The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
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In the part second of the Tolkien trilogy, Frodo Baggins and the other members of the Fellowship continue on their sacred quest to destroy the One Ring--but on separate paths. Their destinies lie at two towers--Orthanc Tower in Isengard, where the corrupt wizard Saruman awaits, and Sauron's fortress at Barad-dur, deep within the dark lands of Mordor.]]>
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 HoriuchiSee all Editorial Reviews
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And the fun doesn't stop there! There are four discs in all, and the extras are incredible: featurettes galore -- on production, design, Gollum, the screenplay, Weta, sfx and editing; photo galleries; and FOUR commentary tracks. These documentaries are hours and hours of fun. You'll learn what sound effect is made using a swinging cheese grater, watch PJ and his editors making changes right up to the last minute, watch someone storm off the set and see the dedication of the cast, extras, stunt personnel and the entire crew. Everyone seems to have cooperated with the production of this edition, so you'll find interviews and comments by over 100 cast and crew members. There is a lot of material here, but interactive menus and a printed guide help you navigate, and the material really adds to your enjoyment of the film and the process of making it. If you loved Peter Jackson before viewing the extras, you'll adore him afterward -- an inspired, hardworking, genuinely nice barefoot genius!! (Some extras are accessible only to those using a PC with Windows 98SE or later.)
The packaging is nice, with a map and line drawings on the case and discs, and new art by Alan Lee on the cover.
If you love Tolkien's books or the films, this extended set will make you very, very happy!
The bonus features are rich and extensive, making the incredible effort it took to bring the trilogy to the screen more palpable, which in turn helps the viewer appreciate the true cinematic achievement of these films even more deeply.
In this movie Sméagol (voiced by Andy Serkis) is truly the most interesting of the characters. The animators that dreamed up this unfortunate creature very excellently show his contrasting emotions.
Excellent, epic battle scenes.