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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Extended Edition) [Blu-ray] [2003]


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  • Actors: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Andy Serkis
  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Writers: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Entertainment in Video
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Dec 2012
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (382 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009SIS13I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,725 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & 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.

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Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, triumphantly completed by the 11-Oscar-winning The Return of the King, sets out to show that Tolkien's epic work, once derided as mere adolescent escapism, is not just fodder for the best mass entertainment spectacle ever seen on the big screen, but is also replete with emotionally satisfying meditations on the human condition. What is the nature of true friendship? What constitutes real courage? Why is it important for us to care about people living beyond our borders? What does it mean to live in harmony with the environment and what are the consequences when we do not? When is war justifiable and when is it not? What things are really worth fighting for? These are the questions that resonate with a contemporary audience: to see our current social and political concerns mirrored--and here finally resolved--in Middle-earth is to recognise that Jackson's Lord of the Rings is both a parable for our times and magical cinematic escapism.

As before, in this concluding part of the trilogy the spectacle never dwarfs (sic) the characters, even during Shelob the spider's pitiless assault, for example, or the unparalleled Battle of the Pelennor Fields, where the white towers of Minas Tirith come under ferocious attack from Troll-powered siege weapons and--in a sequence reminiscent of the Imperial Walkers in The Empire Strikes Back--Mammoth-like Mumakil. The people and their feelings always remain in focus, as emphasised by Jackson's sensitive small touches: Gandalf reassuring a terrified Pippin in the midst of battle that death is not to be feared; Frodo's blazing anger at Sam's apparent betrayal; Faramir's desire to win the approval of his megalomaniac father; Gollum's tragic cupidity and his final, heartbreaking glee. And at the very epicentre of the film is the pure heart of Samwise Gamgee--the real hero of the story.

At over three hours, there are almost inevitably some lulls, and the film still feels as if some key scenes are missing: a problem doubtless to be rectified in the extended DVD edition. But the end, when it does finally arrive--set to Howard Shore's Wagnerian music score--brings us full circle, leaving the departing audience to wonder if they will ever find within themselves even a fraction of the courage of a hobbit. --Mark Walker --This text refers to the DVD edition.

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M. Matthews on 24 Jan 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Well, boys and girls, this is it: the last Lord of the Rings DVD... unless they decide to milk the saga for all it's worth a la George Lucas. Like the theatrical version this extended cut doesn't quite live up to expectations - not because this is a 'bad' movie, but because our expectations were pushed into the stratosphere by The Fellowship and The Two Towers. The extra 50mins of footage are a rather mixed bag, with most of the additional scenes falling rather flat. There are, though, some notable exceptions - the demise of Saruman should never have been cut from the theatrical version, and the Mouth of Sauron is great fun. By and large though Jackson made the right decisions in the cutting room.
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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Adam VINE VOICE on 5 Sep 2005
Format: DVD
The Theatrical release suffered through being long but disjointed, with fractured and at times jarring story-telling.
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "q50247" on 17 Mar 2004
Format: DVD
I remember sitting in a cine ma back in the summer of 2000 and seeing the teaser trailer for the 'Fellowship of the ring', that was the beginning of the lord of the rings for me. Now we have come to the end. This film marks the end of what has to be one of the greatest cinematic achievments of all time. The film that could never be made has come to an end.
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.
"For Frodo"
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 17 Mar 2004
Format: DVD
What can I say that hasn't already been said ? This was an absolutely fantastic film, a perfect end to the greatest film trilogy of all time.
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.
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