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On Sale Now: 'Lord of the Rings' Extended Editions Blu-Ray Box Set

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June 28, 2011

Lord of the Rings

Let's pause for just a moment so I can remind everyone that on sale today is the long-awaited Blu-Ray box set of The Lord of the Rings: Extended Editions. Ever since the series finished in 2003, fans have been anxiously awaiting high def, Blu-Ray copies of the movies, and not just the theatrical editions, but the true fan-favorite Extended Editions. The best place to pick up a copy is on Amazon for $69.99 (click to support FS.net!) - that's where I got mine! I'm an all-out, die-hard Lord of the Rings fanboy and will be in a theater in Burbank tonight watching all four hours of Return of the King, so be sure to get your copy if you haven't.

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy

Now some may say we've never, ever written about DVDs/Blu-Rays before, and that is true, and we don't. But today is a day where I make an exception because, plain and simply, I love Lord of the Rings. Return of the King is my all-time personal favorite movie and my unforgettable experience seeing these three back in 2001, 2002 and 2003 was integral in putting me on the path that brought about FirstShowing.net and got me here today. So, I feel it's only necessary to pay my continuous tribute to one of the greatest cinematic trilogies of all-time, and remind you that after eight long years, you can finally own all of them on Blu-Ray.

And for anyone concerned about the rumored "greenness" of the video that I've heard some mention, don't worry too much, as High-Def Digest still gave it a glowing 4.5/5 stars, and Blu-Ray.com also 5/5 stars, too.

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  • http://twitter.com/QuanahTweets Quanah
    Mine just arrived via Amazon.com. I watched the first 20 minutes on my 46" HD. Wow. Just wow.
  • Anonymous
    what i've been waiting for since the 1st movie came out, and bluray wasn't even around then.
  • Anonymous
    nvm, and the delete link disappeared, , yay
  • Gohikeone
    Didn't the DVD set of the EE have that many discs? I figured the Blu set would have less discs. However, still very happy this set has arrived! Alex I'm with you, ROTK is one of the best films of all time!
    • Anonymous
      Nope 4 DVDs each (just checked my Two Towers EE). 3 each sounds right as you'd still need 2 for each movie (its 1080p HD now, DVDs topped out at 720p), not to mention the audio. I'm sure they didn't bother or just plain couldn't up the resolution on the special features, so that easily fits on 1 Blu Ray disc.
      • pjs
        DVDs topped out at 576i not 720p.
  • Marqwest
    Can't wait to enjoy, I just picked up my copy for next to nothing.  Use your Bestbuy rewards wisely...only cost me $3.99 lol! 
  • http://www.meetmedaily.com Nahsar
    this is what I was looking to buy from a long time...thanks for the wonderful info..helped me a lot..
  • A P
    From what I was reading in the contents is the movie cut into two discs again? For example, the theatrical DVD was one disc and the DVD EE was cut into two so that you had to swap out discs halfway into the movie. When I read this on the box it said that each EE bluray movie was in two discs, a part 1 and a part 2. If so why is it cut again? Bluray should be able to run it without having to swap dics halfway. If that's the case Ill probably pass and just buy a 1080P download so I dont have to swap out discs. Can anyone confirm if its a 2part or single disc movie? Thanks!
    • http://www.firstshowing.net Alex Billington
      No, it's definitely split into two discs, just like the first one. I'm right there with you, it's stupid. I understand why (more capacity, better quality) but you're right, at this point Blu-Ray should be capable of holding one movie and/or they should've pushed to make that happen without losing quality. THESE were the movies to do that for. Oh well. :/
      • Gohikeone
        I guess this was the point i was originally trying to make...i couldnt agree more. The swapping of discs kinda breaks the mood midmovie. I thought the blu's would have more than enough space to handle the movie on one disc. But i guess its still a great place to stop and go make more popcorn!
      • A P
        Thanks for the heads up. Bummer...was looking forward to getting this set. But having to switch out discs to enjoy a movie without a break is the deal-breaker. If anyone is interested in the entire movie (FULL HD-1080P EE) without having to swap disc, the Playstation Network Store is offering it at $19.99 a pop. But be warned the file for each movie is quite large at 11GB each. As of now the FULL HD version is on PSN. iTunes is limited to SD, sadly :( I will most likely get it this way since the blu-ray set comes with DVD extras that are the same from the DVD EE set. And at least I will be able to enjoy the movie without any cutoff.  Hope this helps for anyone looking for the Full-HD version without any breaks. 
        • zebracrackhead
          Can anyone confirm whether the PSN copies include HD audio or is is simply advertising just HD picture quality?
  • http://www.firstshowing.net Alex Billington
    Seeing Return of the King tonight in theaters was exhilarating, emotional, and once again unforgettable. I love love love the LOTR movies with all of my heart, in every way. About as close to perfect epic, fantasy movie-making as anyone can ever get.
    • Zephyr77
      I agree with you this is the one and only film that has ever made me turn to the unknown guy next to me in the theatre just to tell him "Can you believe how awesome this film is?" I went to the theatre 13 times to see it back then and countless occasions at home. They even put me off fully enjoying other films for a long long time as I couldn't help comparing them to this production. The extended BD release of such a meaningful experience to fan boys is trully worth mentioning in FS!
    • Zephyr77
      I agree with you this is the one and only film that has ever made me turn to the unknown guy next to me in the theatre just to tell him "Can you believe how awesome this film is?" I went to the theatre 13 times to see it back then and countless occasions at home. They even put me off fully enjoying other films for a long long time as I couldn't help comparing them to this production. The extended BD release of such a meaningful experience to fan boys is trully worth mentioning in FS!
  • David Banner
    If I didnt mention this, you might not have noticed it on the extended edition: Reviewers claim there has been a color change on Fellowship. It's such a degree of change, reviewers do not know if it is an error(!) in the transfer or a possible change to match the upcomming Hobbit films(?). There seems to not have been a real comment on this change from Jackson, only that 'all is well'. The changes to Fellowship are of such a noticeable degree, that the video quality gets a score of 4/5, where the rest of the triologys video quality gets 5/5's. If you have the standard edition on Blu-Ray, and watched it recently, the difference is quite notable. If you have not seen LotR since in a theatre(or on DVD 5 years ago) do not worry. The films are still great, but when one finally gets a jumbo pack one has been waiting for for years; one really wants it to be perfect. You will most likely not 'notice' any changes or even care. I just thought I'd mention it, and maybe others could add comments if they see something different.
  • Some guy
    Fellowship has a 3.5 rating.
  • Hattori Hanzo
    Got it yesterday at Costco for $59.75 and after watching The Fellowship spread out over 2 discs last night; I am now convinced that those who complain about the picture in any way are natural born complainers.  I have never seen The Fellowship with such depth in colour, detail and over all splendor. It buries the theatrical Blu Ray version.  As for being spread out over 2 discs, if this picture and sound quality is why, then they did the right thing.   As for the way the picture is supposed to look, here's what Harry Knowles of AICN said about it and his reply from Peter Jackson: OF "Earlier this month there was some hub-bub about some of the Blu Ray forums that the FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING EE Blu-Ray mastering was completely f--ked with an ugly green hint over everything, oblitering any real whites and messing up the entire gorgeous color palate of the film. I wrote Peter Jackson to alert him to the rumors. Peter had Andrew Lesnie look into it – you see… of the 3 films, FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING EE was the only film of the trilogy that did not go through the extensive and expensive Digital Color Grading process. They did that for this. Peter had seen the new mastering of FELLOWSHIP – in fact anyone that had seen it on HD broadcasts recently was looking at the gorgeous master sans any tinting. In Peter’s opinion the film has simply never looked better – including theatrically, because this new digital color grading was something that Peter wanted from the very beginning." THE RING EE Blu-Ray mastering was completely f--ked with an ugly green hint over everything, oblitering any real whites and messing up the entire gorgeous color palate of the film. I wrote Peter Jackson to alert him to the rumors. Peter had Andrew Lesnie look into it – you see… of the 3 films, FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING EE was the only film of the trilogy that did not go through the extensive and expensive Digital Color Grading process. They did that for this. Peter had seen the new mastering of FELLOWSHIP – in fact anyone that had seen it on HD broadcasts recently was looking at the gorgeous master sans any tinting. In Peter’s opinion the film has simply never looked better – including theatrically, because this new digital color grading was something that Peter wanted from the very beginning." "Earlier this month there was some hub-bub about some of the Blu Ray forums that the FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING EE Blu-Ray mastering was completely f--ked with an ugly green hint over everything, oblitering any real whites and messing up the entire gorgeous color palate of the film. I wrote Peter Jackson to alert him to the rumors. Peter had Andrew Lesnie look into it – you see… of the 3 films, FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING EE was the only film of the trilogy that did not go through the extensive and expensive Digital Color Grading process. They did that for this. Peter had seen the new mastering of FELLOWSHIP – in fact anyone that had seen it on HD broadcasts recently was looking at the gorgeous master sans any tinting. In Peter’s opinion the film has simply never looked better – including theatrically, because this new digital color grading was something that Peter wanted from the very beginning." THE RING EE Blu-Ray mastering was completely f--ked with an ugly green hint over everything, oblitering any real whites and messing up the entire gorgeous color palate of the film. I wrote Peter Jackson to alert him to the rumors. Peter had Andrew Lesnie look into it – you see… of the 3 films, FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING EE was the only film of the trilogy that did not go through the extensive and expensive Digital Color Grading process. They did that for this. Peter had seen the new mastering of FELLOWSHIP – in fact anyone that had seen it on HD broadcasts recently was looking at the gorgeous master sans any tinting. In Peter’s opinion the film has simply never looked better – including theatrically, because this new digital color grading was something that Peter wanted from the very beginning."
  • David Banner
  • http://twitter.com/strmmrrr AP
    I guess they didn't want to release a perfect version (1 disc per movie, right colors). Fanboys have already bought these movies 3-5 times, maybe they'll be happy to buy 1-2 more releases. I recorded these movies from SDTV, and they were theatrical versions. I love them!

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