Extended Edition Lord of the Rings Finally on Blu-Ray

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Extended Edition Lord of the Rings Finally on Blu-Ray

For the first time, the full extended edition of Jackson's movie trilogy will be available in high definition glory.

Mark your calendars, The Lord of Rings trilogy is coming out on BluRay on June 28th, 2011. The package looks pretty damn sweet with all three movies coming on 6 BluRay discs. All of the special features stuff looks like it's still on DVD, which seems an odd choice, but I could imagine it would have taken a long time to upscale all that footage to high definition. The best part is that the pre-order price for this set isn't crazy expensive, only knocking you back $84.95 if you preorder it before the ship date.

Now, like me, many of you might own the DVDs of all the Extended Editions already, so you may not be jazzed to get this set. The allure of seeing every pore and pockmark on Gollum's face with the increased resolution that BluRay offers may not be enough to throw down almost 100 bones once you factor in tax and shipping. For you naysayers, allow me to point out that the package comes with seven 5x7 glossy photos. Sold!

Joking aside, if you don't have the Extended Edition DVD set already, this package is the way to go. I vastly prefer the detail and pacing of the Extended Edition, which adds almost three hours of edited footage to the running time of the trilogy. Moments like witnessing Galadriel give her gifts to the Fellowship, or the procession of elves through the Shire as Frodo and Sam set out, just to name a few moments from The Fellowship of the Ring, increase the authenticity of Jackson's adaption greatly.

At the very least, owning these BluRays will tide you over until The Hobbit comes out in theaters in 2012.

Preorder it at the WB store now, before the offer to buy them at this price expires. Who knows how much three BluRays will be once it hits the shelves?

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I'm very, very happy for this. I shall put aside my money and be happy to do so.

I haven't actually seen the extended editions, so I might get this and have an EPIC NERD DAY and watch all of it. It would be awesome.

I'll need some Mountain Dew.

6Blu rays?

Forgive my ignorance, but does that mean that the extended films are divided up into the Six 'books' of the actual Book? Or just that each one is so massively long it cuts out half way through and you have to change disc?

TheRightToArmBears:
I haven't actually seen the extended editions, so I might get this and have an EPIC NERD DAY and watch all of it. It would be awesome.

I'll need some Mountain Dew.

As someone who's done this, you'll need it. Preferably as an IV drip. If you're either a fan of the films or of the books, the extended editions are well worth the money. I may buy this, but considering I already own them on DVD I'll probably just wait until they're cheaper or ask for it for my Birthday.

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thenumberthirteen:
About damn time. I still can't believe they released the edited version without the extended cut.

Money dear boy.

About damn time. I still can't believe they released the edited version without the extended cut.

fix-the-spade:
6Blu rays?

Forgive my ignorance, but does that mean that the extended films are divided up into the Six 'books' of the actual Book? Or just that each one is so massively long it cuts out half way through and you have to change disc?

Probably more likely that the films are on one disc each, and the various documentaries that were with the original extended DVD release are on the other three (along with the Costa Boates documentaries that came with the re-release a few years ago).

I've only seen the movies in theaters and then the regular versions on DVD's years ago, and this is something that gives an initiative to buy both a Blu-ray drive and this set at some point.

Although I kind of like not seeing the movies because I like to reread Silmarillion, Hobbit, and The Lord Of The Rings every now and then, and the movies tend to steal room from imagination. Especially if watched relatively recently.

I already have them on DvD, so why would I spend even more money on them[1]? I mean, Blu Ray movies ain't cheap, and I ain't swimming in dosh here.

[1] Well I personally didn't use any of my money to get them, I got them all as christmas persents.

Oh the memories!

I feel the same about this.
It is great to habe such great movies on blue-ray but unfortunately I already have all extended Versions on DvD.

But if I would want to buy the movies now this would be the way to go.

TheRightToArmBears:
I haven't actually seen the extended editions, so I might get this and have an EPIC NERD DAY and watch all of it. It would be awesome.

I'll need some Mountain Dew.

Your going to need a entire warehouse of Mountain dew to get through the entire extended trilogy.. It is like, 20 hours long or something.

Woah and this week I was about to cave and by the theatrical cuts! Having said that you can pick up the theatrical editions for £16 whereas the extended editions are likely to be £60+. I kind of wish I hadn't lost/broken all my dvds now!

Already have all the extended DVDs and they look fine, so I won't be getting this.

Next up the extended-extended editions with 30 extra hours of interviews and documentaries actually in native hd...

I only got Rotk extended edition on DVD before, which was then lent to my dad and never seen again by me :(

I actually spent like 3 days looking for this before, now it's finally here! >:D

28th June? that's my birthday. coincidence? i don't think so :) shame i don't have a blu-ray player

I smell a marathon coming, that and a lot of pizza and beer coming my way.

I'm saving some cash to get this, I was wondering when they would release an extended version of this.

fix-the-spade:
6Blu rays?

Forgive my ignorance, but does that mean that the extended films are divided up into the Six 'books' of the actual Book? Or just that each one is so massively long it cuts out half way through and you have to change disc?

From the article
"All of the special features stuff looks like it's still on DVD, which seems an odd choice, but I could imagine it would have taken a long time to upscale all that footage to high definition."

so it should be 3 uninterrupted 4 hour nerdgasms.

I knew those rat bastards would do this. Release the DVDs (make money), release the Extended edition DVDs (make money), release the Blu-Ray THEATRICAL version (make even more money), and then finally release the Blu-Ray EXTENDED version (make tons of money).

Money hogging bastards.

...And god dammit I'm going to buy it. Just glad I didnt blow my cash on the first set of Blu-Rays.

TheRightToArmBears:
I haven't actually seen the extended editions, so I might get this and have an EPIC NERD DAY and watch all of it. It would be awesome.

I'll need some Mountain Dew.

If you were "meh.." about the LOTR Trilogy in any way.. the Extended Editions may be too much for some people.

As an avid fan of LOTR... I think the EE's are the ONLY way to go. I can't watch the theatrical versions of these films anymore... they're incomplete. This is how Peter Jackson meant for you to see these movies.

If you really enjoy the films, this set is a true gift... with about 3 hours of extra footage.. that's like another LOTR movie right there.

I had a couple of nerd weekends watching all three... took me from about 12PM-2AM roughly (with some breaks in between of course).

Been waiting for this. Watching them upscaled on DVD really shows up flaws in the picture quality.

Also, the film will no longer be split across two discs as, even with increased quality, there's plenty of room on a Bluray. The DVD versions were on 4 discs each, so it'll be one disc for the film and another for the special features.

Colour me excited. :D

I want to buy this (really I do; I've yet to try out the blue ray player on my PS3) but what keeps me from running to the WB store is that I know after they're done with The Hobbit movies they will eventually release the grand daddy mega pack LoTR Trilogy + The Hobbit and then I'll be like "Shite, man why did I blow my money in 2011 on that pack that doesn't have The Hobbit Extended Edition movies and comes with a pair of Peter Jackson's undies that he wore during the shooting?!"

So yeah, I don't really want to buy any all inclusive mega pack until I'm damn sure they're done making the movies.

YES FINALLY!!!!! THE DAY I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR WILL FINALLY HAVE ARRIVED!!! I'm sure the person posting above me is right but I can't wait.....Now to find out price and make sure I can save up that much.

Damn, the day after my birthday! I'll have to wait a whole extra day to get hold of them!

FINALLY! I was so disappointed when the films originally came out on Blu-ray and I found out that they weren't the extended versions!

Must find money!

Greg Tito:
*snip*
which adds almost three hours of edited footage to the running time of the trilogy. *snip

Yes because running time was something the trilogy lacked......

OT: I'll probably get it, when I have a spare $80 :)

When Amazon first told me about it via an email, I was very excited. I just wish I had money to buy it. :p

My sister has bought: The 3 regular editions on dvd, extended editions on dvd, regular editions on Bluray. My question is, once you've seen the extended editions, why would you go back to the regulars?

Time to break out the old piggybank...

Is there by any chance a cheaper offering that is literally just a compilation of all the fight scenes? Please?

I could only watch the films once each, and after that, I ended up fast forwarding. It feels pretty bad when I start wanting the cliffs for the movie based off of a book series.

The unfortunate thing is that all the DVD extra discs are just copies of the same discs that came with the DVD collector editions. I'm sure that most of the extras couldn't be HD anyway, since they were mostly made for TV and were almost certainly recorded digitally, but at the very least they could have put all the SD footage for each movie onto one Blu-Ray.

Still, I doubt most people would be buying the set for the extras anyway - they just want the extended versions in HD.

fix-the-spade:
Forgive my ignorance, but does that mean that the extended films are divided up into the Six 'books' of the actual Book? Or just that each one is so massively long it cuts out half way through and you have to change disc?

The latter. Fellowship of the Ring, the shortest of the trilogy, clocks in at 3.5 hours long with the extended edition. Return of the King breaks four hours. Once you add in the different audio and commentary tracks, the movies are quite possibly too big to fit on one disc. Or it could simply be that they are working from the exact same cuts from the original DVDs, and didn't want to try stitching them together.

So is it worth it for someone who just wants to watch the movies?

I am interested on on und only one condition!

If the I don't have to change disks to play through each extended movie. I can accept that if I want to go from fellowship to return of the king, I'm going to have to change a disk. But I don't want to change fellowship pt1 to fellowship pt2. I suspect that one solid play will be doable, considering the blu rays ability. But never underestimate lazy design to port things over, upscaled or no.

Finally, what I've wanted ever since I heard of the non-extended versions being released on Blu-Ray. I already have the extended DVD's, but I'll be damned if I don't get these too. By the gods, I love the Lord of the RIngs so.

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