Originally Posted by breezy2012
Ugh... thirteen more minutes? I barely made through as it was.
It's funny, though, that they held back some footage in an attempt to squeeze some extra bucks out of people,
They didn't hold back anything - note that this is not the "Director's Cut", it is an extended edition. Just like Lord of the Rings EE, this is not the version that Peter Jackson wanted people to see - if it was, it would have been in the theaters. Peter Jackson came up with the idea of the Extended Edition as fan service - he knew fans would want more LotR, and he had tons of extra LotR footage on the cutting room floor, so he thought it'd be cool to professionally edit some of that extra footage into the movie wherever it would fit and release a special version just for those fans. And of course the movie studios went along with it, seeing dollarsigns.
And fans expected an EE again this time, and of course the studio wanted an EE, but realize that they are getting an entire extra movie that wasn't originally planned, after filming the two movies was completed. Thus there's only 13 extra minutes, where I'd bet there was originally going to be a LOT more extra footage in the EE.
Note that it takes time and money to reinsert cut footage like that to create a real Extended Edition - they have to do the normal professional job of editing the new footage in, making sure the movie plays smoothly as if the footage was always there, and also redoing some of the soundtrack to work with the extra footage wherever it had to get edited in, So it makes sense that this wasn't on the original Blu-Ray as an extra, not as quickly as that disc was released to market.