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Lord Of The Rings, The, The Two Towers (Special Extended Edition Four Discs) (UK)

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Certificate: 12
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The Two Towers continues to follow the fortunes of the members of the now divided fellowship, with Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli (John-Rhys Davies) helping to restore some order to the land of King Theoden (Bernard Hill), whose mind has been poisoned by the machinations of Grima Wormtongue (Brad Dourif). Wormtongue is a secret emissary of wizard Sauron (Christopher Lee), now ready to unleash his army of the night on Middle-Earth.

Meanwhile, Frodo (Elijah Wood) is falling deeper under the dread influence of The Ring, as he journeys with Sam (Sean Astin) towards Mordor, and fellow Hobbits Merry and Pippin encounter the Ent Treebeard, an ancient tree-shepherd. With the addition of the extraordinary Gollum (Andy Serkis), the return of Gandalf, and a steady build up to the brilliantly staged rain-soaked night time battle of Helm`s Deep, Peter Jackson`s The Two Towers is every bit as exciting and wondrous as The Fellowship of the Ring.

Special Features:
This special extended version includes over 32 minutes of never-before-seen footage incorporated into the film, made especially for this release.

Discs One And Two:
Four audio commentaries by the director and writers, the design team, the production team and the cast

Disc Three:
Adapting the book into a screenplay and planning the film
Designing and inspiration for locations in Middle-earth
Storyboards to pre-visualisation
Weta Workshop visit - the weapons, armour, creatures and miniatures
Atlas of Middle-earth: tracing the journey of the Fellowship
Interactive map of New Zealand highlighting the location scouting process
Galleries of art and slideshows with commentaries by the artists
And much more

Disc Four:
Sending actors to battle - preparation for sword fighting
Principal photography: stories from the set
Digital effects including motion capture and "Massive" (a program to create armies of Orcs)
Bigatures - a close-up look at detailed miniatures used in the film
Galleries of behind-the-scenes photographs and personal cast photos
Post-production - editing it all together
Sound design demonstration
And much more

Video Tracks:
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
Pan & Scan 1.33:1

Audio Tracks:
Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 English
Dolby Digital EX 5.1 English

Subtitle Tracks:

Directed By:
Peter Jackson

Written By:

Elijah Wood
Ian McKellen
Viggo Mortensen
Liv Tyler
Sean Astin
Cate Blanchett
Billy Boyd
Dominic Monaghan
Orlando Bloom
John Rhys-Davies
Christopher Lee
Miranda Otto
Bernard Hill
Hugo Weaving

Casting By:
Victoria Burrows
John Hubbard
Amy MacLean
Liz Mullane
Ann Robinson

Soundtrack By:
Howard Shore
Frances Walsh

Director of Photography:
Andrew Lesnie

Michael Horton
Jabez Olssen

Costume Designer:
Ngila Dickson
Richard Taylor

Production Designer:
Grant Major

Peter Jackson
Barrie M. Osborne
Rick Porras
Jamie Selkirk
Frances Walsh

Executive Producer:
Michael Lynne
Mark Ordesky
Robert Shaye
Bob Weinstein
Harvey Weinstein

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9 / 10
You really don`t need a review of this package! If you haven`t bought it yet or if you are planning to do so....what are you waiting for?


Bring on "The Return of the King"!!

Special Extended Edition of course.
posted by Aslan on 1/12/2003 12:39
8 / 10
The Two Towers, the second in the the lord of the rings trilogy is by far the most weak in my opinion. After the sheer spectacle of the first I was slightly let down by the two towers, but the extended edition has made me change my mind a little. The three hour plus film is far more enjoyable than the theatrical cut and i enjoyed it more. The only let down for the film is the special effects (Apart from Gollum, who is the best character in the series). Though i must admit Peter Jackson has done the imposible and all credit must go to him and his production crew. Where was the oscars?

Stunning. The Dolby and DTS are fantastic. What more can i say?

Again stunning

These films have raised the bar on mainstream hollywood movies and the way they are presented on DVD. The two extra discs are jammed packed which cover everything in the making of the film.
posted by the_film_king on 3/1/2004 19:06