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The Two Towers: Extended Edition
Topic by: larbeck
Posted: December 15, 2003 - 8:55 PM PST
Last Reply: December 18, 2003 - 8:08 AM PST

author topic: The Two Towers: Extended Edition
post #1  on December 15, 2003 - 8:55 PM PST  
Actually, I did not see the extended edition on DVD but at a movie theater today. And I loved it. In fact, I would call it the Best Film that I Ever Saw except that I may just change my mind in a couple of days, when the "Return of the King" comes.

Still, the extra scenes really did flow into the movie well. In fact, it is a better film for it. New scenes appear early in the film and spark your excitement and you get to see some more resolution to the Battle at Helms Deep. And the relationships better Boromir, Faramir, and their father, Denethor II, the Steward of Gondor is explored. And the funeral of King Théoden of Rohan's son, Théodred's funeral is expanded a bit and it is sooooo moving. Of course, the fact that I have lost a member of my family and I have seen that pain of a parent who has buried a son with my own eyes makes it special for me. I pray that no one reading this ever has to bury their son or daughter.

The only down side is the music - not don't get me wrong, the music is GREAT but, for a movie that runs more three and a half hours, it could use a bit more variety. Some of the themes are repeated just a bit too many times.

I am hoping that some kind soul will put this DVD set under my Christmas tree!

And the bar is set soooo high for "Return of the King". We will see. I wish every author who ever has a work translated to the screen would get this kind of loving treatment as Peter Jackson has done with J.R.R. Tolkien magnus opus.
post #2  on December 17, 2003 - 4:52 PM PST  
I watched this last week on DVD (my g/f broke down and bought the extended version after I had already bought the regular Two Towers version), and also had great fun watching the extra scenes. I enjoyed the extended bits with Merry and Pippin and the Ents, although my reaction to those was the same as it was to most of the other new (or extended) material...

as you said, they do shine more light on the characters, and also take some of the top heavy feel the regular version gives, of being weighted more toward battle scenes than towards character development. However, I really felt like they were right to cut most of what they did -- for the sake of flow, the extra stuff slowed down momentum quite a bit, and in particular, took away from Frodo and Samwise's storyline. It feels like way too long before they return to them, at least on two occasions. I did find the mourning scene very moving, but I found it moving the first time around -- partially because of Bernard Hill's excellent performance as Theoden.

Although I was driving my g/f crazy with my occasional mutterings of "Yeah, I can see why they cut that..." "Yep, can see why they cut that" etc., I really did enjoy watching the added footage. Plus all the behind the scenes material is great fun, as it was on the first film's extended edition. But I felt the first special edition had more scenes in it that greatly enhanced the story arc, while this one only marginally felt that way to me. *However*, now that I think of it, there was one addition in the Two Towers that did illuminate a lot for me -- that was the flashback with Faramir and Boromir; this seemed to explain much better Faramir's motivation for behaving the way he does. So, for that alone it is worth it.

No matter what, I agree, this is *definitely* worth owning!
post #3  on December 17, 2003 - 7:57 PM PST  
In the theater this weekend, I, who normally keep quiet in theaters, squealed out, "the trees!" I had groused for so long about having the Lothlorien elves help out at Helm's Deep that I truly was delighted to see the added footage of the trees devouring the orcs (yes, I know it's not that much action on screen).

I like the Boromir/Faramir flashbacks, too. Boromir did come off much nicer than in the book.
post #4  on December 18, 2003 - 8:08 AM PST  
And how about John Noble as Denethor II, the Last Steward Gondor and father of Boromir and Faramir. I want to see more if this actor! His tragedy was got to be sooo goood.

I have GOT to see ROTK today!

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