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    Added on: 4/9/2003 19:03
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    Lord Of The Rings, The, The Two Towers (Collector`s Gift Set Four Discs) (UK)

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    Certificate: 12
    Running Time: 0 mins
    Retail Price: £49.99
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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. This collectors box set of The Two Towers includes the special extended 4 disc DVD edition, plus a collectible Gollum polystone statue created by Sideshow Weta, and the exclusive `The Evolution of Gollum` (including a bonus DVD and a printed companion piece on Gollum).

    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:

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

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

    Soundtrack By:
    Frances Walsh
    Howard Shore

    Director of Photography:
    Andrew Lesnie

    Jabez Olssen
    Michael Horton

    Costume Designer:
    Richard Taylor
    Ngila Dickson

    Production Designer:
    Grant Major

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

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

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    9 / 10
    Having watched the original theatrical version on DVD twice already, over five years ago, I finally got a chance to sit through this extended version.
    What can I say - the entire experience is richer, fuller and even more enjoyable, despite the movie's length.
    The transfer is spot on (cannot wait for the Blu Ray version, though) and the DTS 6.1 and DD 5.1 soundtracks are both excellent.
    With numerous extras and a Gollum to match, this is easily a must have set.
    Enjoy!!! :)
    posted by Zvi Josef on 21/3/2009 12:53