Friday, April 13, 2012

The Return of the King Extend Edition Review.

Thoughts: The Return of the King is my favorite of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy so I was very excited to see the extended edition of The Return of the King and it did not disappoint. There were many scenes that should have been included in the original cut. The only problem with The Return of the King was the prolonged ending. There were not any scenes added to the very end but Peter Jackson should have cut some of the end and added a scene like The Mouth of Sauron or just made the movie longer. The extended edition makes The Return of the King a much more complete movie. The extended battle scenes were great and some of the other scenes explain the movie much better than the original cut of the film. The extended edition added about 53 minutes of extra footage, which is more than the other two extended editions. There was an added scene about what happened to Saruman after, which I will have more to say about it below, and some other characters that I have only seen in video games like the Corsairs and The Mouth of Sauron. The Return of the King is the only extended edition that did not have a slower pace, which is not a flaw in movie, compared to the original and I will probably only watch this version in the future. Many of the scenes tied up a few lose ends and it a better movie. Just as in my previous review of The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers 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 Return of the King Extended Scenes.
Note: These are not in exact order and they are a few more scenes that were added that are not listed below.

The final confrontation between Gandalf and Saruman on Isengard; Saruman's staff breaks and he is stabbed in the back by Gríma Wormtongue, who is shot with an arrow by Legolas; Saruman falls from Orthanc and is impaled in a war machine. His palantír falls on the water and is found by Pippin.
I thought this was a very important scene that showed us the fate of Saruman. They never said what happened to him in the original cut ir were Gandalf found the Palantir.
The drinking game between Legolas and Gimli
This scene was hilarious. Legolas and Gimli are really funny together.
Sam threatening Gollum about Frodo on the secret stairs to Shelob's Lair.
Merry offering his services to King Theoden
This was just an extendison of the original scene.
Faramir and Pippin having a passionate conversation in Minas Tirith.
Another scene with Faramir that was cut. It also explained were Pippin got the small suit of armor.

Faramir telling Denethor that he would never use the One Ring (in a flashback on which Boromir appears).
More character deveolpment of Faramir.
Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli barely escaping from an avalanche of craniums when they are negotiating the alliance with the Dead.
Before this scene I thought that there were only extended scenes and not scenes that were completely changed but this scene changed what happened in the original.
Aragorn seeing the fleet of Corsairs ships.
This explains how Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli obtained the boat that they traveled with the un-dead army.

The fighting between Gandalf and the Witch-king of Angmar in Minas Tirith.
In the original cut it never showed how Gandalf lost his staff and it should have been included, but I guess that is what this extended edition is for.

Extended scenes of the Battle of the Pelennor Fields
The Battle of the Pelennor Fields is one of the greatest battles in movie history and the extended edition made it even longer, which was great. Gandalf even had some

Faramir and Eowyn in the Houses of Healing
Another scene that shows what happened to Eowyn after her battle with the Witch King.
The march of Frodo and Sam between the orcs
Aragorn revealing the sword Anduril to Sauron in a palantír.
This explains how they got Sauron attention.
The Mouth of Sauron
This is probably my favorite scene that was added to the extended edition. I have seen The Mouth of Sauron in many Lord of the Rings vidoe games and wondered why he was not in the original cut.
Gollum and Frodo struggling on Mount Doom.
Fan End Credits
New song called "Bilbo's Song" added to the closing credits

The Movie: 10/10- This my favorite Lord of the Rings movie and fourth favorite movie overall after the four best Star Wars movies and the extended edition made it even better,
Video: 10/10- Wow! The Return of the King's video quality was amazing! The cinematography made it one of the best looking movies I have seen on Blu-Ray. It is worth getting just to watch on Blu-Ray.

Audio: 9.9/10- The sound was probably the best of the collection.

Overall 10/10- Overall The Return of the King Extended Edition is the best of the set.

I will review the special features after I get around to them.
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  1. You're right on there. The Mouth of Sauron appears in the book, and Gandalf's refusal to accept his terms is a much better scene on it's own than Aragorn's speech. (see my post.) In the book, Saruman and Wormtongue were in Hobbiton (in The Scouring of the Shire)before W killed S and was then shot by hobbits. The Gandalf vs. Witch king scene should not have been done; it is directly opposed to Gandalf's book statement that he is indisputably the no. 2 most powerful person in MiddleEarth.

  2. Totally awesome! :D I remember a lot of those scenes from back when I watched the extended version of this movie and I agree, I wish they had kept them in.
    And this movie is also my favorite in the trilogy, it's SO good! :D

  3. @JT/King Valun: So Hobbits killed Saruman and Wormtongue, interesting. It seems that Gandalf was underpowered in the movies and I guess that is why the scene was cut.

    @Shena Tokala: I am glad you agree. :) My favorite of the trilogy also, it is hard to beat it.



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