Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Adventure, Fantasy, Monsters, War, Good Vs. Evil, Magic, Theatrical Release, Sequel, Fantasy Worlds, Essential Cinema, Based On A Novel
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Widescreen; 2-Disc Set DVD Description
THE RETURN OF THE KING, the third and final film in Peter Jackson's THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, finds Middle-earth on the cusp of great change. Weary hobbits Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) venture further into the dark realm of Mordor, guided by the increasingly desperate Gollum (Andy Serkis), the two-faced former owner of the Ring that Frodo must destroy in the fires of Mount Doom. Meanwhile Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) contend with the deranged ruler Denethor (John Noble) at the once-mighty city of Minas Tirith, as Merry (Dominic Monaghan) joins Éowyn (Miranda Otto) and the Riders of Rohan to hold back the forces of Sauron. Amidst the chaos, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) must rise to his destiny, aided by Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) in assembling allies for a massive battle that will decide the fate of Middle-earth.
With RETURN, Jackson brings J.R.R. Tolkien's world-renowned tale to a stunning conclusion. As with THE TWO TOWERS, the director deftly weaves various storylines together in one remarkable scene after another. Spectacular visuals complement Jackson's sharp focus on the characters and their emotional battles. While the special effects help to create huge battles and frightening creatures on a previously unseen scale, they never outshine the excellent ensemble of actors who bring the heart of the story home. A truly astounding work of filmmaking, THE RETURN OF THE KING skillfully concludes one of the greatest trilogies in cinema history.
Region 1 Keep Case Single Side - Dual Layer Widescreen - 2.35 Audio: Dolby Digital EX 5.1 - English Stereo Surround - English Disc 1: Interactive Features: Interactive Menus: Animated Menus Select-a-Scene Disc 2: Additional Release Material: Featurette: 1. "Aragorn's Destiny" (3:25) 2. "Minas Tirith: Capital of Gondor" (3:10) 3. "The Battle of Pelennor Fields" (2:14) 4. "Samwise the Brave" (4:32) 5. "Eowyn: White Lady of Rohan" (3:45) 6. "Digital Horse Doubles" (4:35) Documentary: 1. "The Quest Fulfilled: A Director's Vision" (23:05 min) 2. "A Filmmaker's Journey: Making THE RETURN OF THE KING" (28:30) 3. "National Geographic: THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING" (45:57) Trailers: 1. Theatrical Trailer 2. TV Spots 3. "THE LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy" Supertrailer (6:45) 4. "The Battle for Middle-Earth Continues" - Video Games From EA (3:00) DVD-ROM Features: Exclusive Online Content Weblinks: www.lordoftherings.net
Winner, 2003 Academy Awards: Best Picture
Winner, 2003 Academy Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay - Peter Jackson