The lord of the rings. The return of the king
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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King brings Peter Jackson's mammoth adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic to a close in suitably epic fashion. Instead of starting just where the previous film left off, however, it goes far back in time to the moment the tormented creature Gollum first came to possess the One Ring. In this flashback, actor Andy Serkis (who voiced Gollum and performed his movements onset prior to the final CGI effects) finally gets to appear onscreen, portraying Gollum's former self, Sméagol. This disturbing scene serves as a potent reminder that the Ring seeks to corrupt even the well-intentioned Frodo (Elijah Wood), who is increasingly struggling with the dark power of the Ring himself. Thus, the film returns to the present, following Frodo, Sam (Sean Astin), and Gollum as they journey ever closer to the foreboding land of Mordor. They pass by the terrifying dark city of Minas Morgul, watching as the dreadful army of the Witch King sets out for the human strongholds in Gondor, and move on to the rocky stairs to Cirith Ungol, where an even darker enemy lies in wait. Meanwhile, the rest of the Fellowship reunites in Rohan, having defeated the wizard Saruman on two different fronts, at Helm's Deep and Isengard. They are not together for long, though, since the hobbit Pippin (Billy Boyd) gets into trouble, making it necessary for him and Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to hastily depart for Minas Tirith, capital of Gondor. Once there, they find the steward of Gondor, Denethor (John Noble), in an unstable mental state and the city preparing for battle against the amassing forces of Sauron. Denethor unwisely sends his only remaining son, Faramir (David Wenham), back into bloody battle to prove himself. He returns nearly dead, sending Denethor over the edge of sanity. In another realm, elf Arwen (Liv Tyler) begins her journey to immortal life in the Grey Havens, on her way to leave Middle-earth -- and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) -- forever, but has a vision that causes her to once again reconsider her decision. Back in Rohan, the men are preparing to ride to Gondor's aide. Éowyn (Miranda Otto) desperately wants to join the men in battle, but her uncle, King Théoden (Bernard Hill), orders her to stay and defend Rohan if necessary. The hobbit Merry (Dominic Monaghan) also desires to ride with the men, but is denied due to his small size and inexperience. Aragorn is met there by the elf Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who brings him the re-forged Sword that was Broken (in the ancient battle with Sauron) and urges him to take a different route to Gondor. Heeding Elrond's advice, Aragorn, along with elf Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and dwarf Gimli (John Rhys-Davies), takes a cavernous path through the mountains, where they meet ghoulish ghosts who betrayed Aragorn's ancestors and are doomed to eternal unrest unless they fulfill their broken oaths by aiding him. All but Frodo, Sam, and Gollum will meet on the massive battlefield of the Pelennor before the gates of Minas Tirith. The former three instead engage in a battle of wills between each other and the One Ring as they head toward the fires of Mount Doom to destroy it. Released in December 2003, The Return of the King topped even its massively successful trilogy predecessors at the box office, and went on to garner a whopping 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture -- winning in all the categories in which it was nominated and tying the record of total awards won with Ben-Hur and Titanic. ~ Dana Rowader, Rovi
The third and final installment of J.R.R. Tolkein's epic struggle of good versus evil. Sauron's forces are planning their final attack against mankind while Frodo, Sam and Gollum make their way towards Mount Doom where they must return the ring to the fires that created it. Aragorn, the legitimate heir to the throne of Gondor, must deal with his personal doubts and shortcomings to accept his rightful place and lead the humans into the last confrontation with Sauron's army.
ContentsBlu-ray Disc. Feature film
DVD. Special features.
Gollum (Fictitious character) -- Drama.
Middle Earth (Imaginary place) -- Drama.
Gold rings -- Drama.
Good and evil -- Drama.
Friendship -- Drama.
Courage -- Drama.
Action and adventure films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| [Los Angeles, California] :New Line Productions, Inc.,2010
|Other Titles|| Return of the king.
Return of the king
Walsh, Fran, 1959- film producer, screenwriter.
Jackson, Peter, 1961- film producer, screenwriter, film director.
Boyens, Philippa, screenwriter.
Wood, Elijah, 1981- actor.
McKellen, Ian, actor.
Tyler, Liv, actor.
Mortensen, Viggo, 1958- actor.
Astin, Sean, actor.
Blanchett, Cate, 1969- actor.
Rhys-Davies, John, actor.
Hill, Bernard, 1944- actor.
Boyd, Billy, 1968- actor.
Monaghan, Dominic, 1976- actor.
Bloom, Orlando, 1977- actor.
Weaving, Hugo, 1960- actor.
Otto, Miranda, actor.
Wenham, David, 1965- actor.
Urban, Karl, 1972- actor.
Noble, John, 1948- actor.
Serkis, Andy, actor.
Holm, Ian, 1931-2020 actor.
Bean, Sean, actor.
Shore, Howard, composer.
Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973. Return of the king.
New Line Cinema Corporation, presenter.
WingNut Films (Firm), production company.
New Line Productions, Inc., publisher.
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, Andy Serkis, Ian Holm, Sean Bean.
Music, Howard Shore ; editor, Jamie Selkirk ; director of photography, Andrew Lesnie.
MPAA rating: PG-13; for intense epic battle sequences and frightening images.
In English and Spanish; with optional Spanish subtitles; with optional English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired (SDH).
Blu-ray disc contains the feature film; Blu-ray disc only contains the special features.
Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2003.
Based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Blu-ray Disc special features: Theatrical trailer; special extended DVD edition preview; The lord of the rings : Aragorn's quest game trailer.
DVD special features: 3 documentaries, including National Geographic's Behind the movie : The lord of the rings : the return of the king; featurette gallery spotlighting the effects work and character detail; TV spots.
Blu-ray Disc; widescreen (2.4:1) presentation; 1080p high definition; DTS-HD Master Audio 6.1 (English), Dolby Digital 5.1 (Spanish).
Blu-ray Disc requires a Blu-ray Disc player.
DVD; region 1.
1 Blu-ray Disc (201 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 DVD (sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.)