Lord of the Rings: Extended Edition - 28 June

Simon Crust

Movie Reviewer
“THE BEST FANTASY EPIC IN MOTION PICTURE HISTORY”
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Finally, the Collection Everybody’s Been Waiting For!

THE LORD OF THE RINGS™ MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY: EXTENDED EDITION
ON BLU-RAY™ JUNE 28
Extended Versions of all Three Films on 15 Discs
With More Than 26 Hours of Special Features Including the
Costa Botes Documentaries
Social Network Sites Confirm Movie Trilogy’s Highly Anticipated Release
Burbank, Calif, March 21, 2011 – Following last year’s successful Blu-ray premiere of the original theatrical versions of The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy, Entertainment in Video will release all three of Peter Jackson’s visual masterpieces in their extended editions on June 28 as a stunning 15-disc Blu-ray collection, The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Edition (Blu-ray).

One of the most magical, intensely spectacular epic adventures in motion picture history comes alive when these extended editions explode onto Blu-ray with unsurpassed high definition picture and sound. Sound + Vision Magazine ranked the 2010 release in their top 5 Blu-rays of the Year noted that it was one of only two releases to earn five stars for sound and calling it “breathtaking.” Now fans can see and hear the extended trilogy at home the way it was meant to be seen, on Blu-ray Hi-Def. Based on the length of each extended edition feature film and in order to present each film in the highest possible picture quality, each film is presented on 2 Blu-ray Discs.

The Lord of the Rings franchise’s popularity continues unabated. The official Facebook page (facebook.com/lordoftheringstrilogy) has reached more than 4 million friends and boasts an average 1M comments per post. The page includes updated insider information, Trivia Tuesdays, Caption This! posts, clips, trailers, sweepstakes, promotions photo galleries and more. Also featured, a new application that will allow fans to generate their very own ‘Elvish’ name, to be available soon.

This highly anticipated Extended Edition (Blu-ray) set will be released in English 6.1 DTS-HD MA audio and includes a new transfer of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring which was remastered from the original 2k digital files. The set boasts more than 26 hours of additional content, highlighted by the rare behind-the-scenes documentaries created by Costa Botes, the filmmaker given unprecedented access to the set of each production by Peter Jackson. Costa Botes was able to capture raw and riveting behind-the-scenes film footage. His unique approach to storytelling – allowing the footage to speak for itself – results in an intimate and candid backstage pass to the challenges, preparations and camaraderie that went into shooting one of the greatest cinematic adventures of all time. The feature-length documentaries, with more than four and a half hours of footage, focus on a number of complexities and circumstances that tested the filmmakers, cast and crew during the shoot, as well as a look at some of the comical antics and personal moments on the set. The Costa Botes documentaries accompany acclaimed special features by Michael Pellerin from the original extended cut releases to make this the most comprehensive
The Lord of the Rings compilation ever. (All three DVDs were honored with Saturn Award wins for Best DVD in their release years - 2002, 2003 & 2004, plus multiple trade awards).

The Oscar®-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy, revered as one of the most thrilling epic adventures in motion picture history and one of the highest grossing adventure film franchises to ever be created, was born with the release of The Fellowship of the Ring™, followed by The Two Towers™ and The Return of the King™. Now they are offered on Blu-ray with more than 2 hours of extended scenes that were carefully selected under the supervision of director Peter Jackson.

Out of the 30 total Academy Award nominations received, The Lord of the Rings movies won a record 17 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and 8 others for the third film. Based on the best-selling novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, Jackson’s movie trilogy is an epic journey of men, hobbits, elves, dwarves and the rest of Middle-earth’s creatures and cultures. The films chronicle the struggle of good versus evil with fantastic special effects and a strong emotional center; capturing the enduring fellowship and ultimate sacrifice while enhancing the chaos and destruction of Middle-earth.

The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Edition (Blu-ray) will be packaged in multi-disc elite packaging inside a premium rigid slipcase.



About the Trilogy and the Films

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy tells the story of Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), a hobbit who battles against the Dark Lord Sauron to save his world, Middle-earth, from the grip of evil. In the films, Frodo and his fellowship of friends and allies embark on a desperate journey to rid Middle-earth of the source of Sauron's greatest strength, The One™ Ring -- a ring that has the power to enslave the inhabitants of Middle-earth. The trilogy tells tales of extraordinary adventures across the treacherous landscape of Middle-earth and reveals how the power of friendship, love and courage can hold the forces of darkness at bay. Beside Wood, the films star Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, featuring Sean Bean, and Ian Holm, with Andy Serkis as Gollum. The films also star Marton Csokas, Craig Parker and Lawrence Makaoare.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
In this first part of the Trilogy, the young hobbit Frodo Baggins inherits a ring; but this ring is no mere trinket. It is the One Ring, an instrument of absolute power that could allow Sauron, the dark Lord of Mordor, to rule Middle-earth and enslave its peoples. Frodo, together with a Fellowship that includes his loyal hobbit friends, humans, a wizard, a dwarf and an elf, must take the One Ring across Middle-earth to Mount Doom, where it first was forged, and destroy it forever. Such a journey means venturing deep into territory manned by Sauron, where he is amassing his army of Orcs. And it is not only external evils that the Fellowship must combat, but also internal dissension and the corrupting influence of the One Ring itself. The course of future history is entwined with the fate of the Fellowship. The film won four Oscars® for Best Visual Effects, Cinematography, Makeup and Original Score.

Special Features:

Disc 1 (Blu-ray)
• The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Feature – Extended Edition Part 1
• The Lord of the Rings: War in the North – The Untold Story Trailer
• Commentary with Director & Writers
• Commentary with Design Team
• Commentary with Production and Post Production
• Commentary with Cast

Disc 2 (Blu-ray)
• The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition Part 2
• Commentary with Director & Writers
• Commentary with Design Team
• Commentary with Production and Post Production
• Commentary with Cast

Disc 3 (DVD)
• The Appendices Part 1 From Book to Vision
• Peter Jackson Introduction
• JRR 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

Disc 4 (DVD)
• The Appendices Part Two From Vision to Reality
• 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…

Disc 5 (DVD)
• Behind-the-Scenes Documentary Created by Filmmaker Costa Botes during filming of
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring



The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
In their parallel journeys, the Fellowship will stand against the powerful forces spreading from the Two Towers -- Orthanc Tower in Isengard, where Saruman has bred a lethal army of 10,000 strong; and Sauron’s fortress at Barad-dûr, deep within the dark lands of Mordor. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers culminates in the astonishing battle for the refuge, Helm’s Deep, the Kingdom of Rohan’s ancient large stone fortress, besieged by Uruk-hai warriors. The film won two Oscars: Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects.

Special Features:

Disc 6 (Blu-ray)
• The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Feature Extended Edition Part 1
• The Lord of the Rings: War in the North – The Untold Story Trailer
• Commentary with Director & Writers
• Commentary with Design Team
• Commentary with Production and Post Production
• Commentary with Cast

Disc 7 (Blu-ray)
• The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Feature Extended Edition Part 2
• Commentary with Director & Writers
• Commentary with Design Team
• Commentary with Production and Post Production
• Commentary with Cast

Disc 8 (DVD)
• The Appendices Part 3: The Journey Continues
• 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

Disc 9 (DVD)
• The Appendices Part 4: The Battle for Middle-earth
• Elijah Wood Introduction
• Filming The Two Towers
• Visual Effects
• Editorial: Refining the Story
• Music and Sound
• The Battle for Helm's Deep is Over…


Disc 10 (DVD)
• Behind-the-Scenes Documentary Created by Filmmaker Costa Botes during filming of
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers


The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam (Sean Astin), led by the mysterious Gollum (Andy Serkis), continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring. Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) struggles to fulfill his legacy as he leads his outnumbered followers against the growing power of the Dark Lord Sauron, so that the Ring-bearer may complete his quest. The film, which won Academy Awards® in all 11 categories for which it was nominated, took wins for Best Picture, Director, Editing, Art Direction, Costume Design, Visual Effects, Makeup, Adapted Screenplay, Sound Mixing, Original Song and Original Score.

Special Features:

Disc 11 (Blu-ray)
• The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Featured Extended Edition Part 1
• The Lord of the Rings: War in the North – The Untold Story Trailer
• Commentary with Director & Writers
• Commentary with Design Team
• Commentary with Production and Post Production
• Commentary with Cast

Disc 12 (Blu-ray)
• The Lord of the Rings: The Return of The King Featured Extended Edition Part 2
• Commentary with Director & Writers
• Commentary with Design Team
• Commentary with Production and Post Production

Disc 13 (DVD)
• The Appendices Part 5: The War of the Ring
• 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

Disc 14 (DVD)
• The Appendices Part 6: The Passing of an Age
• 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

Disc 15 (DVD)
• Behind-the-Scenes Documentary Created by Filmmaker Costa Botes during filming of
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King



The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Edition (Blu-ray)
Release Date: June 28, 2011
Running Time: 681 Mins. (Feature only; combined)

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LCR_Dave

Active Member
2 blurays per movie? thats just wrong :mad: who wants to go back to swapping discs mid movie...
 
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SkilledNutter

Well-known Member
Really no need for 2 Disc's per Movie.
 

Shaun666

Well-known Member
Really no need for 2 Disc's per Movie.

Are people really so lazy these days that getting up to change a disc in the middle of a nearly 4 hour movie is too much effort ? I want the best possible pic and sound quality and if that means 2 discs then I'm all for it.

As long as we don't go back to the days of the Star Wars Laser Disc set. Seem to remember that was about 9 flipovers or changes of disc in the movie. That was a pain.
 

ezak

Active Member
any idea how much this will cost us?
 

Simon Crust

Movie Reviewer
Press release says RRP to be confirmed ...
 

inzaman

Moderator
Personally i am happy with 2 discs per movie as per the DVDs as i like to spread these over 6 sessions, and if it means the best quality possible then all is good with me. From what i remember (this is from memory as i have been saving the next viewing session for the EE BD) the breaks in the discs are at quite natural points are they not?
 

Doctor Hades

Well-known Member

Doctor Hades

Well-known Member
£60? Ouch. I'll wait.

It's pricey, yes, but it does have 15 discs, albeit only 6 of them are actual BDs. I honestly expected it to cost more as £60 is the maximum I was willing to pay. Hopefully the price will drop a little nearer release.
 

Sick Boy

Active Member
Did everyone moan like this when the EEs were released on DVD?

Well this is just overkill. We have had more than eough extras already so more are not required, especially as they are not in HD.

I for one will easily wait until they put these on 1 disc. I don't want my viewing of a film interupted by disc changing. The ambience is ruined for me. No matter how great the picture and sound maybe, it pales if I have to have an enforced break in a film that didn;t have one in the cinema so no natural place. And ROTK was a rubbish change, can't remember TTT

Gutted, but at least finacially better off.
 

DICKIEDUVET

Distinguished Member
Wonder if the packaging will differ like the EE DVD's did. The US sets had a nice thick card slipbox, EIV gave us a terrible flimsy version.
 

featherhall

Distinguished Member
Brilliant.
2 discs per movie doesn't bother me in the slightest. I want the best quality and the news that the Fellowship is being remastered is the icing on the cake.

I've taken the 28th and 29th June off work now. Marathon session awaits.

Awesome news
 

probedb

Banned
Amusing.

First everyone complains that there are no special editions and the picture quality isn't great. Now they finally release the EEs and now everyone moans about them being split over 2 discs and that they've included DVDs in the set.
 

Doctor Hades

Well-known Member
I'd have preferred the movies to have been on a single disc for space and convenience reasons but I'm otherwise fine with the movies being split over two if it means superior picture and sound. Besides in a movie of that length I'd want to take a brief break anyway at the half-way point so I may as well take it between disc swaps.
 

nwgarratt

Member
What if for example the films come out at 40GB each per disc. How is that going to be put onto one disc? It could quite easily be done by using high bitrates and more than one HD audio track.

People complained about the PQ of the Theatricals on one disc and now they can maximise PQ by using two discs and people still complain.

I don't want to pay for DVD's I already own so will hopefully be renting them from somewhere.
 

Geoff_D

Distinguished Member
Well this is just overkill. We have had more than eough extras already so more are not required, especially as they are not in HD.

I for one will easily wait until they put these on 1 disc. I don't want my viewing of a film interupted by disc changing. The ambience is ruined for me. No matter how great the picture and sound maybe, it pales if I have to have an enforced break in a film that didn;t have one in the cinema so no natural place. And ROTK was a rubbish change, can't remember TTT

Gutted, but at least finacially better off.
So you never bought the EEs on DVD then? The same break was on those discs, and as I said above I don't remember all this complaining then.

You say it didn't have a break in the cinema, fair enough - but that was for the theatrical versions. The extended movies are a fair bit longer, with ROTK clocking in at well over four hours. You telling me that you won't leave your seat for the entire time? You must have a bladder of iron, sir.
 

Doctor Hades

Well-known Member
I'm sure I've seen some longer movies (3+ hours) at the cinema that had 10 or 15 minute breaks.... wasn't Titanic one of them (I'm pretty sure it was)?
 

Blue Triangles

Active Member
So, is the reason they're split over two disks simply because they couldn't fit them on one, or is there more to it than that? It's good news if it's because they won't fit....

Maybe it's so that people feel that they're getting more for their money with more Blu-ray disks.
 

nwgarratt

Member
So, is the reason they're split over two disks simply because they couldn't fit them on one, or is there more to it than that? It's good news if it's because they won't fit....

Maybe it's so that people feel that they're getting more for their money with more Blu-ray disks.

Warner have the habit of doing what they have done in the past (many BD's are same as previous released DVD's but in HD). So as it has already been split with the EE DVD, they have just duplicated it for the BD. What they need to do is maximise the quality to make it worthwhile.
 
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