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The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Widescreen Edition) (2003)

Viggo Mortensen , Peter Jackson  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7,002 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Viggo Mortensen, Peter Jackson
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Widescreen, Surround Sound, Dolby, Digital Sound, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2004
  • Run Time: 557 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7,002 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001VL0K2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,321 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • (c)MMIII New Line Productions, Inc. (c)MMIV New Line Home Entertainment, Inc.  (tm)Tolkien Enterprises under license to New Line Productions, Inc.  All Rights Reserved
  • The theatrical versions of all three films boxed in a slipcase
  • See individual DVDs for complete details

Editorial Reviews

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, and ends on a perfect note of heroic loyalty and rich anticipation.

After the breaking of the Fellowship, Frodo and Sam journey to Mordor with the creature Gollum as their guide in The Two Towers. 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.

With The Return of the King, the greatest fantasy epic in film history draws to a grand and glorious conclusion. The trilogy 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 Frodo and Sam continue their mission to Mordor to destroy the soul-corrupting One Ring. While the heir to the kingdom of Men, Aragorn, endures the massive battle at Minas Tirith with the allegiance of Legolas, Gimli, and Gandalf, Frodo and Sam 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 The Return of the King maintains the trilogy's emphasis on intimate fellowship and remains faithful to Tolkien's overall vision. 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 and David Horiuchi

Product Description

This critically acclaimed epic trilogy follows the quest undertaken by the hobbit, Frodo Baggins, and his fellowship of companions to save Middle-earth by destroying the One Ring and defeating the evil forces of the Dark Lord Sauron.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
1,477 of 1,498 people found the following review helpful
By Amit
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is NOT the review of the movies. I am solely reviewing the facts that what EXTRA you get in this set than the previous editions. I will start with very basic facts for those who are baffled by so many editions being out there.
The basic facts-
LOTR series has basically two types of movies- a) Theatrical and b) Extended, each edition are available in both-DVD and Blu ray format.
Extended versions of the movies have humongous amount of extra film footage added to the theatrical editions (approx. 30, 40 and 50 additional minutes for movie 1, 2 and 3 respectively). So, go for the extended editions only if you are a die hard fan of the movies. If you are not, the review ends here. Buy whichever movie you like in your preferred format and enjoy. Thanks.

Let's get straight to-the-point. Now, many of you may as well own the DVD versions of LOTR (Either Theatrical or Extended ot both), and if you are trying to make a decision whether to spend more money on this blu ray extended, here is the comparison-

Extended DVD set-
For each movie they have 4 discs (2 movie discs and 2 extra features); So total 12 discs. Sound is DTS ES 6.1, which is significantly better than regular dolby digital. This set is probably the most gorgeous I have ever seen for any DVD. Colorful and feature packed, it stands out in your entire collection.

Extended Blu ray set-
For each movie they have 5 discs (2 movie blu ray discs, 2 extra feature DVDs and 1 behind the scene DVD). So, total 15 discs. Audio is spine chilling DTS HD 6.1 and it has the all the betterments of blu ray (HD pic, HD sound, BD live). Also, blu ray set includes the Digital copy of the Extended Versions of all three movies (Standard definition, not HD).
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3,587 of 3,705 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOTR - FAQ for the Blu-ray Extended Edition April 18, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Q - Is it worth it, especially if I already have the DVD edition?
A - To me it is because I like to watch movies at home on the biggest possible screen at the highest possible resolution. I still have the DVD editions - which I'm keeping because I like the artwork - and the quality gain on the Blu is significant.

Q - Could this edition be viewed as 'the gold standard'?
A - Yes. It has the extended cuts at the highest resolution with the best sound and the most extensive collection of special features.

Q - How many Blu-ray discs are in the box?
A - There are SIX Blu-ray discs. The additional 9 'extras' or 'bonus' discs are DVDs.

Q - Are the movies delivered on one disc each?
A - No. See above. Like the DVD extended edition, the movies are delivered on 2 discs each.

Q - Why aren't the movies delivered on one Blu-ray disc each?
A - Most Blu-ray players can only read single layer (25GB) and dual layer discs (50GB). Each of the Extended Edition movies require more than 50GB. Compressing them to 'under 50GB' would have degraded the quality of the picture and sound track.

Q - Is the audio superior to the DVD editions?
A - Yes, the movies sound track is DTS-HD 6.1 MA.

Q - Are there alternate soundtracks?
A - Yes. Each movie disc includes 4 additional commentary sound tracks: Director & Writers, the Design Team, the Production and Post Production Teams and Cast commentaries.

Q - Is BD-Live supported?
A - Yes, on the movie discs.

Q - Is the BD-Live content specific to LOTR?
A - No. It contains WB promotional material.

Q - Will the Extended Blu-ray edition allow us to play the Theatrical cut?
A - No.
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2,062 of 2,161 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate DVD set for all time! October 26, 2004
I already reviewed the regular "Motion Picture Trilogy" containing the non-extended editions of the legendary Lord of The Rings masterpieces on one set. However, this newest edition is a grand improvement on the previous edition. This item is a much, MUCH better investment than the old theatrical counterparts and is perhaps the greatest DVD purchase one will likely ever make.

A lot "Director's Cut" scenes are usually just added footage that doesn't do a whole lot to add onto the theatrical edition of movies with examples like Star Wars, Manhunter, or even most of the "Aliens" movies as well. The extra material is just that, extras, that wouldn't kill me to never see again.

It's a totally different story altogether with the "Lord Of The Rings" movies altogether. While the regular theatrical editions were mind-blowing, the extended cuts of the same films do wonders in fleshing out the story and expanding the characters a lot more. Several characters that were not much more than background people are shown much more screen time, stories are greatly expanded, other scenes are much more meaningful, and the movies overall have a totally different feel altogether thanks to all of the extra footage that was not included on the theatrical editions. Now as I watch them, the old editions of them are rendered almost completely obsolete due to the chopped up nature of them. I sometimes wonder if Peter Jackson grimaced when he had to leave a lot of extra shots out of the movies to fit them onto the theatres when they were released.

"Fellowship" has 30 minutes of extra footage included to a length of 3 and a half hours.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It was exactly what I was hoping for
I loved this movie, I wanted the whole extended set in High def. It was very well put together. The outer box may show signs of wear as time goes on, but the individual cases... Read more
Published 3 hours ago by meekrob
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearer, crisper
The Blueray was a superb upgrade to the DVD and the story is fascinating with the extended scenes added on.
Published 1 day ago by Sean Fatzinger
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Movies On Blu-Ray... What More Could I Ask For?
Amazing. As you probably know, the film's themselves are perfect, and on Blu-Ray, they look AND sound amazing. Highly recommend for fans of anything Middle-Earth!
Published 1 day ago by biggie321hp
1.0 out of 5 stars 70% increase in price? You're gonna have a bad time.
I will not purchase this item when $$ is thrown around in 70% shifts.... NOT in the consumers favor .
Published 2 days ago by Phillip Eisenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set
Excellent blue-ray set. I typically watch this trilogy once per year, and it has been excellent having it all in one place. The mastering of this version is very good. Read more
Published 3 days ago by LolaMom
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for every blu ray!
Misleading description. After changing the country code on my blu ray to several different codes, only the DVD disc would play, not the blu ray. Hope to get my money back,
Published 3 days ago by Sharon Vitale
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for my daughter and family...
I'm a huge fan of Lord of the Rings, my daughter and family have never seen it so for Christmas this year as one of their movie gifts I ordered this series, now I have to find the... Read more
Published 4 days ago by B. L. WHITE
4.0 out of 5 stars Have some damage on package but still acceptable.
Not sure when it was damaged but it's still acceptable. Hope the package will be more protection when purchase next time.
Published 4 days ago by Prin Nutnakulpong
2.0 out of 5 stars False Advertisement
The DVD's came not boxed as a set but as single DVD's. The picture and description stated otherwise so I feel this was false advertisement.
Published 5 days ago by Nicole D Galiano
5.0 out of 5 stars must have
this trilogy is a great buy and is a perfect addition to any action movie buff's collection, did I mention great price
Published 5 days ago by Big Daddy
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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
Nov 28, 2010 by CibboMatteo |  See all 12 posts
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