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This expansive 4-disc DVD set takes viewers further into "The Return of the King".

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The Return of the King of the DVDs.

  • Dec 14, 2004
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There really isn't anything else I can about the Peter Jackson's movie THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING that hasn't been said before. The movie is the 3rd part of the most ambitious cinematic gamble in movie history which not only payed off, but payed off big time. This 4 DVD box set comes in a nifty blue-colored case and concludes the story that began with THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING. Like it's predecessors, it's chock full of extras and includes almost an hour's worth of extra footage that wasn't seen in the original theatrical release. The set is worth purchasing for those scenes alone. Unlike some of the stuff that was originally cut in the 1st two films, much of the extra footage here are things that compliment the story, but aren't necessary to the action. However, the one scene I wish they would have kept in the original edition was that of the Fall of Saruman--it's the only scene that really should have been included, especially seeing how THE TWO TOWERS ended. Whatever the case, you can watch both versions yourself with this box set and decide on your own. Besides the extra footage there's enough special features (not including all the commentaries) to keep a person busy for at least two or three days straight. If you've purchased the first two special editions you can add this one to your collection and basically own your own private film school--outside of the technical things film school teaches you and a few contacts you might make, these DVDs provide everyone who wants it an education equivalant to what film school provides. With THE LORD OF THE RINGS Peter Jackson has done what very few directors are able to do: change the way Hollywood makes movies. However, Peter Jackson also changed the way that Hollywood looks at DVDs and illustrated the potential this particular form of media has. He is the King of the DVDs and it's so good to watch his triumphant return in its full glory.

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Quick Tip by . August 08, 2010
Excellent, life-changing cinematography and storytelling. Be ware of the dead-folks though, they're not in the novel (in any big way), and seem to not quite fit the way they've been added.
Quick Tip by . June 02, 2010
Peter Jackson did a great job with this.
review by . September 24, 2009
   The only thing bad I can say about this movie is that I didn't want it to end! Just as good as the first two (I wonder why this was the only one to win Best Picture). If you are unfamiliar with the books then some of the suspense may overwhelm you, especially one of the climatic scenes between Sam, Frodo and Smeagle and the Ring.    Some of the band fall and you wonder when things get bleak if Aragon will indeed return as king. I don't want to give it a way but some ghosts …
Quick Tip by . September 30, 2009
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The singular most impressive film series in history takes viewers deeper into Peter Jackson's epic "The Return of the King" in this DVD!
review by . March 06, 2008
Rare is the movie that one can say has everything. Hollywood used to produce these during the 1960's; classics like Ben-Hur, Cleopatra, Spartacus, and The Ten Commandments. But even these pale to the 4.5 hour epic that is Return of the King. The latter has everything; comedy, romance, action, suspense, drama, a great soundtrack, incredible cinematography, unrivaled special effects, a grand cast, and of course; a happy ending. Unlike other epic movies, this one contains numerous scenes that are of …
review by . October 13, 2004
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The only thing bad I can say about this movie is that I didn't want it to end! Just as good as the first two (I wonder why this was the only one to win Best Picture). If you are unfamiliar with the books then some of the suspense may overwhelm you, especially one of the climatic scenes between Sam, Frodo and Smeagle and the Ring.  Some of the band fall and you wonder when things get bleak if Aragon will indeed return as king. I don't want to give it a way but some ghosts play a big part …
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Director: Peter Jackson
Genre: Action, Adventure, Classics, Drama, Fantasy
Release Date: Dec. 1, 2003 (Wellington New Zealand Premiere); Dec. 17, 2003 (U.S. Premiere)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 250 minutes
Studio: New Line Cinema, Wingnut Films
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