Lord of the Rings Trilogy Extended Blu-ray Out June 28

Oh man, it came sooner than expected. Warner Home Video has announced that The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Extended Blu-ray has an official release date of June 28. The pre-order popped up on Amazon before with no news of the release date. This is a big set, as it includes 15-discs (6 Blu-rays, 9 DVDs) with an SRP of $119.98. I was wondering if the Blu-ray version could hold one extended movie in one disc, and the answer is no, it’ll be in two discs for each extended movie. The audio is encoded in 6.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. The Fellowship of the Ring has been remasters in the original 2k digital files, so expect a beefed up visual presentation.

I’m disappointed that it’s split between two discs, but then I guess the audio and video quality will suffer if you put these 3 to 4-hour movies into one Blu-ray disc with commentary, 6.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and other features. Also disappointed that the bonus features will be on DVD instead of on Blu-ray (feels really cheap to me). Other than that, this will be a definite first day buy for me.

Here are the features:

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring feature, Extended Edition – Part 1 (BD)

The Lord of the Rings: War in the North – The Untold Story Trailer

Commentaries:

  • Director and writers
  • Design team
  • Production and post production teams
  • Cast

* BD-Live

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring feature, Extended Edition – Part 2 (BD) *

Commentaries:

  • Director and writers
  • Design team
  • Production and post production teams
  • Cast

* BD-Live

The Appendices Part 1 From Book to Vision (DVD)

  • Peter Jackson Introduction
  • J.R.R. Tolkien: Creator of Middle-earth
  • From Book to Script
  • Visualizing the Story
  • Designing and Building Middle-earth
  • Middle-earth Atlas Interactive
  • New Zealand and Middle-earth Interactive

The Appendices Part Two From Vision to Reality (DVD)

  • Elijah Wood Introduction
  • Filming The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Visual Effects
  • Post Production: Putting It All Together
  • Digital Grading
  • Sound and Music
  • The Road Goes Ever On…

Behind-the-scenes documentary created by filmmaker Costa Botes during filming of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (DVD)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers feature, Extended Edition – Part 1 (BD)
The Lord of the Rings: War in the North – The Untold Story Trailer
Commentaries:

  • Director and writers
  • Design team
  • Production and post production teams
  • Cast

* BD-Live

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers feature, Extended Edition – Part 2 (BD)
Commentaries:

  • Director and writers
  • Design team
  • Production and post production teams
  • Cast

* BD-Live

The Appendices Part 3: The Journey Continues (DVD)

  • Peter Jackson Introduction
  • JRR Tolkien: Origin of Middle-earth
  • From Book to Script: Finding the Story
  • Designing and Building Middle-earth
  • Gollum
  • Middle-earth Atlas Interactive
  • New Zealand as Middle-earth

The Appendices Part 4: The Battle for Middle-earth (DVD)

  • Elijah Wood Introduction
  • Filming The Two Towers
  • Visual Effects
  • Editorial: Refining the Story
  • Music and Sound
  • The Battle for Helm’s Deep is Over…

Behind-the-scenes documentary created by filmmaker Costa Botes during filming of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (DVD)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King feature, Extended Edition – Part 1 (BD)
1. The Lord of the Rings: War in the North – The Untold Story Trailer
2. Commentaries:

  • Director and writers
  • Design team
  • Production and post production teams
  • Cast

* BD-Live

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King feature, Extended Edition – Part 2 (BD)
* Commentaries:

  • Director and writers
  • Design team
  • Production and post production teams
  • Cast

* BD-Live

The Appendices Part 5: The War of the Ring (DVD)
* Peter Jackson Introduction
* JRR Tolkien: The Legacy of Middle-earth
* From Book to Script
* Designing and Building Middle-earth
* Home of the Horse Lords
* Middle-earth Atlas
* New Zealand as Middle-earth

The Appendices Part 6: The Passing of an Age (DVD)

  • Introduction
  • Filming The Return of the King
  • Visual Effects
  • Post-Production: Journey´s End
  • The Passing of an Age
  • Cameron Duncan: The Inspiration for Into the West

Behind-the-scenes documentary created by filmmaker Costa Botes during filming of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (DVD)

Source: Blu-ray.com

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