ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Lord of the DVDs:
The Two Towers hits the small screen
By Emmett Macfarlane
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IF YOU DON'T
LIKE THE MOVIE, AT LEAST WATCH IT FOR LIV. Liv Tyler stars
as the Elven hottie in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings
trilogy is already considered a filmmaking classic - and the
third installment won't even reach theatres until December.
Therefore, it was with great fanfare that
the second movie, The Two Towers, was released last
week in a two-disc DVD set loaded with special features.
Besides the film itself, the behind-the-scenes
"making of" segment is the most fulfilling for hard-core
fans of the films. Rife with cast and crew interviews and footage
detailing special effects, the building of sets and the shooting
of action sequences, the segment gives a true representation
of just how much work (and apparent danger) went into creating
For example, The Two Towers' climactic,
hour long battle scene at Helms' Deep took four months to shoot,
which the narrator points out is often the average length for
shooting entire movies.
The DVD touts a preview of the final film,
Return of the King. At a measly 10 minutes, most of
which is consumed with Jackson talking to the cameras, this
featurette leaves viewers feeling a little cheated.
Fans might feel even more cheated to learn
the four-disc special edition of The Two Towers (which
is packaged with tons of deleted scenes,) comes out in November.
The current two-disc version even presents an ad for it (an
utterly shameless move, given many will feel they've wasted
their money on a lesser edition).
Nevertheless, the two-disc edition has plenty
of treats for those too anxious to wait a couple months for
something better. Additional features include a short film by
Sean Astin (who plays Frodo’s sidekick Sam) and a "making
of" piece on the short, which LOTR cast members
all chipped in to produce.
By far though, the centre-piece of this DVD
set is the movie itself. While it's best experienced in a theatre,
the movie is as captivating and visually brilliant as any film
ever made. For anyone who doesn't own a movie collection, this
would be the place to start.