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The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Edition

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Experience the theatrical versions of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in stunning high definition. Three DVDs featuring over six hours of bonus materials are also included, as are digital copies of each film.
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Experience the theatrical versions of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in stunning high definition. Three DVDs featuring over six hours of bonus materials are also included, as are digital copies of each film.
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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The second part of this epic trilogy, based on the perennially bestselling fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, not only meets but surpasses the high standards set by the initial film, The Fellowship of the Ring. Director Peter Jackson, working from a masterfully adapted script by Frances Walsh, condenses the second book's narrative in a way that captures all the highlights and eliminates the dragging spots. The result is a truly spectacular movie, crammed with action and darker in tone than its predecessor. The story initially focuses on the hobbits Frodo Baggins played by Elijah Wood and Sam Gamgee Sean Astin, who press on toward Mordor and the ultimate disposition of the magical ring they reluctantly bear. Our attention is subsequently directed toward other members of the Fellowship -- human Aragorn Viggo Mortensen, elf Legolas Orlando Bloom, and dwarf Gimli John Rhys-Davies -- who join forces with a group of humans besieged by demon warriors commanded by the malevolent Lord Saruman Christopher Lee. Utilizing spectacular New Zealand locations, Jackson's production has enormous scope and majesty, but the director never loses sight of his characters, whose personalities are fully crystallized here. The acting is of a uniformly high caliber, with octogenarian Lee and newly minted genre stalwart Ian McKellen returning as the wizard Gandalf edging out their younger costars for top honors. Computer-generated effects are employed generously, but rather than dominating, the action they complement it. A movie that is truly dazzling in every way, The Two Towers builds mammoth anticipation for the trilogy's conclusion, The Return of the King.
Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The third and most spectacular installment of Peter Jackson's remarkable Lord of the Rings trilogy builds to a climax of almost endurable suspense as Middle-earth is rocked by the prospect of impending Armageddon -- an all-out war that can only be prevented by two lowly hobbits. Frodo Elijah Wood and Sam Sean Astin follow the treacherous Gollum Andy Serkis to Mount Doom, into whose fiery core must be hurled the all-powerful ring. Meanwhile, as Gandalf Ian McKellen and Pippin Billy Boyd cast their lot with the besieged inhabitants of Gondor, the remaining members of the Fellowship -- Aragorn Viggo Mortensen, Legolas Orlando Bloom, and Gimli John Rhys-Davies -- attempt to recruit the spirit warriors of Cursed Mountains in the final conflict against Sauron. Return of the King reaps the benefit of narrative seeds sown in the previous two installments: The characters and conflicts having been well established in Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, Jackson resolves everything in King on a grand scale that old-school filmmakers would never have imagined possible. Computer-generated special effects account for many of the film's visual delights, but this superb director invests the proceedings with intense emotions as well, and once the final battle has been decided he presents a protracted but satisfying denouement that ties up all the loose ends. Perfection is nearly impossible to attain in any human endeavor, but with this film Jackson has come as close to it as anybody in motion-picture history. We're hard pressed to imagine anybody else having realized a live-action version of J. R. R. Tolkien's story with as much imagination, expertise, and feeling. King swept this year's Oscars for good reason -- it's a stunning, unforgettable work that has already taken its place in cinema history. Jackson's Special Extended Edition adds 50-minutes to the theatrical cut of the film.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/6/2010
  • UPC: 794043131622
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  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Dolby Digital Surround EX
  • Language: English, EspaƱol
  • Time: 9:17:00
  • Format: Blu-ray

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elijah Wood Frodo Baggins
Ian McKellen Gandalf the Grey/White
Viggo Mortensen Aragorn
Sean Astin Samwise Gamgee
John Rhys-Davies Gimli
Christopher Lee Saruman
Billy Boyd Pippin
Dominic Monaghan Meriadoc Brandybuck
Orlando Bloom Legolas
Technical Credits
Peter Jackson Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2011

    This item is mis-labeled

    This item is being sold as "Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Edition," but if you type in the upc in froogle, it comes up as just the Motion Picture Trilogy (i.e., *not the Extended Edition). The extended edition has a different cover with large letters that say "EXTENDED EDITION." This item is just the theatrical version. Please correct this. My low rating reflects only this mislabeling, nothing further.

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    The Lord of the Rings Movies is a very enjoyable series. Although a person cannot really truly value the movies if they did not read the books as well, there are a lot of things that were left out of the movies because if they left them in, then the movies would have been too long. (Even though they are already pretty long without the deleted scenes, which are amazing by the way) I watched all the movies first before reading the books, but there was a big enough gap between seeing the movies and reading the books, that I could fully appreciate all the books without that mindset that the books were ruining the movie. What surprised me was that the books went into so much more behind what we see on screen with the characters. There are a few scenes that are in a different order, as well as a few characters that are missing from the story. Of course a director is going to have to make some decisions on keeping or taking out certain things for the sake of the length of the movie. And Peter Jackson did an amazing job of taking this fictional world and bringing it to a screen in front of our eyes for our viewing pleasure. But, as is with most series, the books are almost always going to be better than the movies. It might be because we actually see the most fitting characters and the most fitting scenery in our heads and it is pleasing to us as an individual, while the director is just one person and they have to please an audience, and you can never please everyone. Or it is because Tolkien made an amazing series, and he put so much into it. He created his own language for the books, there are family trees for almost all of the characters, and an entire world with its own cycles of plants and animals. Either way, I cannot stress enough how important it is to read the books before you watch the movies. It will make that much of a difference in your experience and even though the books might take a little bit to start going, and at some parts, they might seem a bit tedious, but it definitely is so worth the experience. And you can legitimately say that you are a nerd, because you read The Hobbit, and the Lord of The Rings series. This review is part of a class assignment from a community college in California

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Disappointing version of the original movies

    This Blu-Ray version of the wonderful trilogy is extremely disappointing, in that key scenes, which are in the original movies I have, have been deleted.

    The Blu-Ray is visually beautiful, but the deletions are so obvious, and it is deflating to realize the movies have been "chopped", when you expect the Blu-Ray version to be perfect!

    I also had a defective "special features" disc in my set, for the first movie, "Fellowship of the Ring", in that the sub-titles only offered a Spanish version!
    all of the other "special features" discs offer both English and Spanish,
    and I like to watch special features discs with sub-titles in a form that I can read!

    After waiting with high anticipation for so long for the Blu-Ray version to come out, I am very disappointed.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

    My husband bought me this Extended Cut Set on Blu-Ray and I abso

    My husband bought me this Extended Cut Set on Blu-Ray and I absolutely love them. They go so much more in depth about the story and explain a lot of things that were left to be simply understood in the original theatrical releases. Definitely worth the money for LOTR fans!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2011

    A true adventure!

    A beautiful interpretation of a classic story, the extended edition may still leave a few things out of the original novels, but the film making and quality of the cast and script are wonderful. Certainly worth not only watching the extended editions, but checking out the commentaries from various cast and crew members as well!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Missing the New and Extended Scenes of the DVD Release

    Loved this movie and bought it on Blu-ray only to find it does not contain the new and extended scenes of the DVD release a couple of years ago.

    For those that haven't seen that version, this is amazing. The Blu-ray is great, but I grew to love those new and extended scenes and I miss them too much to enjoy this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buyer Beware!

    If you purchased this edition be aware that it is only the THEATRICAL RELEAESE and not the Extended Edition. The Extended Edition has not yet been released, but will be. This is exactly what they did when they released the film the first time...

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!

    The Lord of the rings, in my opinion, is one of the best movies EVER. And the only way to make it better, is to see it in Blu-Ray. The storyline was excellent.Its basically were a hobbit named Frodo (think midget) finds a ring with enough power to destroy the world. So with the help of a wizard, warrior and other friends Frodo must take the ring to the Crack of Doom. Where it was created to destroy it. It was truly an epic film. And the acting was great. Even Elijah Wood was perfect for his part. Overall the storyline and the acting combined makes The Lord of the Rings one of the few movies that sucks me in time and time again. BUY YHIS MOVIE!!!!!

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

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    amazing movies from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    amazing movies thank you peter jackson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted June 18, 2011

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    amazing from begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    awesome piece of art by peter jackson!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Recommended

    This review is being written as an assignment for a college English class I am taking at Crafton Hills College.

    The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy was extremely well done considering it is a book to film adaptation. No movie, unless extremely lengthy, will be able to capture every nuance a book can contain. Even at the whopping three or so hours per film it still left out many, many details from the books. The Lord of the Rings film trilogy is likely the most successful series of films ever created, even despite the fact that the producers deliberately left out so many details from the books that fans of Tolkien may consider important and essential.

    Regardless, I think it was a great decision to leave out all of these details from the movie. Many friends I've talked to who absolutely love the movies can not get through the books because of the long winded descriptions for seemingly insignificant things like plants or trees or other random aspects of nature Tolkien decided to include in his work. So then, is it the author's fault for not being able to produce a work accessible to people in this day and age or is it man's fault for no longer being interested in what Tolkien saw such beauty in? I suppose this is up to the reader or viewer to decide; some may not see any problem with the extremely long and sometimes tedious to read descriptions Tolkien decides to include in his books, and others may not be able to get through them and put the books down permanently out of frustration. The latter is most often the case these days from my observations.

    The fact that movies can not encompass everything books can (yet) may have been a very, very good thing in the case of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I believe that the much more simplified version the movies are, compared to the books, are far better suited to the audiences of today. I don't think anyone would have sat through the movie with some of the long, and often boring monologues Tolkien has in his books. And although the movies are simplified in terms of detail, I believe they did an excellent job making it their own creation while keeping true to much of Tolkiens original works. Some things are absolutely necessary to be changed, for example plays, the actors are often over the top and overly dramatic so that the entire audience, not just the people in the front, can see and capture the same emotion the actor is feeling. If you had that same actor acting the same way in a movie as they did in the play, it would likely be considered terrible and over the top acting. For this reason I believe that the decisions to simplify characters, or change their personalities even if it's a bit drastic from the book, was a good decision. It is a completely different media and certain elements must be met to entertain the society of today.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Great movies; extended editions a must see.

    I am doing this review for as an assignment for my English class. I am a student at a community college in California. For this class we had to read The Hobbit and the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. We also watched the movie trilogy. These movies are amazing but I recommend reading the books first. Peter Jackson did an amazing job bringing Tolkien's world to film. Many people complain about Boromir and his lust for the ring throughout the movie compared to the Fellowship. From my point of view I thought Boromir's constant lust over the ring worked out well in the movie because if Peter Jackson was to do it word for word from the book then Boromir would seem like a good guy the whole time until he just changes his mind. One complaint I have, which is my fault, is having watched the movies first then reading the books was not a good idea. While reading the books all I could think about were the actors portraying the main characters like Frodo, Sam, Mary, Pippin, Gandalf, etc. I also kept expecting things from the movie to happen in the books that either never happened or happened at a different time. These movies and probably the new Hobbit movie coming out will go down in Tolkien history. One can get a feel for the world Tolkien has built by just watching these movies but by reading the books you feel part of the lore and part of his dream.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Highly recommended

    This review is part of a California community college assignment. The class required that the students read The Hobbit and the three LOTR books, watch the Peter Jackson films, then analyze, compare and critique them.
    Adapting a book, or series of books, into a film can be an extremely daunting task. Filmmakers have had varying degrees of success with this over the years and the LOTR films are definitely one of the successes. Jackson has taken one of the most gargantuan fictional literary worlds and brought it to the screen in a manner that is able to please the general public and Tolkein purists alike. However, one cannot simply view only the films and claim to know Tolkein's work in depth.
    It is always necessary for a film to simplify the aspects of the book that it is based on. This is the only feasible way to bring a book to the big screen. That is fine, but much of the literary depth is lost in the film version. In the LOTR films the writers added more colloquial language to the dialogue (in lieu of Tolkein's pedantic original text) and many sequences in the film do not occur in the same order as they do in the books. Also, many characters are relegated to exaggerated emotional and behavioral dispositions. The most notable of these characters are Denethor and his sons Boromir and Faramir. Boromir's erratic behavior due to his lust for the ring is more intense in the film. Faramir's eventual resistance to the ring is portrayed far more honorably in the book and Denethor is reduced to a sneering coward in the films when he seemed to be more respectable in the books. In addition to this the characters of Legolas and Gimli seem to be increasingly reduced to comedy relief in the second and third films. This belies the depth that Tolkein bestowed upon them in his original text. I would go so far as to say that if someone really appreciates the films, then it is required to read the books to get the complete experience.
    It is not disputed that the LOTR series is one of the greatest literary works of the twentieth century and, although the films are good, no one should see the films without having read the books. Or you could do it in reverse order I suppose.

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

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    this dvd set rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this dvd set rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Love LOTR!

    To see this in Blu ray was so awesome, I have been waiting for this come out!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic Literature made Easy

    This movie is awesome. The bluray transformation is superb. If you can't read the book (it's a difficult read and I was an English major) this is the way to enjoy the classics.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    WARNING:

    I want to let every die-hard LOTR fan know that this blu-ray set does not include the extended editions to each film. Peter Jackson has said that he's filming a small amount of 'NEW' scenes that are additional to the previous DVD extra's. The blu-ray extended edition will presumably be available at a time to coincide with the release of 'The Hobbit'.

    With all of this said, these are EPIC films even in the theatrical format.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Theatrical Versions? Why not the extended!? NOT WORTH BUYING!

    The extended versions of these films are the only ones I will purchase. I'm not getting ripped off again by buying 2 versions. The extended versions are the definitive versions of all 3 films and I can't see buying the shortened versions on Blu Ray. I'll wait.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Lord of the Rings

    The Fellowship is the first to taking us into the world of Middle Earth hence the One Ring of Sauron and the Fellowship is then formed. In the Two Towers the journey continues but the band have seperated thus meet up with the people of rohan and set out for the battle of helm's deep and gollum as well steps in. In the Return of the King, the journey comes close to its climatic showdown between the forces of good vs. evil as the battle is now in the land of gondor and of finally being rid of the ring of power once and for all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Whoa!

    These are the best movies that i have ever enjoyed. Everything was so well done, I got these movie for Christmas and since then, i've watched them every chance i can get. I can't wait to get the extended versions and watch those for hours of pleasure and enjoyment. Highly recommended. These books and movies were very well thought out.

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