Monday, July 4, 2011

Blu-ray Review: THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY - EXTENDED EDITIONS



The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Editions Blu-ray set could also be called the Ultimate Editions as I’ve really never seen or owned a set more complete than this! Warner Brothers has put together the complete package for director Peter Jackson’s Academy  Award winning trilogy based on J. R.R. Tolkien’s beloved stories.
What this Extended Edition Blu-ray set gives us is more than 26 hours of special features. Yeah that’s a lot aint it! You’ll spend a lot of time enjoying what has been included here with this set. We get the trilogy on Blu-ray with many scenes that will be new to you and it’s enough that’ you’ll notice them too. It takes two Blu-ray discs for each movie and then you get to the special features which are all actually on DVD.
There’s 15 discs that complete the Lord of the Rings Extended Edition, each movie containing a nice booklet to go along with it. You also get a preview for The Lord of the Rings: War in the North video game, digital downloads which more and more people are going to now.
The standouts in this Blu-ray set are the featurettes and commentaries with many of the cast and crew. You get this from the very beginning and get to watch them talk as these movies are being made up to the very end which was one of my favorites about this set. The hard case is also a nice standout that nicely stores your movies.
Bottom line is any fan of The Lord of the Rings should add this to their collection, they didn’t leave anything out here unless you count The Hobbit which hasn’t even been filmed as I write this review. There are so many enjoyable hours of viewing here that I can see all of you fanatics throwing parties to watch this Extended Edition on Blu-ray. This Extended Edition is the Ultimate Edition! 5/5



The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Edition, one of the most magical, intensely spectacular epic adventures in motion picture history came out on Blu-ray June 28!
Studio: Warner Brothers
Run Time: Over 26 Hours
Rated: PG-13
Movies and Special Features:
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
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
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
  • BD-Live™ enabled
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
  • BD-Live™ enabled
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
Disc 11 (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 12 (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 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
Synopsis:
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 byThe 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.
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 McKellenLiv 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 Quest Is Over: All 3 Extended Versions in Dazzling 1080p and DTS HD-MA 6.1 Audio. Deluxe 15-Disc Set Includes 9 Special Features DVDs with over 26 Hours of Spellbinding Behind-the-Moviemaking Material Including the Rare Costa Botes Documentaries. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING EXTENDED EDITION With the help of a courageous fellowship of friends and allies, Frodo embarks on a perilous mission to destroy the legendary One Ring. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS EXTENDED EDITION In the middle chapter of this historic movie trilogy, the Fellowship is broken but its quest to destroy the One Ring continues. THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING EXTENDED EDITION The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam, led by Gollum, continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring.

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