cast, but most of all from his own adaptation with co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, preserving Tolkien's vision and often his very words, but also making logical changes to accommodate the medium of film. While purists complained about these changes and about characters and scenes left out of the films, the almost two additional hours of material in the extended editions (about 11 hours total) help appease them by delving more deeply into Tolkien's music, the characters, and loose ends that enrich the story, such as an explanation of the Faramir-Denethor relationship, and the appearance of the Mouth of Sauron at the gates of Mordor. In addition, the extended editions offer more bridge material between the films, further confirming that the trilogy is really one long film presented in three pieces (which is why it's the greatest trilogy ever--there's no weak link). The scene of Galadriel's gifts to the Fellowship added to the first film proves significant over the course of the story, while the new Faramir scene at the end of the second film helps set up the third and the new Saruman scene at the beginning of the third film helps conclude the plot of the second.

To top it all off, the extended editions offer four discs per film: two for the longer movie, plus four commentary tracks and stupendous DTS 6.1 ES sound; and two for the bonus material, which covers just about everything from script creation to special effects. The argument was that fans would need both versions because the bonus material is completely different, but the features on the theatrical releases are so vastly inferior that the only reason a fan would need them would be if they wanted to watch the shorter versions they saw in theaters (the last of which, The Return of the King, merely won 11 Oscars). The LOTR extended editions without exception have set the DVD standard by providing a richer film experience that pulls the three films together and further embraces Tolkien's world, a reference-quality home theater experience, and generous, intelligent, and engrossing bonus features. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play.

 

The Fellowship Of The Ring: In a time before history, in a place called Middle-earth, a dark and powerful lord has brought together the forces of evil to destroy its cultures and enslave all life caught in his path. Sauron's time has come and he needs only one small object - a Ring that has been lost for centuries - to snuff out the light of civilization and cover the world in darkness.

 

The Two Towers: The Fellowship has divided and now finds themselves taking different paths to defeating Sauron and his allies. Their destinies now lie at two towers - Orthanc Tower in Isengard, where the corrupted wizard Saruman waits and Sauron's fortress at Barad-dur, deep within the dark lands of Mordor.

 

The Return Of The King: Members of the fellowship prepare for the final battle of Middle Earth, while Frodo & Sam approach Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring...

 

  • Actors Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen, Sean Bean, Cate Blanchett, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Bernard Hill, Ian Holm, Miranda Otto, Liv Tyler, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham & John Rhys-Davies
  • Director Peter Jackson
  • Certificate 12 years and over
  • Screen Widescreen 2.35:1
  • Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1) EX ; DTS ES 6.1
  • Subtitles English


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575 of 606 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Picture (almost) Perfect 28 Jun 2011
By Carl Spencer TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that everyone reading this already knows a good deal about the Lord of the Rings trilogy, so I won't discuss the quality of the movies in detail. Needless to say that there really is no competition between the theatrical and extended editions so far as the experience is concerned. The Extended Editions feel much more whole and complete and generally far more satisfying than the abridged theatrical version. Equal love and attention is put into the special features, which are immensely detailed and entertaining.

The main topic of debate over this release has been the quality of the video, the use of 2 discs per film, and the use of DVDs for special features as opposed to blu-ray discs.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

Fellowship - The discontent with the theatrical blu-ray for Fellowship is no secret, leading to the new transfer for this boxset. There have been videos showing the high green levels in the transfer, which has led many to write off buying this release. The bad news is that certain scenes do indeed look a little too green - weathertop and subsequent scene when Arwen arrives; Mines of Moria and a few others. There is also a higher level of orange than I remember in other scenes (i.e. Rivendell). The good news is that these are brief little bumps in the road for an otherwise brilliant video. The film finally looks high-definition with beautiful clarity and detail but without looking over digitised. It looks natural and impressive.

Two Towers & Return of the King - There is no major improvement in these films but one thing I did feel when watching the theatrical blu-rays was that the picture, though impressive, was flat somehow... although that may be my imagination.
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249 of 266 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
As soon as you receive your extended-edition box set from Amazon, I suggest you check that the second disc of Return of the King plays correctly. Mine is labelled "Part 2" but actually contains the German version of the Appendices Part 6 disc. I imagine someone messed up the duplication as others have reported this problem but so far not on Amazon.co.uk.

I hope this advice helps prevent the disbelief and disappointment that I have just experienced.

POSTSCRIPT: Both Amazon and the UK distributors responded quickly and courteously to solve this for me, so no complaints there.
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285 of 305 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absoluelty incredible, and stunning value. 8 Jan 2005
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I bought the original two disc version of The Fellowship of the Ring and was both miffed when the extended version came out, and disappointed at the paltry extras. I resolved to wait until this version, the complete extended version, came out before buying any more. So I've been waiting nearly two years but, boy, was it worth the wait.
There's not much I can add about the films; the extended versions are incredible, SO much better than the original versions, and stunning on a good TV/surround system. The films are so moving that I've found myself moved to tears at times by the sheer power and beauty of them, and I'm not usually prone to gushing over DVD's.
However I wanted to add that the two discs of extras with each film are equally stunning. They manage to be different for each film, and I've watched, transfixed as they take you through the incredible scale of the productions and the sheer love and craftsmanship that went into making these films.
Really, forty-five quid for these 12 DVD's represents incredible (yes I know I've used that word about 5 times) value, you really will want to watch all of them. Buy it now!
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125 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colour looking fine.... 28 Jun 2011
Format:Blu-ray
Having been alarmed by a few claims that the Fellowship of the Ring was looking a bit green-tinged I watched the whole thing as soon as the pack arrived. Honestly can't see what all the fuss is about - this film looks even more gorgeous than it did on the the extended DVDs (I resisted the temptation to buy the theatrical blu-rays). I was fearing a sickly green hue over everything (including the snow !) but the whole thing looks fantastic to me.

A fitting - and hopefully definitive - release for a true cinematic classic.
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102 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only fools would ignore this Blu-ray stunner 4 July 2011
By Dave
Format:Blu-ray
Forget the whining and the moaning. Forget it all.

Yes, we could have done with JUST the films on Blu-ray and not all the same extras, but we have them and that's that.
Yes some of the green-blue colour change/darkening in "Fellowship" seems overdone in in certain scenes or details, but most of the time these changes are in fact a vast improvement in picture quality and general aesthetics.

And quite frankly the most important thing is simply this...do the Blu-rays offer up a stunning looking, major upgrade from DVD, transfer?
And the answer is a huge and mighty OH YES!

All the films look truly stunning in the sheer amount of extra detail they offer up (backgrounds now pop with stunning clarity and pin sharp definition of even the smallest details) and often some of the depth is startling too, especially in many of the Gollum scenes.
Just take a look at the Rivendell scenes in "Fellowship", the rock/mountain/Gollum scenes in "The Two Towers" and the massive battle scenes and epic vistas in "Two Towers" and "King" and be amazed at the gorgeous detail, depth and clarity that is now revealed.

Play these (and many, many, many more) sequences next to their now flat, grey, blurred DVD counterparts and you will see that buying this Blu-ray set is as essential to any fan of the movies as breathing itself.
And all that's not even taking into account the mighty, thundering, crystal clear HD audio.

Utterly essential!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I love the LotR, so getting the extended BR version has been a dream for me for a long time! I just noticed that the image jumps ever so slightly when they speak Elvish and the... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Callum Brownrigg
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with LOTR! I don't care extras ...
Can't go wrong with LOTR!
I don't care extras are on DVD.
Movies quality is funtastic. It's a must have for everyone who likes trilogy
Published 1 day ago by maremalin
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Love it!
Published 1 day ago by MRS NJ WILLIAMS
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Long long long. But good
Published 2 days ago by Paul in Epsom
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
an excellent trilogy.
Published 3 days ago by Mrs. M. Haigh
5.0 out of 5 stars love these films and this is a great box set ...
love these films and this is a great box set for fans! looks great and also has amazing extra footage behind the scenes!
Published 5 days ago by vanilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing !
The best movie ever seen. I watched cinema version about 10 times by now but Extended edition its extraordinary I felt like I watching this for the first time, Highly recommended... Read more
Published 8 days ago by M.R
5.0 out of 5 stars Would reccomend
Arrived in around a week and everything was in great condition. These DVDs are a must see for any Lord of the Rings fan!
Published 8 days ago by Megan
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I love the lord of the rings its the greatest trilogy in my opinion, and this just looks so good on my shelf, the quality of the dvd's are mind blowing, the box is great quality... Read more
Published 9 days ago by DylanG
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Loved it
Published 11 days ago by Julien
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