Lord of the Rings-Two Towers

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This movie strays the most from the books. However, the theatrical versions of the movies have always been geared towards people who have not read the book, the extended versions are for the book readers. Having said that, this movie has the difficult task of following three different storylines while trying to maintain harmony with everything you learned in the first film and teaching you everything that you'll need to know for the final film. Peter Jackson did an amazing job of keeping everything together. He also did a great job of introducing new characters while growing the viewers relationships with the characters from the first film.

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by The Blue Kat on 8/19/2003

This movie strays the most from the books. However, the theatrical versions of the movies have always been geared towards people who have not read the book, the extended versions are for the book readers. Having said that, this movie has the difficult task of following three different storylines while trying to maintain harmony with everything you learned in the first film and teaching you everything that you'll need to know for the final film. Peter Jackson did an amazing job of keeping everything together. He also did a great job of introducing new characters while growing the viewers relationships with the characters from the first film. Read More

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Not the book but good

on 7/7/2011

It's good. It's not the book, but it's still good. No, it's not great; the true greatness shown in the books involved a lifetime of rewriting and world building, study and thought and rewriting again. Tolkein tinkered for DECADES over those books, that universe. Peter Jackson only had a couple years to try and take them and make them real, while dealing with budget, actors, and real life in New Zealand and Hollywood. So no, it's not the same. But.... darn good show, anyways. Glad I saw it, gonna watch it enough times over the years that it'll pay for me to own it on DVD. Read More

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Product Overview

The 2nd installment of the epic trilogy. Frodo baggins and the fellowship continue their quest to destroy the one ring and stand against the evil of the dark lord sauron.

Specifications

Studio New Line
SKU 40222678
UPC 794043635526
UPC 14 00794043635526
Format DVD
Release Date 1/31/2012
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Adventure
Based On A Novel
Big Battles
Epic
Essential Cinema
Fantasy Worlds
Friends
Friendships
Good Vs. Evil
Live-Action
Magic
Monsters
Nature
Recommended
Sequel
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Picking up where the first film left off, Peter Jackson's THE TWO TOWERS throws the remaining members of the Fellowship into the scattered chaos of Middle-earth, now fully under siege by the forces of Sauron. While Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) journey to the dreaded Mordor, Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) are held captive by orcs, and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) search for their abducted companions. Soon Frodo and Sam are joined by the sulking and duplicitous Gollum (portrayed by the voice and motion-captured acting of Andy Serkis), who becomes their guide through the barren lands leading to Mount Doom. Meanwhile Merry and Pippin encounter the looming Treebeard (voiced by Rhys-Davies) and Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli find themselves in the land of Rohan, accompanied by an old friend. As the tale continues, each scenario becomes more perilous, and fierce battles erupt at both Isengard, home of the treacherous Saruman (Christopher Lee), and the massive Helm's Deep.^After masterfully setting up the world created by J.R.R. Tolkien in THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING, Jackson continues the trilogy with the increasingly dark and battle-filled TWO TOWERS without skipping a beat. Although the director takes a few more liberties in adapting the second installment, he skillfully cuts from one scenario to the next, creating a tightly woven tapestry with the various storylines. Joining the impressive cast this time around are Miranda Otto as Éowyn; Bernard Hill as her father, King Théoden; Brad Dourif as the aptly named Grima Wormtongue; Karl Urban as Éomer; David Wenham as Faramir; and Serkis under the remarkable CGI facade of Gollum. An intense epic that features one jaw-dropping sequence after another, THE TWO TOWERS more than carries its weight as the crucial centerpiece of THE LORD OF THE RINGS.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "...THE TWO TOWERS conjures an illusion of the gravity that you want from an emotionally charged storybook epic..." 12/13/2002 p.55-6
Los Angeles Times "...The director's great strength is the confidence with which he translates Tolkien's vision into visual imagery..." 12/18/2002 p.C1
New York Times "...A rare perfect mating of filmmaker and material....[A] beautifully considered epic....The grandeur is astonishing..." 12/18/2002 p.E1
USA Today "...Visually dazzling....The RINGS movies are among the most breathtaking achievements in recent cinematic history..." 12/17/2002 p.1D
Variety "...In some respects a more impressive film than its well-received predecessor. Marked by nonstop conflict that Akira Kurosawa would have envied..." 12/02/2002 p.42
Rolling Stone "...Jackson keeps the action percolating. The effects astonish..." 01/23/2003 p.76
Film Comment "...Peter Jackson has pulled out all the stops....Jackson and his team of homegrown artisans have created an exciting form of digital epic filmmaking..." 01/01/2003 p.74
Box Office "...The visuals are a real treat; everyone and everything -- particularly the landscape -- looks and feels just right..." 03/01/2003 p.60
Sight and Sound "...THE LORD OF THE RINGS so far stands among the best adaptations of a major work of fantasy ever managed by the cinema..." 02/01/2003 p.50-1
Directors
Peter Jackson
Actors
Viggo Mortensen
Ian McKellen
Elijah Wood
Cast & Crew
Andy Serkis - Actor
Bernard Hill - Actor
Billy Boyd - Actor
Brad Dourif - Actor
Bruce Hopkins - Actor
Cate Blanchett - Actor
Christopher Lee - Actor
Craig Parker - Actor
Dominic Monaghan - Actor
Elijah Wood - Actor
Viggo Mortensen - Actor
Hugo Weaving - Actor
Ian McKellen - Actor
John Rhys-Davies - Actor
Liv Tyler - Actor
Miranda Otto - Actor
Orlando Bloom - Actor
Sean Astin - Actor
J.R.R. Tolkien - Based On The Book By
Rick Porras, Jamie Selkirk - Co-Producers
Ngila Dickson, Richard Taylor - Costume Designers
Peter Jackson - Directed By
Andrew Lesnie - Director of Photography
Jabez Olssen - Editor
Mark Ordesky, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein - Executive Producers
Robert Shaye, Michael Lynne - Executive Producers
Michael Horton - Film Editor
Howard Shore - Music By
Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson - Producers
Grant Major - Production Designer
Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Stephen Sinclair & Peter Jackson - Screenplay By
WETA Ltd., NZ - Special Make-Up, Creature, Miniature And Digital Effects By
John Hubbard and Amy MacLean - UK Casting By
Victoria Burrows - US Casting By
Jim Rygiel - Visual Effects Supervisor
Andrew Lesnie - Cinematographer
Barrie M. Osbourne - Producer
Frances Walsh - Producer
Frances Walsh - Screenplay
Howard Shore - Musical Score
Ian McKellan - Actor
J.R.R. Tolkien - Based On Novel By
Michael Horton - Editor
Peter Jackson - Director
Peter Jackson - Screenplay
Peter Jackson - Producer
Philippa Boyens - Screenplay
Stephen Sinclair - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 6355
UPC 00794043635526
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 175 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
2.35:1
Awards
Oscar (2003) Ethan Van der Ryn, Mike Hopkins, Winner, Best Achievement in Sound Editing,Jim Rygiel, et al., Winner, Best Achievement in Visual Effects,Barrie M. Osborne, Nominee, Best Motion Picture of the Year
Golden Globe (2003) Peter Jackson, Nominee, Best Director - Motion Picture
Reviews
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review The Two Towers starts out a little slowly, but the rousing second half, which gathers momentum like a boulder racing downhill, will leave audiences craving more when the end credits roll. Combined, The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers represent one of the most engrossing and engaging six-hour segments of cinema I have ever enjoyed. If the final third of the puzzle is the equal of the first two, this will go down as one of the crowning achievements of cinema. Like its predecessor, The Two Towers is a great motion picture, and not to be missed by anyone who appreciates fantasy adventure.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource San Francisco Examiner
Review Ultimately, the best thing about The Two Towers is Jackson's palpable enthusiasm for not just this movie, but the trilogy. He's as excited about part two as he was about part one. But this time, he's buckled down, ready for the serious business of storytelling, glad that the bother of introducing characters is over and done with. We almost can feel his impatience in having to wait a year to show us the rest of his epic.
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Reviewer Jeffrey M. Anderson
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The Two Towers will possibly be more popular than the first film, more of an audience-pleaser, but hasn't Jackson lost the original purpose of the story somewhere along the way? He has taken an enchanting and unique work of literature and retold it in the terms of the modern action picture. If Tolkien had wanted to write about a race of supermen, he would have written a Middle-Earth version of Conan the Barbarian. But no. He told a tale in which modest little hobbits were the heroes. And now Jackson has steered the story into the action mainstream. To do what he has done in this film must have been awesomely difficult, and he deserves applause, but to remain true to Tolkien would have been more difficult, and braver.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Wood,Elijah
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine The supreme film adventure of our time.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Spectacular in every sense of the word, even if you don' t know an Orc from a Uruk-Hai.
Brian Webster, Apollo Guide The storylines are woven together skilfully, the magnificent swooping aerial shots are breathtaking, and the overall experience is awesome.

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