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Improvements on the Theatrical,
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Special Extended DVD Edition) [DVD]  (DVD)
When I first saw The Two Towers in the cinema, I was a little disapointed. The Fellowship was a great experience and I was hoping the Two Towers would be even better. But now with the extended edition, I feel the Two Towers is vastly improved.
The movie now contains some great scenes, including the use of Sam's Elvish rope. The Helms Deep battle seems better and bloodier. Before, in the cinema, I hated how the movie went away from the battle to the Ents, it was like traveling in a car at high speed and then hitting a wall. It slowed it right down. But know with the extended footage from both sides, it seems right to go awy and come back. My favourite part of the original addition was at the window when Sam is talking about Middle-Earth and fighting. In the extended cut, this has changed sightly, for the better.
The two extra DVDs contain a wealth of information. The first talks about design and script ideas along with another documentary about J.R.R. Tolkien. The second disc shows the shooting and editing process, including my favourite, "bigatures". This disc really conveys how much of a rush it was at the end to get the film out on time. When I see the flooding of Isengard, it does not look rushed, but apparently it was the last thing to do.
Once again a great set for any enthusiast, sits nicely in between the Fellowship and the Return of the King.