The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

DVD Reviews | Mar 4th, 2005

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Starring Ian Mckellen, Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd, John Rhys-Davies, Dominic Monaghan, Christopher Lee, Miranda Otto, Brad Dourif, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett , Karl Urban, Bernard Hill , David Wenham , Andy Serkis
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Directed By: Peter Jackson Well I thought the Fellowship of the Ring DVD was going to be the greatest DVD, but I
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Well I thought the Fellowship of the Ring DVD was going to be the greatest DVD, but I was wrong. This one was equally as great! The movie itself is 40 minutes longer now and is soooooooo much better than the theatrical version. The Theatrical version was awesome but this extended version adds so much more to the story and adds depth to the characters. The best added scene was with Faramir, Boromir and Denethor, their father. It’s a flashback scene that should have been in the regular version because it shows Faramir’s motivation and why he treats Frodo that way when he first meets him. Plus anything with Sean Bean in it will always be cool too! There’s a lot of added scenes with Treebeard, Merry and Pippin and it’s a great nod to the books. There’s more funny banter between Gimli and Legolas, and also a great scene after Helm’s Deep with the two about their final scores. There’s more Gandalf scenes which was one of my complaints with the regular version of TTT. There’s more dialogue between Eowyn and Aragorn. Yadda yadda yadda, there’s a shitload of stuff added back into the movie and it’s a LOTR geek’s wetdream.

The extras on here are excellent and the best I’ve seen since, well Fellowship of the Ring’s extended edition DVD haha. Disc 3 contains featurettes on the story of TTT, a fantastic one about Weta Workshop with genius Richard Taylor. Also there is a featurette all about Gollum and Andy Serkis bringing him to life that’s really exciting to watch. Seeing what he went through, and then his performance, the man deserves an Oscar. There is an interactive Middle Earth map, and when you click on a location, it goes to the video of Peter Jackson and company scouting out locations for it. Oh, also look for the Gollum acception speech for the MTV Movie Awards on disc 2, in the scene selections I think. Funny stuff!

Disc 4 is the best disc on the set. There’s a featurette dedicated to the hundreds of extras and stunt people on the movie and a lot of them were women. With all those swords thrashing about, you would think someone would actually lose an arm and leg but no, just minor injuries. The best featurettes is “Cameras of Middle Earth” and it goes from location to location talking about scenes there, and the cast recall stories and stuff that happened while filming in those areas. Lots of funny stories from Viggo Mortensen, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd, Andy Serkis and more. Other great featurettes were the ones about Visual Effects, Sound and the Music. The Howard Shore feature I enjoyed a lot. While in London, the producers, PJ and Shore all walked along the cross walk at Abby Road while on break at Abby Road studios. It’s funny seeing Peter Jackson with no shoes walking across the street, almost getting hit by cars haha. There’s hours and hours of stuff to watch on this set and it’s definitely worth it. Don’t be scared of the running time of the movie, it’s worth watching and I consider these the definite versions of the movies, even if PJ didn’t attend it that way.

Discs 1-2: The Feature:
A New Version of The Second Installment in The Epic Trilogy with Over 40 Minutes of Never-Before-Seen Footage Incorporated Into the Film
Four feature-length commentaries by Director & Writers, the design team, the production team and the cast

Disc 3: The Appendices:
Five original documentaries cover adapting the book into a screenplay, the origins of Middle-earth, designing Middle-earth, a visit to the Weta workshop, and an in-depth look at creating and bringing Gollum to life
Two interactive maps: Middle-earth Atlas and New Zealand as Middle-earth
Galleries with audio commentaries containing over 1,500 images

Disc 4: The Appendices:
Eight original documentaries cover the filming of The Two Towers, the visual effects, editing, music and sound, stunts and fight training, and a visit to Weta Digital.
Interactive sound demonstration of The Battle of Helm’s Deep
Galleries with audio commentaries containing nearly 300 images

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround CC

Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)


Favorite Scenes: March of the Ents, Boromir flashback with Faramir and Denethor, all of helm’s deep
Rating: PG-13
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