I saw the Extended Edition of LOTR in Chicago last night! It was so much fun to see it with other fans. Cries of delight at added scenes. You gain insight into the internal struggles of both Frodo and Aragorn. The Lothlorian additions (Sam singing, the company receiving their gifts) is wonderful.
I can only compare it to when they clean an old masterpiece of art and it reveals breath-taking details. The Extended Edition adds detail to this film masterpiece.
Mary in Chicago