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The Lord Of The Rings - The Return Of The King [VHS] (2003)

Noel Appleby , Alexandra Astin  |  PG-13 |  VHS Tape
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,270 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Noel Appleby, Alexandra Astin, Sean Astin, David Aston, John Bach
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 2
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: May 25, 2004
  • Run Time: 201 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,270 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001VL30O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam, led by Gollum, continue their dangerous mission toward the fires 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 that the Ring-bearer may complete his quest.


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446 of 483 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A miraculous accomplishment October 20, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Peter Jackson proved me wrong when I said, like many people, that Lord of the Rings would be a bust: Spielberg-adventure at best, Lucas-disaster at worst. Had I known Tolkien's classic was in the hands of the guy who directed Heavenly Creatures, I would have been more optimistic. As it turns out, my expectations were completely overturned. In some ways the films are actually better than the books, especially in terms of emotional power. Competent actors, amazing cinematography, and a brilliant music score combine to offer us Middle-Earth as we'd never imagined it.

Fellowship of the Ring is the most polished film, with its elegant episodic pacing. We start in the idyllic world of the hobbits and flee with Ringwraiths hot on our heels; we rest in Elrond's sanctuary and plunge into Moria; we come out grieving and console ourselves in Galadriel's safe (yet unsettling) dream-wood, and then wind up surrounded by Uruk-hai. This is a quintessential fantasy road-journey containing three episodes within an episode, each beginning in a haven and followed by a dark journey. The pacing is flawless, and the plot unfolds to a perfect beat.

Two Towers is the ambiguous film. It's excellent (or at least the extended version is) but structured in a way that the hobbits become sidelined by the Rohan story. As they are the soul of Tolkien's epic, we feel slightly nonplussed at their consignment to B-storylines. Ironically, the film is a showcase for cgi characters Gollum and Treebeard, who manage to steal the show from within these storylines.

Return of the King is the most dramatic film, tragic on almost a biblical level, and certainly the most satisfying. I can understand why Elijah Wood calls it "better than one and two combined".
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175 of 187 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New scenes and unseens November 16, 2004
Format:DVD
The extended DVD of "Return of the King" is filled with many new and extended scenes that will please fans who love Tolkien's original story. The July 26, 2004 San Diego Comic Convention featured a preview of many scenes, some introduced by Peter Jackson himself. (Some of these scenes were recently featured in the sneak preview trailer at Lord of the Rings.net, although now it seems to have been removed). In reference to a couple of reviews on the board here -- if you're waiting anxiously for the Scouring of the Shire, don't hold your breath. That segment was NEVER filmed by Jackson, therefore it will NOT be included in the extended edition DVD. But there ARE plenty of great scenes to be included:

· We hear Christopher Lee's booming voice echoed over a dark screen that lightened to reveal Saruman on top of Orthanc. He warns our heroes of something festering in the heart of Middle-earth and that they will all die.

· We see Frodo and Sam in their Orc disguises joining the column of Orcs as they march out of Mordor.

· There are numerous shots of the Houses of Healing with Faramir, Eowyn, and Merry all seen.

· A lot more looks to be added to the siege of Minas Tirith, as there was a bunch of new battle footage.

· Frodo and Sam venture into the Crossroads and a few clips from that section were included.

· The Mouth of Sauron is featured pretty heavily. If you've played EA's Return of the King video game you'll recognize the scene. The Mouth of Sauron rides out of the Black Gate and presents Frodo's mithril coat to the Fellowship.

· Aragorn reveals himself to Sauron by approaching the Palantir in Minas Tirith and wields Anduril to show that the Heir of Elendil was alive.
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171 of 190 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece January 7, 2004
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...wow. That's all I can really say for this film. It was inspirational, beautiful, heartrenching, and captivating, making this film amazing. Jackson truly outdid himself for Return of the King. The hopelessness and pain Sam and Frodo are experiencing as they struggle to destroy the Ring is so wonderfully done that you truly feel as if you are with Sam and Frodo as they struggle to climb up the mountain. The love and friendship between the two is so moving that it seriously brought tears to my eyes, and I *rarely* cry.
The acting was simply superb in this film, especially Sean Astin (Sam) and Viggo Mortenson (Aragorn). As always, Miranda Otto was wonderful as Eowyn, as were Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan as Pippin and Merry. The movie flowed exceptionally, and despite its lengthy time, there was not a moment that I wasn't captivated by Tolkien's vision of Middle-earth. One of the lines that stands out the most to me is during the moment when Sam and Frodo believe they are going to die while Mt. Doom is erupting is, "I'm glad to be with you, Sam. Here, at the end of all things." Another beautiful scene is when Aragorn, crowned as the King of Gondor, bows down to the hobbits, telling them, "You bow to no one." The heartfelt emotion expressed really does make this film the greatest of all three.
As always, the everpresent rivalry between Gimli and Legolas is there, providing comic relief. Surprisingly, Merry and Pippin do not provide any humour other than at the beginning of the film, and are a very chief point in the plot. The two are separated for the first time since the triligy began and must mature, which largely develops their character.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must have!!!!
All LOR fans have to own the extended versions!!!!! They have more details and the movie made more sense. The extras discs were AWESOME! Read more
Published 7 hours ago by Chris
3.0 out of 5 stars too long
Had lots of good parts but could have been shortened quite a bit by cutting out lots of boring stuff. Read more
Published 2 days ago by M. Nolan
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This looks pretty sitting there on my DVD shelf. Looks like a book, but of course it's a DVD set.
Published 5 days ago by Leslie Soule
4.0 out of 5 stars The worst of the three, but still amazing.
FOREWARNING: I'm "one of those".

There's lots of inconsistencies in this one, and it's mostly because Peter Jackson's chickens are coming home to roost. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Patrick Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
This is the third in the LOTR series. If you like the first two, this one won't fail you. Love Orlando Bloom!
Published 7 days ago by 4tm
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
Great deal. Would recommend to anyone who loves this trilogy as I do. Good quality. Good film. I recommend it to anyone.
Published 9 days ago by Gail B.
5.0 out of 5 stars love these fliks!
i had wanted all 3,but didn't want2 pay $10 mill for them lol,finally amzon had a resonable price 4me!u will be up all nite watching these great stories.... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Mahor!
5.0 out of 5 stars not watched yet
I haven't watched this movie yet,as I have other versions of it and I want to compare them.There is one particular scene in the theater version that I am interested in.
Published 12 days ago by Carolyn Francisco
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent purchase!
I am convinced that the best way to watch the LOTR is to watch the extended versions...but I was hesitant to shop for the extended versions knowing that they would be more than I... Read more
Published 12 days ago by AnneFidero
5.0 out of 5 stars Completes my boxed set of LOTR
Watched the entire series with my 79 year old mother, and the effects were stunning. I missed out when this set first came out, but thanks to Amazon my set is complete.
Published 16 days ago by wayne
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