The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King (Platinum Series Special Extended Edition) (Wide Screen) [DVD]
The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam, led by Gollum, continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring. Aragorn struggles to fulfill his legacy as he leads his outnumbered followers against the growing power of the Dark Lord Sauron, so that the Ring-bearer may complete his quest.
4 discs; 250 minutes.
* Commentary by The Director and Writers: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens
* Commentary by The Design Team: Grant Major, Ngila Dickson, Richard Taylor, Alan Lee, John Howe, Dan Hennah, Chris Hennah, Tania Rodger
* Commentary by The Production/Post-Production Team: Barrie M. Osborne, Mark Ordesky, Jamie Selkirk, Annie Collins, Rick Porras, Howard Shore, Jim Rygiel, Ethan Van der Ryn, Mike Hopkins, Christian Rivers, Alex Funke, Joe Letteri, Randy Cook, Brian Van't Hul
* Commentary by The Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Sean Astin, John Rhys-Davies, Bernard Hill, Christopher Lee, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, David Wenham, Karl Urban, John Noble, Andy Serkis, Lawrence Makoare, Smeagol & Gollum
* DISCS 1-2: The Feature:
* A new version of the third installment includes 50 minutes of never-before-seen footage incorporated into the film. (approx. 250 minutes)
* DISCS 3-4: The Appendices:
* Disc Three: The Appendices Part Five – "The War of the Ring"
* Peter Jackson Intro
* "J.R.R. Tolkien: The Legacy of Middle-earth" documentary
* From Book to Script:
* - "From Book to Script – Forging the Final Chapter" documentary
* - Abandoned Concept: Aragorn Battles Sauron
* Designing and Building Middle-earth
* - "Designing Middle-earth" documentary
* - "Big-atures" documentary
* - "Weta Workshop" documentary
* - "Costume Design" documentary
* Design Galleries – 2, 123 images
* - The Peoples of Middle-earth (galleries with docent audio)
* - The Realms of Middle-earth (galleries with docent audio)
* - Miniatures (galleries with docent audio)
* "Home of the Horse Lords" documentary
* "Middle-earth Atlas: Tracing the Journeys of the Fellowship" interactive map
* "New Zealand as Middle-earth" interactive map with on-location footage
* Disc Four: The Appendices Part Six – "The Passing of an Age"
* Elijah Wood/Sean Astin/Billy Boyd/Dominic Monaghan intro
* Filming The Return of the King
* - "Cameras in Middle-earth" documentary
* - Production Photos (gallery) – 69 images
* Visual Effects
* - "Weta Digital" documentary
* - "The Mûmakil Battle" demonstration/interactive feature
* Post Production: Journey’s End
* - "Editorial: Completing the Trilogy" documentary
* - "Music for Middle-earth" documentary
* - "The Soundscapes of Middle-earth" documentary
* - "The End of All Things" documentary
* "The Passing of an Age" documentary
* Cameron Duncan
* - "Cameron Duncan: The Inspiration for 'Into the West'" documentary
* - "DFK6498" short film
* - "Strike Zone" short film
* Easter eggs: Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn interview Peter Jackson (2004 MTV Movie Awards), Dominic Monaghan interviews Elijah Wood posing as a German journalist
* All four discs are DVD-ROM enabled, featuring a link to lordoftherings.net and access to exclusive online features.
Volume 3 of The Lord of the Rings
New Line Home Entertainment (December 2004). DVD.
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