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

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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. ...
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Editorial Reviews

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: 11/13/2007
  • UPC: 794043111303
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital Surround EX
  • Language: English
  • Time: 4:10:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Peter Jackson Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Special Extended Edition, Pt. 1
1. The Finding of the Ring [6:22]
2. Journey to the Cross-roads [2:56]
3. The Road to Isengard [2:00]
4. The Voice of Saruman [7:01]
5. Return to Edoras [4:41]
6. Gollum's Villainy [3:58]
7. Éowyn's Dream [1:57]
8. The Palantír [8:07]
9. Arwen's Vision [2:53]
10. The Reforging of Narsil [2:00]
11. Minas Tirith [5:48]
12. The Decline of Gondor [2:26]
13. Cross-roads of the Fallen King [1:59]
14. The Deep Breath Before the Plunge [3:15]
15. Minas Morgul [4:00]
16. Sam's Warning [:47]
17. Pippin's Task [:27]
18. Osgiliath Invaded [3:38]
19. The Lighting of the Beacons [2:46]
20. Théoden's Decision [3:18]
21. The Fall of Osgiliath [4:19]
22. The Wizard's Pupil [2:26]
23. The Stairs of Cirith Ungol [2:00]
24. Courage Is the Best Defense [:39]
25. Peregrin of the Tower Guard [1:25]
26. Allegiance to Denethor [2:22]
27. The Parting of Sam and Frodo [5:19]
28. The Sacrifice of Faramir [4:48]
29. Marshalling at Dunharrow [4:09]
30. Andúril - Flame of the West [4:41]
31. Aragorn Takes the Paths of the Dead [2:44]
32. "No More Despair" [1:22]
33. Dwimorberg - The Haunted Mountain [2:26]
34. The Muster of Rohan [1:45]
35. The Paths of the Dead [7:28]
36. The Siege of Gondor [9:02]
Side #2 -- Special Extended Edition, Pt. 2
1. The Corsairs of Umbar [1:02]
2. Shelob's Lair [9:07]
3. Merry's Simple Courage [1:50]
4. Grond - The Hammer of the Underworld [:36]
5. The Tomb of the Stewards [1:33]
6. Breaking the Gate of Gondor [1:06]
7. The Choices of Master Samwise [6:01]
8. Denethor's Madness [1:05]
9. The Witch King's Hour [2:24]
10. The Ride of the Rohirrim [4:14]
11. The Pyre of Denethor [2:06]
12. The Battle of the Pelennor Fields [4:55]
13. "A Far Green Country" [1:29]
14. The Nazgûl and His Prey [1:45]
15. The Black Ships [:52]
16. Shieldmaiden of Rohan [:44]
17. Victory at Minas Tirith [2:35]
18. The Passing of Théoden [2:02]
19. Oaths Fulfilled [1:06]
20. The Houses of Healing [2:15]
21. Pippin Looks After Merry [:52]
22. The Tower of Cirith Ungol [6:55]
23. The Last Debate [1:42]
24. Aragorn Masters the Palantír [1:29]
25. The Captain and the White Lady [:49]
26. In the Company of Orcs [3:41]
27. The Land of Shadow [4:11]
28. The Mouth of Sauron [3:15]
29. The Black Gate Opens [3:33]
30. "I Can't Carry It for You... But I Can Carry You" [2:12]
31. The Last Move [1:03]
32. Mount Doom [1:56]
33. "The Eagles Are Coming!" [:33]
34. The Crack of Doom [5:38]
35. Sauron Defeated [2:13]
36. The End of All Things [3:28]
37. The Fellowship Reunited [2:22]
38. The Return of the King [4:52]
39. Homeward Bound [4:41]
40. The Grey Havens [9:17]
41. End Credits [11:06]
42. Fan Club Credits [10:29]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Special Extended Edition, Pt. 1
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Audio Commentaries: The Director and Writers
         Play Commentary
      Audio Commentaries: The Design Team
         Play Commentary
      Audio Commentaries: The Production/Post-Production Team
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      Audio Commentaries: The Cast
         Play Commentary
   Select a Scene
   Set Up Screen and Sound Options
      Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround Sound
      DTS ES 6.1 Surround Sound
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Side #2 -- Special Extended Edition, Pt. 2
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Audio Commentaries: The Director and Writers
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      Audio Commentaries: The Design Team
         Play Commentary
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      Audio Commentaries: The Cast
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      Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround Sound
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      Stereo Surround Sound
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      No Subtitles
Side #3 -- The Appendices, Pt. 5: The War of the Ring
   Introduction
   Play All
   J.R.R. Tolkien: The Legacy of Middle-earth
   From Book to Script
      From Book to Script: Forging the Final Chapter
      Abandoned Concept: "Aragon Battles Sauron"
         View Sequence
   Designing and Building Middle-earth
      Designing Middle-earth
      Big-atures
      Weta Workshop
      Costume Design
      Design Galleries
         The Peoples of Middle-earth
            The Enemy
               The Witch King
                  Enter Gallery
                     Slideshow
               Fell Beast
                  Slideshow
               Mouth of Sauron
                  Slideshow
               Orcs
                  Slideshow
               Trolls
                  Slideshow
               Haradrim
                  Slideshow
               Mûmakil
                  Slideshow
               Great Beasts
                  Slideshow
               Shelob
                  Slideshow
               Corsairs
                  Slideshow
            The Fellowship
               Aragorn
                  Slideshow
               Frodo
                  Slideshow
               Sam
                  Slideshow
               Merry
                  Slideshow
               Pippin
                  Slideshow
               Legolas
                  Slideshow
               Gimli
                  Slideshow
            Gondor
               Faramir
                  Slideshow
               Denethor
                  Slideshow
               Gondorian Army
                  Slideshow
               Citadel Guard
                  Slideshow
               Fountain Guard
                  Slideshow
            Sméagol
               Slideshow
            Déagol
               Slideshow
            Éowyn
               Slideshow
            Éomer
               Slideshow
            Arwen
               Slideshow
            Bilbo Baggins
               Slideshow
            The Army of the Dead
               Slideshow
         The Realms of Middle-earth
            Smégol's Story
               Slideshow
            East Irhilien
               Slideshow
            Gondor
               Minas Tirith
                  Slideshow
               The Citadel
                  Slideshow
               The Hallows
                  Slideshow
               The Siege of Gondor
                  Slideshow
            Rivendell
               Slideshow
            Dunharrow
               Slideshow
            Paths of the Dead
               Slideshow
            Mordor
               Minas Morgul
                  Slideshow
               Shelob's Lair
                  Slideshow
               Cirith Ungol
                  Slideshow
               Orc Camp
                  Slideshow
               Mr. Doom
                  Slideshow
               Sammath Naur - Crack of Doom
                  Slideshow
         Miniatures
            Gondor
               Minas Tirith
                  Slideshow
               The Hallows
                  Slideshow
               Docks of Harlond
                  Slideshow
               Corsair Ship
                  Slideshow
               Grond
                  Slideshow
               Siege Towers
                  Slideshow
            Minas Morgul
               Slideshow
            Cirith Ungol
               Slideshow
            Paths of the Dead
               Slideshow
            The Grey Havens
               Slideshow
   Home of the Horse Lords
   Middle-earth Atlas
      Enter the Map
         Choose a Path: Frodo & Sam
            The Grey Havens
            Hobbiton
            Minas Tirith
            The Cross-roads
            Minas Morgul & the Stairs
            Shelob's Lair
            Cirith Ungol
            The Plain of Gorgoroth
            Mount Doom
         Choose a Path: Merry
            The Grey Havens
            Hobbiton
            Isengard
            Edoras
            Dunharrow
            Minas Tirith
            Pelennor Fields
            The Black Gate
         Choose a Path: Aragorn, Legolas & Gimli
            Isengard
            Edoras
            Dunharrow
            Paths of the Dead
            Minas Tirith
            Pelennor Fields
            The Black Gate
         Choose a Path: Gandalf & Pippin
            The Grey Havens
            Hobbiton
            Isengard
            Edoras
            Minas Tirith
            The Black Gate
   New Zealand as Middle-earth
      Play All
      East Irhilien
      Dunharrow
      Paths of the Dead
      The Pelennor Fields
      The Black Gate
      Mordor
   Set Up Options
      English Subtitles
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   Index
   Help
Side #4 -- The Appendices, Pt. 6: The Passing of an Age
   Introduction
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   Filming "The Return of the King"
      Cameras in Middle-earth
      Production Photos
         Enter Gallery
            Slideshow
   Visual Effects
      Weta Digital
      Visual Effects Demonstration: "The Mûmakil Battle"
         View Demonstration
            Pre-Viz
            Environment
            Live Action
            Animation
            Massive
            Rough Composite
            Final Film
            Play All
            Commentary: On
            Commentary: Off
   Post-Production: Journey's End
      Editorial: Completing the Trilogy
      Music for Middle-Earth
      The Soundscapes of Middle-earth
      The End of All Things
   The Passing of an Age
   Cameron Duncan: The Inspiration for "Into the West"
      Cameron Duncan: The Inspiration for "Into the West"
      "Dfk6498"
      "Strike Zone"
   Set Up Options
      English Subtitles
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   Index
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  • Posted January 22, 2011

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    A must have for any LOTR junkie

    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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    I LOVE IT!

    If you are a fan of the theatrical release, then you MUST WATCH THIS!! There is over an hour of new and extended scenes. There are 23 extended scenes, and 14 new. It explains much more in depth of what is happening and what the characters are feeling. It shows how some things happen that you don't get to see on the origional. I love all the bonus features. There must be over 24 hours of them! They are very interesting to watch. These DVD's come with several different commentarys. I really like the cast commentary. I recommend this to any LOTR fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One Movie to rule them all

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS HAS GOT TO BE THE BEST MOVIE EVER MADE!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A masterwork.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A spectacular end to Jackson's masterpiece!!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best DVD to own ever.

    This is the best LOTR movie yet. The story picks off from about one thousand years ago when Smeagul wasn't insane. Him and his friend were fishing and his friend falls into the pond. He spots the ring, and brings it to land. Smeagul sees it and they end up wrestling each other for it. Smeagul kills his friend, for the ring. for around one thousand years it drove him mad. he thinks it is all he needs. the present-day story picks off at Frodo and sam in a cave. Smeagul still badly wants to kill them. The story is very good and long. 4 hours and 10 min. (ext. edition) which adds 50 min. from the theatrical release. If you like lord of the rings, and suprise endings... this is the one to buy!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    --->BEST MOVIE EVER<----

    Undoubtedly the greatest movie ever created. I became a tolkien fan after watching 'the fellowship...' when it first came out. Since then I've bought all the movies and all of Tolkiens books. I've eagerly plowed my way through LOTR and the hobbit as well as Silmarillion and Unfinished Tales. This movie is the crowning achievement and speaks volumes about the devotion that Peter Jackson has toward perfecting his view of JRR's work. One of the few instances where the movie is just as good as (if not better) than the book. Highly recommend buying it, even if you only have a small interest in his work. I am convinced I will never find a movie that surpasses this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The King Returns

    Hi. I am here to tell you about the return of the king, spechial edition. This is a great movie packed with extra senecs, bonus fetures and more, your sure to like it. i sure do!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Saruman Rules the DVD!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HAIL TO THE KING!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THIS ROCKS!

    hey i bought t his movie and it rocks! ! i loved it its absouletly amazi ng another amazing thing is insound.com u can earn free points and everything i ts kicking! Luhkell

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One Ring to Rule Them All

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great things come in small packages!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great job

    The books are great, and the other exteneded movies are fabalous. I cant wait to see this one. Almost a whole hour added!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Lord of the Rings will rule Cinematic History

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mildred Q, a LOTR fan from PR

    The third and last extended verson of the LOTR (ROTK)...is the best of them all! Not only do you get 50 minutes of sences that isn't seen in the movie version, also you get two short films from a young film maker after Jackson's heart. Plus, you get the tearful moments that happen on the set. ROTK, along with part one and two, shold be a part of you DVD library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    brilliance

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cinematic genius

    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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