The Return of the King (1980)/The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

Side-by-side, shot-for-shot comparisons between different adaptations of the same work, originals and remakes, and works based on the same events. These videos are intended to illustrate the the unique vision of filmmakers and the variety of choices possible when creating a film or television show even when starting with the same source.

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The Return of the King (1980)
Directed by Directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr.
Screenplay by Romeo Muller
Based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Directed by Peter Jackson
Screenplay by Fran WalshPhilippa Boyens, & Peter Jackson
Based on the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien
Cinematography by Andrew Lesnie
Production Design by Grant Major