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5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves more than 5 stars, October 27, 2004
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Special Extended Edition) (DVD)
For all of you who think owning the theatrical editions of The Lord of the Rings trilogy is good enough, think again. These editions are not like any other director's cuts or special editions of films that we've seen in the past. Usually, when a film has a special edition, we don't get a whole lot more added in, and it's stuff that doesn't really add anything significant to the story.

But with these editions, just the opposite is true. The extended editions of the first two Lord of the Rings films proved to enhance the plot and characters so much more than anyone ever anticipated. Characters and their journeys become so much clearer and more interesting. The story makes so much more sense. And the whole thing has been re-edited with new music for new scenes and extended musical scores for extended scenes! It's absolutely seamless! Everything that's added in really makes me wonder how I could've enjoyed the films in their original theatrical release. These extended editions make THAT MUCH of a difference. And I have no doubt that The Return of the King extended edition will prove just the same, based on previews I've seen and what's been proven with the extended editions of the first two films.

The Fellowship of the Ring has 30 minutes added in. The Two Towers has 42 minutes added in. The Return of the King has 50 minues added in. Can it get any better? Well, of course! With each movie, you get two discs of bonus features! And these are not features that are boring to watch. You really get a first hand look at the journey that many, many talented people took when making this trilogy. Everything from adaption of the books, to special effects, to the music, to the editing process, to stories that happened on set, etc. The bonus features make a whole story in and of themselves!

For some of you, you may be thinking that 3 hours was long enough for these films. I guarantee you that it was not. When you watch these extended editions, you'll seriously re-evaluate your standards for how long these films should be. And besides, it's not like your sitting for 3 1/2 to 4 hours on your butt in the theater with no break. This is DVD. It's a different medium that allows you to pause it, take a break, cook dinner, or do whatever else you want to do and then come back later to finish it. They won't seem as long, especially when you actually see how great the footage is that they added back in. Simply breath taking.

Of course I didn't wait for this box set to come out to own "The Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Two Towers" extended editions. The theatrical versions of those two films alone WERE plenty good to motivate me to buy their corresponding extended edition DVD sets. But I'll probably buy this set anyway and sell the extended editions of the first two that I bought, just so that I can have the trilogy in this nice collectors box.
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Initial post: Nov 19, 2010 2:37:12 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2010 7:31:02 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 23, 2011 5:35:31 PM PST
The Blu-ray Extended Editions are coming. The Hobbit is being made into two films, and I hear that the release of the Extended Editions in blu-ray will be released some time near the release of the first Hobbit film.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2011 7:02:41 PM PST
Ah, there it is. Leave blu-ray extended version pending until who knows when, sales drop off and Hobbit is released (if ever), psyching us all to spend the extra loot for blu-ray even for LOTR blu-ray price standards (extended trilogy still over $90!?!). Put hobbit out in extended DVD which by then LoTR extended blu-ray will be simmering again, then shows up in 3D somewhere selling like hotcakes after Hobbit extended goes blu-ray (or all will be 3D and beyond by then. So then sit back and watch all the film companies still crying about their doubts abd ultimate refusals. Thanks Peter, New Line, Wingnut, srious, dedicated, respectful actors and crew, etc. for going the extra leagues for this. Still a bright part of my life....if only you could have put in the scouring of the shire! Is it not hinted that Merry and Pippen were finally allowed to go because the shire needed hobbit captains and the quest was a training for the day of the hobbit before the days of men? That's a major exclusion imho. Enough time was spent on weddings and gatherings to be able to see Merry and Pippen raise the shire! To me, one of the major points of the movie! Still, no complaints even so... More Arwen is reason not to complain. "Trust these, I mean this!"

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2011 6:36:30 PM PDT
tanis says:
this babble make no sense to me what so ever

Posted on Nov 21, 2011 9:51:55 AM PST
Vulcanicus says:
I have the extended addition on DVD and its the same as what you are describing. It also plays beautifully on my Blu-ray player as well! I was hoping on the Blu-ray set you were talking about had some footage that even my set does not possess. The only thing that would motivate me is if the video quality was vastly superior to my what my blu-ray player does for the DVD sets I have. Hmmmm?
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