1. I still can’t help but wonder if shorter running times for these latter 2 films were mandated on Jackson by Warners as sort of a knee-jerk reaction to the criticisms regarding the first movie’s running time. However, though I’ve yet to see this film, from what I’ve seen described so far, and from having seen the extended cut of “Desolation,” I really think both would’ve benefitted from being a little longer. The theatrical cut of “Desolation” felt rather rushed all the way up to when Bilbo springs the Dwarves from the dungeon; not so in the extended cut, where we also get to know more about Beorn, and the Thráin (Thorin’s long-missing father) subplot is also resolved.

    And, of course, for people like me, there’s no such thing as being in Middle-Earth for too long. : P

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      Hey Andy, I haven’t seen any of the extended editions yet. I’m waiting to buy them all in one big box sets once The Battle of the Five Armies is released. I never had an issue of the length of The Lord of the Rings movies, so I am curious to see if this final movie will hold up better in the extended edition given the context of the other two extended editions.

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