New Line Cinema and Peter Jackson continue their string of excellence in the first release of the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers on DVD. Presented here in its theatrical cut, the focus isn't quite heaped on the extras as much as it's presenting the film audiences saw and loved in the theaters in the most spectacular presentation possible for home viewing. Visually, The Two Towers has never looked better, with its 2.35:1 widescreen picture working as a perfect vehicle to show off cinematographer Andrew Lesnie's skillful eye and the amazing digital color-correction done in post-production. The audio as well is powerful and full, thanks to the 5.1 Dolby Digital EX Surround Sound and 2.0 tracks supplied -- for proof, look no further than the Battle of Helm's Deep, whose layers of rain, thunder, and carnage are mixed perfectly with Howard Shore's driving score, creating bombastic booms that will no doubt rock whatever sound system you're running. The rest of the two-disc edition follows the same groundwork laid by the original Fellowship DVD in which the extras are mostly just but a taste of what's to come. Even though audiences are licking their lips for the later, more beefed-up Special Extended Edition (featuring a longer cut of the film along with an unbelievable amount of extras), this edition still holds its own with bonus materials that won't make it onto its sister disc -- most notably, the ten-minute preview of The Return of the King, which finds Peter Jackson in the editing lab teasing the audience with snippets of footage that will no doubt leave fans on the floor ready for more. With equal time split between behind-the-scenes and actual film footage, for most, this is the main draw of this release and not surprisingly, it doesn't disappoint. For more sneak peeks into the third film's goodness, simply head to the preview of Electronic Arts' The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King video game, which showcases more choice footage from the upcoming film along with interviews from the cast and creators of the game. For those that just can't wait for The Two Towers: Extended Edition, there's also a preview of the four-disc set, which highlights Boromir's (Sean Bean) cut flashback scenes, along with many other large and small plot lines that are now added back into the film (which should lay rest to any of the hardcore Tolkien fans' initial complaints). There are two full specials that make an appearance on the disc, both filmed especially for the Starz/Encore and WB cable channels. Each provide the same levels of insight into the production of the second film, which are in turn, built upon in the lordoftherings.net featurettes -- eight small behind-the-scene video bits that were available on the web before the release of the film. The teaser and theatrical trailer are also supplied, along with a whopping 16 TV spots ready for you to jump into. Throwaway to most, though probably important to the remaining few, there's also Emiliana Torrini's music video to "Gollum's Song," which basically comes off as a classy, but still throw-together compilation of footage from the film and her in the studio (a duet with Gollum would have been better). Finally, one of the best things about the disc is the inclusion of Sean Astin's terribly sweet short film The Long and Short of It, filmed in the town of Wellington on an off-day from the production utilizing everything from extra cameras to various cast and crew alike, followed by a behind-the-scenes clip with some hilarious interviews with Andy Serkis and company. Far too easily written off as the lesser of the two initial releases of the film, this disc is an assurance that the original version of the film will live on for years to come.
Behind-the-scenes featurettes: "On the Set - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "Return to Middle-earth"
Short film directed by Sean Astin, "The Long and Short of It," and the making of "The Long and Short of It"
Featurettes created for lordoftherings.net: "Forces of Darkness," "Designing the Sounds of Middle-earth," "Edoras: The Rohan Capital," "Creatures of Middle-earth," "Gandalf the White," "Arms and Armor," "The Battle of Helm's Deep," "Bringing Gollum to Life"
Exclusive 10-minute behind-the-scenes preview of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Original theatrical trailers and TV spots
"Gollum's Song" music video by Emiliana Torrini
Preview of Electronic Arts' video game The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Inside look at the Special Extended DVD Edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
DVD-ROM content: Exclusive online content
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, DVD, WS
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
New Line Home Video
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers [WS] [2 Discs] [DVD] 
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.
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!
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!
When I was a teenager, I went with my grandmother to see The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Unfortunately, I didn't see The Fellowship of the Ring the year before, so I was going into this movie blinded. But I ended up enjoying it so much that I had to go back and see The Fellowship as soon as I could. As a steelbook collector, I'm very happy to have this film in my collection!
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.