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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Peter Jackson's award-winning 2002 film adaptation of the second volume of Tolkien's epic fantasy novel.

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This is what we should have seen in the theatre!

  • Nov 21, 2003
Rating:
+5
I liked the theatrical version of "The Two Towers." That being said, the Extended Edition is definitely a stronger, more consistent film. It tightens up so many of the loose ends, and gave more reason for some of the changes made from the books. From Eowyn's heartfelt singing at Theodred's funeral procession to Merry and Pippin's extended roles to Faramir's siginificantly more defined character, the new scenes add to the story and to the character development dramatically. The plot flows better in general, and my wife's comment upon seeing the new material was "It makes sense now!" That sums it up pretty well.

The DVD extras (on Discs 3 and 4) live up to the high standard set by the Extended Edition of "Fellowship of the Ring." We get to see some of the technical wizardry in the creation of Gollum, and we get insights into the massive amounts of creative energy expended on crafting this grand film, including the reasoning behind changing key elements of the books. What is abundantly clear in each presentation is that everyone involved in making these films is passionately devoted to doing it well, ad no decisions were made haphazardly. It's so rare to find DVD extras that live up to the film they accompany, but the extras on the set definitely do so admirably. And be sure to keep your eyes open for a couple of great easter eggs!

When it comes to the films themselves, "Fellowship of the Ring" was different. The theatrical release was very good, and the Extended Edition was very good. Some of the individual scenes in the "Fellowship" Extended Edition were cut better, but overall I like both versions equally, for different reasons. For "The Two Towers," it really seems like the Extended Edition is the better film. Diehard Tolkien fans or movie fans who never read the books should both enjoy the Extended Edition more.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 fantasy-adventure film directed by Peter Jackson based on the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It is the second film in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy that was preceded by The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and concluded with The Return of the King (2003).

Continuing the plot of The Fellowship of the Ring, it intercuts three storylines, as Frodo and Sam continue their quest to destroy the One Ring in Mordor and meet Gollum, its former owner. Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli come across the war torn nation of Rohan as well as the resurrected Gandalf, before fighting at the Battle of Helm's Deep, whilst Merry and Pippin escape capture and meet Treebeard, the Ent and plan an attack on Isengard.

The movie was critically acclaimed, although the adaptation was more controversial than the first film. It was an enormous box-office success, earning over $900 million worldwide, outgrossing its predecessor, and is currently the 11th highest-grossing film of all time (inflation-adjusted, it is the 60th most successful film in North America). The film won two Academy Awards. The Special Extended DVD Edition was released on November 19, 2003 and is now discontinued.
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Director: Peter Jackson
Genre: Action, Adventure, Classics, Drama, Fantasy
Release Date: December 18, 2002
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Peter Jackson, Frances Walsh
DVD Release Date: August 26, 2003
Runtime: 2hrs 59min
Studio: New Line Cinema, Wingnut Films
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