Like many other people, I was astounded when I read that there was going to be an extended cut of this. The main complaint that just about anyone had was that it was too long. I am curious, though, to read what people think when this is released. 13 minutes doesn't make it all that much longer (considering how long the theatrical release is). I wonder if it could improve the pacing? For me, the movie's long enough that we'd end up watching it over 2 nights anyway (and it will take a week to watch all 3 films). Now, I haven't seen this yet, and don't plan to until all 3 are out on disc. By that time, I will have had plenty of time to figure out if it makes more sense to get the theatrical versions or the extended versions (I know we'll be getting one or the other; my wife is a big fan of Tolkien, while I'm a big fan of epic fantasy in general). Bottom line: mark me down as "curious".