The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers

The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers

Director: Peter Jackson Cast: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

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New Line Cinema and Peter Jackson continue their string of excellence in the first release of the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers on DVD. Presented here in its theatrical cut, the focus isn't quite heaped on the extras as much as it's presenting the film audiences saw and loved in the theaters in the most spectacular presentation possible for home viewing. Visually, The Two Towers has never looked better, with its 2.35:1 widescreen picture working as a perfect vehicle to show off cinematographer Andrew Lesnie's skillful eye and the amazing digital color-correction done in post-production. The audio as well is powerful and full, thanks to the 5.1 Dolby Digital EX Surround Sound and 2.0 tracks supplied -- for proof, look no further than the Battle of Helm's Deep, whose layers of rain, thunder, and carnage are mixed perfectly with Howard Shore's driving score, creating bombastic booms that will no doubt rock whatever sound system you're running. The rest of the two-disc edition follows the same groundwork laid by the original Fellowship DVD in which the extras are mostly just but a taste of what's to come. Even though audiences are licking their lips for the later, more beefed-up Special Extended Edition (featuring a longer cut of the film along with an unbelievable amount of extras), this edition still holds its own with bonus materials that won't make it onto its sister disc -- most notably, the ten-minute preview of The Return of the King, which finds Peter Jackson in the editing lab teasing the audience with snippets of footage that will no doubt leave fans on the floor ready for more. With equal time split between behind-the-scenes and actual film footage, for most, this is the main draw of this release and not surprisingly, it doesn't disappoint. For more sneak peeks into the third film's goodness, simply head to the preview of Electronic Arts' The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King video game, which showcases more choice footage from the upcoming film along with interviews from the cast and creators of the game. For those that just can't wait for The Two Towers: Extended Edition, there's also a preview of the four-disc set, which highlights Boromir's (Sean Bean) cut flashback scenes, along with many other large and small plot lines that are now added back into the film (which should lay rest to any of the hardcore Tolkien fans' initial complaints). There are two full specials that make an appearance on the disc, both filmed especially for the Starz/Encore and WB cable channels. Each provide the same levels of insight into the production of the second film, which are in turn, built upon in the featurettes -- eight small behind-the-scene video bits that were available on the web before the release of the film. The teaser and theatrical trailer are also supplied, along with a whopping 16 TV spots ready for you to jump into. Throwaway to most, though probably important to the remaining few, there's also Emiliana Torrini's music video to "Gollum's Song," which basically comes off as a classy, but still throw-together compilation of footage from the film and her in the studio (a duet with Gollum would have been better). Finally, one of the best things about the disc is the inclusion of Sean Astin's terribly sweet short film The Long and Short of It, filmed in the town of Wellington on an off-day from the production utilizing everything from extra cameras to various cast and crew alike, followed by a behind-the-scenes clip with some hilarious interviews with Andy Serkis and company. Far too easily written off as the lesser of the two initial releases of the film, this disc is an assurance that the original version of the film will live on for years to come.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2003
UPC: 0794043635526
Original Release: 2002
Rating: PG-13
Source: New Line Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital]
Time: 2:59:00
Sales rank: 1,985

Special Features

Closed Caption; Behind-the-scenes featurettes: "On the Set - The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," "Return to Middle-earth"; Short film directed by Sean Astin, "The Long and Short of It," and the making of "The Long and Short of It"; Featurettes created for "Forces of Darkness," "Designing the Sounds of Middle-earth," "Edoras: The Rohan Capital," "Creatures of Middle-earth," "Gandalf the White," "Arms and Armor," "The Battle of Helm's Deep," "Bringing Gollum to Life"; Exclusive 10-minute behind-the-scenes preview of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King; Original theatrical trailers and TV spots; "Gollum's Song" music video by Emiliana Torrini; Preview of Electronic Arts' video game The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King; Inside look at the Special Extended DVD Edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers; DVD-ROM content: Exclusive online content

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elijah Wood Actor
Ian McKellen Actor
Liv Tyler Arwen
Viggo Mortensen Actor
Sean Astin Actor
Cate Blanchett Galadriel
John Rhys-Davies Actor,Treebeard
Bernard Hill Theoden
Christopher Lee Actor
Billy Boyd Pippin
Dominic Monaghan Merry
Orlando Bloom Actor
Hugo Weaving Actor
Miranda Otto Eowyn
David Wenham Faramir
Brad Dourif Grima Wormtongue
Andy Serkis Actor
Karl Urban Eomer
Craig Parker Haldir
Sala Baker Sauron
Marton Csokas Celeborn
Joel Tobeck young Gollum
Sean Bean Actor

Technical Credits
Peter Jackson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Joe Peter Bleakley Art Director
Philippa Boyens Screenwriter
Victoria Burrows Casting
Carolynne Cunningham Asst. Director
Ngila Dickson Costumes/Costume Designer
David Farmer Sound/Sound Designer
Dan Hennah Set Decoration/Design
Michael Horton Editor
John Hubbard Casting
Philip Ivey Art Director
Peter King Makeup
Alan Lee Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Lesnie Cinematographer
Michael Lynne Executive Producer
Amy MacLean Casting
Grant Major Production Designer
Liz Mullane Casting
Jabez Olssen Editor
Mark Ordesky Executive Producer
Barrie M. Osborne Producer
Rob Otterside Art Director
Peter Owen Makeup
Hammond Peek Sound/Sound Designer
Rick Porras Co-producer
Mark Robins Art Director
Ann Robinson Casting
Jamie Selkirk Co-producer
Robert Shaye Executive Producer
Howard Shore Score Composer
Stephen Sinclair Screenwriter
Richard Taylor Costumes/Costume Designer,Makeup Special Effects
Ethan Van der Ryn Sound/Sound Designer
Fran Walsh Producer,Screenwriter
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
J.R.R. Tolkien Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen Version
1. The Foundations of Stone [4:06]
2. The Taming of Sméagol [7:23]
3. The Uruk-hai [:45]
4. The Three Hunters [2:09]
5. The Burning of the Westfold [3:03]
6. The Banishment of Èomer [2:50]
7. On the Trail of the Uruk-hai [:51]
8. Night Camp at Fangorn [2:58]
9. The Riders of Rohan [4:07]
10. Traces of Merry and Pippin [2:32]
11. Treebeard [3:29]
12. The Passage of the Marshes [6:58]
13. The White Rider [5:36]
14. Fangorn Forest [:40]
15. The Black Gate Is Closed [5:17]
16. The King of the Golden Hall [11:28]
17. Simbelmynë on the Burial Mounds [1:52]
18. The King's Decision [3:10]
19. A Daughter of Kings [1:26]
20. Exodus From Edoras [1:04]
21. The Forests of Ithilien [1:43]
22. Gollum and Sméagol [2:29]
23. Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit [4:27]
24. Dwarf Women [:56]
25. The Evenstar [4:29]
26. The Wolves of Isengard [6:37]
27. Helm's Deep [2:26]
28. Isengard Unleashed [2:36]
29. The Grace of the Valar [1:39]
30. Arwen's Fate [3:40]
31. The Story Foreseen From Lórien [2:25]
32. The Window on the West [2:56]
33. The Forbidden Pool [7:19]
34. Aragorn's Return [5:33]
35. Entmoot [1:20]
36. The Glittering Caves [1:58]
37. "Where Is the Horse and the Rider?" [1:44]
38. The Host of the Eldar [3:32]
39. The Battle of the Hornburg [6:15]
40. Old Entish [1:39]
41. The Breach of the Deeping Wall [3:25]
42. The Entmoot Decides [1:45]
43. Retreat of the Hornburg [5:56]
44. Master Peregrin's Plan [1:24]
45. Osgiliath [:35]
46. The Last March of the Ents [2:16]
47. The Nazgûl Attack [2:32]
48. Forth Eorlingas [4:38]
49. The Flooding of Isengard [2:28]
50. The Tales That Really Mattered... [4:46]
51. "The Battle for Middle-earth Is About to Begin" [1:39]
52. Gollum's Plan [2:25]
53. End Credits [7:42]

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The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 132 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have watched the DVD version many times. Very disappointed to find many scenes removed in the Blu ray version: parts of the trek across Rohan, climb down the elvish rope, death of Saruman and more. The story has lost a lot.
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
What hasn't been said about this sequel? The acting is even better, as are the characters and fight scenes. Love the soundtrack.
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DarthPlagueis More than 1 year ago
amazing from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Peter Jackson did an astonishing job in re-creating Middle Earth from the novel. His vision for the movie is truly beautiful and his imagination took you to another world. When I watched this movie (at the theaters with my best friend at 1:00, yes 1:00 in the MORNING), the last thing I was was asleep. The action sequence is impecable and very amusing. When I watched this movie and the first one (Fellowship of the Ring), it took me to another world, along with the hobbits and elves and dwarves. The music, scenery, and...just about everything captivates you. This is a movie, or rather a trilogy that will surely become a classic in good time. And can I just tell you that it won 4 out of the 5 awards it was nominated for in the MTV movie awards, including best movie!!!!!!! I am a proud as hell #1 fan and believer in LOTR!!!! If I could, I would definetely give this movie way over 5 stars! HARRY POTTER NEEDS TO SCOOT ON OVER!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Peter Jackson has outdone himself again! This movie was is awesome the battle at Helm's Deep was amazing! It follows the book (semi) through it. I asked my friends about it, but they said it was to confussing for them. I don't know how, but it did. This movie is so AWESOME I can't wait until The Return of the King!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie trilogy I have ever seen...I love it so much! All 3 parts are great...I love all the actors especially Elijah Wood...I watched him ever since he was little and was very pleased with this movie...Viggo, Liv and the gang were great...everything was perfect...I have all the books and all the movies(well almost...the third didn't come out on dvd yet but when it does I am buying it!)...I saw the third one 3 times so far in the movies! I love this movie so much! I can see it everyday even though it's a long movie...I can relate to all the characters and love the way Peter Jackson did all that he did...there is so much to this movie and it is so's the best movie and should get all the awards it is up for...I also have the video game and love it...The Return of the King and The Two Towers...they are so fun! I love this movie! I love all the actors and actresses in it...I wish i coulda been a Hobbit or something :)
o-bloomfan More than 1 year ago
I really like this movie!! I thought Gollum/Smeagol would only be scary. He is actually funny too! He always talks to himself. I like the part when he tells himself "Go away and never come back." It is hard to pick a favorite character. I like them all. One of my favorites is Legolas (Orlando Bloom). It is fuuny watching him and Gimly compete on how many orcs they can kill. I love all the fights. The special effects are amazing. I really, really, really like this movie. I think I have watched it twenty times. I will never get tired of watching it. If I could, I would give this movie 100 stars. I Love LOTR!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Two Towers continues where Fellowship left off. Jackson and his team have created a visually stunning film that is replete with eye-popping effects; from Helm's Deep to the integration of the digital Gollum, the film is a masterwork of what can be done visually. Storywise, the film deviates from Tolkien's written words. For the most part this can be overlooked as there is much happening in the books and not enough time to go through it all. However, those who love the books will be turned off by the re-writing of the character of Faramir. As Boromir's brother, Faramir was to be the one who resisted the Ring, the one who, in fact, did not even want to see the Ring. In the film, though, he becomes as corrupt as his brother, insisting the Ring return with him to Gondor. It is a blatant reversal and erasure of what his character was all about. All in all, even with that one glaring alteration, The Two Towers is epic storytelling done extremely well, and there are scenes that will stick in your mind long after you have finished watching it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though I took the ''kids'' I thoroghly enjoyed it myself. It was fast-moving (for a 3 hr movie), scenic, creative, well-acted and very exciting to watch. It kept relatively close to the book. It was great to see a movie without the usual ''$20 million'' actors.
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