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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Two Disc Theatrical Edition) [DVD] [2003]

Elijah Wood , Ian McKellen , Peter Jackson    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Orlando Bloom
  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 25 May 2004
  • Run Time: 192 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (342 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000062V8V
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,526 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

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24 of 25 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And so it ends.... 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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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
A year after the final theatrical version surfaced in the cinema, the Lord Of The Rings trilogy comes to its FULL conclusion with the release of the Extended Edition of Return Of The King.
A couple of things for fans of the books to hear. Even at 4 hours running time, the Scouring Of The Shire doesn't make it into the film ... in fact the entire film from the closing scenes of Mount Doom onwards remain as they were in the cinema.. Also push aside those 'too many endings' scoffs, the story was never meant to conclude with the climax of the big battle. Delve into the appendix of Return Of The King and you find that the Fellowship's lives are documented right up to their deaths or parting from the realm of Middle Earth. The War Of The Ring was but a very small part in the history of the world and it was fitting to see in conclude back where the story began.
What a conclusion this series had too! The Two Towers saw a siege with 10,000 attackers throw themselves upon Helms Deep, Return Of The King sees 600,000 attackers in the crucial battle of the world. So many stories intertwine, with Aragorn eventually facing his destiny as the King Of Gondor, Gandalf preparing the city of Minas Tirith for the oncoming assault against the wishes of the deranged steward Dethanor, and most importantly Frodo, Sam and Gollum's final stretch to Mount Doom to destroy the Ring.
Of most interest with this DVD is whats 'new'.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The pieces are moving... 13 Oct 2007
Format:DVD
Antipodean director Peter Jackson here proves beyond doubt that he's picked up Spielberg's mantle as the director most competent at blending dazzling special effects with convincing emotional drama. The third part of Jackson's opus sees the One Ring return to Mordor in the hands of a Hobbit, while the hordes of Gorgoroth sweep into the realm of man in their tens of thousands. Bad Taste this ain't.

This is the boldest of the three movies in that it necessarily must take the most risks in depicting Tolkien's universe. It's a delicate balancing act. For instance, some will love the Jackson of old re-emerging for the Paths of the Dead sequence, while others will resent its Temple of Doom comedy-horror stylings. Legolas skipping up the leg of an olyphaunt and then sliding down its trunk as it falls: fanboys loathe that stuff; the kids love it. But thankfully, due to Return of the King's structure - a series of action scenes built around Gandalf's (Ian McKellen) dreadful narration - one doesn't have to wait long until the next set-piece arrives. And we're spoiled for choice. Gandalf, for example, doesn't only narrate - he also, exhilaratingly, sweeps onto the plain of Pelennor to ward off the Nazgul with a blinding shaft of light. Shelob doesn't disappoint; Weta have created a memorable monster who tickles the neck-hairs of Tolkien devotees and unsuspecting arachnophobics alike (I had not yet read the novel at this point...). And the lighting of the beacons, erupting from far snow-capped peaks, calling to Gondor under the bellowing strains of Howard Shore's aptly triumphant score, might be the single most rousing sequence in movie history. It's the ignition of hope, a glimmer of unbridled joy before the darkness descends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One more of the series
Having read the books, the movies are worth seeing but they seriously lack the depth of the books. Still, it was fun to watch.
Published 9 days ago by Bernardus
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film made better with all these extras
If you're a fan of the LOTR then you will watch this and wonder 'why on earth would Peter Jackson leave out so much great material'. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Andrew
1.0 out of 5 stars No way this is a new product!
I'm so disappointed in this product. I have now ordered this product twice, and each time the packaging has been damaged at the corners and the surface is scratched. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carrie McGladdery
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets
For LOTR fans this is a must buy.
Extended by about an hour. Sit down turn on and return to Middle Earth (Peter Jackson's version).
Published 1 month ago by MR M D LISTER
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular
The third and last film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The double disk is amazing as you can watch the film but then get a preview of behind the scenes and a lot of in-depth... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katie
4.0 out of 5 stars very Good movie
A great way to end a movie, very good. The delivery was fast and I got it for a good price. Was in good condition when it arrived very happy with the product.
Published 2 months ago by Courtney Elliott
2.0 out of 5 stars Annoyed
I was happy when the movie arrived in goid time and with packaging intact, however, when I opened the dvd, there were 2 special feature discs inside, instead of 1 special effects... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sian
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fan
My son has the collection of the films and loves watching he even has the toy figureswhich he likes to play with
Published 3 months ago by Mrs T Chesney
5.0 out of 5 stars where is my efin' ring?????
arrived today, packaged okay, its a 2 disc Blu-ray, the movie continues onto the 2nd disc, I love it, the other 2 in the trilogy were the same.
Published 4 months ago by Mohammed87
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Movie of all time!
As the title says this the best movie of all time. This movie has an awesome plot and some of the best battles of the trilogy and of all time for that matter. Read more
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