The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King brings Peter Jackson's mammoth adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic to a close in suitably epic fashion. Instead of starting just where the previous film left off, however, it goes far back in time to the moment the tormented creature Gollum first came to possess the One Ring. In this flashback, actor Andy Serkis (who voiced Gollum and performed his movements onset prior to the final CGI effects) finally gets to appear onscreen, portraying Gollum's former self, Sméagol. This disturbing scene serves as a potent reminder that the Ring seeks to corrupt even the well-intentioned Frodo (Elijah Wood), who is increasingly struggling with the dark power of the Ring himself. Thus, the film returns to the present, following Frodo, Sam (Sean Astin), and Gollum as they journey ever closer to the foreboding land of Mordor. They pass by the terrifying dark city of Minas Morgul, watching as the dreadful army of the Witch King sets out for the human strongholds in Gondor, and move on to the rocky stairs to Cirith Ungol, where an even darker enemy lies in wait. Meanwhile, the rest of the Fellowship reunites in Rohan, having defeated the wizard Saruman on two different fronts, at Helm's Deep and Isengard. They are not together for long, though, since the hobbit Pippin (Billy Boyd) gets into trouble, making it necessary for him and Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to hastily depart for Minas Tirith, capital of Gondor. Once there, they find the steward of Gondor, Denethor (John Noble), in an unstable mental state and the city preparing for battle against the amassing forces of Sauron. Denethor unwisely sends his only remaining son, Faramir (David Wenham), back into bloody battle to prove himself. He returns nearly dead, sending Denethor over the edge of sanity.In another realm, elf Arwen (Liv Tyler) begins her journey to immortal life in the Grey Havens, on her way to leave Middle-earth -- and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) -- forever, but has a vision that causes her to once again reconsider her decision. Back in Rohan, the men are preparing to ride to Gondor's aide. Éowyn (Miranda Otto) desperately wants to join the men in battle, but her uncle, King Théoden (Bernard Hill), orders her to stay and defend Rohan if necessary. The hobbit Merry (Dominic Monaghan) also desires to ride with the men, but is denied due to his small size and inexperience. Aragorn is met there by the elf Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who brings him the re-forged Sword that was Broken (in the ancient battle with Sauron) and urges him to take a different route to Gondor. Heeding Elrond's advice, Aragorn, along with elf Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and dwarf Gimli (John Rhys-Davies), takes a cavernous path through the mountains, where they meet ghoulish ghosts who betrayed Aragorn's ancestors and are doomed to eternal unrest unless they fulfill their broken oaths by aiding him. All but Frodo, Sam, and Gollum will meet on the massive battlefield of the Pelennor before the gates of Minas Tirith. The former three instead engage in a battle of wills between each other and the One Ring as they head toward the fires of Mount Doom to destroy it. Released in December 2003, The Return of the King topped even its massively successful trilogy predecessors at the box office, and went on to garner a whopping 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture -- winning in all the categories in which it was nominated and tying the record of total awards won with Ben-Hur and Titanic.~Dana Rowader
Blu-ray: Theatrical trailers
Special extended DVD edition preview and the Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest game trailer
DVD: 3 remarkable documentaries, including National Geographic's Behind the Movie - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Featurette gallery spotlighting the breakthrough effects work and character detail that contributed to the trilogy's conclusion as a cinematic triumph
Elijah WoodFrodo Baggins
Sean AstinSamwise Gamgee
Bernard HillKing Théoden
Ian HolmBilbo Baggins
Joel TobeckOrc Lieutenant #1
Barrie M. OsborneProducer
Howard ShoreComposer (Music Score)
Grant MajorProduction Designer
Mark RobinsArt Director
Philip IveyArt Director
Rob OttersideArt Director
Bob WeinsteinExecutive Producer
Harvey WeinsteinExecutive Producer
Mark OrdeskyExecutive Producer
Michael LynneExecutive Producer
Robert ShayeExecutive Producer
Alan LeeSet Designer
Dan HennahSet Designer
Ngila DicksonCostume Designer
Richard TaylorCostume Designer
Christopher BoyesSound/Sound Designer
David FarmerSound/Sound Designer
Ethan Van der RynSound/Sound Designer
Hammond PeekSound/Sound Designer
Michael HedgesSound/Sound Designer
Michael SemanickSound/Sound Designer
Carolynne CunninghamFirst Assistant Director
Alex FunkeVisual Effects
Ethan Van der RynSupervising Sound Editor
Geoff MurphySecond Unit Director
George Marshall RugeStunts Coordinator
Joe LetteriVisual Effects
Mike HopkinsSupervising Sound Editor
Peter KingHair Styles
Peter OwenHair Styles
Randall William CookVisual Effects
Richard TaylorCreature Effects
Richard TaylorMakeup Special Effects
Richard TaylorModel Effects
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
New Zealand,United States
Year of Release
2 Discs, Blu-ray/DVD
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
New Line Home Video
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King [2 Discs] [Blu-ray/DVD] 
One of the best all time trilogies made. Completes the trilogy for my collection. Every syfi nerd should have this in their collection.
This review is from Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King [2 Discs] [DVD] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Instant CLASSIC. Best of the trilogy
This movie is just awesome. From start to finish. By far my favorite film of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy but that's not short changing the first two films which are also awesome. This film wouldn't be as exciting if it wasn't for the first two films so DO NOT skip to this film first without watching Fellowship and Two Towers. This is the climax to one of the greatest Trilogies ever put on film and to watch them out of order would be cinema blasphemy and doing a real disservice to yourself.
I know a lot of people complained that there were "too many endings" to this film but an epic of this scope needed closure on multiple levels and you'll get that. Too many times you're left wondering what happened to certain characters or wishing you could have seen a particular scene that is only alluded to by the filmmakers. You want get that here since every single loose end is tied up.
This film won a best picture Oscar and there's a reason why. The effects on the creatures and the fight scenes are all top notch, the performances from every single actor is outstanding especially Viggo Mortensen and Elijah Wood. It's so rare for the third film in a trilogy to actually deliver in every aspect possible and this film completely does that.
If you love action, adventure or sword & sorcery films then this is for you. If you love movies that feature monsters and creatures getting their butts handed to them by awesome human beings then this is definitely for you. There's everything from evil goblins, to giant spiders, to massive trolls and ghosts. The ending battle is one of the greatest fights ever put on film so if you're into action this is definitely for you.
Can't recommend this enough to anyone who even just like movies in general. Great, great film.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A Wonderful Movie and a Fantastic looking Steebook
Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.
Now I have the complete saga in glorious Blu-ray Steelbook editions and they look marvelous displayed together on the shelf.
It's common knowledge that the movie is first-rate, so I'm just commenting on the steelbook aspects.
Nice cover artwork on all three movies and they compliment each other so well.
I highly recommend this item!
What else is there to say about one of the greatest fantasy series of all time? If you haven't checked out any of the Lord of the Rings films, they are masterpieces of film-making and great adaptations of legendary books.
Good series liked a lot got it when it first came out on dvd boo form. This was very good quality viewing good movie great series.
Like to watch once a year will watch the Hobbit next time than this series.