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Lord of the Rings

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MUSTWORTHINESS The three-hour, 20-minute final installment of the ''Lord of the Rings'' trilogy earned 11 Oscars and more than $377 million -- but that's not enough for director Peter Jackson. His four-disc cut hits stores in time for Christmas, complete with 49 minutes of extra footage and 300 new F/X shots.
WHAT'S ON IT New scenes include the Nazgul king facing down Gandalf in battle, the Mouth of Sauron taunting the Fellowship at the gates of Mordor, and Aragorn tending to Eowyn in the Houses of Healing. The most anticipated addition is Gandalf's final confrontation with Saruman, a controversial last-minute cut from the film. The bonus materials will also bring the production narrative to a close, with extensive making-of featurettes.
NEXT ''As far as we know, Peter has nothing else up his sleeve,'' says New Line Home Entertainment VP Mike Mulvihill. ''But he's a DVD fan, and you never know what he may have hidden away.''

Originally posted Jun 25, 2004 Published in issue #771-772 Jun 25, 2004 Order article reprints