The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King

Elijah Wood
Director: Peter Jackson Cast: Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood
, Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
, Viggo Mortensen
Viggo Mortensen
Peter Jackson

DVD (Wide Screen)

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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: 1,348

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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