I was lucky enough to have gotten to see the expanded edition of Lord of the Rings at one of last nights viewings.
All of the scenes were added so seamlessly that I really do feel this is Peter Jackson’s true vision of the story. While I’ve heard many accounts detailing the footage itself, what I found the most noticable was how the extended footage really added to deepening the relationships between the characters and provided more insight into their actions.
Even the brief and subtle additons add immensely to the flow of the storyline. The overall effect is simply a superior version overall, with more humor, insight and drama.