Return of the King

Limited Edition and Internet Limited Edition Soundtracks (LE, ILE)

 

Original Release Date: December 9, 2003

Number of Discs: 2 : 1 CD that contains same music as the ROTK-OST and 1 Bonus DVD

Packaging:

Limited Edition: green leatherette; gatefold packaging; interior paper is the same as for FOTR-LE & TTT-LE except there is only one slip case (on the left) for the CD and and a jewel case tray on the right for the bonus DVD; booklet is fastened into the spine which is flat.

Internet Limited Edition: deep red, brown leatherette; otherwise will presume it's the same as the ROTK-LE.

title stamped in foil on the front and the spine.

custom, bellyband artwork : one for LE & one for ILE

Extras:

Bonus DVD entitled, "Howard Shore: An Introspective"

Lord of the Rings Trilogy Supertrailer: 5-minute Supertrailer encompassing all three movies

"Use Well the Days", a behind the scenes portrait (transcript)

Photo Gallery: Howard Shore and Orchestral Sessions

Poems, Text and Lyrics from The Return of the King (Picasa Album)

Bonus Track: "Use Well The Days", performed by Annie Lennox (Picasa Album)

Booklet: 20-page booklet on glossy paper with images and lyrics

Online content

Collectible Cards: 7 double sided character cards (14 images) available with the Internet LE

Stamps: sheet of 18 'lick 'em' type stamps that employ the same character images as the cards.

Label: Reprise/WEA

On Site Info:

Cue by Cues: Since this release contains the same tracks as the OST, the cue by cues for the OST are also pertinent for this. Each cue by cue provides a description of the music including identification of themes being used, an accounting of on screen action, lyrics being sung, and source text for those lyrics.

From the bonus DVD:

Use Well The Days: A Behind the Scenes Portrait: transcription of some Comments

LOTR Supertrailer

"Poems, Text and Lyrics": The text portion of many or all of these shown are on this page.

Use Well the Days:

transcription of onscreen written composer commentary

lyrics

Off Site Info:

Larger Images in my Picasa Album

Official Site:  track titles, and misc. frou-frou (e-cards, video), more info on editions

Sell Sheet

"Use Well the Days", a behind the scenes portrait: video segment covering Annie Lennox is available with the online content

Comments:

The Internet Limited Edition was only available for purchase from the official soundtrack sites. It looks like it was only about $5 (US) more than the Limited Edition and I was a fool for not buying it. But, what can I say, sometimes... $5 is $5.

 

Limited Edition

(color: green)

This was packaged with a
paper band encircling the leatherette cover.

The back is unmarked.

The paper interior is the same
as the FOTR-LE except one slipcase is replaced by a plastic tray with a nub.

The spine says,

THE LORD OF THE RINGS:

The Return of the King

REPRISE/WMG SOUNDTRACKS

with product number

info card displayed on the back of the ROTK-LE package

 

ROTK LE cd disc

 

ROTK LE dvd disc

 

bellyband artwork

ROTK LE

 

Larger Images in my Picasa Album