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LORD OF THE RINGS
THE RETURN OF THE KING
EXTENDED EDITION--2 DISC SET
NEW AND SEALED
A year after the final theatrical version surfaced in the cinema, the
Lord Of The Rings trilogy comes to its FULL conclusion with the release
of the Extended Edition of Return Of The King.
A couple of things for
fans of the books to hear. Even at 4 hours running time, the Scouring
Of The Shire doesn't make it into the film ... in fact the entire film
from the closing scenes of Mount Doom onwards remain as they were in the
cinema.. Also push aside those 'too many endings' scoffs, the story was
never meant to conclude with the climax of the big battle. Delve into
the appendix of Return Of The King and you find that the Fellowship's
lives are documented right up to their deaths or parting from the realm
of Middle Earth. The War Of The Ring was but a very small part in the
history of the world and it was fitting to see in conclude back where
the story began.
What a conclusion this series had too! The Two
Towers saw a siege with 10,000 attackers throw themselves upon Helms
Deep, Return Of The King sees 600,000 attackers in the crucial battle of
the world. So many stories intertwine, with Aragorn eventually facing
his destiny as the King Of Gondor, Gandalf preparing the city of Minas
Tirith for the oncoming assault against the wishes of the deranged
steward Dethanor, and most importantly Frodo, Sam and Gollum's final
stretch to Mount Doom to destroy the Ring.
Of most interest with
this DVD is whats 'new'. The best additions is the inclusion of Frodo
and Sam's trek across Mordor, the section where they end up caught up in
a battalion of marching orcs while in disguise makes a welcome addition
from the book, as does the true ending of Sauruman (which frankly had
an atrocious ending in theatrical version, merely dismissing him as
'having no power' anymore without Christopher Lee even making it on
screen). A few treats for those who know what was missing. Then comes
what can only be described as dodgy additions, for the first time ever.
The extended scenes with the Army Of The Dead look very nice but
completely ruin that air of suspense for when Aragorn finally turns up
for the Battle Of Pelanor Plains. This time round you know EXACTLY who
is on that boat pulling into the port near Minas Tirith. Rather than the
joyous switch from 'Oh no! Its MORE bad guys! Wait a sec ... its
ARAGORN!', you know that! the battle is already going to swing in the
favour of good when they turn up. Also there is a suspicious scene
between Gandalf and the Witch King Of Angmar which detracts from
illusion of Gandalf being an all powerful wizard. A needless deviation
from how that particular scene pans out in the book.
minor niggles from someone who loves the book, nothing can touch the
book as far as I am concerned. You get to know the characters so much
better and you get all those little gems which they had to cut out of
the movie or alter to make the story tell well in a screenplay aspect.
However, I don't think anyone else could have made as good a translation
from book to film as Peter Jackson. This is one of the best series of
all time, Fellowship Of The Ring still nicks it as my fave of the three
movies if I was pushed to choose. You can't really detract from what he
has achieved with this film, Tolkien himself gave the film rights away
for practically nothing, deeming the book impossible to translate to
Since this is the Extended Edition DVD, this is the
Extended Review. Once again the 2 DVDs of documentaries are an absolute
joy. None of your usual dodgy tacked on DVD documentaries with 'deep
voiced US geezer' commentary, these are superb. Cast, crew and Tolkien
buffs all contribute, genuine fascinating footage to watch and such a
variety and wealth of subjects to talk about. Every aspect of the movie
creation is documented, right up to the final scenes of filming
(bizarrely, these took place a few weeks after ROTK picked up their 11
Oscars ... nothing like an Oscar for an unfinished film!). A history of
Tolkien and his inspirations, the discarded concept (thank god!) of the
Aragorn vs Sauron final sword fight, the creation of the sets, costumes
and the ongoing evolutionary process of the script design and editing.
If you've bought these extended editions and not taken the documentaries
out to have a look out, start this immediately! Hit t! hat 'Play All'
button. They will enrich your viewing pleasure the next time you watch
the film, and leave you thinking how lucky they all were to work on such
a film when you hear their love from it and the tales from their time
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