Excellent film, as has been said many times over. I watched it online a month ago and went to see it in 3D in a theater on Dec 17th. Much better in the theater. Almost as good as the film itself was the 30 minute trailer after the movie featuring Peter Jackson describing the process of film restoration, colorization, production, editing, etc. I don't believe this portion can be seen online, only added to the theatrical release version.

I'm still not sure why the movie was released in such a limited fashion, showing only on December 17th and 27th across America. I've heard from several people who missed it as the available showings were sold out in their area. A second opportunity may be available as there are rumors of a re-release in the U.S. a few months into 2019.