Originally Posted by sjm817
Sorry if this has been covered, but this thread is 5500+ post long. I see the LOR "Theatrical Trilogy" available for like $12, which is very cheap. The extended is quite a bit more. I have a DVD extended version, but ...its DVD. I have mostly moved on to streaming Vs owning movies. For one, buying new format such as BD when I already bought DVD, then bought DVD extended gets old after awhile.
What is missing on the theatrical edition? Obviously, the extra content, but does it still have the same video/audio quality as the extended, or is that also reduced? Its just that for $12 I wonder what you actually get.
The following contains opinions, and regarding the LOTR trilogy at that, so you can be certain there are other fervently-held opinions on the matter.
A short summary of altered/added scenes can be found here:
The quality of the Theatrical Edition Blu-rays is not as good as the Extended Editions. Not the worst Blu-rays out there, and certainly adequate for some, but not as good. More importantly, I find that the editions are different enough in content that it's really a matter of content more than quality, for me, in deciding which version to get. I personally like the Extended Edition of FOTR quite a lot better than the theatrical version, the Two Towers about the same, and the ROTK less. Since FOTR is my favorite of the series, that usually tips me toward buying the extended trilogy.
In my case, I've stuck with my DVDs for now. As DVDs go, they were about as good-looking as that format got, so other discs still get priority over LOTR when upgrading to Blu-ray. I'll get there eventually, but they'll probably be my last DVDs to upgrade. Any maybe they'll take care of the green tint by then [ducks].