Okay, I wanted to start this thread in anticipation of the release of the SEE DVD of ROTK in November. This thread is for all information pertaining to the SEE DVD. Feel free to post anything you have heard, rather it be rumors, or something that has been confirmed, or if you just want to speculate on what may, or may not be included on the SEE DVD.
For starters I want to deal with some things that we know to be true, and confirmed at this point. I guess the most important thing first of all is that PJ has said on record that he has completed the editing of SEE DVD, and that the run time is 4 hours, and 10 minutes. This means that we’re going to get most of the footage back that was included in the original cut. Here’s a quote from PJ (from an interview with filmforce) that backs up what I’m talking about:
We had a 4 hour 15 minute cut of Return of the King with everything in there that we shot but it was too long. It felt like the emotional impact of the film was being diluted, it was just too long. So we started trimming the film back and the Saruman scene was one of many scenes we cut. Obviously, an hour of the film has been cut out of the theatrical version to get the length down. The length to me was totally related to the emotional impact of the last 20-30 minutes and I wanted that to be as strong as it could. The longer the film was, the least strong it got because you felt like you'd been there for too long and it lost its impact.
Now having that established, here are some scenes that have been confirmed to be in the SEE DVD,
The Voice of Saurman (quoting PJ from filmforce):
... But the scene's great and it will be on the DVD and everyone will get a chance to see it. It's a good scene and at least it will complete the story in terms of the three films.
Here’s another quote on the matter from an article in Newsweek:
Saruman: Jackson filmed a scene for 'The Two Towers' in which Wormtongue kills the traitorous wizard, then bumped it to 'Return of the King'--and then cut it because it felt like old business, which slowed the new movie. A shame. Again, that's what DVDs are for.
Houses of Healing (this quote comes from Newsweek as well):
Houses of Healing: In the novel, Eowyn and Faramir convalesce here after battle. Aragorn heals her; she falls harder for him; Faramir falls for her. Jackson shot it, but felt the movie had strayed from Frodo too long. Viggo Mortensen was sad to learn (from Newsweek) the scene was gone. It'll be on the DVD.
More Corsair scenes (including an extended PJ cameo, also if you didn’t notice it in the theatrical cut, you can see PJ on one of the ships), this quote comes from an interview PJ did with USA Today:
Is that you as a pirate aboard the Corsair ship in King?
PJ: "That's me. I filmed a longer sequence where Aragorn and the ghosts storm the ship. But I actually cut myself out as well, you see. I get killed by Legolas." He chuckles: "That will be a must for the DVD. More shots of me!"
More extended scenes of Frodo and Sam climbing Mt. Doom (this quote comes from Nola.com):
Sam's big moment comes when Frodo seems unable to take another step.
"It was the scene I had the highest hopes for and it was such a sacred acting experience that I think it had reached a kind of mythic intensity in my imagination, and I don't think it lives up to it in my own mind," Astin said. "Except I'm gratified by a lot of the people who talk about how moving it was for them."
He said the extended-edition DVD will improve the scene by including more of the build-up.
At the moment that seems to be all of the stuff that has been confirmed, but I was reading an interview with PJ about a month ago (which I can’t seem to locate now), and he said that they had filmed the scene where Frodo and Sam get caught up with the Orc regiment, and that would be on the SEE DVD also.
Here are some other scenes I suspect will be on the SEE DVD because I know they filmed these scenes,
Mouth of Sauron (you can clearly see where this was removed in the theatrical cut).
Frodo and Sam at the Crossroads.
Gandalf’s confrontation with the Witch-King.
Merry pledging his allegiance to King Theoden.
Also Viggo Mortensen said in an interview recently that almost half of his scenes in ROTK weren’t included in the theatrical cut (HoH would be a good example), so I strongly suspect we will see much more of him in the SEE. Well that’s all from me now. I know that I’m forgetting a few scenes that I know were filmed, so I’ll add those later on when my brain is functioning properly.