Hmm, well, the other thread had no OP. How could it not get hijacked? The first post is a hijack, no ?
I got my TTT EE DVD just this afternoon, and I’ve only viewed just the changed/added scenes and some of the appendices so far. I’ll watch the whole thing this weekend. I haven’t watched the whole EE film or finished the extras or listened to commentaries (GOK when I’ll have time for that).
I liked the added Boromir/Faramir/Denethor scene. It was an economical way to introduce Faramir and Denethor, and the echo of the later dialog “a way for Faramir to show his quality” would have completely explained that character in the theatrical cut. A shame we missed this in the theaters.
The new scene in the sewers of Osgiliath didn’t quite work for me; Sam’s line “you’ve shown your quality” etc implied a connection between these characters that wasn’t demonstrated previously. To make this work we would have needed more footage in Faramir’s Ithilian hideout (sorry, the elvish name is eluding me, Henneth-something) with a couple of lines where Sam questions or judges Faramir somehow. The footage of Faramir questioning Gollum about Cirith Ungol was forgettable, except for the next dialog about “bygones” between Sam and Gollum, which advanced the coming Gollum treachery fairly well.
I loved the glimpses of the Huorns. It was all too brief, and lacked much supporting material. Merry’s prior allusions to “trees that move” and “the shepards of the trees” makes more sense as a way to make the Huorns fit into the footage that was cut out. The trees showing up at Helm’s Deep was very nice, and really fixed up the end of the battle.
However, the dialog during the Huorns scene - “Stay away from the trees!” shouts some passing rider – was bizarre: how do they all know what these things are? It would have made more sense for Gandalf to say that line or something similar: “These trees are peaceful. Except to Orcs. Keep back, my friends.”
The mention of Aragorn’s age and Saruman thinking about the ring of Barahir was way cool, but it didn’t seem to add much to the film beyond some foreshadowing that doesn’t get realized (yet).
I liked the “Merry & Pippen find pipe weed” extra. Sweet! totally!
Interesting documentary stuff, especially a) the discussion about Arwen really being originally scripted to fight at Helm’s Deep (!) and b) The Gollum work.
I’m sure there are several other cool additions, but I’ve run out of time to watch. I’ll finish the DVD sometime in the next few days.