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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
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (597 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009SIS13I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,131 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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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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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By Moon Star TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Nov. 2015
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The best of the extended editions from the original trilogy - I don't know how they left some of these scenes out from the cut shown at cinemas - the opening sequence with the death of a certain evil wizard, Gandalf facing down the witch king....some really nice scenes that are worth seeing. Purchased as a gift for someone too young to enjoy it properly when they were first released. I have the extended versions mself and they're absolutely brilliant. The extended scenes are worth the extra run time to an already long film and they make a great film even better. Far superior to the newer Hobbit films in my opinion and the extras I think are better also.
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By Beanie Luck TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 April 2017
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I purchased all of the limited edition box sets of the extended version of these films on dvd when they 1st came out, and rather than ruin them by keep getting them out of the box thought i would grab them on bluray instead.

The films for me just never age, they are, as a trilogy, my favourite films of all time. The bluray is spectacular and i feel as though i am watching the films for the 1st time.

Great to chill out on a sunday with.
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i was happy with the quality of the film, however disc 2 was unplayable. this is the second time I have bought this version, Not from the same seller though, and every time disc 2 is unplayable. could this be chance? or is there a fault with my player?, does any one know where I could buy this at a reasonable price, and play ok.
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I find this extended version too long to sustain narrative power. I'm a Tolkien fan and a huge fan of the movies. For me the theatrical cut is the superior experience. 100% worth watching to see what's in this though - and a couple of the scenes are extremely nice and would be lovely additions to the normal movie.
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I have the movie dvd the extended cut all normal DVD and my DVD upscales the quality so I did not know what to expect with my first foray into blue ray boy was it worth it excellent quality I did not think viewing quality could get any better but blue ray is the way made the film even better if poss.
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Excellent service and great product , now have all three extended versions for lazy weekends when you can have a Tolken time.
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Extended edition a bit too long - we had to spread it over two evenings! Battle scenes overblown and very repetitive.
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Third and last film of The Lord of the Rings franchise, and still brilliant to watch after all this time.
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