The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Edition

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Overview

The second film in Peter Jackson's series of screen adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's internationally popular Lord of The Rings trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers literally begins where The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ended, with the Fellowship splitting into three groups as they seek to return the Ring to Mordor, the forbidding land where the powerful talisman must be taken to be destroyed. Frodo Elijah Wood, who carries the Ring, and his fellow Hobbit Sam Sean Astin are lost in the ...
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Overview

The second film in Peter Jackson's series of screen adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's internationally popular Lord of The Rings trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers literally begins where The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ended, with the Fellowship splitting into three groups as they seek to return the Ring to Mordor, the forbidding land where the powerful talisman must be taken to be destroyed. Frodo Elijah Wood, who carries the Ring, and his fellow Hobbit Sam Sean Astin are lost in the hills of Emyn Muil when they encounter Gollum Andy Serkis, a strange creature who once carried the Ring and was twisted by its power. Gollum volunteers to guide the pair to Mordor; Frodo agrees, but Sam does not trust their new acquaintance. Elsewhere, Merry Dominic Monaghan and Pippin Billy Boyd are attempting to navigate Fangorn Forrest where they discover a most unusual nemesis -- Treebeard voice of John Rhys-Davies, a walking and talking tree-shepherd who doesn't much care for Hobbits. Finally, Aragorn Viggo Mortensen, Gimli John Rhys-Davies, and Legolas Orlando Bloom arrive in Rohan to discover that the evil powers of Saruman Christopher Lee have robbed King Theoden Bernard Hill of his rule. The King's niece Eowyn Miranda Otto believes Aragorn and his men have the strength to defeat Saruman, his henchman Wormtongue Brad Dourif, and their minions. Eowyn soon becomes infatuated with Aragorn, while he struggles to stay faithful to the pledge of love he made to Arwen Liv Tyler. Gandalf Ian McKellen offers his help and encouragement as the Rohans, under Aragorn's leadership, attempt to face down Saruman's armies, but they soon discover how great the task before them truly is when they learn that his troops consist of 10,000 bloodthirsty creatures specially bred to fight to the death. Most of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was shot in tandem with The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King during a marathon 18-month shooting schedule, overseen by Peter Jackson.
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Special Features

All 3 extended versions in dazzling 1080p and DTS-HD MA 6.1 Audio; Deluxe 15-disc set includes 9 special features DVDs with over 26 hours of spellbinding behind-the-moviemaking material including the rare Costa Botes documentaries
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Editorial Reviews

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: 5/1/2012
  • UPC: 794043151293
  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled / Mixed Media Set / EXTENDED EDITION
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
  • Time: 12:06:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 20,155

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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Edition
1. Chapter 1 [10:20]
2. Chapter 2 [12:07]
1. Chapter 1 [4:39]
2. Chapter 2 [1:42]
3. Chapter 3 [2:52]
4. Chapter 4 [2:19]
5. Chapter 5 [1:31]
6. Chapter 6 [2:18]
7. Chapter 7 [1:46]
8. Chapter 8 [1:42]
9. Chapter 9 [1:10]
1. Chapter 1 [3:09]
2. Chapter 2 [1:45]
3. Chapter 3 [2:03]
4. Chapter 4 [1:31]
5. Chapter 5 [5:01]
1. Chapter 1 [2:10]
2. Chapter 2 [4:22]
3. Chapter 3 [4:31]
4. Chapter 4 [5:47]
5. Chapter 5 [1:40]
6. Chapter 6 [1:38]
7. Chapter 7 [1:35]
8. Chapter 8 [4:07]
9. Chapter 9 [3:55]
10. Chapter 10 [4:09]
11. Chapter 11 [1:35]
12. Chapter 12 [5:37]
1. Chapter 1 [2:52]
2. Chapter 2 [4:48]
3. Chapter 3 [2:08]
4. Chapter 4 [5:25]
5. Chapter 5 [8:31]
6. Chapter 6 [9:39]
7. Chapter 7 [9:34]
1. Chapter 1 [2:34]
2. Chapter 2 [1:02]
3. Chapter 3 [2:09]
4. Chapter 4 [1:47]
5. Chapter 5 [2:04]
6. Chapter 6 [1:54]
Disc #2 -- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Edition
1. Chapter 1 [3:11]
2. Chapter 2 [1:30]
3. Chapter 3 [2:18]
4. Chapter 4 [1:54]
5. Chapter 5 [4:22]
6. Chapter 6 [3:02]
7. Chapter 7 [3:18]
8. Chapter 8 [:47]
9. Chapter 9 [3:15]
10. Chapter 10 [1:49]
11. Chapter 11 [3:08]
12. Chapter 12 [4:20]
13. Chapter 13 [1:36]
1. Chapter 1 [13:05]
1. Chapter 1 [1:34]
2. Chapter 2 [6:03]
3. Chapter 3 [5:03]
4. Chapter 4 [2:20]
5. Chapter 5 [1:23]
6. Chapter 6 [1:03]
7. Chapter 7 [2:10]
8. Chapter 8 [2:19]
9. Chapter 9 [2:57]
10. Chapter 10 [3:51]
11. Chapter 11 [1:23]
12. Chapter 12 [3:13]
13. Chapter 13 [4:20]
14. Chapter 14 [3:28]
15. Chapter 15 [8:24]
1. Chapter 1 [2:17]
2. Chapter 2 [2:51]
3. Chapter 3 [2:35]
4. Chapter 4 [2:22]
5. Chapter 5 [1:45]
6. Chapter 6 [3:41]
7. Chapter 7 [:00]
1. Chapter 1 [2:17]
2. Chapter 2 [2:17]
3. Chapter 3 [2:40]
4. Chapter 4 [3:11]
5. Chapter 5 [2:34]
6. Chapter 6 [3:14]
1. Chapter 1 [1:53]
2. Chapter 2 [3:23]
3. Chapter 3 [2:14]
4. Chapter 4 [4:42]
5. Chapter 5 [2:27]
6. Chapter 6 [2:02]
7. Chapter 7 [1:52]
8. Chapter 8 [2:21]
9. Chapter 9 [3:51]
1. Chapter 1 [12:45]
1. Chapter 1 [12:07]
1. Chapter 1 [1:12]
2. Chapter 2 [1:08]
3. Chapter 3 [1:29]
4. Chapter 4 [1:07]
5. Chapter 5 [1:47]
6. Chapter 6 [:59]
7. Chapter 7 [1:10]
8. Chapter 8 [3:39]
1. Chapter 1 [2:42]
2. Chapter 2 [:58]
3. Chapter 3 [1:20]
4. Chapter 4 [:54]
5. Chapter 5 [:34]
6. Chapter 6 [1:19]
7. Chapter 7 [:24]
8. Chapter 8 [:27]
9. Chapter 9 [1:04]
10. Chapter 10 [1:13]
11. Chapter 11 [1:29]
1. Chapter 1 [7:21]
Disc #3 -- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Edition
1. Chapter 1 [9:11]
2. Chapter 2 [12:34]
3. Chapter 3 [8:29]
4. Chapter 4 [10:15]
5. Chapter 5 [10:33]
6. Chapter 6 [13:54]
7. Chapter 7 [10:55]
8. Chapter 8 [8:32]
9. Chapter 9 [:22]
Disc #4 -- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Extended Edition
1. Chapter 1 [3:44]
2. Chapter 2 [6:55]
3. Chapter 3 [2:53]
4. Chapter 4 [2:08]
5. Chapter 5 [3:02]
6. Chapter 6 [2:53]
7. Chapter 7 [2:29]
8. Chapter 8 [2:00]
9. Chapter 9 [1:24]
10. Chapter 10 [1:58]
1. Chapter 1 [3:31]
2. Chapter 2 [2:49]
3. Chapter 3 [1:11]
4. Chapter 4 [:44]
5. Chapter 5 [7:17]
6. Chapter 6 [3:51]
7. Chapter 7 [1:31]
8. Chapter 8 [:00]
1. Chapter 1 [3:17]
2. Chapter 2 [2:07]
3. Chapter 3 [1:55]
4. Chapter 4 [4:28]
5. Chapter 5 [1:57]
6. Chapter 6 [8:18]
7. Chapter 7 [2:50]
8. Chapter 8 [1:46]
9. Chapter 9 [4:43]
10. Chapter 10 [2:03]
11. Chapter 11 [2:47]
12. Chapter 12 [9:25]
1. Chapter 1 [2:07]
2. Chapter 2 [10:33]
3. Chapter 3 [7:40]
4. Chapter 4 [11:11]
5. Chapter 5 [9:55]
6. Chapter 6 [2:18]
1. Chapter 1 [2:57]
2. Chapter 2 [1:30]
3. Chapter 3 [2:52]
4. Chapter 4 [6:27]
5. Chapter 5 [4:41]
6. Chapter 6 [2:05]
7. Chapter 7 [5:22]
8. Chapter 8 [4:26]
9. Chapter 9 [2:58]
10. Chapter 10 [4:24]
11. Chapter 11 [1:47]
Disc #5 -- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Extended Edition
1. Chapter 1 [3:55]
2. Chapter 2 [5:50]
3. Chapter 3 [6:21]
4. Chapter 4 [4:49]
1. Chapter 1 [3:15]
2. Chapter 2 [3:34]
3. Chapter 3 [4:41]
4. Chapter 4 [4:14]
5. Chapter 5 [6:36]
6. Chapter 6 [2:05]
7. Chapter 7 [3:22]
8. Chapter 8 [6:03]
9. Chapter 9 [6:42]
10. Chapter 10 [3:54]
11. Chapter 11 [2:55]
12. Chapter 12 [7:15]
13. Chapter 13 [2:12]
14. Chapter 14 [11:15]
1. Chapter 1 [4:55]
2. Chapter 2 [3:44]
3. Chapter 3 [3:59]
4. Chapter 4 [2:23]
5. Chapter 5 [1:58]
6. Chapter 6 [4:45]
1. Chapter 1 [1:09]
2. Chapter 2 [2:12]
3. Chapter 3 [3:23]
4. Chapter 4 [2:40]
5. Chapter 5 [2:25]
6. Chapter 6 [7:37]
7. Chapter 7 [3:55]
8. Chapter 8 [4:05]
1. Chapter 1 [2:07]
2. Chapter 2 [1:08]
3. Chapter 3 [2:39]
4. Chapter 4 [1:32]
5. Chapter 5 [:45]
6. Chapter 6 [3:13]
7. Chapter 7 [2:35]
8. Chapter 8 [1:01]
9. Chapter 9 [4:25]
10. Chapter 10 [2:28]
1. Chapter 1 [1:29]
2. Chapter 2 [2:11]
3. Chapter 3 [1:40]
4. Chapter 4 [:47]
5. Chapter 5 [1:52]
6. Chapter 6 [5:10]
7. Chapter 7 [3:03]
8. Chapter 8 [3:30]
9. Chapter 9 [3:38]
10. Chapter 10 [1:55]
1. Chapter 1 [1:58]
2. Chapter 2 [2:43]
3. Chapter 3 [2:34]
4. Chapter 4 [1:28]
5. Chapter 5 [1:11]
6. Chapter 6 [1:03]
7. Chapter 7 [1:38]
8. Chapter 8 [2:10]
9. Chapter 9 [3:03]
10. Chapter 10 [3:34]
1. Chapter 1 [6:27]
2. Chapter 2 [2:59]
Disc #6 -- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Extended Edition
1. Chapter 1 [9:31]
2. Chapter 2 [7:35]
3. Chapter 3 [8:04]
4. Chapter 4 [11:00]
5. Chapter 5 [5:09]
6. Chapter 6 [8:48]
7. Chapter 7 [10:50]
8. Chapter 8 [7:25]
9. Chapter 9 [6:52]
10. Chapter 10 [11:50]
11. Chapter 11 [9:15]
12. Chapter 12 [9:02]
13. Chapter 13 [:51]
Disc #7 -- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Extended Edition
1. Chapter 1 [10:30]
2. Chapter 2 [6:21]
3. Chapter 3 [4:07]
4. Chapter 4 [1:56]
5. Chapter 5 [1:40]
6. Chapter 6 [4:52]
1. Chapter 1 [3:14]
2. Chapter 2 [2:25]
3. Chapter 3 [1:57]
4. Chapter 4 [6:39]
5. Chapter 5 [4:00]
6. Chapter 6 [5:16]
7. Chapter 7 [1:27]
1. Chapter 1 [2:21]
2. Chapter 2 [2:16]
3. Chapter 3 [2:07]
4. Chapter 4 [4:10]
5. Chapter 5 [3:15]
6. Chapter 6 [2:28]
7. Chapter 7 [10:28]
8. Chapter 8 [2:34]
9. Chapter 9 [3:44]
10. Chapter 10 [4:19]
11. Chapter 11 [2:10]
1. Chapter 1 [1:01]
2. Chapter 2 [2:08]
3. Chapter 3 [1:42]
4. Chapter 4 [2:33]
5. Chapter 5 [2:18]
6. Chapter 6 [1:41]
7. Chapter 7 [2:45]
8. Chapter 8 [2:12]
9. Chapter 9 [3:35]
1. Chapter 1 [1:40]
2. Chapter 2 [8:58]
3. Chapter 3 [2:53]
4. Chapter 4 [3:30]
5. Chapter 5 [3:14]
6. Chapter 6 [4:09]
7. Chapter 7 [4:41]
8. Chapter 8 [2:59]
9. Chapter 9 [5:07]
10. Chapter 10 [2:55]
11. Chapter 11 [4:49]
12. Chapter 12 [2:22]
1. Chapter 1 [3:52]
2. Chapter 2 [2:20]
3. Chapter 3 [5:49]
1. Chapter 1 [4:11]
2. Chapter 2 [10:32]
3. Chapter 3 [2:19]
4. Chapter 4 [8:45]
5. Chapter 5 [4:26]
Disc #8 -- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Extended Edition
1. Chapter 1 [5:25]
2. Chapter 2 [4:41]
3. Chapter 3 [2:44]
4. Chapter 4 [2:35]
5. Chapter 5 [2:07]
6. Chapter 6 [4:41]
7. Chapter 7 [3:49]
8. Chapter 8 [2:28]
9. Chapter 9 [6:19]
10. Chapter 10 [4:48]
11. Chapter 11 [4:05]
12. Chapter 12 [4:19]
13. Chapter 13 [8:12]
14. Chapter 14 [16:51]
1. Chapter 1 [1:42]
2. Chapter 2 [5:11]
3. Chapter 3 [5:12]
4. Chapter 4 [6:10]
5. Chapter 5 [6:40]
6. Chapter 6 [2:45]
7. Chapter 7 [3:34]
8. Chapter 8 [2:36]
9. Chapter 9 [2:38]
10. Chapter 10 [5:28]
1. Chapter 1 [2:34]
2. Chapter 2 [3:31]
3. Chapter 3 [6:00]
4. Chapter 4 [4:28]
5. Chapter 5 [4:06]
6. Chapter 6 [1:31]
1. Chapter 1 [4:18]
2. Chapter 2 [1:38]
3. Chapter 3 [1:15]
4. Chapter 4 [4:10]
5. Chapter 5 [2:48]
6. Chapter 6 [1:13]
7. Chapter 7 [6:37]
1. Chapter 1 [1:09]
2. Chapter 2 [1:58]
3. Chapter 3 [1:26]
4. Chapter 4 [3:05]
5. Chapter 5 [4:13]
6. Chapter 6 [2:09]
7. Chapter 7 [1:44]
8. Chapter 8 [2:29]
9. Chapter 9 [3:52]
1. Chapter 1 [21:29]
1. Chapter 1 [6:36]
2. Chapter 2 [2:06]
3. Chapter 3 [6:03]
4. Chapter 4 [7:11]
5. Chapter 5 [3:13]
1. Chapter 1 [4:37]
1. Chapter 1 [11:16]
Disc #9 -- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Extended Edition
1. Chapter 1 [8:55]
2. Chapter 2 [7:53]
3. Chapter 3 [8:13]
4. Chapter 4 [14:33]
5. Chapter 5 [11:51]
6. Chapter 6 [11:33]
7. Chapter 7 [12:36]
8. Chapter 8 [10:16]
9. Chapter 9 [13:19]
10. Chapter 10 [12:17]
11. Chapter 11 [:26]
12. Chapter 12 [:00]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Edition
   Introduction
   Play All
   J.R.R. Tolkien - Creator of Middle Earth
   J.R.R. Tolkien - Creator of Middle Earth: Chapters
   From Book to Script
   From Book to Script: Chapters
   Visualizing the Story
      Storyboards and Pre-Viz: Making Words Into Images
      Storyboards and Pre-Viz: Making Words Into Images: Chapters
      Early Storyboards
         "The Prologue"
            View Sequence
         "Orc Pursuit Into Lothlórien"
            View Sequence
         "Sarn Gebir Rapids Chase"
            View Sequence
      Pre-Viz Animatics
         "Gandalf Rides to Orthanc"
         "The Stairs of Khazad-dûm"
      Animatic to Film Comparisons
         Storyboard to Film Comparison: "Nazgûl Attack at Bree"
            Split Screen Comparison
            Storyboard Only
            Film Only
         Pre-Viz to Film Comparison: "The Bridge to Khazad-dûm"
            Split Screen Comparison
            Pre-Viz Only
            Film Only
      Bag End Set Test
   Designing and Building Middle-Earth
      Designing Middle-Earth
      Designing Middle-Earth: Chapters
      Weta Workshop
      Weta Workshop: Chapters
      Costume Design
      Costume Design: Chapters
      Design Galleries
         The Peoples of Middle-Earth
            The Enemy
               Sauron
               The Ringwraiths
               Orcs
               Moria Orcs
               The Watcher
               The Cave Troll
               The Balrog
            The Last Alliance
               Elendil
               Gil-Galad
               Isildur
               Numenorians
               Gil-Galad's Army
            Isengard
               Saruman the White
               The Fighting Uruk-Hai
            Bilbo Baggins
               Enter Gallery
            The Fellowship
               Gandalf the Grey
               Frodo
               Sam
               Merry
               Pippin
               Aragorn
               Legolas
               Gimli
               Boromir
            Rivendell
               Elrond
               Arwen
            Lothlórien
               Galadriel
               Celeborn
         The Realms of Middle-Earth
            The Second Age (Prologue)
            The Shire
            Bag End
            Bree
            Isengard
            Weathertop
            Trollshaw
            Rivendell
               Rivendell
               Frodo's Bedroom
               Elrond's Chamber
            Moria
            Lothlórien
            The Silverlode & the Anduin
            Amon Hen
   Middle-Earth Atlas: Tracing the Journeys of the Fellowship
      Enter the Map
         Hobbiton
         Bree
         Weathertop
         Trollshaw
         Rivendell
         Caradhras
         Moria
         Lorien
         River Anduin
         Isengard
         Argonath
         Amonhen
         Minas Tirith
   New Zealand as Middle-Earth
      Play All
      Hobbiton
      Weathertop
      Ford of Bruinen
      Rivendell
      Lothlórien
      River Anduin
      Amon Hen
   Set Up Options
      English Subtitles
      Subtítulos de Español
      Legendas em Português
      No Subtitles
   Index
      Documentaries:
         J.R.R. Tolkien - Creator of Middle-Earth
         From Book to Script
         Storyboards and Pre-Viz: Making Words Into Images
         Designing Middle-Earth
         Weta Workshop
         Costme Design
      Additional Features:
         Early Storyboard Sequence: The Prologue
         Abandoned Storyboard Sequence: Orc Pursuit Into Lothlórien
         Abandoned Storyboard Sequence: Sam Gebir Rapids Chase
         Pre-Viz Animatic: Gandalf Rides to Orthanc
         Pre-Viz Animatic: The Stairs of Khazad-dûm
         Storyboard to Film Comparison: Nazgûl Attack at Bree
            Split Screen Comparison
            Storyboard Only
            Film Only
         Pre-Viz to Film Comparison: The Bridge of Khazad-dûm
            Split Screen Comparison
            Pre-Viz Only
            Film Only
         Bag End Set Test
         Middle-Earth Atlas
            Enter the Map
               Hobbiton
               Bree
               Weathertop
               Trollshaw
               Rivendell
               Caradhras
               Moria
               Lorien
               River Anduin
               Isengard
               Argonath
               Amonhen
               Minas Tirith
         New Zealand as Middle-Earth
            Play All
            Hobbiton
            Weathertop
            Ford of Bruinen
            Rivendell
            Lothlórien
            River Anduin
            Amon Hen
      Galleries: The People of Middle-Earth (Alphabetical Order)
         Aragorn
         Arwen
         Balrog
         Bilbo Baggins
         Boromir
         The Cave Troll
         Celeborn
         Eledil
         Elrond
         Frodo
         Galadriel
         Galdalf the Grey
         Gil-Galad
         Gil-Galad's Army
         Gimli
         Isildur
         Legolas
         Merry
         Moria Orcs
         Númenóreans
         Orcs
         Pippin
         The Ringwraiths
         Sam
         Saruman the White
         Saruman the White
         Sauron
         Uruk-hai
         The Watcher
      Galleries: The Realms of Middle-Earth (Story Order)
         The Second Age (Prologue)
         The Shire
         Bag End
         Bree
         Isengard
         Weathertop
         Trollshaw
         Rivendell
         Rivendell - Frodo's Bedroom
         Rivendell - Elrond's Chamber
         Moria
         Lothlórien
         The Silverlode & the Anduin
         Amon Hen
   DVD Credits
   Help
Disc #2 -- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Edition
   Introduction
   Play All
   Filming "The Fellowship of the Ring"
      The Fellowship of the Cast
      The Fellowship of the Cast: Chapters
      A Day in the Life of a Hobbit
      A Day in the Life of a Hobbi: Chapters
      Cameras in Middle-Earth
      Cameras in Middle-Earth: Chapters
      Production Photos
         Enter Gallery
   Visual Effects
      Scale
      Scale: Chapters
       Miniatures
         Big-atures
         Big-atures: Chapters
         Galleries
            Orthanc
            Rivendell
            Moria
            Lothlórien
            Hobbiton Factories
            The Argonath
      Weta Digital
      Weta Digital: Chapters
   Post-Production: Putting It All Together
      Editorial: Assembling an Epic
      Editorial: Assembling an Epic: Chapters
      Editorial Demonstration: "The Council of Elrond"
         View Demonstration
            Scene 1
            Scene 2
            Scene 3
            Scene 4
            Scene 5
            Scene 6
            Final Film
   Digital Grading
   Digital Grading: Chapters
   Sound and Music
      The Soundscapes of Middle-Earth
      The Soundscapes of Middle-Earth: Chapters
      Music for Middle-Earth
      Music for Middle-Earth: Chapters
   The Road Goes Ever On...
   The Road Goes Ever On...: Chapters
   Set Up Options
      English Subtitles
      Subtítulos de Español
      Legendas em Português
      No Subtitles
   Index
      Documentaries:
         The Fellowship of the Cast
         A Day in the Life of a Hobbit
         Camera in Middle-Earth
         Scale
         Big-atures
         Weta Digital
         Editorial: Assembling an Epic
         Digital Grading
         The Soundscapes of Middle-Earth
         Music for Middle-Earth
         The Road Goes Ever On...
      Additional Feature:
         Editorial Demonstration: "The Council of Elrond"
            View Demonstration
               Scene 1
               Scene 2
               Scene 3
               Scene 4
               Scene 5
               Scene 6
               Final Film
      Galleries:
         Production Photos
         Orthanc Miniature
         Rivendell Miniature
         Moria Miniature
         Lothlórien Miniature
         Hobbiton Factories Miniature
         The Argonath Miniature
   DVD Credits
   Help
Disc #3 -- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Edition
   Play
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English
      Subtitles
         English
         Chinese
         Korean
         Español
         Português
         Subtitles: Off
   The Fellowship of the Ring: Behind the Scenes: Chapters
Disc #4 -- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Extended Edition
   Introduction
   Play All
   J.R.R. Tolkien: Origins of Middle-Earth
   J.R.R. Tolkien: Origins of Middle-Earth: Chapters
   From Book to Script: Finding the Story
   From Book to Script: Finding the Story: Chapters
   Designing and Building Middle-Earth
      Designing Middle-Earth
      Designing Middle-Earth: Chapters
      Weta Workshop
      Weta Workshop: Chapters
      Design Galleries
         The People of Middle-Earth
            The Enemy
               Uruk-hai
               Easterlings
               Wargs and Riders
               Grishnàkh
               Haradrim
               Wild Men
               Fell Beasts
               Mûmakil
            Gandalf the White
            Rohan
               King Théoden
               Éomer
               Éowyn
               Théodred
               King's Royal Guard
               Riders of Rohan
               Grima (Wormtongue)
            Third Age Elven Warriors
            Treebeard
            Ents
            Faramir
            Ithilien Rangers
         The Realms of Middle-Earth
            Emyn Muil
            Dead Marshes
            Rohan
               Edoras
               Meduseld: The Golden Hall
               Théodred's Bedroom
               Stables
               Plains of Rohan
               Helm's Deep
            Fangorn Forest
            Ithilien
            Henneth Annûn
            Osgiliath
            Isengard
   Gollum
      The Taming of Sméagol
      The Taming of Sméagol: Chapters
      Andy Serkis Animation Reference
         View Sequence
      Gollum's "Stand In"
      Design Gallery
   Middle-Earth Atlas
      Frodo & Sam
         Emyn Muil
         Dead Marshes
         The Black Gate
         North Ithilien
         Henneth Annûn
         Osgiliath
         Ephel Dûath Foothills
      Merry & Pippin
         Isengard
         Derndingle
         Wellinghall
         Fangorn Forest
         Eaves of Fangorn
         Eastemnet Gullies
      Aragorn, Legolas & Gimli
         Fangorn Forest
         Plains of Rohan
         Eastemnet Gullies
         Helm's Deep
         White Mountains
         Edoras
      Gandalf
         Zirakzigil
         Fangorn Forest
         Helm's Deep
         White Mountains
   New Zealand as Middle-Earth
      Play All
      Emyn Muil
      The Dead Marshes
      Rohan
      Edoras
      Ithilien
      Fangorn Forest
      Helm's Deep
   Set Up Options
      English Subtitles
      Subtítulos de Español
      Legendas em Português
      No Subtitles
   Index
      Documentaries:
         J.R.R. Tolkien: Origins of Middle-Earth
         From Book to Script: Finding the Story
         Designing Middle-Earth
         Weta Workshop
         The Taming of Sméagol
      Additional Features:
         Andy Serkis Animation Reference
            View Sequence
         Gollum's "Stand In"
         Middle-Earth Atlas
            Frodo & Sam
               Emyn Muil
               Dead Marshes
               The Black Gate
               North Ithilien
               Henneth Annûn
               Osgiliath
               Ephel Dûath Foothills
            Merry & Pippin
               Isengard
               Derndingle
               Wellinghall
               Fangorn Forest
               Eaves of Fangorn
               Eastemnet Gullies
            Aragorn, Legolas & Gimli
               Fangorn Forest
               Plains of Rohan
               Eastemnet Gullies
               Helm's Deep
               White Mountains
               Edoras
            Gandalf
               Zirakzigil
               Fangorn Forest
               Helm's Deep
               White Mountains
         New Zealand as Middle-Earth
            Play All
            Emyn Muil
            The Dead Marshes
            Rohan
            Edoras
            Ithilien
            Fangorn Forest
            Helm's Deep
      Galleries: The People's of Middle-Earth (Alphabetical Order)
         Easterlings
         Ents
         Éomer
         Éowyn
         Faramir
         Fell Beasts
         Gandalf the White
         Gollum
         Grima (Wormtongue)
         Grishnàkh
         Haradrim
         Ithilien Rangers
         King Théoden
         King's Royal Guard
         Mûmakil
         Riders of Rohan
         Théodred
         Third Age Elven Warriors
         Treebeard
         Uruk-hai
         Wargs and Riders
         Wild Men
      Galleries: The Realms of Middle-Earth (Alphabetical Order)
         Dead Marshes
         Edoras
         Emyn Muil
         Fangorn Forest
         Helm's Deep
         Henneth Annûn
         Isengard
         Ithilien
         Meduseld: The Golden Hall
         Osgiliath
         Plains of Rohan
         Stables
         Théodred's Bedroom
      Galleries: The Realms of Middle-Earth (Story Order)
         Emyn Muil
         Plains of Rohan
         Dead Marshes
         Fangorn Forest
         Edoras
         Meduseld: the Golden Hall
         Théodred's Bedroom
         Stables
         Ithilien
         Helm's Deep
         Henneth Annûn
         Osgiliath
         Isengard
   DVD Credits
   Help
Disc #5 -- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Extended Edition
   Introduction
   Play All
   Filming "The Two Towers"
      Warriors of the Third Age
      Warriors of the Third Age: Chapters
      Cameras in Middle-Earth
      Cameras in Middle-Earth: Chapters
      Production Photos
   Visual Effects
      Miniatures
         Big-atures
         Big-atures: Chapters
         The Flooding of Isengard Animatic
            Original Animatic
            Split Screen Comparison
         Galleries
            Barad-dûr
            Fangorn Forest
            Helm's Deep
            Ruined Isengard
            Osgiliath
            The Black Gate
            Zirakzigil
      Weta Digital
      Weta Digital: Chapters
      Abandoned Concepts
         Slime Balrog
         Endless Stair
   Editorial: Refining the Story
   Editorial: Refining the Story: Chapters
   Music and Sound
      Music for Middle-Earth
      Music for Middle-Earth: Chapters
      The Soundscapes of Middle-Earth
      The Soundscapes of Middle-Earth: Chapters
      Sound Demonstration: "Helm's Deep"
         View Demonstration
            On-Set Production Audio 1
            On-Set Production Audio 2
            On-Set Production Audio 3
            On-Set Production Audio 4
            On-Set Production Audio 5
            On-Set Production Audio 6
            On-Set Production Audio 7
            On-Set Production Audio 8
   "The Battle for Helm's Deep is Over..."
   "The Battle for Helm's Deep is Over...": Chapters
   Set Up Options
      English Subtitles
      Subtítulos de Español
      Legendas em Português
      No Subtitles
   Index
      Documentaries:
         Warriors of the Third Age
         Cameras in Middle-Earth
         Big-atures
         Weta Digital
         Editorial: Refining the Story
         Music for Middle-Earth
         The Soundscapes of Middle-Earth
         "The Battle for Helm's Deep is Over..."
      Additional Features:
         The Flooding of Isengard Animatic
            Original Animatic
            Split Screen Comparison
         Sound Demonstration: "Helm's Deep"
            View Demonstration
               On-Set Production Audio 1
               On-Set Production Audio 2
               On-Set Production Audio 3
               On-Set Production Audio 4
               On-Set Production Audio 5
               On-Set Production Audio 6
               On-Set Production Audio 7
               On-Set Production Audio 8
      Galleries:
         Production Photos
         Abandoned Concepts - Slime Balrog
         Abandoned Concepts - Endless Stair
      Miniatures Galleries:
         Barad-dûr
         The Black Gate
         Fangorn Forest
         Helm's Deep
         Osgiliath
         Ruined Isengard
         Zirakzigil
   DVD Credits
   Help
Disc #6 -- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Extended Edition
   Play
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English
      Subtitles
         English
         Chinese
         Korean
         Español
         Português
         Subtitles: Off
   The Two Towers: Behind the Scenes: Chapters
Disc #7 -- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Extended Edition
   Introduction
   Play All
   J.R.R. Tolkien: The Legacy of Middle-Earth
   J.R.R. Tolkien: The Legacy of Middle-Earth: Chapters
   From Book to Script
      From Book to Script: Forging the Final Chapter
      From Book to Script: Forging the Final Chapter: Chapters
      Abandoned Concept: "Aragorn Battles Sauron"
         View Sequence
   Designing and Building Middle Earth
      Designing Middle Earth
      Designing Middle Earth: Chapters
      Big-Atures
      Big-Atures: Chapters
      Weta Workshop
      Weta Workshop: Chapters
      Costume Design
      Costume Design: Chapters
      Design Galleries
         The Peoples of Middle-Earth
            The Enemy
               The Witch King
               Fell Beast
               Mouth of Sauron
               Orcs
               Trolls
               Haradrim
               Mûmakil
               Great Beasts
               Shelob
               Corsairs
            The Fellowship
               Aragorn
               Frodo
               Sam
               Merry
               Pippin
               Legolas
               Gimli
            Gondor
               Faramir
               Denethor
               Gondorian Army
               Citadel Guard
               Fountain Guard
            Sméagol
            Déagol
            Éowyn
            Éomer
            Arwen
            Bilbo Baggins
            The Army of the Dead
         The Realms of Middle-Earth
            Sméagol's Story
            East Ithilien
            Gondor
               Minas Tirith
               The Citadel
               The Hallows
               The Siege of Gondor
            Rivendell
            Dunharrow
            Paths of the Dead
            Mordor
               Minas Morgul
               Shelob's Lair
               Cirith Ungol
               Orc Camp
               Mt. Doom
               Sammath Naur - Crack of Doom
         Miniatures
            Gondor
               Minas Truth
               The Hallows
               Docks of Harlond
               Corsair Ship
               Grond
               Siege Towers
            Minas Morgul
            Cirith Ungol
            Paths of the Dead
            The Grey Havens
   Home of the Horse Lords
   Home of the Horse Lords: Chapters
   Middle-Earth Atlas
      South
         Frodo & Sam
            Minas Tirith
            The Cross-Roads
            Minas Morgul & The Stairs
            Shelob's Lair
            Cirith Ungol
            The Plain of Gorgoroth
            Mount Doom
         Merry
            Isengard
            Edoras
            Dunharrow
            Minas Truth
            Pelennor Fields
            The Black Gate
         Aragorn, Legolas & Gimli
            Isengard
            Edoras
            Dunharrow
            Paths of the Dead
            Minas Tirith
            Pelennor Fields
            The Black Gate
         Gandalf & Pippin
            Isengard
            Edoras
            Minas Tirith
            The Black Gate
      North
         Frodo & Sam
            The Grey Havens
            Hobbiton
         Merry
            The Grey Havens
            Hobbiton
         Aragorn, Legolas & Gimli
         Gandalf & Pippin
            The Grey Havens
            Hobbiton
   New Zealand as Middle-Earth
      Play All
      East Ithilien
      Dunharrow
      Paths of the Dead
      The Pelennor Fields
      The Black Gate
      Mordor
   Set Up Options
      Subtítulos de Español
      Legendas em Português
      No Subtitles
   Index
      Documentaries:
         J.R.R. Tolkien: The Legacy of Middle-Earth
         From Book to Script: Forging the Final Chapter
         Designing Middle-Earth
         Big-Atures
         Weta Workshop
         Costume Design
         Home of the Horse Lords
      Additional Features:
         Abandoned Concept: "Aragorn Battles Sauron"
         Middle-Earth Atlas
            South
               Frodo & Sam
                  Minas Tirith
                  The Cross-Roads
                  Minas Morgul & The Stairs
                  Shelob's Lair
                  Cirith Ungol
                  The Plain of Gorgoroth
                  Mount Doom
               Merry
                  Isengard
                  Edoras
                  Dunharrow
                  Minas Truth
                  Pelennor Fields
                  The Black Gate
               Aragorn, Legolas & Gimli
                  Isengard
                  Edoras
                  Dunharrow
                  Paths of the Dead
                  Minas Tirith
                  Pelennor Fields
                  The Black Gate
               Gandalf & Pippin
                  Isengard
                  Edoras
                  Minas Tirith
                  The Black Gate
            North
               Frodo & Sam
                  The Grey Havens
                  Hobbiton
               Merry
                  The Grey Havens
                  Hobbiton
               Aragorn, Legolas & Gimli
               Gandalf & Pippin
                  The Grey Havens
                  Hobbiton
         New Zealand as Middle-Earth
            Play All
            East Ithilien
            Dunharrow
            Paths of the Dead
            The Pelennor Fields
            The Black Gate
            Mordor
      Galleries: The Peoples of Middle-Earth (Alphabetical Order)
         Aragon
         The Army of the Dead
         Arwen
         Bilbo Baggins
         Citadel Guard
         Corsairs
         Déagol
         Denethor
         Éomer
         Éowyn
         Faramir
         Fell Beast
         Fountain Guard
         Frodo
         Gimli
         Gondorian Army
         Great Beasts
         Haradrim
         Legolas
         Merry
         Mouth of Sauron
         Mûmakil
         Orcs
         Pippin
         Sam
         Shelob
         Sméagol
         Trolls
         The Witch King
      Galleries: The Realms of Middle-Earth (Alphabetical Order)
         Cirith Ungol
         The Citadel
         Dunharrow
         East Ithilien
         The Hallows
         Minas Morgul
         Minas Tirith
         Mt. Doom
         Orc Camp
         Paths of the Dead
         Rivendell
         Sammath Naur - Crack of Doom
         Shelob's Lair
         Siege of Gondor
         Sméagol's Story
      Galleries: Miniatures (Alphabetical Order)
         Cirith Ungol
         Corsair Ship
         Docks of Harlond
         The Grey Havens
         Grond
         The Hallows
         Minas Morgul
         Minas Tirith
         Paths of the Dead
         Siege Towers
   DVD Credits
   Help
Disc #8 -- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Extended Edition
   Introduction
   Play All
   Filming "The Return of the King"
      Cameras in Middle-Earth
      Cameras in Middle-Earth: Chapters
      Production Photos
   Visual Effects
      Weta Digital
      Weta Digital: Chapters
      Visual Effects Demonstration: "The Mûmakil Battle"
         View Demonstration
            Pre-Viz
            Environment
            Live Action
            Animation
            Massive
            Rough Composite
            Final Film
            Play All
            Commentary
               Commentary: On
               Commentary: Off
   Post-Production: Journey's End
      Editorial: Completing the Trilogy
      Editorial: Completing the Trilogy: Chapters
      Music for Middle-Earth
      Music for Middle-Earth: Chapters
      The Soundscapes of Middle-Earth
      The Soundscapes of Middle-Earth: Chapters
      The End of All Things
      The End of All Things: Chapters
   The Passing of An Edge
   The Passing of An Edge: Chapters
   Cameron Duncan: The Inspiration for "Into the West"
      "Dfk6498"
      "DFK6498": Chapters
      "Strike Zone"
      "Strike Zone": Chapters
   Set Up Options
      English Subtitles
      Subtítulos de Español
      Legendas en Português
      No Subtitles
   Index
      Documentaries:
         Cameras in Middle-Earth
         Weta Digital
         Editorial: Completing the Trilogy
         Music for Middle-Earth
         The Soundscapes of Middle-Earth
         The End of All Things
         The Passing of an Age
      Additional Features:
         Production Photo Gallery
         Visual Effects Demonstration: "The Mûmakil Battle"
            View Demonstration
               Pre-Viz
               Environment
               Live Action
               Animation
               Massive
               Rough Composite
               Final Film
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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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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