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Lord Of The Rings, The: The Return Of The King
2003 / Theatrical Edition / Widescreen
Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 85 (Jun 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

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

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 5+
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4.5
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Special Features
Special features scheduled to include in-depth featurettes like "The Quest Fulfilled: A Director

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): N6929
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Intense epic battle sequences and frightening images
(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 201
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2003
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 05/25/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Peter Jackson
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Finishing what "The Fellowship Of The Rings" and "The Two Towers" started, "The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King" finalizes the epic tale of a hobbit

DVD Picture:
Consistent with the theatrical DVD editions of "The Fellowship Of The Rings" and "The Two Towers," the anamorphically enhanced 2.40:1 DVD picture is a satisfying visual experience. While images can be sharp and detailed with, at times, excellent textures, the picture can also have a soft, hazy, or filtered look. The color palette is often very dark, but suitable to the depicted locations and emotions of the movie. The majority of the film takes place in territories near the fiery realm of Mordor, so ashy grays and cold, dreadful blues are utilized to enhance the tone and heighten the tension of the overwhelming evil. In the Paths Of The Dead and the battle at Pelennor Fields, the glowing green souls of the Men Of The Mountain radiate in the desaturated color scheme. Blacks are occasionally grayish and milky. Details like the stone paths and rooftops at Minas Tirith shimmer slightly and occasional moir

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