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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King [Blu-ray] [Extended Cut]

  • PG-13
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • THE RETURN OF THE KING, the third and final film in Peter Jackson's THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, finds Middle-earth on the cusp of great change. Weary hobbits Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) venture further into the dark realm of Mordor, guided by the increasingly desperate Gollum (Andy Serkis), the two-faced former owner of the Ring that Frodo must destroy in the fires of Mount Doom. Meanwhile Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) contend with the deranged ruler Denethor (John Noble) at the once-mighty city of Minas Tirith, as Merry (Dominic Monaghan) joins owyn (Miranda Otto) and the Riders of Rohan to hold back the forces of Sauron. Amidst the chaos, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) must rise to his destiny, aided by Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) in assembling allies for a massive battle that will decide the fate of Middle-earth.

    With RETURN, Jackson brings J.R.R. Tolkien's world-renowned tale to a stunning conclusion. As with THE TWO TOWERS, the director deftly weaves various storylines together in one remarkable scene after another. Spectacular visuals complement Jackson's sharp focus on the characters and their emotional battles. While the special effects help to create huge battles and frightening creatures on a previously unseen scale, they never outshine the excellent ensemble of actors who bring the heart of the story home. A truly astounding work of filmmaking, THE RETURN OF THE KING skillfully concludes one of the greatest trilogies in cinema history.

    Academy Awards Best Picture 2003
    Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay 2003 Peter Jackson New Zealand-born director, LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy
    Academy Awards Best Director 2003 Peter Jackson New Zealand-born director, LORD OF THE RINGS Trilogy
    Academy Awards Best Original Song 2003 Annie Lennox British Singer/Songwriter
    Academy Awards Best Original Score 2003 Howard Shore
    Academy Awards Best Original Song 2003 Howard Shore
    Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay 2003 Philippa Boyens Screenwriter, LORD OF THE FLIES (2001)
    Academy Awards Best Adapted Screenplay 2003 Fran Walsh Producer, LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP (2001)
    Academy Awards Best Original Song 2003 Fran Walsh Producer, LORD OF THE RINGS: FELLOWSHIP (2001)

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  • Credits
    Elijah Wood, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Sean Astin, Ian McKellen, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Bernard Hill, Viggo Mortensen, John Noble, Miranda Otto, John Rhys-Davies, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, Karl Urban, Hugo Weaving, David Wenham, Marton Csokas, Ian Holm, Ian Holm Cuthbert
  • Critic Reviews
    "As a model for how to bring substance, authenticity and insight to the biggest of adventure yarns, this trilogy will not soon, if ever, find its equal."
    Los Angeles Times

    "RETURN OF THE KING dispatches its characters to their destinies with a grand and eloquent confidence. This is the best of the three..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...Peter Jackson has created the mack daddy of all movie fantasies, and RETURN OF THE KING brings the film version of Tolkien's trilogy to a combustibly exciting close..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...The conclusion of Peter Jackson's masterwork is passionate and literate, detailed and expansive..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[K]ING is a meticulous and prodigious vision made by a director who was not hamstrung by heavy use of computer special-effects imagery."
    New York Times

    "[T]he third film propels the work into the stratosphere of classic movies. Key characters are enhanced, new civilizations visited and battles fought more intensely, even as feelings and motivations are plumbed more deeply and movingly."
    USA Today

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