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The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (Widescreen Edition) (2003)
Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
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Editorial Reviews:
With The Return of the King, the greatest fantasy epic in film history draws to a grand and glorious conclusion. Director Peter Jackson's awe-inspiring adaptation of the Tolkien classic The Lord of the Rings could never fully satisfy those who remain exclusively loyal to Tolkien's expansive literature, but as a showcase for physical and technical craftsmanship it is unsurpassed in pure scale and ambition, setting milestone after cinematic milestone as the brave yet charmingly innocent Hobbit Frodo (Elijah Wood) continues his mission to Mordor, where he is destined to destroy the soul-corrupting One Ring of Power in the molten lava of Mount Doom. While the heir to the kingdom of Men, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), endures the massive battle at Minas Tirith with the allegiance of the elf Legolas (Orlando Bloom), the dwarf Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) and the great wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Frodo and stalwart companion Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin) must survive the schizoid deceptions of Gollum, who remains utterly convincing as a hybrid of performance (by Andy Serkis) and subtly nuanced computer animation.

Jackson and cowriters Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens have much ground to cover; that they do so with intense pacing and epic sweep is impressive enough, but by investing greater depth and consequence in the actions of fellow Hobbits Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd), they ensure that The Return of the King maintains the trilogy's emphasis on intimate fellowship. While several major characters appear only briefly, and one (Christopher Lee's evil wizard, Saruman) was relegated entirely to the extended-version DVD, Jackson is to be commended for his editorial acumen; like Legolas the archer, his aim as a filmmaker is consistently true, and he remains faithful to Tolkien's overall vision. If Return suffers from too many endings, as some critic suggested, it's only because the epic's conclusion is so loyally inclusive of the actors--most notably Astin--who gave it such strength to begin with. By ending the LOTR trilogy with noble integrity and faith in the power of imaginative storytelling, The Return of the King, like its predecessors, will stand as an adventure for the ages. --Jeff Shannon

The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam, led by Gollum, continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring. Aragorn struggles to fulfill his legacy as he leads his outnumbered followers against the growing power of the Dark Lord Sauron, so that the Ring-bearer may complete his quest.

DVD Features:
3D Animated Menus
DVD ROM Features:Exclusive online content Link to
Documentaries:3 in-depth programs that reveal the secrets behind the production of this epic adventure, including: "The Quest Fulfilled: A Director's Vision" (23:05)"A Filmmaker's Journey: Making The Return of The King" (28:30) National Geographic Special (45:57)
Featurette:6 featurettes--Aragorn's Destiny (3:25) --Minas Tirith: Capital of Gondor (3:10) --The Battle of Pelennor Fields (2:14) --Samwise the Brave (4:32) --Eowyn: White Lady of Rohan (3:45) --Digital Horse Doubles (4:35)
Other:2-DISC SET The Battle For Middle Eath Continues--Video Games from EA (3:00)
TV Spot
Theatrical Trailer:Original Theatrical Trailers"The Lord of The Rings" Trilogy Supertrailer (6:45)

Product Details
  • Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Elijah Wood
  • Director: Peter Jackson
  • Encoding: 1 (U.S. and Canada)
  • Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2023
  • Running Time: 200
  • Language: English (Dubbed), English (Original Language), English (Subtitled), Spanish (Subtitled)
  • ASIN: B00005JKZY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 Based on 1047 reviews.
  • Sales Rank: 583

Customer Reviews

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:

5The lord of the rings presents a dynamite conclusion, Aug 11, 2023
Alas we bid farewell to one of the best film trilogies ever to be presented to the entertainment medium. I was sad to see it end, but soon became joyous purchasing a ticket to see it the next day, it was that good!

If there was a boring part ever in the movie, it was the ending credits. Other than that, the fluent action scenes, combined with brilliant stunt and weapon coordination, and the fact that I felt obliged to pick up a sword and join the battle of Minas Tirith, while that scene was playing, proves that the Return of the king was a collossal achievement endeavered on film.

The dialogue alone, which still remains supurfluous to any other film released now or before, demands respect and a standing ovation. Somebody could engage into brilliant conversation by taking quotes directly from this movie(Not that I've ever done that before.)Every single line implores you to find the deeper meaning within the dialogue. Great, I love movies that make people think.

The musical score also ranks high in the instrumental dossier among others. The music moves with the feel of each scene and the actions within the film demmand a diffrent type of melody, rapsody, exc. and it delivers that exactly.

The acting is jawdropping,Amazing, overly convincing, and it makes the people in charge of reality T.V. feel unworthy.

Also the symbolism is easily recognized to be christian morals, which I deeply appreciate. It's not just good and evil, there is a massive arsenal of symbols just waiting to be exposed. The ring for example, represents sin, temtation, or a force that is very hard not to succumb to. I was overjoyed when my friends favored this movie over other movies that harbored senseless hacking and slashing. I was happy they saw the obvious diffrence, which means maybe one day I'll be able to help them see the light and they will accept Christianity.

One does not need to drag religion into this, but if you are a athiest don't be suprised if you are obsessed with this movie, because you don't know what the symbols mean and you are dying to find out, It will do that to you it is that good.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:

4At Last The Long Awaited Ending To This Massive Movie , Aug 10, 2023
The third and last part of the LOTR Trilogy is the end set of this huge and massive movie divided into 3 sections. I watched all 3 movies in the theater and have only rented the first for home viewing as it is my favorite of the 3. The other two weren't as good for a few reasons of my own if not for some others as well. What I thought funny was that they released each one through a setted time period, each one a year or so apart, even though all 3 were already finished from the beginning from what I heard.

The movie opens up as the continue of the Two Towers(Part 2) where Frodo and Sam(short for Samwise), played by Elijah Wood and Sean Astin, are both being led quite blindly by Gollum(Andy Serkis) into the very intricate lair of Shelob, a monsterous, giant, ancient arachnid-type monster that lurked at the stairways to the firey mountains of Mt. Doom, eating almost anything that might pass along her way, even the orcs(indigestions...use pepto :P ). Of course I'm not here to ruin the movie for those of you that haven't watched it so the rest is for you to find out.

The problem that I saw with this movie, if most of you haven't noticed, is the shallowness of the film. Its depth and heart isn't as strong as the first and in my opinion has lost it since around the period of the second part of this trilogy, the Two Towers. Pictures, sounds, acting, and directing were all good don't get me wrong. The flaw I saw(rhymes) I guess came first from the book itself as this movie was book based. I felt that the movie had good action and once again a whole lot of graphically generated armies of soldiers and orcs and others at war, but what made it demeaning is the thought in my head "wow...this again?" In other words, I thought the battle was a cheap way of impressing the audience. It was pretty much the same as the one in the Two Towers in the fact that it showed two massive armies of the so called "good and bad" slamming into each other in the havoc of war and bloodlust. After viewing so many films, I'm more impressed by the quality of the fight than the numbers in it. Once again, you see the same kind of fighting technique, Legolas(Orlando Bloom) shooting his arrows at the orcs and Gimli(John Rhys-Davies) chopping away. Its boring after the second or third time around.

Throughout the second part and this, I felt like they were rushing through the movie a little too much. I mean have you seen the whole book? I've read the whole thing and wow is it boring. Its huge, even with 3 hours you cannot possibly fit so much into 3 or so hours. The problem wasn't the one fact that they missed some scenes that the book had but movie didn't, it was the fact that they missed the dramatic moments that made LOTR...LOTR. Movies like this should not be rushed. This was another reason why I didn't like the Two Towers much, but loved the first one. I just didn't feel the same soul in the movie as I once did in the beginning. Again I don't want to ruin the movie, if the others haven't already, so you'll just have to watch to find out what I mean.

The biggest problem I had was the horribly elongated ending. I know its in the book, but wow!! I know I wasn't the only one in the theater that was saying "END IT ALREADY" or "WHY IS IT STILL GOING?" I was shaking my head slightly throughout the whole period and people were sort of giving each other awkward looks that have a question mark written all over it. They should definately do something about it.

That done, there are a few minor problems, but nothing else to be note-worthy. Most people who start watching LOTR should minus well finish it. This movie isn't the kind of ending I was hoping, but I suppose it was satisfactory in the most part. Watch it anyways. Good day everyone. Note: Is it just me or does Sam seem a little TOO attached to Frodo.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

4Where was Christopher Lee!!!!!!!!!!!!, Aug 10, 2023
Don't get me wrong this was a very good film and the special effects were amazing. But I couldn't help but feel disappointed at the fact they didn't include Christopher Lee (Saruman the White) in this epic. I mean for goodness sake he has made a larger contribution to the film industry than any other actor in history! He is 84 years old and Peter Jackson didn't have the respect to include this grand old man of cinema, and this is the one that happened to win 11 oscars! I remember him in an interview saying how he was disappointed and hurt. Show some respect Peter Jackson!!! Is anybody out there with me?!!

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

5This Is Not One You Watch....., Aug 2, 2023
....but experience. "Lord of The Rings" has to be one of the greatest trilogies in movie history. It doesn't matter what certain things are slow/boring and those which aren't, because the rest is the best! That's the action! My least favorite was "Two Towers."

I had this movie on dvd for a while before I watched it, and it was definetely worth it when I did. "Return of The King" has new, and more fantasy elements than before. Nothing is bad about any of the LOTR movies. This is the longest movie out of the 3, also. I know everything has already been said about the entire trilogy, and I really wouldn't be surprised at all if this trilogy became a true classic, and I think it already is.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Peter Jacksons vision of J.R.R Tolkiens world of middle earth is amazing. He brings new meaning to the word fantasy. Return of the King is obviously the best movie out of the Lord of the rings trilogy. The war scenes have grown more intense then the first two. Also the journeys that all the main characters have been going threw during the first two films have reached a dramatic and emotional end. New enemies come to the screen like the Mumakil(Gigantic war elephants), the Witch King, and Mordor orcs. The visual and special effects are unbelievable. Jacksons creation of the battle scenes in Return of the King are mindblowing. I thought the battle at Minas Tirith was the best scene in the movie. This DVD is a must get for all you movie goers. I PROMISE YOU WILL BE AMAZED BY THIS MOVIE!!(If you didn't watch the first two than I suggest you do before you watch this. It will help you understand the storyline much better.) I wish I could give this DVD more than just five stars.

The Lord of the rings trilogy comes to an end in this great dvd!


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