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The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King Theatrical Editions) [Blu-ray] (2004)

Elijah Wood , Ian McKellen , Peter Jackson  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Liv Tyler
  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Writers: Peter Jackson, J.R.R. Tolkien, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens
  • Producers: Peter Jackson
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, Subtitled
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 557 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,461 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000X9FLKM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,188 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King Theatrical Editions) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

1080p high definition 16x9 2.4:1
English DTS-HD Master Audio 6.1; Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 on The Fellowship of the Ring; Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 EX on The Two Towers and The Return of the King
Disc 1 The Fellowship of the Ring Feature
Trailers: "The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest" Game Trailer, "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy Supertrailer
Disc 2 Welcome to Middle-Earth: Houghton Mifflin In-Store Special
Quest for the Ring: FOX TV Special
A Passage to Middle-Earth: SCI-FI Channel Special
Finding Hobbiton
Hobbiton Comes Alive
Believing the World of Bree
Ringwraiths: The Fallen Kings
Rivendell: The Elven Refuge
Languages of Middle-Earth
Two Wizards
Music of Middle-Earth
Enya "May it Be" Music Video
Special Extended DVD Edition Preview
Behind the Scenes Preview of "The Two Towers"
Disc 3 The Two Towers Feature
Trailers; "The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest" Game Trailer, "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy Supertrailer
Disc 4 On the Set "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" - Starz Encore Special
Return to Middle-Earth: WB Special
"The Long and Short of It" A Short Film Directed by Sean Astin
The Making of "The Long and Short of It"
Forces of Darkness
Designing the Sounds of Middle-Earth
Edoras: The Rohan Capital
Creatures of Middle-Earth
Gandalf the White
Arms and Armor
The Battle of Helm's Deep
Emiliana Torrini "Gollum's Song" Music Video
Special Extended DVD Edition Preview
Behind the Scenes Preview of "The Return of the King"
Disc 5 The Return of the King Feature
Trailers: "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy Supertrailer, "The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest" Game Trailer
Disc 6 The Quest Fulfilled: A Director's Vision
A Filmaker'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: Captial of Gondor
The Battle of Pelennor Fields, Samwise the Brave
Eowyn: White Lady of Rohan, Digital Horse Doubles
Heart/Frodo, Every Path, Test, Aragorn, Time, Every Step, Sword, Decided
Special Extended DVD Edition Preview
Discs 7-9: Digital Copies of the films (Expired 04/04/2011)

Editorial Reviews

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: As the triumphant start of a trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring leaves you begging for more. By necessity, Peter Jackson's ambitious epic compresses J.R.R. Tolkien's classic The Lord of the Rings, but this robust adaptation maintains reverent allegiance to Tolkien's creation, instantly qualifying as one of the greatest fantasy films ever made. At 178 minutes, it's long enough to establish the myriad inhabitants of Middle-earth, the legendary Rings of Power, and the fellowship of hobbits, elves, dwarves, and humans--led by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and the brave hobbit Frodo (Elijah Wood)--who must battle terrifying forces of evil on their perilous journey to destroy the One Ring in the land of Mordor. Superbly paced, the film is both epic and intimate, offering astonishing special effects and production design while emphasizing the emotional intensity of Frodo's adventure. Ending on a perfect note of heroic loyalty and rich anticipation, this wondrous fantasy continues in The Two Towers (2002). --Jeff Shannon

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers:
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a seamless continuation of Peter Jackson's epic fantasy based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. After the breaking of the Fellowship, Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) journey to Mordor to destroy the One Ring of Power with the creature Gollum as their guide. Meanwhile, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) join in the defense of the people of Rohan, who are the first target in the eradication of the race of Men by the renegade wizard Saruman (Christopher Lee) and the dark lord Sauron. Fantastic creatures, astounding visual effects, and a climactic battle at the fortress of Helm's Deep make The Two Towers a worthy successor to The Fellowship of the Ring, grander in scale but retaining the story's emotional intimacy. These two films are perhaps the greatest fantasy films ever made, but they're merely a prelude to the cataclysmic events of The Return of the King. --David Horiuchi

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: With The Return of the King, the greatest fantasy epic in film history draws to a grand and glorious conclusion. Director Peter Jackson's awe-inspiring adaptation of the Tolkien classic The Lord of the Rings could never fully satisfy those who remain exclusively loyal to Tolkien's expansive literature, but as a showcase for physical and technical craftsmanship it is unsurpassed in pure scale and ambition, setting milestone after cinematic milestone as the brave yet charmingly innocent Hobbit Frodo (Elijah Wood) continues his mission to Mordor, where he is destined to destroy the soul-corrupting One Ring of Power in the molten lava of Mount Doom. While the heir to the kingdom of Men, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), endures the massive battle at Minas Tirith with the allegiance of the elf Legolas (Orlando Bloom), dwarf Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) and the great wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Frodo and stalwart companion Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin) must survive the schizoid deceptions of Gollum, who remains utterly convincing as a hybrid of performance (by Andy Serkis) and subtly nuanced computer animation.

Jackson and cowriters Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens have much ground to cover; that they do so with intense pacing and epic sweep is impressive enough, but by investing greater depth and consequence in the actions of fellow Hobbits Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd), they ensure that Return of the King maintains the trilogy's emphasis on intimate fellowship. While several major characters appear only briefly, and one (Christopher Lee's evil wizard, Saruman) relegated entirely to the extended version on DVD, Jackson is to be commended for his editorial acumen; like Legolas the archer, his aim as a filmmaker is consistently true, and he remains faithful to Tolkien's overall vision. If Return suffers from too many endings, as some critic suggested, it's only because the epic's conclusion is so loyally inclusive of the actors--most notably Astin--who gave it such strength to begin with. By ending the LOTR trilogy with noble integrity and faith in the power of imaginative storytelling, The Return of the King, like its predecessors, will stand as an adventure for the ages. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Based on J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is an epic adventure of good against evil, the power of friendship and individual courage. The saga centers around an unassuming Hobbit named Frodo Baggins who inherits a Ring that would give a dark and powerful lord the power to enslave the world. With a loyal fellowship of elves, dwarves, men and a wizard, Frodo embarks on a heroic quest to destroy the One Ring and pave the way for the emergence of mankind.

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Frodo Baggins and the Fellowship continue their quest to destroy the One Ring and stand against the evil of the dark lord Sauron. The Fellowship has divided and now find themselves taking different paths to defeating Sauron and his allies. Their destinies now lie at two towers - Orthanc Tower in Isengard, where the corrupted wizard Saruman waits and Sauron's fortress at Baraddur, deep within the dark lands of Mordor.

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: 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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20,252 of 21,765 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars We won't get fooled again... August 17, 2009
Some confusion among other reviewers that somehow we're obligated to post a five star recommendation for the movie. This is an incorrect understanding of the review process. If I were reviewing the movie itself it would get a five. This review is for the product, as listed--in other words, I DO NOT RECOMMEND BUYING THIS PRODUCT/DVD. This product is being created FOR NO OTHER REASON than to dupe people into buying this movie twice...again. Those of us who were huge fans bought the original DVDs of the theatrical releases. THEN the studio FINALLY released the extended editions, even though they could have released both at the same time. Now that Blu Ray has won the High Def battle, the studios are salivating at screwing us all again the same way!

Please do not let them get away with pretending that Blu Ray can't hold both versions on one disc--it certainly can! A simple menu option would let you watch the Extended Edition when you have time, or Theatrical Edition when you don't.

Their other argument, that "Peter Jackson is busy working on The Hobbit and will work on Extended Editions later" is 100% total BS. He's ALREADY DONE THE WORK--just copy what he did for the regular DVDs onto a new Blu Ray master!

BOTTOM-LINE: The studios will make whatever argument they think will fly to convince us they can't put both versions on one disc, because they want to double their income on this movie. Which has ALREADY MADE THEM A BILLION DOLLARS. Don't play along--let friends know not to buy ANY LOTR Blu Ray that doesn't have BOTH versions on one disc.

Please do not let them get away with holding the extended edition hostage until everyone buys the theatrical versions. If you agree with my review, you can do your part to exert influence on the studio by doing the following:
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4,057 of 4,463 people found the following review helpful
By Mark
If you have the LOTR DVDs(either extended or the shorter theatrical version) you will be disappointed with this release!! Wait for the extended blu ray version. Don't waste your money unless you have excess money to waste.
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200 of 215 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wait for Extended Edition December 12, 2009
We are all pissed that New Line is offering only the theatrical edition on Blu-Ray. It's a huge money grab. They know we all want the Extended Edition, but they are trying to squeeze more money out of us by only offering the theatrical version first. Let's tell them where to shove it!

Don't buy this product, and give it poor reviews. Instead, give high reviews to the Extended Edition, sign up to be notified when it ships ... and then wait.
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690 of 756 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh no they didn't!!! April 24, 2009
tst tst tst. I'm extremely disappointed in you New Line. You have all of these adoring fans that have made this trilogy one of the most successful movie franchise of all time, and you go and do something like this. You got us to buy both the theatrical and extended versions of the film on dvd, and yet you dare attempt to manipulate us into doing the same thing on a new format. I'm insulted and disgusted. Your greed is going to cost you. It sounds like most of us our onto your little scheme, and we're not buying. You know what the fans want. Give us the one blu-ray release to rule them all.
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803 of 881 people found the following review helpful
By Sabster
And quite frankly: Screw that. You know new line will sell this copy, milk as much money as they can out of it, THEN give us the extended version on blu-ray.

I say protest! Avoid buying this until newline stops screwing it's loyal customers!
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1,691 of 1,862 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why not extended?? April 27, 2009
I was so excited when I saw they were finally releasing LOTR on Blu-ray now I am just bummed that it is not the extended addition!!! What a waste of time and money!!!
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1,017 of 1,118 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Movies not money! December 12, 2009
By Scruffy
At the risk of repeating what has already been offered, I must say I am disappointed at the decision to release the Theatrical version in 'BluRay instead of the later extended version. What possible motive other than $ ? I will join the movement not to purchase the BluRay LOTR discs until they are released in Extended version.

In the mean time, my BluRay player does an excellent job up converting the extended version DVDs to 1080p. The quality is excellent on my 70 in XSRD Sony HD via my 7 channel surround sound AV processor. That will serve me just fine until the genius MBA who made this destructive decision changes his mind or gets fired and they bring out the extended version in BluRay.
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1,693 of 1,865 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bought this twice already!!! May 25, 2009
By J. Muir
I'm sick and tired of buying movies in different formats and in different editions. I've already bought this twice on dvd & I know an extended cut is coming so why waste more of my money on a movie I already own!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars For the clinically challenged!
To all of the retards out there that do not know how to read, the product CLEARLY states DIRECTLY in the TITLE that this is the THEATRICAL EDITION!

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Published 12 days ago by Uncle Iroh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Ray A
4.0 out of 5 stars Good repeatable entertainment!
Enjoyable entertainment and a whole bunch cheaper than going to the movie and I can watch it now whenever I want!
Published 3 months ago by Virgel D. Carr
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Trilogy
The Blu-ray trilogy pack saves space and the added features are an excellent upgrade over the DVD's. Definitely recommend buying this disk pack.
Published 5 months ago by Travis A. Kienholz
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Frodo
That poor dorf Frodo is given a nice wedding ring from Gandalf, but instead of getting married, Frodo has to put the ring in a fire hole. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Payne
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Own them and Never Regretted purchasing
I still own this and I have never regretted buying this collection. Shipment was prompt.

If you are a fan of this great franchise, you will not regret it.
Published 6 months ago by Bashir Parvez
5.0 out of 5 stars LOTR blue ray
I have several different versions of this trilogy. This one is very good. I was hoping for more new extra info to be included, but it just wasn't there. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Carol Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Jackson did Tolkien proud.
the Tolkien novels are classics & so is the movies. the characters in the movies met a Tolkienite's expectations. especially the main characters.
Published 10 months ago by elwood peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Lord of the Rings trilogy bluray
One of the all time greatest franchise movies ever made! Comedy/tears/spooky/all you could ask for! And it still continues!!! Peter Jackson knows how to make blockbusters!!!!!!!! Read more
Published 15 months ago by William D. Hayden
4.0 out of 5 stars You shall not pass!
Great movie and great collection too, the video quality is good, after this, I purchase the extended collection and the video quality for that collection is better than this one.
Published 15 months ago by jqsecofr
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Peter Jackson - Theatrical Editions are DEFINITIVE versions of the LOTR...
I'm a big fan of the theatrical versions but after seeing the extended versions it's hard to go back and watch the originals. It feels like something's missing. I want to buy a definitive blu-ray version of LOTR that has both versions. The argument seems to be that the consumers should be... Read More
Jan 29, 2010 by GLG |  See all 80 posts
how about a review on the BLU RAY quality?
Wait - you want "reviews" to be about the products themselves?

You're blowing my mind, dude.

You should suggest this paradigm shift to the powers-that-be at Amazon.
Mar 8, 2011 by Matthew T. Weflen |  See all 4 posts
LOTR Blu-Ray buyer beware possible corporate cover up in progress!
It says THEATRICAL EDITIONS right in the product title!
How much of a dunce does someone have to be to not notice that?
These thousands of one-star "reviews" are not warnings for unsuspecting buyers, and you know it. They are just the whining of spoiled babies.
Reviews are for the... Read More
Apr 5, 2010 by Elo |  See all 176 posts
Extended Editions to be released with "The Hobbit" in 2011
It just seems like a very odd move. It was understandable when they released the DVD Theatrical Edition first and then the Extended; that's a normal, if rather sleazy, way of getting people to buy it twice (I did myself). However, as others have pointed out, nearly all hardcore LOTR fans vastly... Read More
Apr 20, 2009 by Joeomar |  See all 76 posts
Amazon raised price of LOTR Theatrical Edition Blu-ray set to $84.99
it was a black friday doorbuster at target and for $7.99
Kind of shocked Amazon jacked the price back up. Figured with Target selling it so cheap it might be a precursor to an announcement of the Extended Editions possibly being released in the near future. I guess maybe not
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