Lord of the Rings-Return of the King

Directed By: Peter Jackson Starring: Viggo Mortensen Elijah Wood

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It has so much action in it, all people who gave it a 4-star rating or lower don't know what your talking about

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by LOTR Fan on 12/5/2008

It has so much action in it, all people who gave it a 4-star rating or lower don't know what your talking about

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fantastic fx awesome

by Norma on 12/5/2008

I think this is better for the preteen and up.

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Product Overview

In the final film of the trilogy, frodo makes his way through the darkness to mount doom to destroy the one ring, whole aragon learns of his destiny and the others prepare for a battle that will decide the fate of all.


Studio New Line
SKU 40240467
UPC 794043693021
UPC 14 00794043693021
Format DVD
Release Date 5/19/2009
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Essential Cinema
Fantasy Worlds
Good Vs. Evil
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note 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 Éowyn (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.
Rolling Stone "...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..." 12/25/2003 p.116
Entertainment Weekly "...The conclusion of Peter Jackson's masterwork is passionate and literate, detailed and expansive..." 12/19/2003 p.51
New York Times "[K]ING is a meticulous and prodigious vision made by a director who was not hamstrung by heavy use of computer special-effects imagery." 12/16/2003 p.E1
Los Angeles Times "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." 12/16/2003 p.C1
USA Today "[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." 12/19/2003 p.7E
Chicago Sun-Times "RETURN OF THE KING dispatches its characters to their destinies with a grand and eloquent confidence. This is the best of the three..." 12/17/2003 p.74
Peter Jackson
Viggo Mortensen
Elijah Wood
Cast & Crew
Andrew Lesnie - Cinematographer
Andy Serkis - Actor
Barrie M. Osbourne - Producer
Billy Boyd - Actor
Cate Blanchett - Actor
Christopher Lee - Actor
Dominic Monaghan - Actor
Elijah Wood - Actor
Frances Walsh - Producer
Frances Walsh - Screenplay
Grant Major - Production Designer
Howard Shore - Musical Score
Ian McKellan - Actor
J.R.R. Tolkien - Based On Novel By
Jabez Olssen - Editor
John Rhys-Davies - Actor
Liv Tyler - Actor
Michael Horton - Editor
Orlando Bloom - Actor
Peter Jackson - Director
Peter Jackson - Screenplay
Peter Jackson - Producer
Philippa Boyens - Screenplay
Sean Astin - Actor
Stephen Sinclair - Screenplay
Viggo Mortensen - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
Catalog ID 6930
UPC 00794043693021
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 200 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Fullscreen  1.33:1 [4:3]
Oscar (2004) Grant Major, Dan Hennah, Alan Lee, Winner, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,Ngila Dickson, Richard Taylor, Winner, Best Costume Design,Peter Jackson, Winner, Best Director,Jamie Selkirk , Winner, Best Editing,Richard Taylor, Peter King , Winner, Best Makeup,Howard Shore, Winner, Best Music, Original Score,Frances Walsh, Howard Shore, Annie Lennox For the song "Into the West"., Winner, Best Music, Original Song,Barrie M. Osborne, Peter Jackson, Frances Walsh, Winner, Best Picture,Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges, Hammond Peek, Winner, Best Sound,Jim Rygiel et. al., Winner, Best Visual Effects,Frances Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review According to the calendar, Christmas is December 25. According to the movie release schedule, it's D
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Long live the king! The Part 3 jinx that plagued The Matrix, The Godfather and the original <
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review At last the full arc is visible, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy comes into final focus. I
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Wood,Elijah
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
J. Hoberman, Village Voice The Return of the King concludes the Lord of the Rings trilogy with a burst of smoky grandeur.
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun It rises, all on its own, to the realm of masterwork.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle ...one of the most ambitious and magnificent undertakings in the 90-year history of the feature film.

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