And when it was shown in Germany on TV?
Because i wanted to know if i watched the theatrical versions, or the Special Edition’s from 1997 as a 4 or 5 year old kid.
If i remember exactly it was 1999 or at the latest 2000 when the Special Editions were shown for the first time on German TV. After the Special Editions had their 97’ release at the cinema and were available on VHS afterwards, german TV stations still broadcasted the Theatrical Cuts for quite some time.
EDIT: The TV Station ProSieben broadcasted the OT for the last 20 years here in Germany. But according to this site…
… there is an odd gap between 1998 and 2000. In 98 the OT (maybe in its SE version?) was shown only once. In 1999 completely absent. Since 2000 there is a continuous OT broadcast by ProSieben. I remember seeing the Theatrical Cuts saturday afternoon on Kabel 1 (another German TV Station) in 1999.