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Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers, The
Theatrical Edition / Widescreen
Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 76 (Sept 2003) 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
DD Sound Rating: 5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
As with the multiple releases of The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring DVDs, The Two Towers theatrical edition has been initially released with its own set of special feature only to be followed in November by a distinctly different four-disc Special Extended Edition boxed set. This is the theatrical version, which offers a second disc of supplements including a 10-minute behind-the-scenes sneak peak at the yet-to-be-released final film in the trilogy The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (December 2003); actor Sean Astin

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N6355
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Epic battle sequences and scary images
(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Two-Disc Set: DVD9 x 2
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 179
(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): 08/26/03
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Peter Jackson
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Special Notes:
Available separately in a 1.33:1 (4:3) modified version.

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:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD exhibits a picture that is consistent with the look of "The Fellowship Of The Ring," offering a satisfyingly sharp and detailed picture. 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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