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One of the scenes cut from the theatrical release but included here, the resolution of the Saruman storyline, generated a lot of publicity when the movie opened, as actor Christopher Lee complained in the press about losing his only appearance. It's an excellent scene, one Jackson calls "pure Tolkien," and provides better context for Pippin to find the wizard's palantir in the water, but it's not critical to the film. In fact, "valuable but not critical" might sum up the ROTK extended edition. It's evident that Jackson made the right cuts for the theatrical run, but the extra material provides depth and ties up a number of loose ends, and for those sorry to see the trilogy end (and who isn't?) it's a welcome chance to spend another hour in Middle-earth. Some choice moments are Gandalf's (Ian McKellen) confrontation with the Witch King (we find out what happened to the wizard's staff), the chilling Mouth of Sauron at the gates of Mordor, and Frodo (Elijah Wood) and Sam (Sean Astin) being mistaken for Orc soldiers. We get to see more of Éowyn (Miranda Otto), both with Aragorn and on the battlefield, even fighting the hideously deformed Orc lieutenant, Gothmog. We also see her in one of the most anticipated new scenes, the Houses of Healing after the battle of the Pelennor Fields. It doesn't present Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) as a savior as the book did, but it shows the initial meeting between Éowyn and Faramir (David Wenham), a relationship that received only a meaningful glance in the theatrical cut.
And for those who complained, no, there are no new endings, not even the scouring of the Shire, which many fans were hoping to see. Nor is there a scene of Denethor (John Noble) with the palantir, which would have better explained both his foresight and his madness. As Jackson notes, when cuts are made, the secondary characters are the first to go, so there is a new scene of Aragorn finding the palantir in Denethor's robes. Another big difference is Aragorn's confrontation with the King of the Dead. In the theatrical version, we didn't know whether the King had accepted Aragorn's offer when the pirate ships pulled into the harbor; here Jackson assumes that viewers have already experienced that tension, and instead has the army of the dead join the battle in an earlier scene (an extended cameo for Jackson). One can debate which is more effective, but that's why the film is available in both versions. If you feel like watching the relatively shorter version you saw in the theaters, you can. If you want to completely immerse yourself in Peter Jackson's marvelous and massive achievement, only the extended edition will do. --David Horiuchi
This trilogy has been one of the best movies ever made.
People never think about just how hard it would be to make the movies exactly like the book and not be 14 hrs. long and really boring.
The movie is a combination of special effects, emotional sequences, great acting and all the ingredients of an Epic.
First, all of the LOTR movies are way too long, but after watching the Two Towers, I thought I'd never watch another one. This movie is well structured, and keeps you interested. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Chris Gosnell
Epic story by one of the greatest fantasy writers of all time. And Peter Jackson ain't too shabby either!Published 1 day ago by Ray Everett
An epic, Beautiful, emotional, Powerful and sensational Masterpiece. This is my all time favorite film. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Matthew Birdzell
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Definitely spend $64 here for all three platinum editions boxed together (about the same as buying the two disc release you are looking at). You don't need the theatrical versions anymore once you have the extended editions. The extra scenes are in no way throwaway stuff. They expand and... Read More
Jun 19, 2007 by File Gumbo | See all 4 posts
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yeah, my copy of rotk was defective. the two towers and fellowship had the same problem though not to any great degree. rotk would skip every 15 seconds or so after a certain point. what did you end up doing?
Feb 12, 2007 by Robert | See all 3 posts
good for you
Dec 9, 2011 by jaltruff | See all 2 posts
I'm guessing about alot.
Jul 23, 2007 by Nela Holmes | See all 2 posts
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ABSOLUTELY! The full story is wonderful. The whole new scenes enhance the story. 4h01m without the credits. The characters are all very well developed - Faramir and Eowyn (now the famous The Houses of Healing, with a beautiful new song, sung by Liv Tyler! Oh my!) found their love while the... Read More
May 2, 2006 by Antonio Cunha Silva | See all 6 posts
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