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
Disc 1 - Blu-Ray:
Theatrical trailers and The Lord of the Rings: aragorn's quest game trailer [in high definition]
Disc 2 - DVD:
2 absorbing documentaries, including Return to Middle-Earth
Sean Astin directs the short film The Long and Short of it, plus a making of
Featurette gallery spotlighting the technical wizardry behind this middle chapter of the saga, including the battle of helm's deep and bringing gollum to life
Emiliana Torrini Gollum's Song music video
Preview of The Return of the King movie
Elijah WoodFrodo Baggins
Sean AstinSamwise Gamgee
John Rhys-DaviesGimli, Treebeard
Brad DourifGrima Wormtongue
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 Two Towers
New Zealand,United States
Year of Release
2 Discs, Blu-ray
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel, stereo
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
New Line Home Video
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers [2 Discs] [Blu-ray] 
Sequel to the Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers continues the excellent Lord of The Rings Saga. Looking much cleaner and more detailed than the DVD version with better sound and special effects, this is a MUST have for any movie buff. I liked the special features they added. I recently started collecting steelbook Blu-ray and was hoping for better steelbook artwork. I would have loved to have raised lettering to make the steelbook "POP!" But still a great movie!!
The extended version of The Two Towers is richer, flows more smoothly, makes more sense, fills in the blanks on missing motives of a number of characters, most notably Faramir and Eowyn, adds some important details about Aragorn. It provides more depth, background information, humor, and overall character development. Though many of the changes are small, they affected the way I interpreted scenes from the theatrical release, put a slightly different spin on things, making for a fuller experience. Which is not to say the theatrical release didn't hold together well - but the extended version is just a better film.
I'd like to add that I notice a number of people have commented on the disappointing editing done in the theatrical release - to be fair to Jackson, et al, I would say: Just remember the theatres make their money by having multiple shows. They probably limited the length of the film to get more showings in per day. It would take planning for an intermission and a greater commitment by theatres to fit in what is essentially a four-hour movie. I don't think that's intentional "dumbing down" for the audience, it is just a business decision a lot of us would rather they didn't have to make.
After seeing the first movie at home on DVD I knew I had to go see this one in theaters. Me and my sister went to go see this and both really love this movie. It picks up right where the first ended continuing the adventure of Frodo and Sam. This time around we are introduced to Gollum who is brilliantly voiced and motion captured by the talented Andy Serkis. A role that people will remember and mimic for a long time to come. Again Jackson does a great job of balancing the book with film and succeeds again. Great acting, awesome action and well written story. One of the best sequels ever made!
Nothing in movie form can quite equal the grandeur of J.R.R. Tolkien's trilogy, given the depth and scope of his writing.....but the movie trilogy comes close! I admit to having hesitated -- nay, deliberately avoided -- seeing any of these movies, fearing dismal disappointment. After all, who would want this beloved fantasia reviled by hack acting and poor creation? But I learned this, THIS, was no listless, mediocre attempt to recreate brilliance. And The Two Towers is not just some trailer for the climactic third installment, or some slacker filler film short. It's not easy for a second installment to match the excitement of its predecessor or the dramatic "no holds barred" action of the finale, but this is truly well-balanced and a superb continuation of Fellowship, and the right prepatory to The Return.
I loved this movie and purchased all of the Lord of Rings movies in just about each format: DVD, Blue Ray, and now Blu Ray Steelbook.
I liked the Blue Ray box set, but preferred the illustrations of the DVD Box Set.
The images on this steelbook case are reminiscent of those earlier editions and look great displayed on the shelf.
I highly recommend this item!