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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Extended Edition) [Blu-ray] 
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It is time. For Frodo to overcome the wickedness of Gollum, the horrifying attack of the colossal arachnid Shelob and the soul-twisting allure of a ring that resists destruction. For Aragorn to take up the sword of his forebears and the crown of his birthright. For the mighty clash that wizard Gandalf calls "the great battle of our time". And for the inspired culmination of the films based on J.R.R. Tolkien's literary classic. For the third time, a Rings movie was a Best Picture Academy Award nominee and for the first time it claimed that prize (plus 10 more). The King deserves its crown.
The greatest trilogy in film history, presented in the most ambitious sets in DVD history, comes to a grand conclusion with the extended edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Not only is the third and final installment of Peter Jackson's adaptation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien the longest of the three, but a full 50 minutes of new material pushes the running time to a whopping 4 hours and 10 minutes. The new scenes are welcome, and the bonus features maintain the high bar set by the first two films, The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers.
If you want to completely immerse yourself in Peter Jackson's marvelous and massive achievement, only the extended edition will do.
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Peter Jackson's trilogy has set the standard for fantasy films by adapting the Holy Grail of fantasy stories with a combination of fidelity to the original source and his own vision, supplemented by outstanding writing, near-perfect casting, glorious special effects, and evocative New Zealand locales. The extended editions without exception have set the standard for the DVD medium 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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And what an end.
Sitting in the cinema for 3 and a half hours may seem like a long time but this film full-filled and surpassed all my expectations. Visually, this film cannot be flawed, from the white tower of Ecthellion, the fell beasts of minas morgul, and of course the mighty Shelob. the music to this film is brilliant (Howard shore has surpassed himself once more, my personal favorite composition is the white tree). The dialouge of the film is a work of unadulterated genius. the incredably personal conversations of Frodo, juxtapose to the mighty speeches of King Theoden at Pelleanor and Aragorn at the black gates of Mordor rouse the spirit and elate the audiance in the moments of dispair.
however for all it's cunning and genius, for all its visual indulgence, for all of the cachophony of the battle of Pellanor feilds, this film boils down to one line.
11 oscars is nowhere near enough to honour this achievement.
I thoughly look forward to having the DVD of this film as i cannot wait to be able to complete this fomidable trilogy.
I would just like to draw attention to Sean Astin in the role of Samwise Gamgee. His acting was incredible, it was a crime that he didn't even receive a nomination for best supporting actor. Sam was the heart of the trilogy, and he really came into his own in this, the final part.
One of his finest moments, in my opinion, was whilst on Mount Doom, Frodo unable to go on, Sam says "I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you". This, coupled with Howard Shore's incredible music, was one of the most powerful cinematic experiences I have ever had.
The second moment, which whilst not in the book, worked to an unbelieveable effect in the film, was when Frodo was clutching the edge of the cliff over the fires of Mount Doom. With the folorn look on his face, Frodo looks upwards at Sam. Sam grabs hold of Frodo's wrist, and shouts "Don't you let go." This was equally, if not more, powerful than the 'carrying' scene.
And then we have the scenes after - Frodo and Sam on the rock, in the middle of a lava flow. Sam's crying over Rosie was incredibly moving, and Frodo's comment to Sam did as I predicted it would, which was tear me up inside - "I'm glad to be with you, Samwise Gamgee ... here, at the end of all things."
This film needs no more recommendation.
The restored scenes in this extended cut make for a more satisfying and coherent narrative, and bring us closer to Tolkien's original work.
Stand out extra scenes are:
Saruman's last stand; a conflation of the original, but a great scene, faithful to the themes and spirit of the scene in the book. This gives the closure the Saruman story deserved.
Aragon draws the eye of Sauron: this serves to partly explain Denethor's madness, but not as specifically as the book does.
The Mouth of Sauron: A truly revolting and effective creation.
The Mimis Tirith battle scenes are also extended, and we get to see that revolting Orc Captain get his deserts. He just vanishes from the Theatrical version.
As for the documentary features, there's a wonderful, inspiring documentary on Tolkien and the book, intelligent and illuminating.
The next feature is also good, looking at some of thr processes involved in filming the unfilmable. There's a fascinating look at a scene that never was, but we see here storyboarded, where Sauron appears to Aragon in his original Angelic form, before taking on his 'Dark Lord' form to do battle.
There's more, enough detail to satisfy the most obsessive fan. This is a good value dvd package, an essential cut of what until now has been a very flawed release.
But while the extended cut of the movie itself is overlong and rather ponderous, the special features are superb. There are numerous excellent documentaries that cover visual effects, sound, music, etc. There are also films covering pre-production and production, the latter including many tearful moments as the members of the cast each film their final scenes. These documentaries really convey that the Lord of the Rings trilogy are not merely movies - they are a true cinematic 'event'. A multitude of talented people poured their heart and soul into these films over a period of six years in some cases, and in so doing created an epic saga that will be talked about for years to come. Those of us who were able to watch these movies in the cinema on their initial release were truly privileged.
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Love LOTR fine addition to the collection contains hours of extras and has the extended final film (separated into 2 discs with commentary feature for film available)Published 2 days ago by Roberta