Regal Cinemas and Cinemark have announced a re-release of Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” next month to celebrate the film’s 20th anniversary.
The 260-minute extended edition of the film is what’s being released. That version was originally released on DVD in 2004 and more recently was remastered and upgraded to 4K for the film’s UHD disc release in late 2020.
Whilst many saw the theatrical cut during its run in cinemas, few have seen the ‘extended edition’ which clocks in at nearly an hour longer and includes various major sequences not in the cinema version such as the Mouth of Sauron scene.
The screenings are also likely showing the 4K remaster which saw some visual effects adjusted to slightly improve the CGI at this higher resolution.
Cinemark visitors will also be treated to some extra content such as an introduction from Elijah Wood, who played the lead role of Frodo Baggins. The re-release will run for one night only on April 13th.
The finale of the trilogy remains the joint-record holder at the Academy Awards for taking home eleven Oscars, tying with “Ben-Hur” and “Titanic”. It grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of 2003 and the second highest-grossing film of all time at the time of release.
Source : https://www.darkhorizons.com/lotr-return-of-the-king-gets-a-re-release/