Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Two Towers Extend Edition Review.

Thoughts: I was really excited to watch The Two Towers since it had more extra footage than The Fellowship and it did not disappoint. The added 43 minutes really changed The Two Towers; it almost felt like a different movie with the addedscenes. Although it did slow the pace, which is fine for fan, and there were not near as many scenes with The Hobbits that added or extended. There were many scenes with Aragorn and company and there were a lot of loose ends that were tied up nicely. The character Faramir was given much more screen time and I really liked the character. He was really given the shaft in the theatrical version of the movie. There was again some really funny humor that was added, most of which was with Gimli. There is a lot more information about the characters included in this version and Aragorn's quest was much more interesting and made you feel more invested in the story. Especially the scene were Aragorn tells Eowyn that he is 85 years old! The Two Towers is my second favorite Lord of the Rings movie after The Return of the King but I like them all and the Extend Edition is a must buy for any fan of the movies. Just as in my previous review of The Fellowship of the Ring below are all of the scenes that were added and my comments are highlighted in red below each description of the extra scenes that I think are worth noting.

 The Two Towers Extended Scenes.

Sam uses his Elvish rope to help him and Frodo get down from a cliff and another clip in which it is raining on them.
There was a scene in The Fellowship of the Ring that was cut were Lady Galadriel gave each of the Fellowship something to help them in their quest and she gave Sam some Elvish rope, which was used in this scene.

Pippin believes that Merry is wounded and asks the orcs to give him some water. Instead they give him orc draught to drink.

Some extra stuff with Sauron building his armies and gathering allies, and plotting etc.

Éomer finds his cousin mortally wounded and brings him to Edoras. Later Gríma exiling Éomer is extended.

The encounter between orcs and Uruk-hai extended.

The funeral of Théodred.

The encounter between the hobbits Merry and Pippin and Treebeard is extended; There is also a scene in which Merry and Pippin stay drunk only to hear the powerful voice of the Ent, almost falling off Treebeard's body.

Merry and Pippin drink Ent Draught (Which makes them grow a few inches taller and they get attacked by Old Man Willow and Treebeard saves them.
This scene actually explains how the Ents can talk and I wish this was in the original cut.

Gandalf and Aragorn talk about Frodo's fate on their way to Rohan.
Some humorous scenes, such as one in which Eowyn (who is an awful cook) serves a plate of terrible stew to Aragorn (In which Aragorn reveals his age to be 87)
Now this was a shock. Aragorn was 87 years old! That information should have been included.

Faramir finds the boat carrying the body of his brother Boromir, which brings him many memories that help to explain in detail his relationship with his father Denethor and Denethor's unsympathetic attitude towards his Faramir.
Faramir really got the shaft in the original cut. I like him much more as a character after watching the extended editions.

Faramir and Boromir at Osgiliath and Denethor sends Boromir to Rivendell to find out about the One Ring.
More character development of Farmir, which is good.

Flotsam and Jetsom is a new scene where Merry and Pippin find food and Longbottom Leaf in Isengard
Something that I noticed in the extended editions is that the smoking of weed was mostly removed other than a seeing the characters smoke.

Extended Scene of Sam's Speech at Osgiliath

Faramir shows the hobbits the way out of Osgiliath
More scenes that Faramir was cut out of and it explains how they left Osgliath better.
Fan End Credits

The Movie: 10/10- Before watching the extended edition I was not sure if I liked The Two Towers or The Fellowship of the Ring more but after watching the extended editions I definitely like The Tow Towers more and it is also one of the best movies ever made.

Video: 9.9/10- The video quality was better than the Fellowship and definitely enhances the experience.

Audio: 9.7/10- The only real problem with the audio is that in some scenes the sound effects and music over power the voices of the characters but it does really immerse you into the movie.

Overall 10/10- The Tow Towers is almost like a different movie with the added scenes and is definitely a better movie.

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  1. From what you said in this review, I really want to see the Extended version of this film! :D

  2. All I can say is: The theatrical cut should have been four hours long, with all these scenes in it (they are). Real fans would have stayed, and it's epic enough for the rest of them.

  3. I love the extended version for TTT (the only movie, which I have the extended edition for). Unfortunately, it's on a tape (which is falling apart)...and so I have the theatrical cut on DVD, but when I watch the DVD, I'm thinking, "Where did all those scenes go?! Why does it seem to moving so fast!" :P

  4. @Shena Tokala: I couldn't recommend it more. :D

    @JT/King Valun: Definitely agree with you there, the more LOTR the better.

    @Alianna: That is unfortunate. :( I will probably be thinking the same way if I watch the theatrical cut again also. :D



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