Okay ..... settle in for this one ..... but bear with me Having just shelled out for the EE Two Towers .... I have been working my way thru all the special features ... of which there are LOADS. But having listened to the commentaries on the movie ... something has occured to me that doesn't sit well. Peter Jackson, and also a few of the other bods on the other commentaries, usually point out these extra scenes that have been added to the Theatrical cut of the movie. On a good half of these scenes, they mention that the stuff was shot on a pick-up shoot after all of the main work of principal photography has been done. In fact, they make great pains to point out how good the editing and digital grading is by pointing out that this pickup stuff was shot a good 2 years after the principal shoot. The more I listen to the commentaries, the more they keep pointing this out in reference to the extended scenes. Call me an old cynic (and believe me most people do), but could you possibly suppose that some of this stuff was shot specifically to be put in the extended version of the film? Think about it ... all the principal stuff has been shot, which means that one of the first things you will do is splice this stuff together in order to make sure you have all the things you need to tell your story. Once you have worked out what scenes and shots are missing, you can then plan a pick-up shoot. Why would you pick up all these scenes only to then cut them out immediately once you have filmed them. To me it doesn't make sense. Unless you never planned to put them in the theatrical cut, but instead film expansion of scenes you never planned to do in order you give u enuff material for an extended cut. After all .... the FOTR extended edition was very popular ... What if you found after u finished shooting u didn't have enuff scenes spare to make a TT extended cut? I'm not saying the extra scenes arent any good, and they do add to the film as a whole ... I'm just wondering if the scenes were made with the Extended edition in mind. What does everyone think?