Full screen version.
2 videodiscs (178 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2001 ; 2002 DVD release.
Special features include: in-depth programs revealing the secrets behind the production ; Welcome to Middle-earth ; Quest for the Ring ; A passage to Middle-earth -- 15 featurettes created for lordoftherings.net, exploring the locales and cultures of Middle-earth: Finding Hobbiton ; Hobbiton come alive ; Believing the World of Bree ; Ringwraths: The Fallen kings ; Rivendell: The elven refuge ; Languages of Middle-earth ; Two wizards ; Music of Middle-earth ; Elijah Wood ; Viggo Mortensen ; Orlando Bloom ; Cate Blanchett ; Liv Tyler ; Ian McKellen ; Weathertop: The windy hill ; exclusive 10-minute behind-the-scenes preview of The Lord of the rings: The two towers ; original theatrical trailers and TV spots ; Enya "May it be" music video ; preview of Electronic Arts' video game The Lord of the Rings: The two towers ; an inside look at the special extended DVD edition of The Lord of the rings: The fellowship of the ring ; DVD-ROM content exclusive on-line content.
Dolby digital and stereo surround sound.
Director of photography, Andrew Lesnie ; editor, John Gilbert ; music, Howard Shore ; production designer, Grant Major ; costume designers, Ngila Dickson, Richard Taylor ; visual effects supervisor, Jim Rygiel.
Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Sean Bean, Ian Holm, Andy Serkis, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving.
In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths. Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-Earth still it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of the Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. On his eleventy-first birthday, Bilbo disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin, Frodo, the Ruling Ring, and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-Earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.
DVD player required.
Academy Awards, 2001: Best Cinematography (Andrew Lesnie); Best Music, Original Score (Howard Shore); Best Effects, Visual Effects (Jim Rygiel); Best Makeup (Peter Owen, Richard Taylor).