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Extended Editions - Five Disc Blu-ray Singles Debut on August 28th From Warner Home Video

Blu-ray Extended Editions of All Three Films Offered Individually for the First Time! Each Film Includes Nearly Nine Hours of Bonus Content


Following last year's successful Blu-ray release of The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Edition, Warner Home Video will release for the first time, individually, all three extended editions of Peter Jackson's visual masterpieces. The theatrical release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in December is bound to fuel fan awareness and interest in these 5-disc single features. The Five-Disc Blu-ray Singles, The Fellowship of the Ring,, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, will debut August 28 in multi-disc elite packaging. Each will retail for $34.99 SRP.

One of the most magical, intensely spectacular epic adventures in motion picture history comes alive when these extended editions explode onto Blu-ray Disc with unsurpassed high definition picture and sound. Sound + Vision Magazine ranked the 2010 release of the Trilogy as #5 in their Top 10 Blu-rays of the Year, noting 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 versions at home the way they were meant to be seen. 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 two Blu-ray Discs.

The Extended Edition Blu-ray sets will be released in English 6.1 DTS-HD MA audio and includes the newest transfer of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring which was remastered from the original 2k digital files. Each single set boasts nearly nine 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 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 these the most comprehensive The Lord of the Rings compilations ever. All three DVDs were honored with Saturn Award wins for Best DVD in their release years - 2002, 2003 and 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™.

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 eight 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.

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
• BD-Live™ enabled

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

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 1 (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
• BD-Live™ enabled

Disc 2 (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
• BD-Live™ enabled

Disc 3 (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 4 (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 5 (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 1 (Blu-ray)
• The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 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
• BD-Live™ enabled

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

Disc 3 (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 4 (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 5 (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 EXTENDED EDITION
FIVE-DISC BLU-RAY SINGLES
Street Date: August 28, 2012

The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition
Running Time: 227 mins. (feature only)
Rating: PG-13
Catalog #: 1000327691
Pricing: $34.99 SRP

The Two Towers Extended Edition
Running Time: 235 mins. (feature only)
Rating: PG-13
Catalog #: 1000327623
Pricing: $34.99 SRP

The Return of the King Extended Edition
Running Time: 263 mins. (feature only)
Rating: PG-13
Catalog #: 1000327695
Pricing: $34.99 SRP

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Will they have green tint as well?
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Will they have green tint as well?

That was just The Fellowship of the Ring and iirc it's still under debate on whether that was intended or not.
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I wonder what the actual street price will be. The box set on Amazon is usually $60-70 and sometimes drops to $50.
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I don't understand. What's new exactly? I had the extended trilogy already and it comes with all the bonus already. It mentioned the FOTR got remastered.. to what, 4K?? And what about the rest? Are they the same?? Very puzzled.
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I don't understand. What's new exactly? I had the extended trilogy already and it comes with all the bonus already. It mentioned the FOTR got remastered.. to what, 4K?? And what about the rest? Are they the same?? Very puzzled.

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The bottom line here is that these are the same releases but simply offered separately.

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I'd be interested if they could get each of the movies on one disc instead of splitting onto two discs. Otherwise, I'll just continue to go with my DVD set which also splits the movies onto two discs.
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I'd be interested if they could get each of the movies on one disc instead of splitting onto two discs. Otherwise, I'll just continue to go with my DVD set which also splits the movies onto two discs.

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As per the content breakdowns indicated in the press release (above) the films are split over two discs.


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35$ each? Years after the release?

Am I missing something here? In Canada (where everything is expensive) it's 30$ for the Blu Ray Trilogy, and 40$ for the Extended Blu Ray trilogy?

Does anyone own the Blu Ray extended trilogy? Are the movies on single discs or 2?

Is the quality of the Extended Triliogy on par with these new ones released? I remember the DVD extended edition has better quality video (less compression) vs the regular DVD edition.
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35$ each? Years after the release?
Am I missing something here? In Canada (where everything is expensive) it's 30$ for the Blu Ray Trilogy, and 40$ for the Extended Blu Ray trilogy?
Does anyone own the Blu Ray extended trilogy? Are the movies on single discs or 2?
Is the quality of the Extended Triliogy on par with these new ones released? I remember the DVD extended edition has better quality video (less compression) vs the regular DVD edition.

I believe that each of the extended film is on 2 discs but each theatrical film is only on 1 disc.

EE box set has 15 total discs, 9 of them are DVDs.
Theatrical box set has 6 discs, 3 are DVDs.

And personally, as far as PQ goes, even if the PQ was better on the theatrical release I would still prefer the EE. Unless by some sort of heresy the PQ was so poor it rendered the films unwatchable. But because each EE film is on 2 discs there is less need for compression.
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I own the extended edition BD box set, and can confirm that each movie is spread across two discs, just like the DVD edition. Each film also has the same two special feature Appendix DVDs that came with the DVD edition, plus an additional DVD that has the web features and other stuff. Each film is in its own standard blu ray case, and it looks like the individual releases will just be these cases with a different sleeve insert.

The FotR remastering may have been to correct the "green" issue mentioned above, but I can't say I noticed an overly green tint in my copy (I wasn't looking for it when I watched it, though). [EDIT: Looking at the specs for the box set, it has the same "re-mastered from the original 2K digital files" description, so it looks like this a pure repackaging of the box set.]

In general, the Extended Edition transfers are really good, far better than the BD theatrical versions, which are notoriously bad transfers that were rushed out and can now be found in bargain bins everywhere. I would grab the $50 box set, which is really a single 10 hour movie, and call it a day.

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I would go for the FOTR single, the least dark of the trilogy. Like the box package, I'm sure the price will drop by the holidays.
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I own the extended edition BD box set, and can confirm that each movie is spread across two discs, just like the DVD edition. Each film also has the same two special feature Appendix DVDs that came with the DVD edition, plus an additional DVD that has the web features and other stuff. Each film is in its own standard blu ray case, and it looks like the individual releases will just be these cases with a different sleeve insert.
The FotR remastering may have been to correct the "green" issue mentioned above, but I can't say I noticed an overly green tint in my copy (I wasn't looking for it when I watched it, though). [EDIT: Looking at the specs for the box set, it has the same "re-mastered from the original 2K digital files" description, so it looks like this a pure repackaging of the box set.]
In general, the Extended Edition transfers are really good, far better than the BD theatrical versions, which are notoriously bad transfers that were rushed out and can now be found in bargain bins everywhere. I would grab the $50 box set, which is really a single 10 hour movie, and call it a day.

That's what I thought.

Like I mentioned in my previous post, the DVD vs DVD EE, showed a HUGE difference in compression, it's a long movie (even without the extended scenes) and to cram it on a single DVD hurt the compression noticeably.

I was thinking the Blu Ray may have been a bit different, but you've confirmed that it (the Theatrical release) suffers the same inferior video quality problems (compression) that the DVD one did.

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I sure wish these had both cuts of the film on them.
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