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HTF REVIEW: Return of the King Extended Cut - Absolutely Recommended



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#1 of 95 OFFLINE   DaViD Boulet

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Posted December 16 2004 - 08:32 AM


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#2 of 95 OFFLINE   DaViD Boulet

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Posted December 16 2004 - 08:32 AM

Part 2 coming soon...
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#3 of 95 ONLINE   Lou Sytsma

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Posted December 16 2004 - 08:47 AM

So far so good Dave!Posted Image BTW not sure what the 1964 Year reference is to at the top...
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#4 of 95 OFFLINE   Sean Moon

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Posted December 16 2004 - 08:52 AM

Just one mistake at the beginning.......there is no Pan and Scan version of this. Not even on VHS. So its OAR all the wayPosted Image
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#5 of 95 OFFLINE   Elias A.

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Posted December 16 2004 - 09:12 AM

Thanks for the very comprehensive and thoughtful review, David. Another excellent job. This is exactly the kind of information I want to read in a review. Detailed and well-articulated information, particularly about the audio and video quality, rather than the usual platitudes about "skin tones looking natural." Bravo. Sadly, I haven't been able to watch my copy of the ROTK:EE yet. I sat down to watch disc 1 of the supplements last night with my wife, but we were unable to get past the introduction because the picture kept breaking up and eventually froze altogether. I pulled the disc out of the player and checked for scratches or marks. There were no visible signs of damage to the disc surface, but I did notice some strange variations in the clarity of the plastic near the center of the disc, right next to the hole in the middle. I'm guessing that the two layers are separating, and making the disc unreadable. I'm going to return it to Circuit City tonight and get another copy. Hopefully, I'll have better luck with the next copy. Strangely, the same thing happened to me when I got the Two Towers Extended Edition, which I also bought at Circuit City. I returned TT:EE for a replacement, and the new set played just fine. Maybe there are a lot of defective discs out there. Anyone else having problems with playing their ROTK:EE?

#6 of 95 OFFLINE   DaViD Boulet

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Posted December 16 2004 - 09:31 AM

thanks for the comments guys. Oh...that 1964 thing...that's what I get for copying and pasting from my Mary Poppins review... :b

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#7 of 95 OFFLINE   Kain_C

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Posted December 16 2004 - 10:06 AM

How many more endings does this one add?

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Posted December 16 2004 - 10:29 AM

This extended cut has the same number of endings as the theatrical cut.....ONE.Posted Image
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#9 of 95 OFFLINE   Kain_C

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Posted December 16 2004 - 10:54 AM

Guess you don't follow. I mean parts where the film should or could have ended. And ROTK had more than any other film I have ever seen. I was just wondering if this EE actually draws the endings out even more.

#10 of 95 OFFLINE   Sam Davatchi

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Posted December 16 2004 - 10:58 AM

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#11 of 95 OFFLINE   DavidBL

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Posted December 16 2004 - 11:12 AM

According to everything I've read, there are no extentions to the film after Frodo wakes up in Minas Tirith. Except the fan club credits, of course.

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Posted December 16 2004 - 11:29 AM

David is correct. No new scenes after he wakes up. And it still works beautifully. Great ending for a great eleven hour epic, Chuck
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#13 of 95 OFFLINE   Casey Trowbridg

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Posted December 16 2004 - 11:50 AM

Another wonderful review from DaViD. Thanks for this and I look forward to your thoughts on the 2 extras discs.

#14 of 95 OFFLINE   Chris Tedesco

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Posted December 16 2004 - 12:51 PM

I love it! Can't wait to watch this. Actually, I am going to put this one off until the 27th of December. I will be off that day and a buddy and I are going to watch all 3 Extended Versions back to back.

It will be a glorious and sad day at the same time due to the fact that this is really the end of it all.

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Posted December 16 2004 - 01:05 PM

I was worried about the end credits. I was worried they wouldnt add a sketch of Christopher Lee or Brad Dourif to them. But gladly they did. Was so happy to see them added to the credits properPosted Image
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Posted December 16 2004 - 01:05 PM

Great review so far David. I picked up my copy a couple of days ago and am itching to play this one. I don't have enough free time during the week to view the film all in one sitting.....but come the weekend....well, that's a different story altogether.Posted Image This one's gonna put my home theater to the test as my speakers will make full use of the 6.1 DTS ES. I can't wait!Posted Image
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Posted December 16 2004 - 01:32 PM

FYI: there is mention of the "multiple endings" criticism in the extras on disc 3 - a humorous anecdote from Elijah Wood involving a run-in he had with Jack Nicholson, and an explanation from Peter jackson. Nice review, David. I have to put the rest of this away and work on some reviews myself...

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Posted December 16 2004 - 02:58 PM

Is there going to be a $5 rebate for owners of the RotK TE? I noticed the street price on RotK EE was cheaper than previous EEs.

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Posted December 16 2004 - 03:01 PM

David: just wanted to let you know that I posted a quick note over in HTF Feedback thanking you for your yeoman-like efforts over the past ten days.

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Posted December 16 2004 - 03:42 PM

There's a form inside the EE packaging.