Back in 2001 our young hearts never knew about the great JRR Tolkien and the magic of The Lord of the Rings.
Thanks to Peter Jackson, the LOTR became a symbolic right of passage for millions of people who invested in Frodo, his magic ring and the journey to reach Mount Doom.
When DVDs were still a thing, the movies were released with an additional 30 minutes of extended footage per film which meant watching all three movies could take you up to 12 and a half hours.
After years of wondering if we could make it through such a mammoth screening, Netflix announced the Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King will be available to stream on the service from today.
the Lord of the Rings trilogy is now streaming (if you have a spare 9/10 hours) https://t.co/lHwmregKSL
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) November 1, 2018
Fans of Legolas, Gimli, Gandalf et al. were chuffed at the welcome addition, but displeased by the news the trilogy won’t be the extended version:
extended edition or it doesn’t count
— Jamie Pringle (@Thejamiepringle) November 1, 2018
The Correct definition of “Netflix and Chill” – #howtodoitrght #netflixandchill #Netflix #LordOfTheRings pic.twitter.com/qxUtkwngJB
— Beth (@besnii752) November 1, 2018
They’re not the extended editions. Netflix says 2h 58 for Fellowship of the Ring, whereas the extended edition is 3h 48.
— josh (@JoshCPlays) November 1, 2018
Extended version or not, we’ll still be watching the greatest movie trilogy of all time.