The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (DVD, 2004, 2-Disc Set, Widescreen)
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- Genre:Sci-Fi & Fantasy
- Display Format:Widescreen; 2-Disc Set
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- obbyshaggzNov 16, 2015by
One of the BEST Trilogies ever made.
This is legitimately is one of the best trilogies ever made, if-not the best.
It's a Fantasy, Adventure in the medevial-like based, although that may not seem like your cuppa' tea for say, I assure you it'll be much better than it sounds.
-The actual quality and effort put into the filming is outstanding, majority of it is actual scenery not green-screens, there isn't much animation in the movie, that gives it a very real feel, even though they're fighting against a fantasy monster(s).
-The acting itself is rather flawless, they're are some hiccups from time to time like any movie will but for the most part the emotions really come through the screen.
The story itself is quite the adventure, it's serious enough to keep the attention of any audience, although it may be a little violent for some younger children as there are many violent battles throughout the triology.
*PS I actually recommend watching 'The Hobbit' triology first. Although Lord of the Rings came out more than a decade prior, the Hobbit is based on what happened BEFORE the Lord of the Ring conflict(s) arose. You'll be able to understand a many details much better if they are watched them in that order.
The Hobbit (First two movies) are a more comedic/animated style Kid Friendly, it's very enjoyable for both parents and children alike. (The third Hobbit movie gets a little violent but still considerably less than any of the Lord of the Rings).Read full review
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- tan16Apr 26, 2016by
Can I review Tolkien?
I couldn't say anything that everyone doesn't already know. This is The Hero's Journey (in the sense that Joseph Campbell gave it) at its highest level. The books were spellbinding and while a movie is never up to the story telling quality of the book these movies (Lord of the Rings trilogy) is excellent. I believe it is the best epic adventure I have every seen. And I became quite infatuated with Cate Blanchett.
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- ksister2Jul 07, 2007by
My Precious My Precious
This is a great movie with a delightful cast of characters. Invite friends over and have a Movie Marathon watching all the movies in sequence & have guests dress as their favorite character. Put dry ice in all the glasses to make them steam.
- marineboyjoe315Jun 11, 2009by
the return of the king
THE RETURN OF THE KING, the third and final film in Peter Jackson's THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, finds Middle-earth on the cusp of great change. Weary hobbits Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) venture further into the dark realm of Mordor, guided by the increasingly desperate Gollum (Andy Serkis), the two-faced former owner of the Ring that Frodo must destroy in the fires of Mount Doom. Meanwhile Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Pippin (Billy Boyd) contend with the deranged ruler Denethor (John Noble) at the once-mighty city of Minas Tirith, as Merry (Dominic Monaghan) joins Éowyn (Miranda Otto) and the Riders of Rohan to hold back the forces of Sauron. Amidst the chaos, Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) must rise to his destiny, aided by Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) in assembling allies for a massive battle that will decide the fate of Middle-earth. With RETURN, Jackson brings J.R.R. Tolkien's world-renowned tale to a stunning conclusion. As with THE TWO TOWERS, the director deftly weaves various storylines together in one remarkable scene after another. Spectacular visuals complement Jackson's sharp focus on the characters and their emotional battles. While the special effects help to create huge battles and frightening creatures on a previously unseen scale, they never outshine the excellent ensemble of actors who bring the heart of the story home. A truly astounding work of filmmaking, THE RETURN OF THE KING skillfully concludes one of the greatest trilogies in cinema history.Read full review
- sheba1624Jun 17, 2009by
destroy the One Ring
I've never seen a series like this. A trilogy of movies created with such love and care and utter perfection of craft that you can't help but walk away and wonder how did Peter Jackson make this possible? I have always loved the original "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" series for their epic storytelling, and just for just fitting in as a great moment in cinema. This should be, will be, remembered with as much revered fondness for generations to come. They do not make films like these anymore.
As a stand alone film, it picks up immediately where "Two Towers" ends, so brush up before seeing it. I've read the books, and the anticipation of seeing some of the more profound moments in this film made me kind of view it with a rushed sense of perspective. I wanted to make sure everything in this film was done "right". And when it happened, it was. I will need to see this again to enjoy everything on a more casual level.
The cast comes through once more. The musical score retains its beauty, elegance and power. The special effects, notably Gollum again, are nothing less than breathtaking, and simply move the story along. The battles are monumentally huge and exciting. There are some liberties taken with the story, especially during the end with the homecoming, and yet, everything that needed to be covered regarding the main characters was handled. After the greatest moment of the series resolves itself, the story provided a breather. And gives a good-bye to friends seen on screen for the last three years. It was truly a bittersweet feeling in realizing that there will be no "Rings" movie in 2004. I will miss this talented group of actors.
As with the first two, the film is very long, but goes by without you ever truly realizing it. This film is so much more than a simple "fantasy" epic. It's a story about strength of character, friendship, loyalty and love. And while every member of the Fellowship has their part to play, I finally understood why some critics have said this series is a story about Sam. It's his unwavering resolve that led the quest to its victory. Sean Astin is a true credit for adding the inspirational heart to this epic. As as far as the ending goes, they ended it the way that it had to be ended. Jackson ended this film the way it should have been.
I will miss looking forward to a new "Rings" movie, but these movies provide hope that high-quality films can still be made without special effects taking over a story, bathroom humor, or a "Top 40" soundtrack. George Lucas could learn a lot from these films about how not to alienate the fanbase.
Each film has earned a "10" from me for the last two years, which for me to give is a rarity. This one, however, is as equally deserving as its two predecessors. The Academy had better not look over this film for "Best Picture" of 2003. To do so would be greatly disrespectful of the craft and care that anyone involved with these films put into them.Read full review