In anticipation of the Two Towers DVD release next week, we're going to rewatch Fellowship of the Ring this weekend for the first time in several months. I very much prefer the Extended Edition to the original theatrical version except for the very beginning of the movie. The scenes immediately following the Prologue in the Theatrical Edition are absolutely perfect in my opinion. The extended (and in my opinion chopped up) opening involving the scenes with Bilbo and the book is the one change that I don't appreciate. So here's the deal. I have my old non-progressive-scan DVD player on the shelf. I'm thinking about hooking it up and playing the Prologue and opening scenes from the Theatrical Edition and then having the Extended Edition cued up in the regular player and ready to switch to for the remainder of the movie. Where is the obvious point to rejoin the Extended Edition? My first thought, without going back and comparing the two versions, is to cut to the Extended Edition at the point where the first fireworks announce the Birthday Party. Am I recalling correctly that the same fireworks shot opens the Party passage in both versions? Would there be anything missed by viewing the Theatrical Edition to that point which might interrupt the flow of the Extended Edition story? I just love the timing and flow of the cuts from the Prologue to Frodo under the tree to the introduction of Gandalf to the shot following Gandalf's cart as it enters Hobbitton. It is such a perfect minute of filmmaking that I've missed it greatly the three times I've watched the Extended Edition.