As someone who has followed LOTR for some 35 years in book, radio play (CD), and then DVD, I am naturally highly excited that this is finally comiong to Blu-ray in its extended format (why aren't all films offered in DVD as extended? [HP take note]). However I have to agree with those who feel that this technology should enable viewers to watch this version from a single disc. I do really enjoy all the extra's, but not at the expense of having to pause a film (3 films actually) in the middle to put in the 2nd disc. And at 55 pounds it does leave a slightly bitter taste in the mouth. Having said all this I wouldn't miss the chance for Blu-ray extended LOTR for all the treasure in Smaug's cave!