Name: The Lord Of The Rings 2: The Two Towers
Running Time (minutes): 179
Description: Sauron’s forces increase. His allies grow. The Ringwraiths return in an even more frightening form. Saruman’s army of Uruk Hai is ready to launch an assault against Aragorn and the people of Rohan. Yet, the Fellowship is broken and Boromir is dead. For the little hope that is left, Frodo and Sam march on into Mordor, unprotected. A number of new allies join with Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, Pippin and Merry. And they must defend Rohan and attack Isengard. Yet, while all this is going on, Sauron’s troops mass toward the City of Gondor, for the War of the Ring is about to begin.
Stars: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen and Viggo Mortensen
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama
The ads started in the middle of The Last March of the Ents. Treebeard would not approve! Great film, though I still don’t like Arwen. Saruman was very enjoyable, on the other hand, even more because he stopped singing.
I just LOVE what Shore does in the track called Glamdring on the Complete Recordings at at 03:07-10. For me, that’s the best portrayal of Gandalf’s sheer power in the entire saga. So magical. The score is great again, if a little less exciting. Still find it unfortunate the Nazgul music received different variations and I really don’t like that woman who sings Gollum’s song. Way better end credits suite, though.
The surround sound dynamics were a lot better in this one and the distortion was minimal. There were issues with the volume of the music, though: loud sound effects made it go quieter, but then there were moments where the choir was so overwhelmingly loud that it was almost comical (when Gandalf shows up for the first time, for instance).