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Format: DVD
Sku: 205542309
UPC: 794043111235
UPC 14: 00794043111235
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A New Power is Rising.
The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam, led by Gollum, continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring. Aragorn struggles to fulfill his legacy as he leads his outnumbered followers against the growing power of the Dark Lord Sauron, so that the Ring-bearer may complete his quest.

Includes the theatrical and special extended edition of the film.

"An epic success and a history-making production that finishes with a masterfully entertaining final installment.  David Hunter, The Hollywood Reporter
"...concludes the Lord of the Rings trilogy with a burst of smoky grandeur.  J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
"Visually one of the most amazing achievements ever captured on film.  Jeffrey Lyons, WNBC
"...Jackson's masterwork is passionate and literate, detailed and expansive, and it's conceived with a risk-taking flair...  Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"It rises, all on its own, to the realm of masterwork.  Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun
" of the most ambitious and magnificent undertakings in the 90-year history of the feature film.  Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"...pops your eyes, excites your senses and brings you in as close as a whisper for scenes of startling emotion.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Editor's 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.


Video Features DVD, Limited Edition, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: New Line
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/13/2007
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2003
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 11123
Video UPC UPC: 00794043111235
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Andy Serkis
Video Cast Info Cate Blanchett
Video Cast Info Elijah Wood
Video Cast Info Hugo Weaving
Video Cast Info Ian Holm
Video Cast Info Ian McKellen
Video Cast Info Karl Urban
Video Cast Info Liv Tyler
Video Cast Info Orlando Bloom
Video Cast Info Sean Astin
Video Cast Info Sean Bean
Video Cast Info Viggo Mortensen
Video Cast Info Andrew Lesnie - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Barrie M. Osborne - Producer
Video Cast Info Fran Walsh, et. al. - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Grant Major - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Harvey Weinstein - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Howard Shore - Original Music By
Video Cast Info J.R.R. Tolkien - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Jamie Selkirk - Editor
Video Cast Info Peter Jackson - Director
Video Cast Info Philip Ivey, et. al. - Art Director


Winner (2004)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Barrie M. Osborne, et. al., Best Film
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Best Motion Picture - Drama
   Video Award Name MTV Award, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Best Movie
   Video Award Name Oscar, Christopher Boyes, et. al., Best Achievement in Sound Mixing
   Video Award Name Oscar, Grant Major, et. al., Best Art Direction-Set Decoration
   Video Award Name Oscar, Ngila Dickson, Richard Taylor, Best Costume Design
   Video Award Name Oscar, Peter Jackson, Best Director
   Video Award Name Oscar, Richard Taylor, Peter King, Best Makeup
   Video Award Name Oscar, Jamie Selkirk, Best Editing
   Video Award Name Oscar, Howard Shore, Best Music, Original Score
   Video Award Name Oscar, Annie Lennox, et. al., Best Music, Original Song
   Video Award Name Oscar, Barrie M. Osborne, et. al., Best Picture
   Video Award Name Oscar, Jim Rygiel, et. al., Best Visual Effects
   Video Award Name Oscar, Fran Walsh, et. al., Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
   Video Award Name Screen Actors Guild, Elijah Wood, et. al., Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Professional Reviews

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

ReelViews 10 of 10
One could be forgiven for initially approaching The Return of the King with a little trepidation. As good as the first two films, The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, history is littered with occasions when trilogy conclusions have crashed and burned. Return of the Jedi. Godfather III. The Matrix Revolutions. And so on... Yet, with The Return of the King, Jackson has done more than just bucked the trend. Not only is this motion picture an entirely worthy conclusion to the landmark trilogy, but it's better than its predecessors. Somehow, Jackson has managed to synthesize what worked in The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers, while siphoning off the less successful elements. The result is amazing. Taken as a whole, there is nothing out there today that can come close to comparing to The Lord of the Rings...The Lord of the Rings will go down in cinematic lore as a milestone. It has legitimatized fantasy like no other production and has shown that it is possible for studio executives to realize huge gains when taking huge risks...History will show the importance of The Lord of the Rings. The present illustrates its broad appeal and undeniable critical and commercial success. - James Berardinelli 10 of 10
It's official: director Peter Jackson has pulled off the cinematic equivalent of a miracle with The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the last and indisputably best film in his epic adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy trilogy. This sweeping and marvelously entertaining adventure is the work of a prodigiously gifted filmmaker operating at the very top of his creative powers. There are moments of truly jaw-dropping spectacle in LOTR: The Return of the King, but the film's astonishing visuals never overwhelm the characters or the densely plotted narrative. A beautifully sustained model of escapist filmmaking with nary a dull patch in sight, LOTR: The Return of the King towers over the other Yuletide releases vying for Oscar consideration...Although LOTR: The Return of the King is a technical marvel, it is the film's literate screenplay and finely developed characters that elevate LOTR: The Return of the King above other fantasy films...As the voice of the tortured Gollum, Andy Serkis (24 Hour Party People) nearly steals the movie. Astin (Rudy) makes for a brave and steadfast sidekick to Wood, and Mortensen cuts a properly heroic figure as the man who would be king. - Tim Knight

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