Lord of the Rings Miniseries: The Two Towers

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My goal was to make a miniseries edit that didn't simply feel like a chopped up version of the movies. Overall this worked surprisingly well without too much editing, though the Return of the King had to have some extra reordering of scenes to make it work.

The vast majority of each movie is retained, though I changed a handful of things that I thought weren't so well done in the movies (Bridge collapse leaning, Frodo and Sam "rock" cloak at the Black Gate, etc). I cut a few other scenes that were from the extended editions that I felt did not add to the movies at all (extra Gimli humor, Merry and Pippin drinking water to get taller, etc). And lastly, I rearranged some scenes to help the pacing of each episode. With the new format this was needed, mainly in the Return of the King. I added chapter titles to every episode and they appear within the first 10 minutes matching how the original movies did it, I kept the short 45 second intro credits and "Lord of the Rings" Title sequence for each episode, and then added a shortened 60 second credit sequence for each episode.
I've had this idea for a while now and was recently inspired again to work on it after seeing a post from Stromboli Bones about his own miniseries edit. I think I prefer these as movies still, but this was a fun experiment and a nice choice to have if I don't have a ton of time to commit to the movies. Also, my favorite edit of the Hobbit is Stromboli's 5 part edit, and having the Lord of the Rings available in similar length episodes makes watching the whole series like this more cohesive. The episode format works better than I expected too with each part having a solid story arc rather than feeling like a chopped up movie.
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My sources for the movies are Dwalin's color corrected Fellowship of the Ring from OriginalTrilogy forums, and then the blurays for both The Two Towers and Return of the King. I also took one small change from TriggeredPuppy's Less Extended Edition for adding a quick shot of Martin Freeman's Bilbo for the intro of FOTR. And lastly ArtisDead for the beautiful cover art!
Special Thanks:
Dwalin (OriginalTrilogy)
ArtisDead for the wonderful artwork!
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I didn't want to majorly change anything in these movies. The only bigger cuts I made were a handful of scenes that I thought were poorly done in the movies (like the leaning on the pillar while escaping Moria, or the rock cloak for Frodo), and then some of the extended scenes that I thought detracted from the movies rather than added to them (extra Gimli humor, and extra Merry and Pippin antics). I tried to retain as much as I could from the movies while putting it into this new format
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E4 - The Passage of the Marshes - 65min
Aragorn's group chases after Merry and Pippin, meeting the Rohirrim. They continue until they find Gandalf and know the Hobbits are okay with Treebeard.
Frodo's group captures Gollum and travel to their original goal of the black gate.

* Cut Gimli's "Just keep breathing" joke as they chase the orcs
* Cut both Gimli's jokes about the trees
* Cut entire sequence with Treebeard reciting poems to the Hobbits. Took a later scene of Treebeard talking about the Entwives and placed it here instead
* Cut Sam and Frodo becoming a rock at the black gate. I'd say this is the only fully noticeable edit since you don't see Sam running down the hill with Frodo. But better than the rock cloak.
* End as the black gate shuts

E5 - The King of Rohan - 61min
Aragorn's group goes to Rohan and saves Theoden. They travel with him to Helm's Deep and Gandalf departs.
Treebeard's group travels to the gathering of the Ents, and sees Saruman's army marching.
Frodo's group head to Gollum's new location until they get captured by Faramir.

* Cut Gimli burping bit
* Cut the mad horse scene with Aragorn
* End on Galadriel's speech to Elrond

E6 - Helm's Deep - 80min
Aragorn's group prepares for battle and then protects Helm's Deep.
Treebeard's group has the struggle whether to fight or not until they end up attacking Saruman's tower.
Frodo's group goes with Faramir to Osgiliath but then gets released after seeing the influence of the ring.

* Moved the scene of Faramir capturing Gollum out a bit later to spread out the Sam/Frodo scenes more evenly throughout the episode
* Trimmed and merged the two Treebeard scenes with him saying they said hello to each other and then the group deciding the Hobbits are not orcs.
* Cut Gimli joke with him not fitting the chainmail
* Cut Legolas surfing
* Cut all shots of Merry and Pippin throwing rocks again
* Cut scene with Gimli's axe in the warg
* Cut scene with Merry and Pippin comparing heights and then smoking
* End on the original Two Towers ending. Extended credits trimmed to just include the song "Gollum's Song"

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