[quote="pettytyrant101":317knm0j]So I stand by my comments- just because they provide reasons doesn't mean they are right! I prefer Tolkiens reasons, he at least spent a lifetime working them out.[/quote:317knm0j]
Sometimes I agree with halfwise that they had valid reasons, and sometimes I agree with petty that they didn't. However, I think most of the excuses in the EE features were poor, probably because they were mainly dealing with the most controversial (and thus hard to defend) changes rather than the obvious ones.
The one (partial) exception to this that comes to mind is splicing together the broad Frodo and Aragorn stories in the second two films. Tolkien said he didn't like the idea, but frankly, a film that follows the story of Book III to conclusion and then starts the story of Book IV right in the middle wouldn't work as a single piece (and it would have to, moreso than the book TTT, which only existed because the publisher insisted on printing in three volumes).
However, I wouldn't have made it quite so "chronological" - I think that ending TTT with Shadowfax galloping into the night and the under-gates of Cirith Ungol clashing shut shut ("Frodo was alive, but taken by the enemy"
would have been [i:317knm0j]amazing[/i:317knm0j] cinematic moments and a much more exciting (and suspenseful) end to the movie than the long, meandering coda we got (though that wasn't [i:317knm0j]bad[/i:317knm0j]).