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Facebook icon. There are times when it is simply impossible to take it all in: Armies of hundreds of thousands clash beneath towering war beasts as deadly, dragon-like bird-things strafe hapless victims on the ground.
Visual effects work began with Alan Lee and Mark Lewis compositing various photographs of New Zealand landscape to create the digital arena of the Pelennor Fields in November Jackson and Christian Rivers used computers to plan the enormous battle up until February , when the shots were shown to Weta Digital. To their astonishment, 60 planned shots had gone up to , and 50, characters were now , On a similar note of digital creatures, Shelob's head sculpture was scanned by a Canadian company for 10 times more detail than Weta had previously been able to capture.
Like the previous films, there are also extensive morphs between digital doubles for the actors. This time, there was Sam falling off Shelob, where the morph takes place as Astin hits the ground. The Return of the King also has practical effects. In the Pyre of Denethor sequence, as the Steward of Gondor throws Pippin out of the Tomb, John Noble threw a size double named Fon onto a prostrate Billy Boyd , who immediately pushed his head into camera to complete the illusion. A few burning torches were also reflected off a plate of glass and into the camera for when Gandalf's horse Shadowfax kicks Denethor onto the pyre.
Because of Jackson's requirement for complete representation of his fantasy world, numerous miniatures were built, such as scale miniature of Minas Tirith, which rises 7m high and is 6. The Sound department spent the early part of the year searching for the right sounds. Human screams and a donkey screech were mixed into Sauron's fall and broken glass was used for the collapsing sounds.
For missile trading during Minas Tirith's siege, construction workers dropped actual 2 ton stone blocks previously lifted by a construction crane. Mixing began at a new studio on 15 August, although unfinished building work caused some annoyances. The music was composed by Howard Shore , who previously composed the first two parts of the trilogy. Shore watched the assembly cut of the film,  and had to write seven minutes of music per day to keep up with the schedule.
Shore also used the Gondor theme with the new ascending coda which is unique to this film in his score for the trailer of the film. The score is the most expansive of the three: scoring effectively the entire movie length, not including additional music written for the trailer and various alternate versions released to the public. It also uses the biggest forces in the series: sections of the score call for two sets of timpani, eight trumpets  and possibly a similar increase in the size of the horn, trombone and tuba section, as well , 85 singers in the mixed choir  with additional players for all-male and all-female sections, over fifty in the boy choir and many instrumentalist "bands" playing Celtic and eastern instruments such as tin whistle or pan flute, on stage or off of it.
Fleming sings as Arwen has a vision of her son and when Gollum recovers the One Ring. Galway plays the flute and whistle as Frodo and Sam climb Mount Doom and as they return to the shire. Sissel sings "Asea Aranion", which was originally meant the score the Houses of Healing scene.
Annie Lennox formerly of Eurythmics performed it and also received songwriting credit. The song was partially inspired by the premature death from cancer of a young New Zealand filmmaker named Cameron Duncan who had befriended Peter Jackson. After two years of attention and acclaim since the release of The Fellowship of the Ring , audience and critical anticipation for the final instalment was extremely high. The world premiere was held in Wellington 's Embassy Theatre , on 1 December , and was attended by the director and many of the stars.
It was estimated that over , people lined the streets, more than a quarter of the city's population. The DVD was a 2-disc set with extras on the second disc. The theatrical DVD sets for the two previous films were released eight months after the films were released, but Return of the King' s set was completed in five because it did not have to market a sequel the previous films had to wait for footage of their sequels to become available for a ten-minute preview.
However, it contained a seven-minute trailer of the entire trilogy. The Return of the King followed the precedent set by its predecessors by releasing an Extended Edition minutes with new editing and added special effects and music, along with four commentaries and six hours of supplementary material, plus 10 minutes of fan-club credits.
However, this set took longer to produce than the others because the cast and crew, no longer based in New Zealand for the trilogy, were spread all over the world working on other projects.
The final ten minutes comprises a listing of the charter members of the official fan club who had paid for three-year charter membership. Both can be accessed via a Ring icon on the last page of both Disc 1 and 2's scene indexes.
This Limited Edition contains two discs; the first is a two-sided DVD containing both the Theatrical and Extended editions of the film. The second disc is a bonus disc that contains a new behind-the-scenes documentary. The theatrical Blu-ray release was released in the United States in April Box Office Mojo estimates that the film had sold over 61 million tickets in the US in its initial theatrical run.
In the US and Canada, it is the 27th highest-grossing film,  the highest-grossing film,  and the highest-grossing instalment in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Part of the grosses came from the Trilogy Tuesday event, in which the Extended Editions of the two previous films were played on 16 December before the first midnight screening.
Outside the US and Canada, it is the 17th highest-grossing film,  the highest-grossing film  and the highest-grossing film of the series. The substantial increase in initial box office totals caused optimistic studio executives to forecast that The Return of the King would surpass The Two Towers in total earnings. If this proved to be true, then this would be the first blockbuster movie trilogy for each successive film to earn more at the box office than its predecessor, when all three films were blockbuster successes.
It has been estimated  that the gross income from non-box office sales and merchandise has been at least equal to the box office for all three films. The website's critics consensus reads, "Visually breathtaking and emotionally powerful, The Lord of the Rings - The Return of the King is a moving and satisfying conclusion to a great trilogy. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave three and a half stars out of four saying, " Return of the King is such a crowning achievement, such a visionary use of all the tools of special effects, such a pure spectacle, that it can be enjoyed even by those who have not seen the first two films.
Joel Siegel of Good Morning America said in his review for the film which he gave an 'A' : "If it didn't take forty-five minutes to end, it'd be my best picture of the year. As it is, it's just one of the great achievements in film history. In February , a few months following release, the film was voted eighth on Empire ' s Greatest Movies of All Time , compiled from readers' top ten lists. This forced the magazine to abandon its policy of only allowing films being older than a year to be eligible.
At the 76th Academy Awards in , the film won all the categories for which it was nominated and it holds the record for highest Academy Award totals along with Titanic and Ben-Hur , and also holding the record for the highest clean sweep at the Oscars. It also was the last movie for 14 years to win the Academy Award for Best Picture without being chosen as one of the top ten films of the year by the National Board of Review , until the release of The Shape of Water in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.