The Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King: According to Ain't It Cool News New Line Cinema may be laughing at the price WETA Digital wants to charge for the final addition of certain effects shots for the extended edition of Return Of The King DVD...

- Word is that New Line are balking at the price for another Extended Edition, and may be farming out the FX to El Cheapo American FX House Inc rather than the high-quality excesses of WETA... our scooper (Toss the Dwarf) pointed out that this is strictly rumour-mill stuff, but remember who told you first.

- This one isn't going to come as a surprise, but for the record: we'll be seeing Gandalf and his Power Rangers confronting Saruman after the Helm's Deep battle, followed by the multi-coloured one falling to his death.

- Merry will pledge his allegiance to Theoden in a scene similar to the Pippin/Denethor bit. Toss points out that shots from this scene have appeared in an early ROTK teaser, as well as a *very* early LOTR teaser from way back in the beginning.

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- Following his acceptance of Anduril from Elrond, Aragorn uses the Palantir to reveal himself to Sauron. Sauron shows him a vision of Arwen's sickness. This stuff was used instead during the dream sequence just before Elrond arrives at Dunharrow in the theatrical cut.

- From the horse's mouth:

Brian B.