I watched the 3 hour edit of the Hobbit trilogy (3:22 actually) and it was MUCH better. I will actually watch that version of the movie again. The original 8+ hour version? Never again.
The editor centered the movie on Bilbo much more, and dumped the ridiculous CGI video game fight sequences (like the barrel fight).
I've dealt enough with this and don't offer the raw, but a simple, linear documentary style edit, instead. This way, the bride can see anything she wants, and I include anything remotely worthwhile or that is a decent shot. Thiis works great for me since building a this sort of timeline in my NLE is already how I begin my edit.
My fear for providing raw is from the photog horror stories about it being used against them in court, trying to get a refund, or shaming them online.