As Sauron's evil threatens the whole of Middle-Earth, Frodo and Sam edge nearer to Mount Doom while the Fellowship must defend the human city of Minas Tirith in Peter Jackson's third and final instalment of the Tolkein trilogy.
Unless you've been living with the blue and green lint inside your tumble dryer for the past 5 years the film adapations of JRR Tolkiens beloved novel Lord of the Rings need little introduction. If, like I, you sat in the cinema and experienced the thrill of Peter Jacksons faithful, measured and downright thrilling installments of the Fellowship, the Two Towers and Return of the King then you'll have been counting down the days to the release of this final Extended jam-packed 4-disc special.
Completing one of the most talked about triologies since Star Wars or the Matrix must have been a joy for Jackson because this special edition once more oozes with excellence. Besides the edition of a further 40 minutes to the already hefty running time (building on scenes cut short and resolving the absent Saruman saga) the box set includes a WEALTH of extras. Multiple commentaries from crew and most of the cast are bolstered by two extensive Appendix sections, covering every aspect of this incredible production.
This really is the final word on a fantastic cinematic experience. Die Hard Tolkinites (if that's the term) may quibble over minor plot changes/ admissions, but for the rest of us The Return of the King wonderfully brought to a close an adventure that's lasted 5 years.
Cinematic history was made with the conclusion of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and now fans have the option of seeing a further 50 minutes or so of footage carefully restored in this special extended edition.
More emtional, dramatic and action scenes make this a must-have for LOTR fans.
Much more of the true story added in the extended edition, which is very enjoyable. Masses of extras which often make the viewer feel as emotional as cast and crew, as it is the last time they are all togehter. A must have for any The Lord Of The Rings fan.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play Members of the fellowship prepare for the final battle of Middle Earth while Frodo & Sam approach Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring This extended version personally overseen by director Peter Jackson will contain 48 minutes of never-before-seen footage woven into the original theatrically released version of the 11-time Academy Award winning masterpiece Disc 1 & 2 Audio commentary from director Peter Jackson with writerproducer Fran Walsh and writer Philippa Boyens Audio commentary from members of the design team Audio commentary from members of the production and post-production team Audio commentary from members of the cast Disc 3 Introduction from Peter Jackson &39;JRR Tolkien The Legacy of Middle-Earth&39; documentary &39;From Book To Script - Forging The Final Chapter&39; documentary Abandoned Concept Aragorn battles Sauron &39;Designing Middle-Earth&39; documentary &39;Big-atures&39; documentary &39;Weta Workshop&39; documentary &39;Costume Design&39; documentary &39;The Peoples of Middle-Earth&39; galleries with audio &39;The Realms Of Middle-Earth&39; galleries with audio &39;Miniatures&39; galleries with audio &39;Home Of The Horse Lords&39; documentary &39;Middle-Earth Atlas Tracing the Journeys of the Fellowship&39; interactive map &39;New Zealand As Middle-Earth&39; interactive map with on-location footage Disc 4 Introduction from Elijah Wood Sean Astin Billy Boyd Dominic Monaghan &39;Cameras In Middle-Earth&39; documentary Production photos a gallery of 69 images &39;Weta Digital&39; documentary &39;The Mumakil Battle&39; interactive feature &39;Editorial Completing The Trilogy&39; documentary &39;Music For Middle-Earth&39; documentary &39;The Soundscapes Of Middle-Earth&39; documentary &39;The End Of All Things&39; documentary &39;The Passing Of An Age&39; documentary &39;Cameron Duncan The Inspiration For Into the West&39; documentary &39;DFK6498&39; short film &39;Strike Zone&39; short film Actors Elijah Wood Viggo Mortensen Sean Astin Orlando Bloom Ian McKellen Sean Bean Cate Blanchett Billy Boyd Dominic Monaghan Bernard Hill Ian Holm Miranda Otto Liv Tyler Andy Serkis Hugo Weaving David Wenham & John Rhys-Davies Director Peter Jackson Certificate 12 years and over Year 2003 Screen Widescreen 2351 Anamorphic Languages English - Dolby Digital EX (51) ; DTS ES 61 Additional Languages Dolby Digital (20) Stereo English Subtitles English
The extended version (with 48 extra minutes) of the final film in Peter Jackson's epic big screen adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy - which won all 11 Academy Awards it was nominated for, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. Gandalf manages to rally Gondor's fallen army with the help of King Theoden of Rohan for the biggest battle in the history of Middle-earth; and Aragorn finally faces up to his responsibilities. They are obviously out-numbered but are determined to keep Sauron distracted in order to enable Frodo to complete his quest to destroy the Ring by throwing it into the fires of the Mountain of Doom.