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    Added on: 25/6/2004 13:46
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    Lord Of The Rings, The: The Return Of The King (Widescreen) (US)

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    This Christmas the journey ends
    Certificate: PG-13
    Running Time: 201 mins
    Retail Price: $36.95
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    The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam, led by Gollum, continue their dangerous mission toward to fire of Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring. Aragorn struggles to fulfill his legacy as he leads his outnumbered followers against the growing power of the Dark Lord Sauron, so the the Ring-bearer may complete his quest.

    Special Features:
    The Quest Fulfilled: A Director`s Vision
    A Filmmaker`s Journey: Making The Return of the King
    National Geographic Special - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    Aragorn`s Destiny
    Minas Tirith: Capital of Gondor
    The Battle of Pelennor Fields
    Samwise the Brave
    Eowyn: White Lady of Rohan
    Digital Horse Doubles
    Original Theatrical Trailers and TV Spots
    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Supertrailer
    A Special Look at EA`s The Lord of the Rings Series of Video Games
    Exclusive Online Content

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital EX 6.1 English

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Peter Jackson

    Written By:

    Elijah Wood
    Hugo Weaving
    Liv Tyler
    Andy Serkis
    John Rhys-Davies
    Viggo Mortensen
    Dominic Monaghan
    Ian McKellen
    Ian Holm
    Bernard Hill
    Billy Boyd
    Orlando Bloom
    Cate Blanchett
    Sean Bean
    Sean Astin

    Casting By:
    Ann Robinson
    Liz Mullane
    Amy MacLean
    John Hubbard
    Victoria Burrows

    Soundtrack By:
    Frances Walsh
    Howard Shore
    Annie Lennox

    Director of Photography:
    Andrew Lesnie

    Jamie Selkirk
    Annie Collins

    Costume Designer:
    Richard Taylor
    Ngila Dickson

    Production Designer:
    Grant Major

    Frances Walsh
    Jamie Selkirk
    Rick Porras
    Barrie M. Osborne
    Peter Jackson

    Executive Producer:
    Harvey Weinstein
    Bob Weinstein
    Robert Shaye
    Mark Ordesky
    Michael Lynne

    Alliance Atlantis

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    9 / 10
    The final movie in the trilogy is here. WOW - the long wait is gone. But was it worth it?
    Well, sort of.
    While the final chapter in Jackson`s adaptation of Tolkein`s novel is indeed spectacular and emotional, I think it`s the weakest of the trilogy (at least for the first viewing). It sure wraps things up, but then again - something is missing.
    The video transfer is excellent. The transfer shows no compression signs and the image is crystal clear. The colors are very nicely saturated and the dark scenes are beautifully rendered. As in the other two movies of the trilogy, one cannot ignore the amazing battle scenes, both real-life and CG - they are, indeed, spectacular. However, a few CG effects (the galloping horses, in particular) simply don`t feel real enough.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack is excellent as well. There is almost a constant usage of the surrounds and the sub. The sound is very rich and the channel separation is superb.
    The menus are all beautifully animated with sound.
    The extras on the 2nd disk include an extensive 2-hour behind the scenes look (divided into numerous parts), but alas, again, no commentary. There`s also a rather short explanation about the CG in the movie. Overall, the extras are somehow disappointing.
    Bottom line - the final episode in the trilogy is an impressive movie, no doubt about it. Nonetheless, it was seriously overrated with it winning 11 Oscars. The trilogy itself is superb. Its last chapter, however, is its weakest link.

    Almost five years after watching the movie, I finally got the chance to sit through the extended version of it, and yeah - it's actually better with adding several layers of depth to the movie's scope. It's still, for me, the weakest link in the trilogy, but still - an awesome movie.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 25/6/2004 18:14