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Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King [Special Extended Edition]
     

The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King [Special Extended Edition]

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Director: Peter Jackson

Cast: Peter Jackson

 

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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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Release Date:
12/14/2004
UPC:
0794043693137
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
New Line Home Video

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Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King [Special Extended Edition] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
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Jenevieve_Montague More than 1 year ago
I LOVE the extended versions of these movies. Anyone who is interested in movie making in gereral would enjoy all this edition has to offer. There are hours of "making of" clips. It talks of everything from makeup, script writting, wardrobe, editing, fliming locations and scheduleing, all the way through the post production and the movie premiers. The commentary is wonderful to watch too, if you can talk yourself into watching the movie with the commentary on. It is actually qutie entertaining, I thought! I declare that this is a must have for anyone who is a fan of the films! The added scenes to the movie alone make this worth your time and money! I couldn't be more in love with this collection!
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Hello again. I just have to say one thing, THIS IS WITHOUT DOUBT THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER!!! It totally deserved the best picture of 2003. There were some parts I didn't like but still. My favorite characters would definatly be Faramir + Pippen. Now don't laugh at me people, but whenever they're on screen, I rejoice! Everything in this movie is beautiful! The battle scenes, the photography, the music (you almost want to cry at Pippen's song) To those who haven't seen it, SEE IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The books are great, and the other exteneded movies are fabalous. I cant wait to see this one. Almost a whole hour added!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the title comes just short of being my number 1 film of all time, it takes a solid second place. This film and its 2 predeccessors are such phenomanal pieces of cinamatography it's mind-boggling. Although this film strays somewhat from its source material, as a fantasy epic it has no equal. The only problem with this is that upon the excellance of this film, Hollywood assumed LOTR couldn't be topped and settled with releasing disappointing fantasy epics like the ill concieved Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Pirates of the Caribbean Sequels, The Chronicles of Narnia, and the abomination we like to call Eragon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best movie ever, it didn't distort the story or anything, you felt like you were experiencing the power of Middle-Earth
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Having read tolkien's magnum opus at least annually since being stranded at home with the mumps in fifth grade, I've developed a somewhat protective attitude toward the work. I awaited Jackson's interpretation with baited breath, but maintained doubts that the breadth of Tolkien's written word could be translated into the differently limited medium of film. All three films left me initially disappointed, but after looking at them a 2nd or 3rd time, I came to the humble realization that Jackson, Walsh and Boyens revealed an understanding instructive for even the most rabid aficianados. And he doesn't just explore the deeper issues of war, alienation, power, etc.. He's just as comfortable as JRR at giving us the whimsy (i.e., you'll laugh, you'll cry....) I expect that this extended version, as with the other two, will give us an even more developed view of Jackson & co's take on it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just watched the extended version of ROTK over the weekend, and I love it. It kept--and in some cases exceeded--the quality of Fellowship and Towers. I've loved LOTR since 8th grade, and I remember sitting thru the theatrical release of ROTK and wondering if Jackson could pull it off. Obviously, he did. His interpretation of LOTR has done for fantasy movies what Tolkien's books did for fantasy literature--turned it into a respected genre and forever changed what is considered good fantasy. I've always loved the books because for the time I'm reading them I can picture the locations and worry about the characters like they're my best friends. The movie has that quality of realism. I find myself forgetting that Gollum is CGI and that magic doesn't exist. Middle-Earth has always felt real, and Jackson's movies add another layer of richness. Long live the king.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie although at first the end seemed to drag on forever, however the extended version greatly enhances the viewing experiece and is much preferable to the theatrical version.
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A truly spectacular masterpiece of cinema. Extended scenes include the final confrontation between saruman and the fellowship, were gandalph breaks sarumans staff and wormtounge stabs saruman in the back, before he falls of orthanc and lands on a spiked wheel below, a spike pierces his body and kills him. The corsairs of umbar is an awesome scene in which the dead men of the dunharrow take the pirate ships, explaining how aragorn arrived at pellenor in the pirate ships. The foul mouth of sauron torments merry, pippin, gandalph and aragorn before the black gate about frodo's torture and death before aragorn surprisingly and unexpectedly cuts off his head. But without doubt the best scene in the extended cut is the battle between gandalph and the witch king of angmar. A truly awesome, spectacular fight between the two ensues and gandalph is about to meet his match. After all that he's been through; fighting the balrog, saruman and the battle of the hornburg, to say a few, he has found an enemy stroger than he. As the fight draws to a close the witch king breaks the wizards staff and removes his power, explaing were his staff went in the rest of the film, gandalph is about to be finished off by the witch king when the horns of rohan call him to battle. Feeling that gandalph can no longer effect events the witch king leaves the battle, victorios, to fight on the fields of the pellenor.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I had to rate the Lord of the Rings Movies in which were the best, I would have to say that ROTK still remains number one, but it is tightly followed by Fellowship. The action, the emotion of the characters is brilliantly portrayed by all it's performers. It seems like they all wanted to go out with a big bang, and believe me when I say that they did. The final chapter of the series is the best of the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, so the Extended Edition of ROTK was sweet, but the one part that made it great is the lost Christopher Lee scene. They should've kept it in it had everything you could ask for: death, fireballs, and some vocal name bashing. It was wicked sweet, if I wuz you guyses I'd rent or buy it just to see that scene.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great DVD collection, better then the single disc DvD version of this movie. If you do get the extended version of this movie be sure to check out the commentery they rock.
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These extended editions have all been exquisite and I think just as highly of the Return of the King.
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Without a doubt a must have for any fans of LOTR. Peter Jackson has never done wrong with his Extended Editions, and this third and final installment will undoubtedly not be a disappointment... Jackson should be the standard for Extended Editions of motion pictures period.
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The theatrical edition of this film is exceptional on its own, but director Peter Jackson and his team really outdo themselves on the Special Extended Edition of ROTK, as they have done for Fellowship and Towers. Not only are the battle scenes more engrossing and fantastic, but small character-driven scenes have been added back in to make this film truly worthy of the Best Pic Oscar. We see Boromir and Saruman one last time, find out how exactly Sam and Frodo got across Mordor's vast landscape to Mt. Doom, and watch as Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas team up with the Army of the Dead to take over the ship. For real film buffs or those just interested in LOTR, the last two discs of the Appendices are wonderful. Like the discs before, they show the making of the film: sets, costumes, shooting scenes, etc., but there is special significance placed on the fact that the cast and crew won't all be together again. We feel a bit of the sadness too. Great action sequences, thrilling landscapes and F/X shots, and the little character moments make this a must see! Plus, this LOTR Special Extended Edition DVD has the funniest Easter Egg of all... it's hidden on disc 2! Surprise!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The LOTR trilogy's director Peter Jackson brought JRR Tollkien's books to life. I felt that I was trapped in a dream state, and the simple theme of Good conquers Evil is well-deserved. Everyone is fighting to safeguard thier futures by coming together to fight the forces of darkness.I think it is a universal theme set in medieval times and that's what makes Tolkien's books and its adaptations so timeless.Imagine that all of life as we know it lies in the hands of a hobbit named Frodo, and he was an unlikely hero with no warrior skills but he was destined to go on his journey to make sure that the ring is destroyed. I think that it is a huge task on an unknown.Great things come in small packages. Size really does not count.Outstanding films and I am pleased that all three of the films got Oscars.Way to go!
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As epic in character and scale as "Lawrence of Arabia" As intimate and tender as "Kramer Vs. Kramer" these films stand out as the first great achievement of the new millennium. It is as well crafted an epic as Beethoven's 5'th symphony and will shake you to your core with its intense character driven action and emotion, which are blended together in an incredible display of the power of the written word, even when received second hand. You will laugh, you will cry, you will stand up and cheer and if you haven't already, you will rush to your local Barnes and Noble and pick up a copy of one of the greatest books and films of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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