Laura Miller on the release of the final extended edition part of the Lord of the Rings series:
Watching the extended editions of all three films together still takes less time than reading Tolkien's novel, but the effect is similarly immersive. You swim in this story, and drink it and breathe it. By the time Sam rallies that last bit of willpower, if you're still with it, your defenses are entirely gone. [salon]
I don't think that I'm mentally prepared to start watching Return of the King, let alone the entire eleven hours in a row.