The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King

Director: Peter Jackson Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen
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The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King makes its way to DVD in this two-disc edition of the theatrical cut of the film thanks to New Line Cinema. Just as both of its two-disc predecessors, this initial release presents the movie along with a small amount of extras to tide fans over until the archives are opened for the Special Extended Edition, coming later in 2004. As usual, the picture and sound presentation is astounding, with a crisp 2.35:1 widescreen image (also available in a full-screen version) and both a Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround track and a 2.0 Surround Sound audio option ready to bowl you over with their layers of clarity -- for proof, skip right to Chapter 37 and the Battle of Pelennor Fields to really understand the time and effort that was put into this transfer. As far as extras go, this edition carries on the trend of including all of the two- to four-minute featurettes (five in total), along with other material that is mostly exclusive to this release. First off, there's "The Quest Fulfilled: A Director's Vision" and "A Filmmaker's Journey: Making Return of the King" featurettes, both of which seem to include many of the same interview segments and stories as not only each other, but also as all of the releases leading up to this one. Needless to say, thanks to the cheesy voice-over work by the narrator and the overlapping content, these two seem disappointing, but end up in the same ballpark as the two-disc Two Towers' Starz/Encore specials or the WB making-of. Those who have purchased the National Geographic special on the third film will be equally saddened by its inclusion here, just one year after it was initially released to DVD in 2003. One place where this edition does stand out is in its inclusion of both original theatrical trailers and a whopping 13 TV spots! Exclusive to this disc is the brand new six-and-a-half-minute Lord of the Rings Trilogy super-trailer documenting the story in a recap fashion that is almost more exhausting than any of the actual films, though neat nonetheless. Also included is a trailer for Electronic Arts' The Lord of the Rings video games, including the latest one, The Battle for Middle Earth. It's strange that New Line didn't include a trailer for the Extended Edition, since such trailers were on both of the last two-disc releases (for their corresponding extended versions). In fact, that was reason enough to buy the initial disc for many fans, so this really was a misstep on New Line's part for not including it. Still, for the stellar presentation of the theatrical film alone, this release is worth it for those looking to own a piece of history -- others might want to bide their time until the mammoth set hits the shelves.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/25/2004
UPC: 0794043692925
Original Release: 2003
Rating: PG-13
Source: New Line Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround EX]
Time: 3:20:00
Sales rank: 3,687

Special Features

Three in-depth documentaries: "The Quest Fulfilled: A Director's Vision," "A Filmmaker's Journey: Making The Return of The King," and a National Geographic special; six featurettes: "Aragorn's Destiny," "Minas Tirith," "The Battle of Pelennor Fields," "Samwise the Brave," "Eowyn: White Lady of Rohan," and "Digital Horse Doubles"; The Battle For Middle Earth Continues -- Video Games from EA; TV Spot; original theatrical trailers; The Lord of The Rings trilogy supertrailer; Audio: 5.1 Dolby Surround EX English; 2.0 Dolby Surround Stereo English; Stereo English; Stereo Espanol.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elijah Wood Frodo Baggins
Ian McKellen Gandalf
Viggo Mortensen Aragorn
Sean Astin Samwise Gamgee
Orlando Bloom Legolas
Andy Serkis Gollum/Sméagol
Billy Boyd Pippin
Dominic Monaghan Merry
John Rhys-Davies Gimli
Liv Tyler Arwen
Bernard Hill King Théoden
Miranda Otto Éowyn
Hugo Weaving Elrond
Cate Blanchett Galadriel
David Wenham Faramir
Karl Urban Eomer
John Noble Denethor
Ian Holm Bilbo Baggins
Joel Tobeck Orc Lieutenant #1
Sean Bean Boromir

Technical Credits
Peter Jackson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Joe Peter Bleakley Art Director
Philippa Boyens Screenwriter
Christopher Boyes Sound/Sound Designer
Victoria Burrows Casting
Carolynne Cunningham Asst. Director
Ngila Dickson Costumes/Costume Designer
Weta Digital Makeup Special Effects
David Farmer Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Hedges Sound/Sound Designer
Dan Hennah Set Decoration/Design
Michael Horton Editor
John Hubbard Casting
Philip Ivey Art Director
Peter King Makeup
Peter King Makeup
Alan Lee Set Decoration/Design
Annie Lennox Songwriter
Andrew Lesnie Cinematographer
Michael Lynne Executive Producer
Amy MacLean Casting
Grant Major Production Designer
Liz Mullane Casting
Jabez Olssen Editor
Mark Ordesky Executive Producer
Barrie M. Osborne Producer
Rob Otterside Art Director
Peter Owen Makeup
Hammond Peek Sound/Sound Designer
Rick Porras Co-producer
Mark Robins Art Director
Ann Robinson Casting
Jamie Selkirk Co-producer,Editor
Michael Semanick Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Shaye Executive Producer
Howard Shore Score Composer
Stephen Sinclair Screenwriter
Richard Taylor Costumes/Costume Designer,Makeup Special Effects
Ethan Van der Ryn Sound/Sound Designer
Fran Walsh Producer,Screenwriter
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Return of the King
1. The Finding of the Ring
2. Journey to the Cross-Roads
3. The Road to Isengard
4. Return to Edoras
5. Gollum's Villainy
6. The Palantir
7. Arwen's Vision
8. The Reforging of Narsil
9. Minas Tirith
10. "The Deep Breath Before the Plunge"
11. Minas Morgul
12. "The Board Is Set..."
13. Osgiliath Invaded
14. The Lighting of the Beacons
15. Théoden's Decision
16. The Fall of Osgiliath
17. The Stairs of Cirith Ungol
18. Allegiance to Denethor
19. The Parting of Sam and Frodo
20. The Sacrifice of Faramir
21. Marshalling at Dunharrow
22. Andúril - Flame of the West
23. Aragorn Takes the Paths of the Dead
24. "No More Despair"
25. Dwimorberg - The Haunted Mountain
26. The Muster of Rohan
27. The King of the Dead
28. The Siege of Gondor
29. Shelob's Lair
30. Grond - The Hammer of the Underworld
31. The Tomb of the Stewards
32. Breaking the Gate of Gondor
33. The Choices of Master Samwise
34. Denethor's Madness
35. The Ride of the Rohirrim
36. The Pyre of Denethor
37. The Battle of the Pelennor Fields
38. "A Far Green Country"
39. The Nazgûl and His Prey
40. The Black Ships
41. Shieldmaiden of Rohan
42. Victory at Minas Tirith
43. The Passing of Théoden
44. Oaths Fulfilled
45. The Tower of Cirith Ungol
46. The Last Debate
47. The Land of Shadow
48. The Black Gate Opens
49. "I Can't Carry It for You... but I Can Carry You"
50. The Last Move
51. Mount Doom
52. "The Eagles Are Coming!"
53. The Crack of Doom
54. Sauron Defeated
55. The End of All Things
56. The Fellowship Reunited
57. The Return of the King
58. Homeward Bound
59. The Grey Havens
60. End Credits

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The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 172 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok first off... to those of you who are complaining about them.Peter Jackson was making MOVIES. If he had left everything in the movies that are in the books,you would have been sitting in the theater for like 12 hours.He had a required time limit to the movies and couldn't make them so long. I'm sure he would've if he could've but honestly if you heard of a 12 hour movie, would you go see it?I know I wouldn't. ANYWHO These movies are fantastic. i love the special effects, the elves just everything!
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
One of the best movie series I've seen. It's epic. Never get tired of seeing these. And the soundtrack is great.
AlchemystAZ More than 1 year ago
I came out of this awesome movie loving that giant laser/eyeball. Now I bought high-power lasers and spy gear for my own personal tower. Be afraid. Be very afraid! (I live in Arizona--The Wild West--where my Governor hasn't been the same since that house fell on her sister.)
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I have watched the DVD version many times. Very disappointed to find many scenes removed in the Blu ray version: climbing down the elvish rope, in the tunnel, caught in Mordor and more. The story has lost a lot.
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DarthPlagueis More than 1 year ago
awesome from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if should read the first books tho they have more detail and the book shows stuff that are in the movie but other stuff is missed and parts are cut the books will always be better than the movies
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BookLoverInNeLA More than 1 year ago
This final movie in the Lord of the Rings series is fantastic. All the actors and actresses gave great performances. I can understand why this movie won several Academy Awards including Best Picture. Once again, we see how loyal Sam is to Frodo and Sam's bravery is displayed full force in this final chapter. It's plain to see that Frodo is nearly possessed by the ring. When Gollum suggests to Frodo that Sam wants the ring for himself, Frodo bcomes suspicious and orders Sam to go home after a disagreement. When Sam finds the food that Gollum tossed over the side of the cliff, he heads back up the winding stairs to find Frodo. If you want to watch an epic, classic movie, I recommend this for your personal library.
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Return of the King is the last movie in Peter Jackson's trillogy, and it really is a good finish. It shows Frodo's last attemps to destroy the ring, and the inner strenght they all use to help win the battle over evil. Some people say the movie is only about a ring, and someone trying to destroy it. Really, it is not. It is much more than that, Lord of the Rings shows hope, and how hope can never truly be lost. It teaches about teamwork, and freedom. The books and movies show how all of the fellowship and the good people work together to give Frodo the luck and power he needs, even when his help is miles away. Aragorn leads his men and into battle against all of Mordor, an almost hopeless battle to lead the orcs from Mordor. Lord of the Rings is much more than a story about a ring, for the ring has its own meaning too. The movies directed by Peter Jackson, and the books written by J.R.R. Tolkien have allegorical themes, even if they were not meant to have them. The story is what you make of it, there is no right or wrong point, no correct answer why everything happens because nobody knows why everything happens. Do all things happen for a reason? Was it just an accident Gandalf tells Frodo that even the wise cannot see all ends when judging death, and that we all have a part, great or small, good or evil. Gollum played a part, a big part. What if Frodo had killed him earlier? What would have happened. There are so many things you can learn from these movies and the books, so many things about life. I am not upset that none of the cast won golden globes or awards. If none of the other charcters were there the story wouldn't have taken place. Where is a Frodo without a Sam, or Gandalf, or Pipin? Where is Faramir without Denenthor, or Theoden? The story does not happen because of one person, it is every charcter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
being severly handicapped, i was cheated out of seeing this film in the theatres when it came out-i was so let down! but, finally, it has arrived on dvd and it is magnificent to behold! the incredible ensemble acting is, as usual, wonderful, and new line cinema has spared no expense to make this the dvd of the year! from visual beauty to incredible audio sound, this dvd absolutely sparkles! i will be purchasing the extended version, in dts sound, this holiday season as well. do not miss the opportunity to own this instant classic on dvd-especially this first week of release-as the prices are rock bottom- do not wait though, judging by the long lines at best buy this morning, i'd bet you they will be sold out by friday at the latest! bravos and kudos to mr. jackson and all involved in this massive, wonderful undertaking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are no words to describe my sadness at the ending of the trilogy. This movie was beautiful, powerful, and awesome all the way through. I must say, If you are a devoted fan, bring some tissues because I cried like a baby during the last hour. Overall, it was an awesome experience. I will cherish this film and the entire trilogy for the rest of my life.