The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Directed by Peter Jackson
Starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen

New Line Home Entertainment | January 15, 2008 | DVD

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
There's a truism in Hollywood that says the second film in a series is usually the best. For Star Wars, yes. For Indiana Jones, not so much. For The Lord of the Rings ... well, we won't really know until The Return of the King hits the screen. But with The Two Towers, Peter Jackson more than meets the high expectations he set with Fellowship -- no small feat since this is really the "bridge" part of the story, with little narrative resolution.

Frodo and Sam are having a rough time of it, lost in the wastes surrounding Mordor and still being followed by the treacherous Gollum, whose much-anticipated appearance does not disappoint. His CG self is heart-breakingly pitiable and positively terrifying all at once, especially as he wavers between his Gollum-self and his Sméagol-self.

Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli are tracking Merry and Pippin, captives of the Uruk-Hai until a desperate escape attempt leads them to Treebeard, the oldest of the magnificent Ents. These anthropomorphized trees -- peaceable shepherds of the forest -- must determine their role in the battle for Middle-Earth and their ultimate choice prompts some very impressive scenes, indeed.

Meanwhile, Saruman's forces are waging war on the race of Men. They begin with the kingdom of Rohan, whose strength is waning with that of their ruler. King Theoden has fallen under the evil influence of Saruman's spy, Grima Wormtongue, played to oily perfection by Brad Dourif, whose scenes with the lovely, stricken Eowyn make the blood run cold.

The people of Rohan, joined by the brave but weary Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli, hunker down to defend the stronghold at Helm's Deep, where the desperation, fear and tension are palpable. The battle scenes with the vast army of Orcs is a marvel of modern filmmaking: thousands upon thousands of warriors join the melee, arrows whistling and swords clashing -- the scale is nothing short of magnificent.

The film closes with the necessary narrative setups, leaving you to wonder again how you can possibly be expected to wait for the next chapter. (That sound in the background is the dump truck full of awards backing up to Peter Jackson's door.)

Video Release: January 15, 2008

Theatrical Release: 2002

Runtime: 214

Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment

UPC: 794043650420

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Movie of our generation This is the best movie of our generation! If you have not seen it you should see it soon. I am a very big Lord of the Rings FAN!
Date published: 2013-10-28

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Directed by Peter Jackson
Starring Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen

Video Release: January 15, 2008

Theatrical Release: 2002

Runtime: 214

Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)

Studio: New Line Home Entertainment

UPC: 794043650420


Edition Description
  • Closed Captioned
  • Color
  • Runtime: 214 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Wide Screen
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English, English

Editorial Notes

DISCS 1-2: The Feature:
A new version of the second installment includes over 40 minutes of never-before-seen footage incorporated into the film. (approx. 208 minutes)
Four audio commentaries by the director, writer, the design team, and production team featuring more than 30 participants including Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Howard Shore, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, and Orlando Bloom.

DISCS 3-4: The Appendices:
Two discs with 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 Two Towers

DISC 3:
Adapting the book into a screenplay & planning the film
Designing and inspiration for locations in Middle-earth
Storyboards to pre-visualization
Weta Workshop visit: See sculptors in action as they create weapons, armor, creatures, and miniatures from the film
Atlas of Middle-earth tracing the journey of the Fellowship
An interactive map of New Zealand highlighting the location scouting process
Galleries of art and slideshows with commentaries by the artists

DISC 4:

Sending the actors into battle: sword fighting
Principal photography: Stories from the set
Digital effects including motion capture and the computer program to create the armies of Orcs
Bigatures: a close-up look at the miniatures
Galleries of behind-the-scenes photographs and personal cast photos
Post-Production: editing it all together
Sound design demonstration
DVD-ROM Content: Includes access to exclusive online features
Widescreen anamorphic format

Notes

Theatrical Release Date: December 18, 2002
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