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  • Published: Los Angeles, Calif. : Burbank, CA : New Line Home Entertainment ; Distributed by Warner Home Video, [2004], c2003.
  • Year Published: 2003
  • Description: 2 videodiscs (ca. 200 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Rated: PG-13

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  • 0780646509
  • 794043692925

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The Lord of the rings. The return of the king

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Call number: DVD Fantasy Lord

Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor, Malletts Adult, Pittsfield Adult, Traverwood Adult, West Adult

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Originally released as a motion picture in 2003.

Based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Special features: three in-depth documentaries: "The quest fulfilled: a director's vision", "A filmmaker's journey: making The return of the king", "National Geographic Special: beyond the magic"; six featurettes: "Aragon's destiny's", "Minas Tirith: capital of Gondor", "The battel of Pelennor Fields", "Samwise the Brave", "Eowyn: white lady of Rohan", "Digital horse doubles", The battle for Middle-Earth continues - video game from EA; "The Lord of the Ring" trilogy supertrailer; 3D animated menus; DVD-ROM: weblinks to exclusive content.

Elijah Wood, Ian Mckellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Bernard Hill, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, David Wenham, Karl Urban, John Noble.

Frodo makes his way through the darkness to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring. Aragon learns of his destiny as the true King and the others prepare for a massive battle that will determine the fate of Middle-Earth.

DVD, Region 1; Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, Dolby Digital 2.0 surround ; widescreen.

Contents: Return of the king.

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Return of the King

It doesn't hold a candle to the book, but it's a good ending to an epic trilogy.


I was really happy about this movie though i would have to say above all the movies The Fellowship of the Ring was definitely that BEST,
I was really ALSO very happy about Legolas and i was really dying at the end when he came into the room in Rivendell and i liked that last part when he's there at Aragorn's coronation
I felt really bad for Pippin wen Denethor was eating like a pig, i wanted to hug him :( :(
So, i guess you could call this one of the best movies (well, LoTr is the best movie series to me) and hope u get a chance to watch it and watch all my fave Legolas part (BLISS!) and, yeaaaa...


Being a GIANT fan of LOTR I though that this would be a really good movie. It was kind of slow paced and SO MUCH was cut out of the book. the whole scouring of the Shire thing wasn't included.
I was glad that the whole rulers are healers thing wasn't in it cause that would've been really awkward to watch.
I was also glad that Eowyn was a lot less stupid in the movie, because all she wanted to do in the book was impress Aragorn and make him like her. which is really dumb of her.
and god the kissing was OBNOXIOUS
All in all good movie, but not the best.

One of the best movies

This Movie is absolutely amazing. Extremely exciting. The last movie in the Lord of the Rings hits hard.


don't know why but i feel like this may well be my favorite of the 3. it has a different feel than the others, as 3rd ones often do.

Best Movie I've Watched!

This is a very well made movie. I think it's the best in the trilogy!




This is a great ending to the epic tale of Lord of the Rings.

The complete package

Although I'm generally not into fantasy films -- mostly romance and action/drama -- but I must say thanks to my friends for dragging me out to see the first LOTR movie. I couldn't believe how much I enjoyed it. The films have everything I love in movies: romance, action, drama, great dialog, great chemistry of the actors and amazing scenery. It's the complete package. I saw all three films and absolutely loved Return of the King. I own it and watch it on occasion. Although the film can in no way be considered a "chick flick," but you definitely feel the strong romantic attractions and has one of the best kissing scenes I've ever seen in Hollywood. Many times I just play the ending of Return over and over. I start where Frodo wakes up. It is one of the best movie endings ever!!! The the actors in the series were simply perfect for their selected roles. All the films were great and Return of the King totally rocked!

Out of this world

There are very few instances where a movie based on a book is just as good as the book itself but the final installment in the Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of them. The movie had lots of action, and an epic final showdown with Gollum in Mordor and with Sauron's armies at the Black Gate.

great movie

The ending is fantastic.


This is almost a classic. Lord of the Rings is a great movie.


This is one of the few cases the movies are as good as the books. This is the best movie in the series. Worth watching for anyone.

great movie

very nice

excellent trilogy

It's not often that I like the movie as much as the book, but the movies for the Lord of the Rings triology were superb! A bit different than the books, but the writers and director did an excellent job of narrowing down such long books that had such detail.

LOTR: Return of the King won Best Picture and Best Director in 2003. It won a total of ELEVEN Academy Awards that year! Which is amazing for a film, let alone a fantasy film.

The extra footage on the extended versions of the trilogy, as well as the TON of extra footage on the DVD sets is so much fun to watch. I love the backstory, and hearing what the crew went threw as they filmed three movies simultaneously.


I love the epic battles in this movie!!


i so totally knew that aragorn had a secret identity!!!!!!! hotness... SO WORTH MY DAY!!


A truly epic movie made from an even more amazing book!


It doesn't get better than this!

LotR is one long Quiddich Match

I don't know all of the rules of the sport of Quidditch from Harry Potter. This, I consider a positive thing for my sense of self-respect. But I think I know enough of the rules to say that the entire Lord of the Rings premise is really one long Quidditch match. And there goes my self-image.

Let's start with Quidditch. A small, golden, flying ball, called the Snitch, is let loose. This is the OneRing. The Seekers (one on each team) are trying to claim the Snitch for themselves. Whoever gets it, wins. Frodo is the Seeker for the good guys, and Sauron is the Seeker for the bad guys. But we have to stretch this analogy because Frodo already has the Ring but hasn't won. He just has to keep Sauron from getting it by taking it to a volcano in Sauron's backyard and destroying it. Sauron just needs to get the Ring to win. But it's pretty close. So the Seekers are the only ones that matter, really. Getting the Snitch/Ring is worth a gazillion points. They are the endgame. But. This does not three movies make, or eight in the case of Harry Potter. So.

We have everyone else. In Quidditch, there's a few Chasers, a few Beaters, and one Keeper on each team. They stay occupied by beating each other up with clubs and balls until the Seekers win the game. There are points involved, but they don't really matter because they can't surpass the endgame of Ring-getting. I see Aragorn as a Keeper for good, and Saruman as Keeper for bad. They're relatively more important than the other peons, but only because the writer said so. The only thing that's important for 'Everyone Else' to do is stay alive so that there's some people left to hang out when one side finally wins.

I think that LotR and Quidditch would work a lot more sensibly if each side just went after the Snitch/Ring as a whole group. Yes, it would be constant chaos, and the Ring is supposedly the most corrupting thing ever, but I'm reasonably sure it would condense these stories down to one movie, max.

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