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The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy [Extended Edition] [15 Discs] [Blu-ray]

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    Special Features

    • All 3 extended versions in dazzling 1080p and DTS-HD MA 6.1 Audio
    • Deluxe 15-disc set includes 9 special features DVDs with over 26 hours of spellbinding behind-the-moviemaking material including the rare Costa Botes documentaries


    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
    The second film in Peter Jackson's series of screen adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's internationally popular Lord of The Rings trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers literally begins where The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ended, with the Fellowship splitting into three groups as they seek to return the Ring to Mordor, the forbidding land where the powerful talisman must be taken to be destroyed. Frodo (Elijah Wood), who carries the Ring, and his fellow Hobbit Sam (Sean Astin) are lost in the hills of Emyn Muil when they encounter Gollum (Andy Serkis), a strange creature who once carried the Ring and was twisted by its power. Gollum volunteers to guide the pair to Mordor; Frodo agrees, but Sam does not trust their new acquaintance. Elsewhere, Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) are attempting to navigate Fangorn Forrest where they discover a most unusual nemesis -- Treebeard (voice of John Rhys-Davies), a walking and talking tree-shepherd who doesn't much care for Hobbits. Finally, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Gimli (John Rhys-Davies), and Legolas (Orlando Bloom) arrive in Rohan to discover that the evil powers of Saruman (Christopher Lee) have robbed King Theoden (Bernard Hill) of his rule. The King's niece Éowyn (Miranda Otto) believes Aragorn and his men have the strength to defeat Saruman, his henchman Wormtongue (Brad Dourif), and their minions. Éowyn soon becomes infatuated with Aragorn, while he struggles to stay faithful to the pledge of love he made to Arwen (Liv Tyler). Gandalf (Ian McKellen) offers his help and encouragement as the Rohans, under Aragorn's leadership, attempt to face down Saruman's armies, but they soon discover how great the task before them truly is when they learn that his troops consist of 10,000 bloodthirsty creatures specially bred to fight to the death. Most of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers was shot in tandem with The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King during a marathon 18-month shooting schedule, overseen by Peter Jackson. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson fulfills his lifelong dream of transforming author J.R.R. Tolkien's best-selling fantasy epic into a three-part motion picture that begins with this holiday 2001 release. Elijah Wood stars as Frodo Baggins, a Hobbit resident of the medieval "Middle-earth" who discovers that a ring bequeathed to him by beloved relative and benefactor Bilbo (Ian Holm) is in fact the "One Ring," a device that will allow its master to manipulate dark powers and enslave the world. Frodo is charged by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to return the ring to Mount Doom, the evil site where it was forged millennia ago and the only place where it can be destroyed. Accompanying Frodo is a fellowship of eight others: his Hobbit friends Sam (Sean Astin), Merry (Dominic Monaghan), and Pippin (Billy Boyd); plus Gandalf; the human warriors Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) and Boromir (Sean Bean); Elf archer Legolas (Orlando Bloom); and Dwarf soldier Gimli (John Rhys-Davies). The band's odyssey to the dreaded land of Mordor, where Mount Doom lies, takes them through the Elfish domain of Rivendell and the forest of Lothlorien, where they receive aid and comfort from the Elf princess Arwen (Liv Tyler), her father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), and Queen Galadriel (Cate Blanchett). In pursuit of the travelers and their ring are Saruman (Christopher Lee) -- a traitorous wizard and kin, of sorts, to Gandalf -- and the Dark Riders, under the control of the evil, mysterious Sauron (Sala Baker). The Fellowship must also do battle with a troll, flying spies, Orcs, and other deadly obstacles both natural and otherwise as they draw closer to Mordor. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) was filmed in Jackson's native New Zealand, closely followed by its pair of sequels, The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Elijah Wood
      Elijah Wood - Frodo Baggins
    • Ian McKellen
      Ian McKellen - Gandalf
    • Viggo Mortensen
      Viggo Mortensen - Aragorn
    • Sean Astin
      Sean Astin - Samwise Gamgee
    • Orlando Bloom
      Orlando Bloom - Legolas

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best version of best trilogy ever!


      After the huge debacle over the first blu ray release of the Lord of The Rings theatrical versions, here it is... the Extended Editions of the best movies ever made (in my opinion). Let me star off by addressing the one thing that some people have a hard time getting through their heads... I know that Blu Ray discs have a much higer storage capacity than DVD's, I know this set is on 15 discs and I also know you must get off your couch and change the disc ONE TIME during a four hour movie. My question is, what's the big deal? Come on people, you are getting superior video/audio quality, you are getting probably the best set of special features/commentaries/making of/behind the scenes content on any movie of all time and your getting it at a very reasonable price! I personally am very happy they have put these on 2 discs, it just means the video/audio quality is going to be outstanding and isn't that more important? Is it really that big of a deal that there are a lot of discs? I mean really, can you logically explain why that is such a horrible dilemma? Also, if you can't manage to get up one time and take 3 minutes to swap a disc then flop back down on your couch then something is wrong. Just enjoy the movies guy's... this is probably the last version of these films they will release and the best version and the only version needed. Long live Lord of The Rings!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The Great Blu-Ray release of our time!


      Bill Hunt from said it best 'It's my opinion that The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, in this long form, is an achievement unmatched in the history of cinema.' Now the Extended Editions have come to Blu-Ray and can now be viewed in stunning 1080p video and 6.1 DTS-HD MA audio. Much has been said about the improvements made to the first film. I believe the color timing is an improvement. It appears that it now matches the look of the other three movies. You really notice in the Bridge of Khazad-dum scene. In the DVD release of the Extended Editions it looked different from the first movie and the beginning of the second movie. That has been remedied with this release. Also there has been some complaints about the number of discs offered in this release. Specifically that with the memory size of a Blu-Ray disc these films should fit on one disc. I believe that the fact that they are still split over 2 discs is only a plus. This allows the best video and audio to be shown. The down-side is that there are no 5-disc Blu-Ray players. There are only 400-disc varieties that are very pricey. The DVD extras were unfortunately not filmed in HD and therefore are again released on DVD with this Blu-Ray release. This release gives you all the supplemental materials from the previous 2 DVD releases. With that being said, this is the most complete release of these movies and I feel confident that I won't have to buy another release later down the road. This is the best you are going to get with the Lord of the Rings. Buy it now!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



      As someone that bought the DVD extended versions, I am glad the Blu-ray versions are finally here. I can't believe how picky people can be and actually complain that there is "too much" in this package of disks. I mean I can understand if you think you're not getting enough for your money, but getting too much? I guess it's maybe for those that would like just the movies and do not care for the extras, but with it on sale for $70, that is less than $5 a disk. I am one of those that love the extras. Plus if you bought just the extended movies they would probably cost at least $20 each, so that would be $60 for all three films anyway. This one collectors box has all fifteen disks (six movie disks and nine extras disks) and it is the size of the box for just one movie of the DVD extended versions (so now one box will replace three). You have five disks in each case (which is about the size of a standard BD case). Two disks are the movies and three disks are extras. And finally you get download codes for the digital versions of all three extended movies. The codes are good for a year, which is better than most who usually give you only three or four months before the digital code is invalid.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      3 of the best, of all time

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      These movies are some of the best movies of all time. All three are in the imdb top 100, they sparked tourism to the filming locations in New Zealand, and the incredible cast's range brought Middle-Earth to life. Alas, these films are ubiquitous and if you're shopping for the extended edition, then you've probably come to love them and need more... Yes the extended versions are "extended"a lot. Some by 20ish minutes, to an already 3+ Hr. run time. Others extended by near an hour, but is it ever glorious! The true magic in the extended editions, is the documentaries that accompany each film. They are the most comprehensive records of the making of any film, bar none. You get to experience the life of the film, through the eyes of its cast members, its artists, its producers. They rival(perhaps best) the films in run time and are masterfully created. If you want to learn about making a film, watch these. Forget film school, and watch these. Live them, emulate them. The bluray release, is of far better quality than the original DVD. This bluray isn't tack sharp all of the time, which to my mind, leads to a very pleasing dream-like quality. There is scarce an image that isn't a master shot, or one that could serve as a dissertation of the medium. The sound track is equally impressive and the fidelity of the bluray is sufficient. At the moment, these are the best versions of the film available to the public. Highly recommend them.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



      For any one who has acheived the herculean task of reading the entire Lord of the Rings, from cover to cover, director Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy is a delight. Though the book has tons more than hollywood could cram into any length film, what has been included is executed marvelously. Each film simply shines in this re-release of the extended editions. High definition is what this movies were made for since cosmetic computer touches run the length of all three. The armor suits shine with more detail, actors are more wrinkly than memory recalls, and biggest reason to get them on their original release dates (6 months after the standard dvd release some ten years ago) was that the first movie ran an extra half hour; the second a full hour longer; and the third nearly five hours long! We all remember the agony of holding it in an hour into the film because they were worth it, right? Mercifully the home versions can be paused, and with blu-ray the sound can be heard uncompress for the first time. If I only had a more modern receiver I could be watching this film in 7.1 sound, but I have an older high current receiver. However it still rocks! Totally worth the money but you should always be smart about your money and shop online. In-store; a bit pricey. Sit back and enjoy every frame.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Finally Extended Edition on Blu Ray


      I was happy to hear this to finally come out months ago to now be able to watch at home. Very nice box set. The box that holds the discs is designed like a novel. All 3 extended edtions are housed in the box in their own separate cases. As for the multiple discs if you goto the site THEDIGITALBITS.COM and read the detailed review that is listed you can see why the studios went with the multiple disc option and with the runtime on all 3 movies. The studios decided to let these movies have as much room as they can to breath on blu ray. The movies have alot of visual detail and audio. The more the video and audio is compressed on a disc is when you get a down grade in audio and video. This is the best blu ray set I have seen. picture and audio is stunning. On a big screen tv and surround sound system really makes these movies shine. So if your a fan of all 3 of these movies and have a blu ray player pick this set up while you can. The extended editions are the way to go. With more story in these movies is always a welcome for this series.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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      Finally, the extended version comes to Blu-Ray with HD audio. Not only that, but the packaging is leaps and bounds above the DVD version and takes up just about as much space as ONE of those boxes. It also includes a digital copy (standard def) so you can take the movies on the go. Many of the extras are the same as those found on the extended DVDs, each movie has one additional disc of content. Frankly since this basically cost nothing for them to throw into the box I am glad to have another copy in much more compact packaging. Yes, the disc split is back, but these editions are known to use the lowest possible compression and they are also using lossless audio, so the audio and video quality is amazing. The disc split never bothered me before (usally a good time to take a short break anyway) and I'll take it if it means the movie quality is better.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Essential collection for LOTR fans.

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      I won't go into detail about the movies themselves. If your a LOTR fans you already know how great the films are. The extended editions are for sure a bit more for the hardcore fans. Theres plenty of added footage and extended scenes which make them well worthwhile to watch even if you've seen the theatrical versions. All the scenes have been done to the highest standards to match the production quality of the regular finished films so the scenes fit in seamlessly and add to the overall story and experience. The blu ray set it self its extremely well packaged and designed. The cover opens and unfolds and each movie is contained inside in separate black cases which all have multiple discs with hours and hours of extras. Would have been nice if both the theatrical and extended versions were included but not a big deal. The extended versions are well worth the price on their own. If you a fan of the films then I would highly suggest picking up this set. And the blu ray transfers are well done with great sounds and picture. If you do own the DVD set though then no real reason to upgrade unless you really want the improved picture and sound. But other than that this set doesn't contain anything the DVD set doesn't.

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