I have to agree with both of you two.
They will get rid of film for the distribution method of movies. It will go satalite or some close network with heave, heavy security (that will occasionally be broken.)
As for the movie. The book was better. They cut out many of the things in the book that added depth to the characters. Ya, ok.. they kept the king/steward going nuts. But they cut out a love story (well done in the book, I thought.) They removed Aragorn going into the city early to help heal Eomer (and all that set into motion.)
Yes, the battle effects were amazing. Truly. But the movie lacked the depth and character interaction/development that the previous movies had.