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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Widescreen Extended Edition) (4 Discs)
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- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 19.69 x 14.61 x 3.81 cm; 408.23 Grams
- Item model number : MFR794043650420#VG
- Director : Peter Jackson
- Media Format : Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC, DTS Surround Sound, EP, Special Edition
- Run time : 3 hours and 43 minutes
- Release date : Nov. 18 2003
- Actors : Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Jed Brophy, Sam Comery, Viggo Mortensen
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Language : English (DTS ES 6.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1)
- Studio : Alliance Films
- Producers : Barrie M. Osborne
- ASIN : B00009TB5G
- Number of discs : 4
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,557 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Extended Edition) (DVD)
The extended edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was perhaps the most comprehensive DVD release to date, and its follow-up, The Two Towers, proves a similarly colossal achievement, with significant extra footage and a multitude of worthwhile bonus features. The extended version of The Two Towersadds 43 minutes to the theatrical version's 179-minute running time, and there are significant, valuable additions to the film. Two new scenes might appease those who feel that the characterization of Faramir was the film's most egregious departure from the book, and fans will 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 the theater, 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 J.R.R. Tolkien's world is so marvelous 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 rabid 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 installments 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. --David Horiuchi
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This particular DVD however did not share the same quality. Out of five the number two( second part of the
movie) was a disaster and a near nightmare to play. I gave up and did not wish to play the three part appendices. I wish I would not have to rate it so since I believed in the seller.
However, like many other uber-fans, I have to suspend what I know of the book (and believe me, I can quote from the book!) in order to enjoy the films. What irritates me the most is the director's insistence on changing the plots unnecessarily. What are the elves doing at Helm's Deep - and where are the Huorns? Why do Frodo and Sam get taken to Osgiliath (even Sam points out that they shouldn't be there!) Aragorn is not attracted to Eowyn in the book - he feels sorry for her! Also irritating is the director's insistence on having cliff-hangers at intervals where a major character seems to be about to be wiped out: and then isn't - see Pippin and the horse, Aragorn and the cliff, and from the first episode, Frodo and the cave troll.
I think, on balance, trying very hard to be objective, that this is a better film than the first and I hope very much that the third one will be better still.
I love the books with a hopeless passion and I'm sure I will enjoy the films with an almost equal passion for many years to come.
PS Why do video purchasers get a raw deal compared with DVD purchasers? I want previews, interviews, behind the scenes etc too!