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THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY 12 DISC EXTENDED EDITION (4 DISCS PER TITLE) DVDs
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Extended Edition



The most complete collection you'll ever need of the classic Lord of the Rings Trilogy. 12 discs spread over three packages (4 discs per title), beautifully packaged (see pictures).
The special extended editions are the best produced and most complete Lord of the Rings editions. The DVDs are in perfect condition, having had little use. It comes complete with original advertising details flap and booklet. The packaging is a joy for the collector, with beautiful illustrations. The outer box has some wear on the Lord of the Rings title, and a small tear in the spine (easily taped/glued to repair - see top left inset of main picture).
A great addition to your collection, with a superb picture and absolutely stunning DTS ES 6.1 surround sound.

4 DISC EXTENDED EDITION DVD

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In every aspect, the extended edition of Peter Jackson's epic fantasy The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is superior to the theatrical version. No-one who cares at all about the film should ever need to watch the original again. Well, maybe the impatient and the squeamish will still prefer it, because this extended edition makes a long film 30 minutes longer and there's a wee bit more violence. But the changes--sometimes whole scenes, sometimes merely a few seconds--make for a richer film. There's more of the spirit of JRR Tolkien, embodied in more songs and a longer opening focusing on Hobbiton. There's more character development, and more background into what is to come in the two subsequent films, such as Galadriel's gifts to the Fellowship and Aragorn's burden of lineage. Some additions make more sense to the plot while others are merely worth seeing, such as the wood elves leaving Middle-earth or the view of Caras Galadhon.

On the DVDs: The Fellowship of the Ring--Extended Version comes in a distinct package: the four-disc set is handsomely presented in a hardback book-style fold-out. The discs themselves have extremely useful chapter menus that indicate which scenes are new or extended. The only drawback is that the film is now spread over two discs, with a somewhat abrupt break following the council at Rivendell, due to the storage capacity required for the longer running time, the added DTS ES 6.1 audio, and the commentary tracks. But that's a minor inconvenience. Of the four commentaries those with the greatest general appeal are the one by Jackson with cowriters Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, and the one by 10 cast members; but the more technically orientated commentaries by the creative and production staff are also worth hearing.

The bonus features (encompassing two complete DVDs) are far superior to the largely promotional materials included on the theatrical release, delving into such matters as script development, casting, and visual effects. This extended edition DVD set is the Fellowship to rule them all. 

Special Features:
DISCS 1 & 2: SPECIAL EXTENDED EDITION OF THE FILM
Anamorphic Widescreen
Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround Sound
DTS ES 6.1 Surround Sound
Stereo Surround Sound
English Subtitles
Four feature-length commentaries by the director and writers, the cast, the production and design teams; with more than 30 participants including: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Bouens, Richard Taylor, Andrew Lensie, Howard Shore, Jim Rygiel and Randy Cook and the Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Sean Astin, John Rhys-Davis, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee and Sean Bean.

DISC 3: THE APPENDICES PART ONE—FROM BOOK TO VISION
Six documentaries covering J.R.R Tolkien, the process of adapting the book into a screenplay and planning the film. Designing and building Middle-earth, as well as a visit to Weta Workshop with an up=close look at the costumes, weapons, armour, creatures and miniatures created for the film. An interactive map of Middle-earth tracing the journey of the Fellowship
Galleries of art and accompanying slide shows with commentaries by the artists (including an archive of nearly 2,000 images) 
Storyboards and previsualization sequences with film comparisons
English Subtitles

DISC 4: THE APPENDICES PART TWO—FROM VISION TO REALITY
11 original documentaries covering the cast, principle photography, a day in the life of a hobbit, visual effects, post production, editing, music and sound and the release of the film
Galleries of behind-the-scenes photographs
English Subtitles

With significant extra footage and a multitude of worthwhile bonus features this extended version of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is as colossal an achievement as its predecessor, The Fellowship of the Ring. There are valuable additions to the story, including two new scenes which might appease those who feel that the characterisation of Faramir was the film's most egregious departure from the book; fans will also appreciate an appearance of the Huorns at Helm's Deep plus a nod to the absence of Tom Bombadil. Seeing a little more interplay between the gorgeous Eowyn and Aragorn is welcome, as is a grim introduction to Eomer and Theoden's son. And among the many other additions, there's an extended epilogue that might not have worked in cinemas, but is more effective here in setting up The Return of the King. While the 30 minutes added to The Fellowship of the Ring felt just right in enriching the film, the extra footage in The Two Towers at times seems a bit extraneous--we see moments that in the theatrical version we had been told about, and some fleshed-out conversations and incidents are rather minor. But director Peter Jackson's vision of JRR Tolkien's world is so marvellous that it's hard to complain about any extra time we can spend there.

While it may seem that there would be nothing left to say after the bevy of features on the extended Fellowship, the four commentary tracks and two discs of supplements on The Two Towers remain informative, fascinating, and funny, far surpassing the recycled materials on the two-disc theatrical version. Highlights of the 6.5 hours' worth of documentaries offer insight on the stunts, the design work, the locations and the creation of Gollum and--most intriguing for avid fans--the film's writers (including Jackson) discuss why they created events that weren't in the book. Providing variety are animatics, rough footage, countless sketches and a sound-mixing demonstration. Again, the most interesting commentary tracks are by Jackson and writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens and by 16 members of the cast (eight of whom didn't appear in the first film, and even including John Noble, whose Denethor character only appears in this extended cut). The first two instalments of Peter Jackson's trilogy have established themselves as the best fantasy films of all time, and among the best film trilogies of all time, and their extended-edition DVD sets have set a new standard for expanding on the already epic films and providing comprehensive bonus features.

Special Features:

DISCS 1 & 2: SPECIAL EXTENDED EDITION OF THE FILM

Anamorphic Widescreen

Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround Sound

DTS ES 6.1 Surround Sound

Stereo Surround Sound

English Subtitles

Discs 1 & 2 (The Feature): A new version of the second installment in the epic trilogy! The film includes over 42 minutes of never-before-seen footage incorporated into the film, made especially for this release / Four audio commentaries by director and writers, the design team the production team and the cast featuring more than 30 participants including Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom and Academy Award® winners Richard Taylor, Howard Shore, Randy Cook...and many more

Disc 3: Adapting the book into a screenplay & planning the film / Designing and inspiration for locations in Middle-earth / Storyboards to pre-visualisation / Weta Workshop visit - See sculptors in action as they create the weapons, armour, creatures and miniatures from the film / Atlas of Middle-earth: Tracing the journey of the Fellowship / An interactive map of New Zealand highlighting the location scouting process / Galleries of art and slideshows with commentaries by the artists / And much more!

Disc 4: Sending actors to battle - preparation for sword fighting / Principal photography: Stories from the set / Digital effects including motion capture and "Massive" (a program to create armies of Orcs) / "Bigatures" - A close-up look at the detailed miniatures used in the film / Galleries of behind-the-scenes photographs and personal cast photos / Post-production - editing it all together / Sound design demonstration / And much more!

The greatest trilogy in film history, presented in the most ambitious sets in DVD history, comes to a grand conclusion with the extended edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Not only is the third and final installment of Peter Jackson's adaptation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien the longest of the three, but a full 50 minutes of new material pushes the running time to a whopping 4 hours and 10 minutes. The new scenes are welcome, and the bonus features maintain the high bar set by the first two films, The Fellowship of the Ringand The Two Towers.

What's New?

One of the scenes cut from the theatrical release but included here, the resolution of the Saruman storyline, generated a lot of publicity when the movie opened, as actor Christopher Lee complained in the press about losing his only appearance. It's an excellent scene, one Jackson calls "pure Tolkien," and provides better context for Pippin to find the wizard's palantir in the water, but it's not critical to the film. In fact, "valuable but not critical" might sum up the ROTK extended edition. It's evident that Jackson made the right cuts for the theatrical run, but the extra material provides depth and ties up a number of loose ends, and for those sorry to see the trilogy end (and who isn't?) it's a welcome chance to spend another hour in Middle-earth. Some choice moments are Gandalf's (Ian McKellen) confrontation with the Witch King (we find out what happened to the wizard's staff), the chilling Mouth of Sauron at the gates of Mordor, and Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) being mistaken for Orc soldiers. We get to see more of Éowyn (Miranda Otto), both with Aragorn and on the battlefield, even fighting the hideously deformed Orc lieutenant, Gothmog. We also see her in one of the most anticipated new scenes, the Houses of Healing after the battle of the Pelennor Fields. It doesn't present Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) as a savior as the book did, but it shows the initial meeting between Éowyn and Faramir (David Wenham), a relationship that received only a meaningful glance in the theatrical cut.

And for those who complained, no, there are no new endings, not even the scouring of the Shire, which many fans were hoping to see. Nor is there a scene of Denethor (John Noble) with the palantir, which would have better explained both his foresight and his madness. As Jackson notes, when cuts are made, the secondary characters are the first to go, so there is a new scene of Aragorn finding the palantir in Denethor's robes. Another big difference is Aragorn's confrontation with the King of the Dead. In the theatrical version, we didn't know whether the King had accepted Aragorn's offer when the pirate ships pulled into the harbor; here Jackson assumes that viewers have already experienced that tension, and instead has the army of the dead join the battle in an earlier scene (an extended cameo for Jackson). One can debate which is more effective, but that's why the film is available in both versions. If you feel like watching the relatively shorter version you saw in the theaters, you can. If you want to completely immerse yourself in Peter Jackson's marvelous and massive achievement, only the extended edition will do.

How Are the Bonus Features?

To complete the experience, The Return of the King provides the same sprawling set of features as the previous extended editions: four commentary tracks, sharp picture and thrilling sound, and two discs of excellent documentary material far superior to the recycled material in the theatrical edition. Those who have listened to the seven hours of commentary for the first two extended editions may wonder if they need to hear more, but there was no commentary for the earlier ROTK DVD, so it's still entertaining to hear him break down the film (he says the beacon scene is one of his favorites), discuss differences from the book, point out cameos, and poke fun at himself and the extended-edition concept ("So this is the complete full strangulation, never seen before, here exclusively on DVD!"). The documentaries (some lasting 30 minutes or longer) are of their usual outstanding quality, and there's a riveting storyboard/animatic sequence of the climactic scene, which includes a one-on-one battle between Aragorn and Sauron.

One DVD Set to Rule Them All
Peter Jackson's trilogy has set the standard for fantasy films by adapting the Holy Grail of fantasy stories with a combination of fidelity to the original source and his own vision, supplemented by outstanding writing, near-perfect casting, glorious special effects, and evocative New Zealand locales. The extended editions without exception have set the standard for the DVD medium 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.

Special Features:

DISCS 1 & 2: SPECIAL EXTENDED EDITION OF THE FILM

Anamorphic Widescreen

Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround Sound

DTS ES 6.1 Surround Sound

Stereo Surround Sound

English Subtitles

Disc 1 & 2: 50 min. Extended version of the film / Four audio commentaries by the director and writers, the design team, the production team and the cast featuring more than 30 participants including Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom and Academy Award® winners Richard Taylor, Howard Shore and many more / Cast commentary also features dialogue between split-personality characters Gollum and Smeagol (Andy Serkis)!

Disc 3: THE APPENDICES PART V: "The War of the Ring" / Disc intro by director Peter Jackson / "J.R.R. Tolkien: The Legacy of Middle-earth" documentary / From Book to Script /Designing and Building Middle-earth / Design Galleries - 2,123 images / "Home of the Horse Lords" documentary / "Middle-earth Atlas: Tracing the Journeys of the Fellowship" interactive map / "New Zealand as Middle-earth" interactive map w/on-location footage

Disc 4: THE APPENDICES PART VI: "The Passing of an Age" / Disc intro by Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan / Filming The Return of the King / Visual Effects / Post Production: Journey's End / "The Passing of an Age" documentary / Cameron Duncan: The Inspiration for "Into the West" / DVD-ROM CONTENT: Includes access to exclusive online features

Without doubt the best package for all three films! Don't miss it!! A great package at a great price! Postage is set at the maximum price allowed for DVDs on eBay and in fact won't cover the postage cost, so you'll be getting value for money and many hours of enjoyment from this package.

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