It is about time!!
Those that have followed my Lord of the Rings obsession on this site know that I am more than just a casual fan. In particular, one of the reasons I was ever interested in Blu-Ray was to upgrade these films to watch them in the best quality possible. The theatrical releases of the trilogy have been available on Blu-Ray for some time, but I avoided those for the main event… For avid fans, the extended editions of the films are the ultimate, true versions. This is basically the mini-review before I watch all the discs. This is the set I got through JB HiFi, and I wish to share my initial impressions.
The packaging is beautiful, and this is not just external. Opening the main box gives you another decorative box containing the discs, and a box containing a replica One Ring, as shown below. The One Ring here is identical to the one I purchased from Hassle-Free Tours on my trip to Edoras, though I will say the chain I got from the tour group was less chunky, and in my opinion nicer. Still, I kinda lie that as well… one can be a hobbit costume One Ring, and the other an adult costume One Ring… Sweet!!
The set contains 6 Blu-Ray discs and 9 DVDs. Yes, my fears were confirmed… the films are still split over two disc, despite them being Blu-Ray discs. I was hoping for one uninterrupted cohesive film, but that is not to be. I am intrigued by the 9 DVDs of special features though. Each film has 3 special features DVDs… clearly, more content then ever is on offer here. The original DVD releases had two extra discs of “Appendices” per film, and it appears those are intact here. The third disc for each film is a Behind the Scenes disc. I shall view each of these and report back at a later date.
Yes, I am most disappointed that the films will be split again, but this looks like an amazing set. Regardless, I will over the weekend enjoy a LOTR marathon, with all possible added content and in HD. When that is the offer made, who can possibly resist, regardless of packaging and extra enticements???