LOTR: The Two Towers Extended Edition - Early details revealed

The official Lord of the Rings movie site, www.lordoftherings.net, has updated with specs and a feature list for the 18th November worldwide DVD release of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Platinum Series Special Extended Edition. Here is a rundown of what to expect from this four-disc set...

Discs One & Two: Feature (approx. 214mins) A new version of the second installment in the epic trilogy! The film includes over 40 minutes of never-before-seen footage incorporated into the film, made especially for this 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
  • 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
You can learn more about the additional footage in this recent article from USA Today (spoilers inside).

Discs Three & Four: 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 Three
  • 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, armor, 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 Four
  • 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!
DVD-ROM Content: Includes access to exclusive online features.

As with Fellowship of the Rings you will also be able to purchase a Special Collectors Gift Set Edition of The Two Towers that contains the following items presented in packaging illustrated by famed artist, Alan Lee:
  • 4-disc Platinum Series™ 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
Here is a look at the preliminary artwork for these sets...

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