I’ve read LOTR so many times over the course of my life. I even read it aloud to my teen in younger years. It’s iconic literature, not only for the story but for JRRT’s exquisite mastery of language, his invention of language (a feat nearly matched by equally amazing Anthony Burgess), and his not-so subtle politics, which people are still guessing at.
I was devastated by the theatrical release of this movie. It left out so much that made LOTR the saga it truly is. Comes the Extended Editions to the rescue! I bought all 3 of them on DVD, had them borrowed without permission (ahem), bought them again, and lost all my household goods, again without permission. I yelled out loud when I saw they were available at a price my budget could embrace, bought them all that night.
Th EE’S put back in the beauty and the sadnesses of the relationships between various Middle Earth inhabitants, touched upon things in the Silmarillion, and redeemed Peter Jackson. They even included material which was only contained in appendices in the books, expanding on Aragorn and Arwen’s relationship, hobbit history, Gandalf's History with Saruman, etc.
While I would love to have hard copies of these eloquent and wonderous movies, it isn’t feasible in this digital age. Already, DVD is a past tech, computers bite the dust, so I hope Amazon respects those of us who purchase, and that I can share these with my grandchild when that little being is old enough to grasp how incredible a tale is told in these prized possessions.