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Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers, The
Special Extended DVD Edition
Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 80 (Jan 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Bernard Hill, Christopher Lee, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, David Wenham, Brad Dourif & Andy Serkis

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: 5+
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
This new four-disc Extended Edition of The Two Towers is every bit as exciting as the Extended Edition of The Fellowship Of The Ring. Discs One and Two offer the movie spread on two discs, with four optional commentary tracks. The first commentary features writer/producer/director Peter Jackson, writer/producer Fran Walsh, and writer Philippa Boyens. The second commentary track includes the enormous design team with Richard Taylor and Tania Rodger from Weta Workshop, production designer Grant Major, concept designers Alan Lee and John Howe, art director Dan Hennah, and art department manager Chris Hennah. The production/post-production team is an even larger commentary than the design team

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N6504
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Epic battle sequences and some scary images
(Retail Price): $39.99
(DVD Type): Four-Disc Set: DVD-9 x 4
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 235
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2002
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/18/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Peter Jackson
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
"The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers" is the middle film about Middle-earth in a wildly popular epic trilogy of good against evil, based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien. By the time the credits rolled at the end of "The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring," the fellowship was nowhere near their final destination, where Frodo (Wood) is to fulfill his quest of casting the evil ring of Mordor into the fires at Mount Doom. The fellowship had disbanded after their tremendous losses following Gandalf The Grey

DVD Picture:
As was the case with the extended edition of "The Fellowship Of The Ring," this extended edition of "The Two Towers" offers a picture (anamorphically enhanced and framed at 2.40:1) that is more refined for even better image quality. While the picture is sharp and detailed, some scenes can have a soft, hazy appearance. The color scheme is stylized to evoke emotion for certain settings, often using cold grays and blues in the eerie darker scenes, while many of the daytime scenes are naturally rendered, highlighting the lovely New Zealand countryside. As Frodo and Sam near the Black Gates Of Mordor, the color scheme turns an ashy gray, perfectly complementing the evil that dwells there and the fire theme for the land. The scenes in Rohan are a muted version of what appears to have once been a grand kingdom, with bold colors in the worn tapestries and stone floors. Much of the film

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