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The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Edition / Trilogie le seigneur des anneaux [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)

Elijah Wood , Viggo Mortensen , Peter Jackson    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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As the triumphant start of a trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring leaves you begging for more. By necessity, Peter Jackson's ambitious epic compresses J.R.R. Tolkien's classic The Lord of the Rings, but this robust adaptation maintains reverent allegiance to Tolkien's creation, instantly qualifying as one of the greatest fantasy films ever made. At 178 minutes, it's long enough to establish the myriad inhabitants of Middle-earth, the legendary Rings of Power, and the fellowship of hobbits, elves, dwarves, and humans--led by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and the brave hobbit Frodo (Elijah Wood)--who must battle terrifying forces of evil on their perilous journey to destroy the One Ring in the land of Mordor. Superbly paced, the film is both epic and intimate, offering astonishing special effects and production design while emphasizing the emotional intensity of Frodo's adventure, and ends on a perfect note of heroic loyalty and rich anticipation.

After the breaking of the Fellowship, Frodo and Sam journey to Mordor with the creature Gollum as their guide in The Two Towers. Meanwhile, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) join in the defense of the people of Rohan, who are the first target in the eradication of the race of Men by the renegade wizard Saruman (Christopher Lee) and the dark lord Sauron. Fantastic creatures, astounding visual effects, and a climactic battle at the fortress of Helm's Deep make The Two Towers a worthy successor to The Fellowship of the Ring, grander in scale but retaining the story's emotional intimacy.

With The Return of the King, the greatest fantasy epic in film history draws to a grand and glorious conclusion. The trilogy 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 Frodo and Sam continue their mission to Mordor to destroy the soul-corrupting One Ring. While the heir to the kingdom of Men, Aragorn, endures the massive battle at Minas Tirith with the allegiance of Legolas, Gimli, and Gandalf, Frodo and Sam 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 and remains faithful to Tolkien's overall vision. 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 and David Horiuchi

Our Review of the Extended Edition on DVD (Dec. 14, 2004):

The extended editions of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings present the greatest trilogy in film history in the most ambitious sets in DVD history. In bringing J.R.R. Tolkien's nearly unfilmable work to the screen, Jackson benefited from extraordinary special effects, evocative New Zealand locales, and an exceptionally well-chosen cast, but most of all from his own adaptation with co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, preserving Tolkien's vision and often his very words, but also making logical changes to accommodate the medium of film. While purists complained about these changes and about characters and scenes left out of the films, the almost two additional hours of material in the extended editions (about 11 hours total) help appease them by delving more deeply into Tolkien's music, the characters, and loose ends that enrich the story, such as an explanation of the Faramir-Denethor relationship, and the appearance of the Mouth of Sauron at the gates of Mordor. In addition, the extended editions offer more bridge material between the films, further confirming that the trilogy is really one long film presented in three pieces (which is why it's the greatest trilogy ever--there's no weak link). The scene of Galadriel's gifts to the Fellowship added to the first film proves significant over the course of the story, while the new Faramir scene at the end of the second film helps set up the third and the new Saruman scene at the beginning of the third film helps conclude the plot of the second.

To top it all off, the extended editions offer four discs per film: two for the longer movie, plus four commentary tracks and stupendous DTS 6.1 ES sound; and two for the bonus material, which covers just about everything from script creation to special effects. The argument was that fans would need both versions because the bonus material is completely different, but the features on the theatrical releases are so vastly inferior that the only reason a fan would need them would be if they wanted to watch the shorter versions they saw in theaters (the last of which, The Return of the King, merely won 11 Oscars). The LOTR extended editions without exception have set the DVD standard by providing a richer film experience that pulls the three films together and further embraces Tolkien's world, a reference-quality home theater experience, and generous, intelligent, and engrossing bonus features. --David Horiuchi

Special Features

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Over 30 minutes of footage incorporated into the theatrical release of the film
Commentary by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens
Commentary by the design team
Commentary by the production/post-production team
Commentary by 10 actors, including Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen
Easter egg: MTV Movie Award Spoof (The Council of Elrod)
Costa Botes Documentary: The Fellowship of the Ring: Behind the Scenes
The Appendices, Part 1: From Book to Vision (on DVD)
    • Peter Jackson introduction
    • J.R.R. Tolkein: Creator of Middle Earth
    • From Book to Script
    • Visualizing the Story
    • Designing and Building Middle Earth
    • Middle Earth atlas interactive
The Appendices, Part 2: From Vision to Reality (on DVD)
    • Elijah Wood introduction
    • Filming The Fellowship of the Ring
    • Visual effects
    • Post-production: Putting it all together
    • Digital Grading
    • Sound and music
    • The Road Goes Ever On...
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Extended edition of the film, incorporating 43 minutes of footage incorporated into the film
Commentary track by writer-director Peter Jackson and writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens
Commentary track by the design team
Commentary track by the production/post-production team
Commentary track by 16 cast members, including Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Andy Serkis, John Rhys-Davies, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Bernard Hill, and Miranda Otto
Easter Egg: MTV Movie Awards clip (Gollum accepting award)
Costas Botes documentary: The Two Towers--Behind the Scenes
The Appendices, Part 3: The Journey Continues
    • Peter Jackson introduction
    • J.R.R. Tolkein: Origin of Middle Earth
    • From Book to Script: Finding a Story
    • Designing and Building Middle-Earth
    • Gollum
    • Middle-Earth Atlas interactive
    • New Zealand as Middle Earth (map with video location)
The Appendices, Part 4: The Battle for Middle Earth
    • Elijah Wood introduction
    • Filming The Two Towers
    • Visual effects
    • Editorial: Refining the Story
    • Music and Sound
    • The Battle for Helm's Deep is Over
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Extended edition of the film, with 50 extra minutes incorporated into the film
Commentary track by writer-director Peter Jackson and writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens
Commentary track by the design team
Commentary track by the production/post-production team
Costas Botes documentary: The Return of the King: Behind the Scenes
The Appendices, Part 5: The War of the Ring
    • Peter Jackson Intro
    • J.R.R. Tolkien: The Legacy of Middle-earth
    • From Book to Script
    • Designing and Building Middle-earth
    • Home of the Horse Lords
    • Middle-earth Atlas: Tracing the Journeys of the Fellowship: interactive map
    • New Zealand as Middle-earth: interactive map with on-location footage
The Appendices, Part 6: The Passing of an Age
    • Elijah Wood/Sean Astin/Billy Boyd/Dominic Monaghan intro
    • Filming The Return of the King
    • Visual Effects
    • Post Production: Journey's End
    • The Passing of an Age
    • Cameron Duncan


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111 of 115 people found the following review helpful
By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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The Fellowship Of The Ring (Extended Edition)(blu ray):

The AVC/1080p picture is housed on two BD-50 discs (Part 1: 105 minutes; Part 2: 123 minutes). I personally appreciate what Warner Brothers/New Line is doing, in order to minimize compression defects. Changing disc also gives people a chance to visit the washroom. The previous theatrical versions were mired in controversy due to the digital noise reduction (DNR) used on Fellowship of the Ring. The video has been completely remastered from the film's 2K digital files, and the result is a vast improvement in details: beards never get blurry, not once, and facial features remain pure. Blacks are inky. The new controversy is the greenish tinge, because the colour timing was redone. Thus, the picture looked different from the original DVD version. But according to the studio, this colour timing was approved by Peter Jackson and cinematographer Andrew Lesnie. Overall, the picture was very pleasing. But don't be surprised when future prequels (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, due in theatre December 2012, and The Hobbit: There And Back Again, due in theatre December 2013) are out that the studios may triple dip with another "newly remastered" version of the film. (4/5)

The Two Towers (Extended Edition)(blu ray):

The AVC/1080p picture is housed on two BD-50 discs (Part 1: 107 minutes; Part 2: 129 minutes). The presentation was magnificent, with great details and strong black levels. Contrast is excellent. (5/5)

The Return Of The King (Extended Edition)(blu ray):

The AVC/1080p picture is housed on two BD-50 discs (Part 1: 128 minutes; Part 2: 135 minutes). Fine detail is abundant, with lovely contrast and accurate color. The image is delicately textured and highly dimensional.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely worth the upgrade Aug. 4 2011
By John Woodward TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
With so many (deserved) critical accolades heaped on this franchise the question is not 'is this set any good?' it's 'is it worth it?' The answer is, unequivocally, YES. I could rave about the new transfer along with everyone else (it's great) but, in practical terms, the films look much better. Upconverting was never a friend to the DVD releases, seeming to bring out the flaws as much as the detail. The Blu-Rays resolve that problem and (for the most part) make these films look like the visual masterpieces they were in the theatre.

All of the 'Appendices' of the DVD release are here, along with the Costa Botes 'Making of'' documentaries that were previously only available in the limited edition DVD sets. Grittier than the other extras, these feature-length documentaries offer a different perspective on the films and are a nice treat for the LotR fan who thinks they've seen everything.

Masterful as this set is, there are a few things people may quibble over. The films are each spread over two Blu-Rays, a necessary concession for the quality of the transfer but some people might find it annoying. The features are all presented in SD, though I personally don't think remastering them would've added much value. Finally, there's the infamous 'green tint' some people note on Fellowship; I can't see it, even when I look for it, but some people might feel differently.

Rumours persist about some mythical 'Extended-Extended Edition' of the films, containing even more deleted scenes and extras that have never seen the light of day. Personally, I call shenanigans on such talk but, even if you believe it, such a boxed won't see the light of day until well after The Hobbit Extended Editions have been released (2015 or later). Given that fact, there's no reason for a Lord of the Rings fan not to pick this set up.
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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars French version included (français) Jan. 29 2012
By Daniel
Format:Blu-ray
Just to say, there are both english AND FRENCH audio option!

Pour les francophones, il y a la version anglaise ET la version française dans ce coffret blu-ray! :)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best there is. Will be hard to top. Feb. 28 2007
Format:DVD
As much as I love Star Wars, this is definitely the best trilogy ever made.

Do I really need to say everything you probably read or heard somewhere already? Yes, all three films are equally great. They were all shot together after all.

Fellowship of the Ring is about as strong an opening chapter as

you could ask for. Two Towers makes you forget it's just a middle chapter

because it's just as brilliant and... Return of the King sets a new standard for the finale of an epic trilogy.

As if owning the best trilogy ever made wasn't enough, these extended editions are superior to the original theatrical versions. They make the films feel more complete. Oh yeah and all those extras are so detailed you'll want to check out everything though you probably will never find the time to do so. Basically, this set may look expensive but it's worth every

dollar.

By the way, if you love the movies, I highly recommend the books. They're

absolutely wonderful as well and I'm not a big reader.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have! Jan. 19 2005
By Jes
Format:DVD
This 12 disc set is amazing. 2 discs each for the 3 movies, and 2 discs each for preproduction/production/post production information.
I used to think buying movies with special features (i.e., movie in the making peeks) was just a waste of money, but being a LOR fan I just had to have the extended edition set, and, Lo and Behold! ..I had as much fun watching the special features and it made me appreciate the movie more. My husband wasn't much into LOR (he isn't a 'reader'), but now he's a fan as well. We found everything else on TV boring after watching it when we got it for Christmas.
Plus, you can watch the movie 4 times more with different audio commentaries from cast and crew. It was worth it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The trilogy
I have read the book 5 times. So when the movie came out I was interested to see it. The trilogy was very well done
And I have watched this many times.
Published 13 days ago by Ron
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Purchase Ever
A must have for LOTR fans. I played it on my PS3 and the picture quality is amazing. The special features are really great too. This is a gem.
Published 18 days ago by Julianne
4.0 out of 5 stars a must have!
If your fond of adventure movies this one is a must have! I've enjoyed every release and been following it till now. This trilogy is a very nice addition in your home movies.. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Un must have
La trilogie du seigneur des anneaux extended edition en blu-ray...qui ne l'a pas encore???

Un coffret unique pour ce chef d'oeuvre était nécessaire...!
Published 1 month ago by Mathieu Pâquet
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movies ever made based on the best stories written - Deserves...
I know some people will argue with me that Casablanca and Gone With The Wind (among others) should claim title of best movie but they would never enter my blu-ray player in the way... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey Timpano
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate version!
This version comes complete, with high quality rendering of the 3 movies in their extended format.

There is also a lot of featurettes that are really interesting,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laurent
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Buyer
Delighted to receive the entire Lord of the Rings Trilogy on D.V.D. The purchase arrived in perfect condition in a most timely fashion. Many thanks.
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth Eriksson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Box Set
If you're a "Ring-Head", this is the set for you. The films are spectacular, of course, and the special features and additional information was nice to see. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Extended Edition is Awesome!
I wish you would offer Extended Editions immediately. I love this! They are more true to the books.
For anyone who is a fan of anything J.R.R. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lois
5.0 out of 5 stars It's LOTR
Not much to say about a blu-ray, it works fine and everything. Comes with fun bonus cds and all. For the movie itself, it's LOTR extended, you can't go wrong with that.
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