The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King makes its way to DVD in this two-disc edition of the theatrical cut of the film thanks to New Line Cinema. Just as both of its two-disc predecessors, this initial release presents the movie along with a small amount of extras to tide fans over until the archives are opened for the Special Extended Edition, coming later in 2004. As usual, the picture and sound presentation is astounding, with a crisp 2.35:1 widescreen image (also available in a full-screen version) and both a Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround track and a 2.0 Surround Sound audio option ready to bowl you over with their layers of clarity -- for proof, skip right to Chapter 37 and the Battle of Pelennor Fields to really understand the time and effort that was put into this transfer. As far as extras go, this edition carries on the trend of including all of the two- to four-minute lordoftherings.net featurettes (five in total), along with other material that is mostly exclusive to this release. First off, there's "The Quest Fulfilled: A Director's Vision" and "A Filmmaker's Journey: Making Return of the King" featurettes, both of which seem to include many of the same interview segments and stories as not only each other, but also as all of the releases leading up to this one. Needless to say, thanks to the cheesy voice-over work by the narrator and the overlapping content, these two seem disappointing, but end up in the same ballpark as the two-disc Two Towers' Starz/Encore specials or the WB making-of. Those who have purchased the National Geographic special on the third film will be equally saddened by its inclusion here, just one year after it was initially released to DVD in 2003. One place where this edition does stand out is in its inclusion of both original theatrical trailers and a whopping 13 TV spots! Exclusive to this disc is the brand new six-and-a-half-minute Lord of the Rings Trilogy super-trailer documenting the story in a recap fashion that is almost more exhausting than any of the actual films, though neat nonetheless. Also included is a trailer for Electronic Arts' The Lord of the Rings video games, including the latest one, The Battle for Middle Earth. It's strange that New Line didn't include a trailer for the Extended Edition, since such trailers were on both of the last two-disc releases (for their corresponding extended versions). In fact, that was reason enough to buy the initial disc for many fans, so this really was a misstep on New Line's part for not including it. Still, for the stellar presentation of the theatrical film alone, this release is worth it for those looking to own a piece of history -- others might want to bide their time until the mammoth set hits the shelves.
"The Quest Fulfilled: A Director's Vision"
"A Filmmaker's Journey: Making The Return of the King" National Geographic special: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
Featurettes created for lordoftherings.net: "Aragorn's Destiny," "Minas Tirith: Capital of Gondor," "The Battle of Pelennor Fields," "Samwise the Brave," "Éowyn: White Lady of Rohan," "Digital Horse Doubles"
Original theatrical trailers and TV spots
The Lord of the Rings trilogy supertrailer
A special look at Electronic Arts' The Lord of the Rings series of video games
DVD-ROM content: Exclusive online content
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, DVD, WS
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
New Line Home Video
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King [WS] [2 Discs] [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.
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.