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Lord of the Rings extended cuts: There and back to theaters again

Apr. 26, 2011by:

If you can't wait until December 2012 to see little hairy-footed adventurers and other Middle Earth denizens on the big screen, and your television isn't sufficient for the grandeur of the impending Blu-Ray releases, the LORD OF THE RINGS extended editions are hitting theaters soon.

AMC Theatres is presenting a Director's Cut Event of the trilogy, beginning with FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING on Tuesday, June 14th. Each of the other films will arrive a week later, which means that the ultra-lengthly RETURN OF THE KING edit will hit their screens on the same day the precious super-sized Blu-Ray box set goes on sale.

If you miss out on the theatrical event, at least you'll have the 15 discs worth of content to tide you over while Peter Jackson brings Bilbo Baggins' journey in THE HOBBITses to life in digital 3D 48 fps.

Extra Tidbit: Prefer the longer LOTR movies to the theatrical versions? Got any other favorite extended/director's cut you prefer over the original?
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6:36PM on 04/28/2011
ahh... remember that time when they made sequels to Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolfman in the 1930's and 40' and no one complained that movie studios weren't original.
Remember that time when Hammer made a remake of Dracula and Frankenstein and made sequels of them in the 1950's and no one complained that movie studio's weren't original.
Remember that time in the 1980's when every moviefranchise got 7 parts and no one complained that movie studio's weren't original.
Remember that time
ahh... remember that time when they made sequels to Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolfman in the 1930's and 40' and no one complained that movie studios weren't original.
Remember that time when Hammer made a remake of Dracula and Frankenstein and made sequels of them in the 1950's and no one complained that movie studio's weren't original.
Remember that time in the 1980's when every moviefranchise got 7 parts and no one complained that movie studio's weren't original.
Remember that time when rereleasing the original King Kong and 2001: A Space oddesy was just normal business and no one complained movie studio's just wanted your money.

What happened to those times...
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11:09AM on 04/28/2011

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prefer the extedned cuts and apocalypse now and thre full on blu-ray watchmen directors cut with tales from the black frieghter edited in is tits
prefer the extedned cuts and apocalypse now and thre full on blu-ray watchmen directors cut with tales from the black frieghter edited in is tits
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5:47PM on 04/27/2011

tidbit....

Blade Runner!
Blade Runner!
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5:46PM on 04/27/2011

Extended all the way!

One of the local indie theaters here in my town does a 'Saturday Night Midnight Madness' each week. They basically show cult classics from all genres and generations at midnight. Well, one night they ran the ENTIRE Extended Trilogy of LOTR! We got to the theater at 11pm Friday night and didn't get out of the theater until about 1pm Saturday afternoon...

Luckily there was an abundance of booze and weed! Oh yeah, and the entire theater was packed the entire time!

Good times in Santa
One of the local indie theaters here in my town does a 'Saturday Night Midnight Madness' each week. They basically show cult classics from all genres and generations at midnight. Well, one night they ran the ENTIRE Extended Trilogy of LOTR! We got to the theater at 11pm Friday night and didn't get out of the theater until about 1pm Saturday afternoon...

Luckily there was an abundance of booze and weed! Oh yeah, and the entire theater was packed the entire time!

Good times in Santa Cruz I tell ya!
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12:44AM on 04/28/2011
When was this? The theater I worked in showed all 3 extended films back to back 8 years ago.
When was this? The theater I worked in showed all 3 extended films back to back 8 years ago.
5:01PM on 04/28/2011
It was about 6 years ago or so at the Del Mar theater in Santa Cruz.
It was about 6 years ago or so at the Del Mar theater in Santa Cruz.
3:15PM on 04/27/2011
I'll probably go see them and get the blu rays. Damn it, im a nerd.
I'll probably go see them and get the blu rays. Damn it, im a nerd.
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2:17PM on 04/27/2011
They are going full Lucas with this one
They are going full Lucas with this one
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5:09PM on 04/27/2011
No no, you're wrong. If they wend FULL Lucas on it they would have added characters and some news scenes maybe even. And they would have removed some others.
No no, you're wrong. If they wend FULL Lucas on it they would have added characters and some news scenes maybe even. And they would have removed some others.
1:28PM on 04/27/2011
I'm just glad I saw the extended cuts when they were released in theaters back in 2003. :)
I'm just glad I saw the extended cuts when they were released in theaters back in 2003. :)
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1:15PM on 04/27/2011
Punisher (2004) Director's Cut was way better than the theatrical cut. Also Dardevil: R Rated Director's Cut was much, much better than the theatrical cut.
Punisher (2004) Director's Cut was way better than the theatrical cut. Also Dardevil: R Rated Director's Cut was much, much better than the theatrical cut.
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12:30PM on 04/27/2011

FUCK YA!

I've been waiting for the extended cuts on Blu-ray for forever now! Outside of Fellowship i never saw the theatrical cuts of the movies and don't want to cause i've watched the extended's too many times already. Releasing them in the theaters is cool as well though RotK might be a little hard on the butt unless they are super comfy chairs, lol.
I've been waiting for the extended cuts on Blu-ray for forever now! Outside of Fellowship i never saw the theatrical cuts of the movies and don't want to cause i've watched the extended's too many times already. Releasing them in the theaters is cool as well though RotK might be a little hard on the butt unless they are super comfy chairs, lol.
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12:24PM on 04/27/2011

No thank you

Never seen any of them before, and I don't feel like starting now. Didn't they make enough money the first time around anyway? This just sounds like another chance to bleed the movies dry, and drain everyone else's wallets. I'll safely pass on this one. They never looked that good to me anyway. But whatever you're into is cool. They're just not for me.
Never seen any of them before, and I don't feel like starting now. Didn't they make enough money the first time around anyway? This just sounds like another chance to bleed the movies dry, and drain everyone else's wallets. I'll safely pass on this one. They never looked that good to me anyway. But whatever you're into is cool. They're just not for me.
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12:27PM on 04/27/2011
Well if you had any idea of what you were talking about you'd know that the EXTENDED CUTS were never shown in theaters. Only the THEATRICAL cuts have been in theaters so yes there is a valid reason for this as there is over 2 hours of extended footage over the 3 films. You want to complain about a money grab wait for a Lucas article.
Well if you had any idea of what you were talking about you'd know that the EXTENDED CUTS were never shown in theaters. Only the THEATRICAL cuts have been in theaters so yes there is a valid reason for this as there is over 2 hours of extended footage over the 3 films. You want to complain about a money grab wait for a Lucas article.
1:25PM on 04/27/2011
@vesaker...if you had any idea what the hell you were talking you would know that the extended cuts WERE shown in theaters... in 2003.
@vesaker...if you had any idea what the hell you were talking you would know that the extended cuts WERE shown in theaters... in 2003.
1:50PM on 04/27/2011
Srly? hmmmm, learn something new everyday. Were they wide release or limited like these ones will be? Cause i was livin in a small town back in '03 and hadn't heard.
Srly? hmmmm, learn something new everyday. Were they wide release or limited like these ones will be? Cause i was livin in a small town back in '03 and hadn't heard.
12:15PM on 04/27/2011
This is awesome! I bought my tickets immediately. A chance to watch some of my favorite movies on the big screen?! Hell yes. Cash grab?? Who gives a frak?! I will gladly pay to see any of my favorite films on the big screen. If this were Casablanca, Raiders of the Lost Ark or Stand By Me I would STILL be excited! I will ALWAYS prefer going to the cinema over staying at home watching blu-ray. ---- As for the extra tidbit, LOTR EE are far superior and I never watch the theatrical. Kingdom of
This is awesome! I bought my tickets immediately. A chance to watch some of my favorite movies on the big screen?! Hell yes. Cash grab?? Who gives a frak?! I will gladly pay to see any of my favorite films on the big screen. If this were Casablanca, Raiders of the Lost Ark or Stand By Me I would STILL be excited! I will ALWAYS prefer going to the cinema over staying at home watching blu-ray. ---- As for the extra tidbit, LOTR EE are far superior and I never watch the theatrical. Kingdom of Heaven DC is AMAZING.
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10:34AM on 04/27/2011

Gandolf shot first.

I'm glad I'll finally get to see the scene where Frodo steps on Jabba's tail on the big screen.
I'm glad I'll finally get to see the scene where Frodo steps on Jabba's tail on the big screen.
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9:36AM on 04/27/2011

Kingdom of Heaven

The Extended Director's Cut of Kingdom of Heaven is short to a masterpiece.. while to be honest, the original theatrical release was a garbagepiece... with the LOTR.. mmm.. i dunno.. but at least sounds interesting
The Extended Director's Cut of Kingdom of Heaven is short to a masterpiece.. while to be honest, the original theatrical release was a garbagepiece... with the LOTR.. mmm.. i dunno.. but at least sounds interesting
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8:12AM on 04/27/2011

extra tidbit

The Watchmen extended edition was way better than the theatrical release
The Watchmen extended edition was way better than the theatrical release
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6:43AM on 04/27/2011
I'd have to say i'm the BIGGEST Lotr/ Ringnut that never walked the Middle Earth. I had to move house coz I had too much Lotr collectible crap. lol. So I'm gonna say the extended editions are far superior to the theatrical releases. I skipped the theatrical release Blu Ray in favor of the EE's. No I don't wear Hobbit ears and carry a plastic sword. My real one suffices. As for the re release.... yeah I probably will skip it. I mean where do you draw the bloody line.
I'd have to say i'm the BIGGEST Lotr/ Ringnut that never walked the Middle Earth. I had to move house coz I had too much Lotr collectible crap. lol. So I'm gonna say the extended editions are far superior to the theatrical releases. I skipped the theatrical release Blu Ray in favor of the EE's. No I don't wear Hobbit ears and carry a plastic sword. My real one suffices. As for the re release.... yeah I probably will skip it. I mean where do you draw the bloody line.
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6:45AM on 04/27/2011
On the other hand I really need to save up for The Hobbit movies.....Oh shit I better start looking for a bigger pad. lol
On the other hand I really need to save up for The Hobbit movies.....Oh shit I better start looking for a bigger pad. lol
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3:18AM on 04/27/2011

thank god

it's only in a limited release.

I'll pick them up on blu-ray sooner or later, but I certainly don't need to sit in the theatre to watch more lord of the rings for 12 hours.

commence the thumbs down, fannerds.
it's only in a limited release.

I'll pick them up on blu-ray sooner or later, but I certainly don't need to sit in the theatre to watch more lord of the rings for 12 hours.

commence the thumbs down, fannerds.
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5:12PM on 04/27/2011
No one is forcing you to go sit down for 12 hours dude. If you don't want to go see them again in theaters just don't. Doesn't mean other people can't be happy about it.
No one is forcing you to go sit down for 12 hours dude. If you don't want to go see them again in theaters just don't. Doesn't mean other people can't be happy about it.
11:52PM on 04/27/2011
Never said anyone was going to force me... just commenting on the news.

I never said others can't be happy about it?
Never said anyone was going to force me... just commenting on the news.

I never said others can't be happy about it?
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2:45AM on 04/27/2011
Hell yeah! I probably won't double dip for the blu ray set since I've got them all extended on DVD, but absolutely would I love to see'em on the big screen again!
Hell yeah! I probably won't double dip for the blu ray set since I've got them all extended on DVD, but absolutely would I love to see'em on the big screen again!
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1:53AM on 04/27/2011
I'm happy with my Extended LOTR box set for now. Extra tidbit: The Director's Cut version of The Punisher by Jonathan Hensleigh & Daredevil by Mark Steven Johnson. Both of these directors' cut should have been theatrical cut instead.
I'm happy with my Extended LOTR box set for now. Extra tidbit: The Director's Cut version of The Punisher by Jonathan Hensleigh & Daredevil by Mark Steven Johnson. Both of these directors' cut should have been theatrical cut instead.
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12:25AM on 04/27/2011
I'd be down for seeing them again on the big screen. Would be a great time.

I can't wait for the Blu-Ray set.
I'd be down for seeing them again on the big screen. Would be a great time.

I can't wait for the Blu-Ray set.
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12:15AM on 04/27/2011
I love these movies, but I'm not sure I can justify dropping $30 to see in the trilogy in theaters again, especially since I'm buying the blu-rays and there are several other movies coming out in the summer I'll be spending my theater money on.
I love these movies, but I'm not sure I can justify dropping $30 to see in the trilogy in theaters again, especially since I'm buying the blu-rays and there are several other movies coming out in the summer I'll be spending my theater money on.
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11:55PM on 04/26/2011
Cool. These are pretty much my favorite movies ever, so I wouldn't mind a chance to see them on the big screen again. Doubt they'll be anywhere near to me, though...

As for the extra tidbit, I think the extended editions offer a different experience from the theatrical cuts, but not a superior one. The way I see it: from a pacing and storytelling standpoint, the theatrical cuts are usually better. But if you want to watch some in depth Middle Earth action, you can't beat the extended
Cool. These are pretty much my favorite movies ever, so I wouldn't mind a chance to see them on the big screen again. Doubt they'll be anywhere near to me, though...

As for the extra tidbit, I think the extended editions offer a different experience from the theatrical cuts, but not a superior one. The way I see it: from a pacing and storytelling standpoint, the theatrical cuts are usually better. But if you want to watch some in depth Middle Earth action, you can't beat the extended cuts.

As for other extended cuts that I like better than the originals: Blade Runner, Aliens, Kingdom of Heaven... mostly the obvious ones.
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12:47AM on 04/27/2011
I agree, buddy!

You could also have added Red Cliff in your extended cuts that are better.
I agree, buddy!

You could also have added Red Cliff in your extended cuts that are better.
10:43AM on 04/27/2011
Oh yeah, I forgot about that one! Far and away superior.
Oh yeah, I forgot about that one! Far and away superior.
11:52PM on 04/26/2011
Nah, I'll wait for the Blu-Ray releases.
Nah, I'll wait for the Blu-Ray releases.
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11:48PM on 04/26/2011
Why are there people against this?

Of course it's to cash in on the blu-rays but it's still cool. If you don't want to see them again in theaters just don't go. Watch them at home on you're "big" screen tv. But movies like those are meant to be seen on THE big screen and in their extended cuts!

I know I'll be there to see them again.

*As long as they don't convert them to dreadful 3D. 3D, then I'm out.
Why are there people against this?

Of course it's to cash in on the blu-rays but it's still cool. If you don't want to see them again in theaters just don't go. Watch them at home on you're "big" screen tv. But movies like those are meant to be seen on THE big screen and in their extended cuts!

I know I'll be there to see them again.

*As long as they don't convert them to dreadful 3D. 3D, then I'm out.
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11:52PM on 04/26/2011
Agreed wholeheartedly, friend.
Agreed wholeheartedly, friend.
11:38PM on 04/26/2011

no thanks I'll just buy the blu-rays.

thats all
thats all
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11:36PM on 04/26/2011
What a waste. I saw these back to back when they were released in my theater back in 2003. This is just a nonsensical cash in for the blu- ray releases.
What a waste. I saw these back to back when they were released in my theater back in 2003. This is just a nonsensical cash in for the blu- ray releases.
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