The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King

3 h 20 min2003X-RayUHDPG-13
In the conclusion of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, armies mass for a final battle that will decide the fate of the world -- and powerful.
Peter Jackson
Elijah WoodIan McKellenLiv Tyler
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Viggo MortensenSean AstinCate BlanchettJohn Rhys-DaviesBernard HillChristopher LeeBilly BoydDominic MonaghanOrlando BloomHugo WeavingMiranda OttoDavid WenhamBrad DourifAndy SerkisKarl Urban
Barrie M. OsborneFran WalshPeter Jackson
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V. TeagueReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent movie in a easy to use format
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Since 1977, I have read, re-read and watched every Tolkien product. As soon as the extended versions were available, I bought them. Now, having it to stream on my prime video page is easiest. But like most Tolkien fans, having two copies of the professor's books (Hardback and paperback) and movies (DVD and digital) is normal. As for the content of the movie itself: I love it, and all of them. The added scenes make a big difference to me.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on October 19, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
This extended version of Return of the King is better than the original
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This is an extended version of Return of the King. The movie is spread across 2 discs and has extra scenes that were cut from the original. The last 2 discs are full of extras. Each part of the trilogy had a theme. The first was about the costs the Fellowship of the Ring would suffer on their quest to destroy the Ring. The second was about not giving up hope. This the third was whether the Fellowship could overcome the power of the Ring and complete their task. The dangers is laid out with a story of how Smeagol found the Ring and turned into Golem. It was a warning of what the Ring could do to Frodo.

Out of the three extended versions of the Lord of the Ring trilogy this is by far the best one. The cut scenes really fill out the story and have some great images to them. For instance, there’s a scene about what happened to Saruman after his defeat in the last movie. In the other two movies the additions were nice and interesting but not essential. This one is actually better than the original release.
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Jeff RyanReviewed in the United States on December 22, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Third film in Peter Jackson's epic series of Frodo Baggins and The Ring of Power.
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I love the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy of 2002-2004, and this film ties up the loose ends. It's well-done and exciting. The ending scenes seem to drag on a bit too much for my liking, but I may be in the minority of opinion on that topic.
This film, like its predecessors, shows off the gorgeous scenery of New Zealand in its "Middle Earth" guise, with the Misty Mountains, Fangorn Forest, Hobbiton, Rohan and Gondor all featured. Characters from the second film become more developed. Large battle scenes with myriad beings involved are featured as the story reaches its climax.
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C. SzolcReviewed in the United States on August 23, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Big movie
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This is a good movie. Epic.

Soaring music. Lots of killing. Good guys win.

The little moments are more interesting than the big ones, I think. More personal. Less overwhelming. Fierce loyalty and unwavering commitment are a pleasure to see. Fierce fighting and unstoppable race to the completely expected and inevitable finale feels overwhelming and, sadly, somewhat boring.

While all six of the movies honor Tolkien's books, they don't allow for the reader to choose his/her foci. There is only one experience here. For those who won't read, they must embrace or reject Jackson's vision. Most have embraced it, even those who gave themselves the pleasure of creating their own, perhaps different epic one page at a time.

Acting, writing, special effects, editing, directing are all top notch. It isn't perfect, but it is quite good and has its moments of brilliance.
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KatieReviewed in the United States on October 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
An emotional masterpiece that parallels real life in many ways
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These are not simple fantasy movies. Return of the King is a film about love, friendship, duty, and the extraordinary lengths we will go to defend the people and places most dear to us. You can feel the human condition expressed differently in each character, and the desperation created during the bitterness of war. Tolkien wrote these themes following his service in WWI, and they are portrayed so vibrantly in these films that you can get a true understanding of where his mind was when he wrote the books.
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Mvwood55Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie, for a decent price, but you forfeit some nice features.
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I love this movie, and while owning it on DVD as time passes it becomes harder and harder to find ways to watch the physical edition. So naturally the answer is to buy it digitally, and for quarter the price I paid for it years ago. Sadly though you do not get all the additional features, such as director's commentary, deleted/behind the scenes, etc. I mean the original extended edition came on 4 DVDs. While disappointing I understand this, and the first two films make up for this by having the actors and Trivia data, normally covered by Peter Jackson for the director's cut, show when moused over or the movie is paused. Sadly the third and final movie does not do this - instead they just lump all the actors and all the trivia together and it does not change to follow the movie as it plays. After the Fellowship and Two Towers did so, I feel disappointed that they opted not to continue this attempt to make up for the lost content. But I cannot deny how great this movie is, nor argue that even this would have prevented me from buying it.
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S. Williams Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Jackson is still King!
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I have been watching Peter Jackson's adaptation of LORD OF THE RINGS since I was in high school, and it gets better and better each time I watch and not including the nostolgia but I would much rather support this than the horrible show that AMAZON just released.

Do not support Rings of Power, and just rewatch LOTR Trilogy, and have a new found appreciation for the HOBBIT films, even the animated version from the 70s/80s is amazing in comparison to the Rings of Prophet.
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TheJediGuitaristReviewed in the United States on August 14, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
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In November of last year, I watched the theatrical versions of the Lord Of The Rings, for the first time in over a decade, after trading in my original DVDs for the extended versions of the films, and then experiencing great difficulty in comfortably watching them.

I enjoyed watching the theatrical cuts of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy so much that I decided to see if these versions were available anywhere for a decent price. I found the entire trilogy, on Blu Ray, in steelbook cases, for around fifteen dollars apiece. I am immeasurably happy to once again own the original versions of these amazing movies that I grew up watching.

On a side note, despite the slight issues with the case for Fellowship Of The Ring, both Two Towers and Return Of The King arrived in perfect condition. And all three films play perfectly.

I've since watched Return Of The King, and the entire LOTR trilogy, half a dozen times. I'm so glad to have these epic editions of these epic movies in my collection!
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