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Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - July, 2011

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"Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Extended Edition)" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

Continuing where Fellowship of the Ring left off, Frodo and Sam are now continuing on their own to destroy the ring at Mt Doom, though they are being followed by Gollum who seeks to get the ring back.  After capturing Gollum one night, they take him prisoner and he agrees to lead them to the Black Gate of Mordor.  Meanwhile, the rest of our Fellowship has gone on a quest to gather people for an attack on Mordor, but find the reach of Sauron has extended further than they thought.

The hobbits Merry and Pippin become separated from the rest of the party, only to happen upon the Ents of Middle-Earth, while the rest of the Fellowship is surprisingly reunited with a reborn Gandalf.

Specifications

  • New Line Cinema
  • 2002, Color, Rated PG-13, 3 Hr 55 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 6.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Ian McKellan, Elijah Wood
  • Directed by Peter Jackson
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Possibly my favorite of the trilogy, The Two Towers continues right where Fellowship left off and sets it up for the climactic final film.  The whole film seems to fly by, even at almost four hours long, and I really can’t imagine how they trimmed it down for the original theatrical release from the extended cut.

Technical

Unlike the first film, I can’t see their being any controversy here.  There are some very small artifacts that you can see at times, but they are few and far between and overall it’s a wonderful transfer.  Placing all of these films on two discs has allowed them to really use the space to give an excellent image and they have delivered.  The soundtrack is just like the first film, wonderful and enveloping and with nothing bad that I can say about it at all.  It’s a fantastic soundtrack, and you can easily break out the attack on Helm’s Deep for a demo of everything your home theater can deliver sonically.

Extras

Like Fellowship, we have four commentary tracks with over 30 people contributing, and three more DVDs of extra features that include hours and hours of documentaries, behind the scenes features, interactive maps, image galleries, notes on adapting the books, and far more.  If there is something missing from this set of extras, I have no idea what it would be.