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Lord of the Rings: Original Theatrical Trilogy [Blu-ray] (2012)

Elijah Wood , Ian McKellen , Peter Jackson  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,691 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Bean, Liv Tyler
  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 21, 2014
  • Run Time: 398 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,691 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0086B89JO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,134 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2,087 of 2,116 people found the following review helpful
By Amit
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is NOT the review of the movies. I am solely reviewing the facts that what EXTRA you get in this set than the previous editions. I will start with very basic facts for those who are baffled by so many editions being out there.
The basic facts-
LOTR series has basically two types of movies- a) Theatrical and b) Extended, each edition are available in both-DVD and Blu ray format.
Extended versions of the movies have humongous amount of extra film footage added to the theatrical editions (approx. 30, 40 and 50 additional minutes for movie 1, 2 and 3 respectively). So, go for the extended editions only if you are a die hard fan of the movies. If you are not, the review ends here. Buy whichever movie you like in your preferred format and enjoy. Thanks.

FOR LOTR FANS-
Let's get straight to-the-point. Now, many of you may as well own the DVD versions of LOTR (Either Theatrical or Extended ot both), and if you are trying to make a decision whether to spend more money on this blu ray extended, here is the comparison-

Extended DVD set-
For each movie they have 4 discs (2 movie discs and 2 extra features); So total 12 discs. Sound is DTS ES 6.1, which is significantly better than regular dolby digital. This set is probably the most gorgeous I have ever seen for any DVD. Colorful and feature packed, it stands out in your entire collection.

Extended Blu ray set-
For each movie they have 5 discs (2 movie blu ray discs, 2 extra feature DVDs and 1 behind the scene DVD). So, total 15 discs. Audio is spine chilling DTS HD 6.1 and it has the all the betterments of blu ray (HD pic, HD sound, BD live). Also, blu ray set includes the Digital copy of the Extended Versions of all three movies (Standard definition, not HD).
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3,682 of 3,801 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOTR - FAQ for the Blu-ray Extended Edition April 18, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Q - Is it worth it, especially if I already have the DVD edition?
A - To me it is because I like to watch movies at home on the biggest possible screen at the highest possible resolution. I still have the DVD editions - which I'm keeping because I like the artwork - and the quality gain on the Blu is significant.

Q - Could this edition be viewed as 'the gold standard'?
A - Yes. It has the extended cuts at the highest resolution with the best sound and the most extensive collection of special features.

Q - How many Blu-ray discs are in the box?
A - There are SIX Blu-ray discs. The additional 9 'extras' or 'bonus' discs are DVDs.

Q - Are the movies delivered on one disc each?
A - No. See above. Like the DVD extended edition, the movies are delivered on 2 discs each.

Q - Why aren't the movies delivered on one Blu-ray disc each?
A - Most Blu-ray players can only read single layer (25GB) and dual layer discs (50GB). Each of the Extended Edition movies require more than 50GB. Compressing them to 'under 50GB' would have degraded the quality of the picture and sound track.

Q - Is the audio superior to the DVD editions?
A - Yes, the movies sound track is DTS-HD 6.1 MA.

Q - Are there alternate soundtracks?
A - Yes. Each movie disc includes 4 additional commentary sound tracks: Director & Writers, the Design Team, the Production and Post Production Teams and Cast commentaries.

Q - Is BD-Live supported?
A - Yes, on the movie discs.

Q - Is the BD-Live content specific to LOTR?
A - No. It contains WB promotional material.

Q - Will the Extended Blu-ray edition allow us to play the Theatrical cut?
A - No.
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2,097 of 2,200 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate DVD set for all time! October 26, 2004
Format:DVD
I already reviewed the regular "Motion Picture Trilogy" containing the non-extended editions of the legendary Lord of The Rings masterpieces on one set. However, this newest edition is a grand improvement on the previous edition. This item is a much, MUCH better investment than the old theatrical counterparts and is perhaps the greatest DVD purchase one will likely ever make.

A lot "Director's Cut" scenes are usually just added footage that doesn't do a whole lot to add onto the theatrical edition of movies with examples like Star Wars, Manhunter, or even most of the "Aliens" movies as well. The extra material is just that, extras, that wouldn't kill me to never see again.

It's a totally different story altogether with the "Lord Of The Rings" movies altogether. While the regular theatrical editions were mind-blowing, the extended cuts of the same films do wonders in fleshing out the story and expanding the characters a lot more. Several characters that were not much more than background people are shown much more screen time, stories are greatly expanded, other scenes are much more meaningful, and the movies overall have a totally different feel altogether thanks to all of the extra footage that was not included on the theatrical editions. Now as I watch them, the old editions of them are rendered almost completely obsolete due to the chopped up nature of them. I sometimes wonder if Peter Jackson grimaced when he had to leave a lot of extra shots out of the movies to fit them onto the theatres when they were released.

"Fellowship" has 30 minutes of extra footage included to a length of 3 and a half hours.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally
Worth it.
Published 13 hours ago by Steven J. Scarfia
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Only portugués and francais?
Published 23 hours ago
5.0 out of 5 stars Best way to buy and watch...a boxed set
Wonderful set....wonderful to have them all in a boxed set.
Published 1 day ago by Robert and Jo Anna Oldani
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very nice set, worth the extra cost.
Published 1 day ago by Adam A. Wanderer
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally worth-it purchase
Amazing! I love the Lord of the Rings Saga and this Trilogy lets you get much more involved into it, since you can see the creation process and how the ideas and concepts from the... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect trilogy, perfect packaging.
The box is of BEAUTIFUL, thick gold packaging. Blu-Rays and DVDs were all in excellent condition. The individual movie cases are all of sturdy material. Read more
Published 2 days ago
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie.
Every thing I need.
Published 2 days ago by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite of all time
Well worth owning it. I have watched it numerous times and find something new each time. My favorite of all time.
Published 3 days ago by Beverly Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Book to Film Movie, ever!
J.R.R.Tolkien would have "flipped" if he saw this adaptation of his books.
It is hands down the best from Book to Movie adapt I have ever seen. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Riann
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good movies.
Don't know about all the hype as I am not a collector/buff. All I can say is that I loved the movies and wanted to own the set. Read more
Published 3 days ago by wayne rutledge
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