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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Special Extended DVD Edition) [DVD]

Elijah Wood , Ian McKellen    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (356 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Dominic Monaghan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: 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: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Dec 2004
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (356 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002I10FY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,181 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

What's New?
One of the scenes cut from the theatrical release but included here, the resolution of the Saruman storyline, generated a lot of publicity when the movie opened, as actor Christopher Lee complained in the press about losing his only appearance. It's an excellent scene, one Jackson calls "pure Tolkien," and provides better context for Pippin to find the wizard's palantir in the water, but it's not critical to the film. In fact, "valuable but not critical" might sum up the ROTK extended edition. It's evident that Jackson made the right cuts for the theatrical run, but the extra material provides depth and ties up a number of loose ends, and for those sorry to see the trilogy end (and who isn't?) it's a welcome chance to spend another hour in Middle-earth. Some choice moments are Gandalf's (Ian McKellen) confrontation with the Witch King (we find out what happened to the wizard's staff), the chilling Mouth of Sauron at the gates of Mordor, and Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) being mistaken for Orc soldiers. We get to see more of Éowyn (Miranda Otto), both with Aragorn and on the battlefield, even fighting the hideously deformed Orc lieutenant, Gothmog. We also see her in one of the most anticipated new scenes, the Houses of Healing after the battle of the Pelennor Fields. It doesn't present Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) as a savior as the book did, but it shows the initial meeting between Éowyn and Faramir (David Wenham), a relationship that received only a meaningful glance in the theatrical cut.


If you want to completely immerse yourself in Peter Jackson's marvelous and massive achievement, only the extended edition will do.

And for those who complained, no, there are no new endings, not even the scouring of the Shire, which many fans were hoping to see. Nor is there a scene of Denethor (John Noble) with the palantir, which would have better explained both his foresight and his madness. As Jackson notes, when cuts are made, the secondary characters are the first to go, so there is a new scene of Aragorn finding the palantir in Denethor's robes. Another big difference is Aragorn's confrontation with the King of the Dead. In the theatrical version, we didn't know whether the King had accepted Aragorn's offer when the pirate ships pulled into the harbor; here Jackson assumes that viewers have already experienced that tension, and instead has the army of the dead join the battle in an earlier scene (an extended cameo for Jackson). One can debate which is more effective, but that's why the film is available in both versions. If you feel like watching the relatively shorter version you saw in the theaters, you can. If you want to completely immerse yourself in Peter Jackson's marvelous and massive achievement, only the extended edition will do.

How Are the Bonus Features?
To complete the experience, The Return of the King provides the same sprawling set of features as the previous extended editions: four commentary tracks, sharp picture and thrilling sound, and two discs of excellent documentary material far superior to the recycled material in the theatrical edition. Those who have listened to the seven hours of commentary for the first two extended editions may wonder if they need to hear more, but there was no commentary for the earlier ROTK DVD, so it's still entertaining to hear him break down the film (he says the beacon scene is one of his favorites), discuss differences from the book, point out cameos, and poke fun at himself and the extended-edition concept ("So this is the complete full strangulation, never seen before, here exclusively on DVD!"). The documentaries (some lasting 30 minutes or longer) are of their usual outstanding quality, and there's a riveting storyboard/animatic sequence of the climactic scene, which includes a one-on-one battle between Aragorn and Sauron.

One DVD Set to Rule Them All
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

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The Lord of the Rings [Region 2]


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And so it ends.... 24 Jan 2005
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Bests the theatrical release 5 Sep 2005
By Adam VINE VOICE
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey's End - Oh what and end!! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the King 17 Mar 2004
By Richard
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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