The Lord of the Rings Return of the King: The details are in! The Return of the King extended edition DVD hits on December 14th!

DISCS 1-2: The Feature

FEATURE (approx. 250 minutes) - A new version of the final installment in the epic trilogy! The Academy-Award® winning film now has 50 minutes of never-before-seen footage incorporated into the film for this highly-anticipated video release:

- Widescreen (2.35:1) version of the Special Extended Edition

- Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround Sound

- DTS ES 6.1 Surround Sound

- Stereo Surround Sound

- English subtitles and closed captions

- Spanish subtitles

Four audio commentaries by the director and writers, the design team, the production team and the cast featuring more than 30 participants including Peter Jackson, Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom and Academy Award® winners Richard Taylor, Howard Shore…and many more.

Cast commentary also features dialogue between split-personality characters Gollum and Smeagol (Andy Serkis)!

DISCS 3-4: The Appendices

Two discs with hours of original content including multiple documentaries and design/photo galleries with thousands of images to give viewers an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King::

- THE APPENDICES PART V: "The War of the Ring"

- Disc intro by director Peter Jackson

- "J.R.R. Tolkien: The Legacy of Middle-earth" documentary

- From Book to Script:

"From Book to Script: Forging the Final Chapter" documentary

Abandoned Concept: Aragorn Battles Sauron

Designing and Building Middle-earth

"Designing Middle-earth" documentary

"Big-atures" documentary

"Weta Workshop" documentary

"Costume Design" documentary

Design Galleries - 2,123 images

The Peoples of Middle-earth (galleries with docent audio)

The Realms of Middle-earth (galleries with docent audio)

Miniatures (galleries with docent audio)

"Home of the Horse Lords" documentary

"Middle-earth Atlas: Tracing the Journeys of the Fellowship" interactive map

"New Zealand as Middle-earth" interactive map w/on-location footage

THE APPENDICES PART VI: "The Passing of an Age"

Disc intro by Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Billy Boyd and Dominic Monaghan

Filming The Return of the King

"Cameras in Middle-earth" documentary

Production Photos (gallery) - 69 images

Visual Effects

"Weta Digital" documentary

"The Mumakil Battle" demonstration / multi-angle interactive feature

Post Production: Journey's End

"Editorial: Completing the Trilogy" documentary

"Music for Middle-earth" documentary

"The Soundscapes of Middle-earth" documentary

"The End of All Things" documentary

"The Passing of an Age" documentary

Cameron Duncan: The Inspiration for "Into the West"

"Cameron Duncan: The Inspiration for 'Into the West'" documentary

"DFK6498" short film

"Strike Zone" short film

DVD-ROM CONTENT: Includes access to exclusive online features

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