The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King Extended Editions) [Blu-ray]

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The Fellowship of the Ring; A meek hobbit of the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and the dark lord Sauron. The Two Towers: While Frodo and Sam edge closer to Mordor with the help of the shifty Gollum, the divided fellowship makes a stand against Sauron's new ally, Saruman, and his hordes of Isengard. The Return of the King: Gandalf and Aragorn lead the World of Men against Sauron's army to draw his gaze from Frodo and Sam as they approach Mount Doom with the One Ring. Peter Jackson directs these action adventure movies starring Elijah Wood, Viggo Mortensen, Ian McKellen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchet and more. This special edition of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy includes extended edition of the movies on 15 Blu-Ray discs.

As the triumphant start of a trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring leaves you begging for more. By necessity, Peter Jackson's ambitious epic compresses J.R.R. Tolkien's classic The Lord of the Rings, but this robust adaptation maintains reverent allegiance to Tolkien's creation, instantly qualifying as one of the greatest fantasy films ever made. At 178 minutes, it's long enough to establish the myriad inhabitants of Middle-earth, the legendary Rings of Power, and the fellowship of hobbits, elves, dwarves, and humans--led by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and the brave hobbit Frodo (Elijah Wood)--who must battle terrifying forces of evil on their perilous journey to destroy the One Ring in the land of Mordor. Superbly paced, the film is both epic and intimate, offering astonishing special effects and production design while emphasizing the emotional intensity of Frodo's adventure, and ends on a perfect note of heroic loyalty and rich anticipation.

After the breaking of the Fellowship, Frodo and Sam journey to Mordor with the creature Gollum as their guide in The Two Towers. Meanwhile, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) join in the defense of the people of Rohan, who are the first target in the eradication of the race of Men by the renegade wizard Saruman (Christopher Lee) and the dark lord Sauron. Fantastic creatures, astounding visual effects, and a climactic battle at the fortress of Helm's Deep make The Two Towers a worthy successor to The Fellowship of the Ring, grander in scale but retaining the story's emotional intimacy.

With The Return of the King, the greatest fantasy epic in film history draws to a grand and glorious conclusion. The trilogy could never fully satisfy those who remain exclusively loyal to Tolkien's expansive literature, but as a showcase for physical and technical craftsmanship it is unsurpassed in pure scale and ambition, setting milestone after cinematic milestone as Frodo and Sam continue their mission to Mordor to destroy the soul-corrupting One Ring. While the heir to the kingdom of Men, Aragorn, endures the massive battle at Minas Tirith with the allegiance of Legolas, Gimli, and Gandalf, Frodo and Sam must survive the schizoid deceptions of Gollum, who remains utterly convincing as a hybrid of performance (by Andy Serkis) and subtly nuanced computer animation. Jackson and cowriters Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens have much ground to cover; that they do so with intense pacing and epic sweep is impressive enough, but by investing greater depth and consequence in the actions of fellow hobbits Merry (Dominic Monaghan) and Pippin (Billy Boyd), they ensure that The Return of the King maintains the trilogy's emphasis on intimate fellowship and remains faithful to Tolkien's overall vision. By ending the LOTR trilogy with noble integrity and faith in the power of imaginative storytelling, The Return of the King, like its predecessors, will stand as an adventure for the ages. --Jeff Shannon and David Horiuchi

Our Review of the Extended Edition on DVD (Dec. 14, 2004):

The extended editions of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings present the greatest trilogy in film history in the most ambitious sets in DVD history. In bringing J.R.R. Tolkien's nearly unfilmable work to the screen, Jackson benefited from extraordinary special effects, evocative New Zealand locales, and an exceptionally well-chosen cast, but most of all from his own adaptation with co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, preserving Tolkien's vision and often his very words, but also making logical changes to accommodate the medium of film. While purists complained about these changes and about characters and scenes left out of the films, the almost two additional hours of material in the extended editions (about 11 hours total) help appease them by delving more deeply into Tolkien's music, the characters, and loose ends that enrich the story, such as an explanation of the Faramir-Denethor relationship, and the appearance of the Mouth of Sauron at the gates of Mordor. In addition, the extended editions offer more bridge material between the films, further confirming that the trilogy is really one long film presented in three pieces (which is why it's the greatest trilogy ever--there's no weak link). The scene of Galadriel's gifts to the Fellowship added to the first film proves significant over the course of the story, while the new Faramir scene at the end of the second film helps set up the third and the new Saruman scene at the beginning of the third film helps conclude the plot of the second.

To top it all off, the extended editions offer four discs per film: two for the longer movie, plus four commentary tracks and stupendous DTS 6.1 ES sound; and two for the bonus material, which covers just about everything from script creation to special effects. The argument was that fans would need both versions because the bonus material is completely different, but the features on the theatrical releases are so vastly inferior that the only reason a fan would need them would be if they wanted to watch the shorter versions they saw in theaters (the last of which, The Return of the King, merely won 11 Oscars). The LOTR extended editions without exception have set the DVD standard by providing a richer film experience that pulls the three films together and further embraces Tolkien's world, a reference-quality home theater experience, and generous, intelligent, and engrossing bonus features. --David Horiuchi

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Product details

  • Aspect Ratio ‏ : ‎ 2.40:1
  • Is Discontinued By Manufacturer ‏ : ‎ No
  • MPAA rating ‏ : ‎ PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
  • Product Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 10.72 Ounces
  • Item model number ‏ : ‎ 939705
  • Director ‏ : ‎ Peter Jackson
  • Media Format ‏ : ‎ Blu-ray, Box set, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Run time ‏ : ‎ 11 hours and 21 minutes
  • Release date ‏ : ‎ May 1, 2012
  • Actors ‏ : ‎ Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Liv Tyler
  • Subtitles: ‏ : ‎ English, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Language ‏ : ‎ Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 6.1)
  • Studio ‏ : ‎ WarnerBrothers
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B007ZQAKHU
  • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 15
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 12,466 ratings

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3.0 out of 5 stars BUYER BEWARE
By Jesse on December 4, 2018
To be clear, this review is for the Lord of the Rings trilogy bluray 15-disc extended edition box set. The movies themselves are blu-ray, but the extra features are DVD discs, by design, which is ok. This is most definitely the edition to have at the time of this review. HOWEVER, as illustrated in my included photos, there are different distributions of this set, and they vary wildly in quality.

As you can see in the photos, the version on the left, although it contains the same content across 15 discs, is packaged completely differently. The first clue that you received what I consider to be a vastly inferior distribution will be the French text written below all of the titles and descriptions. The quality of the packaging is extremely inferior, and I personally have no desire to see the French plastered all over my copy. There are some reviews mentioning receiving this version and being ok with it, as a huge LOTR fan I personally was not. The packaging of the version on the right that I intended to receive is of much higher quality and nicer looking. The box is much thicker, and folds open with a magnetic closure to a sweet map of Middle Earth. This is entirely absent in the version pictured left in all included photos. Even the individual cases within the set are of a nicer quality than the one I received initially.

It should be noted that I chose a slightly higher price to have it sold AND fulfilled by Amazon themselves, as I had an unrelated promotional discount to use that required it. I'm not sure if you will have the same results from other sellers. I used the "received the wrong item" return feature, and added a comment noting what I received, which resulted in receiving the correct and far nicer version pictured right.

So bottom line, if you receive the version on the left and aren't happy with it, don't settle. 5 star product for the edition I ended up with, 1-2 stars for trying to stick me with the crummier edition, for an average of 3 stars.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Dissapointing. Particularly for Canadians
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5.0 out of 5 stars Película extendida en Full HD y 9 discos de Extras en una presentación boxset
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great collection, picture quality edited too much
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