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'Lord of the Rings' returns to the big screen in extended edition

Great news for "Lord of the Rings" fans and for those just making the epic trilogy's acquaintance. You can now merrily succumb to this spectacular fantasy in its "extended edition" on the big screen. (Click on the poster above for the trailer.) The DVD director's cuts of "The Fellowship of the Ring," "The Two Towers," and "The Return of the King" will play on three successive Tuesday nights in June -- "Fellowship" on June 14, "Towers" on June 21, and "King" on June 28 --at a half-dozen area theaters (AMC Columbia, AMC Owings Mills, White Marsh, Cinemark Egyptian, Snowden Square, and the Bel-Air Cinema).

I think Peter Jackson's version of J.R.R. Tolkien's saga achieves the impact that D.W. Griffith won in the multiple climaxes of "Intolerance" -- what the poet and critic James Agee compared to "the swinging together of tremendous gongs." If you follow "The Lord of the Rings" through "The Fellowship of the Ring" and "The Two Tower," by the time you get to "The Return of the King," every scene sets off a soul-stirring resonance. If you haven't seen any of them yet, there can be no higher art or entertainment outing this season than catching up to this trilogy.

To purchase advance tickets or get more information on this special presentation, click here.

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