"Arise! Arise, Riders of Theoden! Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered! A sword day... a red day... ere the sun rises!"
Theoden's a beast.
I've just had the opportunity to see the extended Return of the King in theatres (I was far too young to see it when it originally came out, though I begged my dad to let me come to the theatre then) and it was absolutely breathtaking.
The whole deal about the films being on Blu-Ray didn't really excite me much, as we don't have a Blu-Ray player at home, butt was great to hear Peter Jackson speak about the film, although I don't remember much of what he said, with the exception of: In the scene where the Rohirrim ride into the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, there are EXACTLY six thousand horses. Just like Tolkien said. Jackson made it a point of telling the digital effects people that there needed to be exactly that number, because he'd read about such epic battles as a boy...and like he said, you don't see that kind of charge these days.
At first I was a bit uncomfortable sitting in the very front and craning my neck to see (the real diehards came over an hour early, I think, and took up all the good seats) but by the time the title flashed across the screen, after Smeagol strangled Deagol, and Frodo ate lembas, with Aragorn & Co. making their way to Isengard, I was completely absorbed in the movie.
It would take far too much space to describe at length everything that I love in the movie, and why I love it, so let me just say that my favorite quote in the whole movie is "C'mon Mr. Frodo! I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you!" The funniest part is Legolas and Gimli's drinking game. My favorite characters are Merry, Pippin, and Legolas...Eomer would be one of them except for his little comment, "War is the province of men." Jerk. Eowyn and Merry proved him wrong!
But my favorite, favorite FAVORITE part in the movie is when the Riders of Rohan reach the edge of the Pelennor Fields. The horn blows; and Theoden makes his little speech. Then they all yell, "DEATH!"and the beautiful music of Rohan plays. It's not plaintive as it usually is; as they ride into battle you can hear the drums pounding like hoofsteps as all six thousand horses charge into battle. It is a beautiful moment as the Rohan music turns into that of Minas Tirith.
...Then it all suddenly stops as the Riders of Rohan start killing Orcs.
It's still a good battle though, up until Aragorn, Gimli, Legolas, and the Dead show up. Then it's just lame But I still love the movie.