December 3rd, 2002
Laura Miller gives a balanced view of the merits of the Extended Edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
The value of the extended DVD edition of Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" is a tricky matter. Without a doubt, the theatrically released version of the film is a superior movie, quicker off the dime and less likely to dawdle over intriguing peripheries like one of those friends who insists on stopping to investigate every garage sale on the way to Sunday brunch. A filmgoer who has no investment in J.R.R. Tolkien's novel and thought the movie was pretty good should be perfectly satisfied with the DVD of that version of the film, released earlier this year. How far beyond that you want to go depends on just how geekish you're feeling.
Mostly, though, I marveled at how the movie hasn't paled for me, even though I had to watch it three times in fairly close succession to check out the commentaries. Either I'm a lot geekier than I realized or Jackson and company are even better filmmakers than I suspected. (Or both.) Just one more question you'll have to answer for yourself.
I just dread to think what happens a couple of years hence when the trilogy is re-released in an Super Extended Director's Cut DVD Box Set Edition. How will I be able to resist?