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“Lord Of The Rings'”on DVD and Video August 6th, 2002.

The theatrical version of “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring” debuts on video Aug. 6, followed Nov. 12 by an extended edition that will add about 30 minutes to the three-hour film.

The theatrical release was rated PG-13, but distributor New Line said Tuesday the extended version probably would be explicit enough to carry an R rating.

The August DVD release will come in a two-disc set with two hours of bonus material, including a 10-minute sneak preview of the second chapter in the film trilogy, “The Two Towers,” due in theaters Dec. 18.

The longer version of “Fellowship of the Ring” will come in a four-disc set with six hours of extra material, including behind-the-scenes looks at how director Peter Jackson recreated J.R.R. Tolkien’s mythical land of hobbits, elves and wizards.

Jackson shot all three films simultaneously. Part three, “The Return of the King,” hits theaters around Christmas 2003.

“Fellowship of the Ring” was nominated for 13 Oscars and won four on Sunday night, for cinematography, makeup, original score and visual effects