Winner of 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy comes to a stunning conclusion with the theatrical version of the final installment, The Return of the King. The final battle for Middle-earth begins as Frodo and Sam, led by Gollum, continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring. Aragorn struggles to fulfill his legacy as he leads his outnumbered followers against the growing power of the Dark Lord Sauron, so that the Ring-bearer Frodo may complete his quest. Based on J.R.R. Tolkien's epic adventure of good versus evil, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King is the ultimate achievement by director Peter Jackson in his acclaimed film trilogy.
This wide-screen four-disc Platinum Series DVD set includes 50 minutes of never-before-seen footage woven into the theatrical release of the film, and new music by Howard Shore.
Discs 1 and 2 titled, "The Feature", include the film itself along with four audio commentaries from Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom and Academy Award winners Richard Taylor, Howard Shore, Randy Cook, and many more.
The remaining discs are titled, "The Appendices." These two discs contain hours of original content including multiple documentaries and design/photo galleries with thousands of images to give viewers an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Documentaries that were started with the Special Extended DVD Editions of the first two films in the trilogy are continued here, bringing the full The Lord of the Rings experience to completion.
Disc 3 includes features on adapting the final chapters into a screenplay, planning the film, abandoned concepts such as the battle between Aragorn and Sauron, storyboards to pre-visualization, a Weta Workshop visit, an Atlas of Middle-earth, galleries of art and slideshows with commentaries by the artists, and much more!
Disc 4 consists of an interactive feature on "The Mumakil Battle," a documentary on completing the trilogy, "Bigatures"-A close-up look at the detailed miniatures used in the film, galleries of behind-the-scenes photographs and personal cast photos, post-production, sound design demonstration, special documentaries on Cameron Duncan, the inspiration for the Academy Award winning song "Into the West," and much more!