EIV announce Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Extended Edition

Entertainment in Video have finally announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of the Special Extended Edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers for 18th November 2003. Also confirmed is the arrival of an exclusive limited edition Collector’s DVD Gift Set, that includes the Special Extended Edition, and will be available on the same day. Retail prices are £34.99 and £49.99 respectively.

Though basically identical to the Region 1 edition (full details here) we have an official list of features for the UK release...

Special Extended Edition

Discs 1 - 2(The Feature)
FEATURE (approx. 214 minutes PAL) – A new version of the second instalment in the epic trilogy! The film includes over 42 minutes PAL of never-before-seen footage incorporated into the film, made especially for this 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
    Four audio commentaries by 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, Randy Cook…and many more

    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 Two Towers:
    DISC 3
  • Adapting the book into a screenplay & planning the film
  • Designing and inspiration for locations in Middle-earth
  • Storyboards to pre-visualization
  • Weta Workshop visit – See sculptors in action as they create the weapons, armour, creatures and miniatures from the film
  • Atlas of Middle-earth: Tracing the journey of the Fellowship
  • An interactive map of New Zealand highlighting the location scouting process
  • Galleries of art and slideshows with commentaries by the artists
  • And much more!

    DISC 4
  • Sending actors to battle – preparation for sword fighting
  • Principal photography: Stories from the set
  • Digital effects including motion capture and “Massive” (a program to create armies of Orcs)
  • “Bigatures” – A close-up look at the detailed miniatures used in the film
  • Galleries of behind-the-scenes photographs and personal cast photos
  • Post-production – editing it all together
  • Sound design demonstration
  • And much more!

    Collector's DVD Gift Set Contents
    The following contents will be presented in packaging illustrated by famed artist, Alan Lee:
  • Special Extended DVD Edition of The Lord Of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Collectible Gollum polystone statue created by Sideshow Weta
  • “The Evolution of Gollum” exclusive:
    • Bonus DVD on the Weta Workshop and how the Gollum statue was created, featuring interviews with Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, the cast and more!
    • A printed companion piece showing how Gollum evolved from pencil sketch to sculpted maquette to digital character

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