The Return of the King.
By the time December 2003 rolled around, The Lord of the Rings had become a world wide phenomenon all over again and the last film in the series would blow everyone away, including the critics, as well as sweeping the Oscars where it holds the record for highest Academy Awards wins with Titanic and Ben-Hur.
In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by Megan Calcote to talk about The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. We discuss the beginning of the film, Saruman's end, the new places we visit, Denethor, Faramir, battling the Witch King, the influence of hobbits and so much more.
The Smeagol Story (00:04:38)
Saruman's End (00:08:36)
Simplification and Humor (00:11:44)
Paths of the Dead (00:17:08)
Minas Tirith (00:26:47)
The Houses of Healing (00:33:37)
Battle with the Witch King (00:35:42)
The Influence of Hobbits (00:41:14)
Shelob and Mordor (00:48:59)
The End (00:54:20)
One Eye and the Impact of War (00:56:56)
Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)
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