The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Review

by Bob Bloom (bobbloom AT iquest DOT net)
August 28th, 2003

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS (New Line Home Entertainment): This second part of J.R.R. Tolkein's trilogy loses nothing of its spectacle in its transfer to DVD.

The two-disc set provides hours of extras, some of which are merely grand-sized promos for the trilogy's finale: The Return of the King, plus the extended version of The Two Towers, which will be released in November.

But both are done so well, that you can excuse the hype and enjoy them for what they are.

The widescreen presentation of the film, coupled with the Dolby Digital EX 5.1 surround sound, puts you at the heart of Middle Earth. And nowhere is this more evident than in the massive Helm's Deep battle sequence.

Other extras include a look at the creation of the CGI character of Gollum, various shorts looking at the characters and creatures of Middle Earth, plus a short film by Sean Astin titled "The Long and Short of It," which displays the camaraderie among the cast and crew members.
The Two Towers continues to capture your imagination, and intensifies your anticipation for the grand finale.

Bob Bloom is the film critic at the Journal and Courier in Lafayette, IN. He can be reached by e-mail at [email protected] or at [email protected] Other reviews by Bloom can be found at www.jconline.com by clicking on movies.
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