Date: 9th March 2004

Early DVD release for Return of the King

The Return of the King will be released on DVD and video three months earlier than expected.

Producers New Line said the film would be released on May 25, reports the BBC.

The date is three months ahead of the time the first two films were released in 2001 and 2002.

An extended version of the film - including previously unseen footage - will follow at the end of the year.

The initial DVD release of the film will include the film, as well as a 20-minute theatrical trailer and a range of behind-the-scenes material.

The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers were also released with extended versions on DVD.

The extended version of the film - which will be considerably longer than the three hours and 21 minutes in the theatrical version - will make the trio of extended versions more than 11 hours long.

Source: Press Release