We already know that there are not many people buying the existing release because it is not the extended edition. Why would anyone buy these separate discs?!?!?!? It is STILL not the extended edition! Just how stupid do the bureaucrats at Warner think we are? It's bad enough they wanted us to buy the existing release, and then double-dip when the extended editions come out. Now they want us to triple-dip? This is completely ridiculous! Just release the extended editions and be done with it already!
Pretty unreal, I know. This and the other two will probably be the worst selling single blu-ray releases of the year. Unfortunately that's the only thing that gets the studios' attention, they obviously have no perspective of the consumers' viewpoint in this matter.
I think they're just mixed up. Matrix sold well in single-disc release because the second and third in the series were terrible flicks -- I only bought the first on Blu-Ray. Having seen subpar sales on the LOTR trilogy, maybe they figure one at a time will get folks buying.
I concur with you guys, what it'll take is the extended editions. :)
Anyone else unimpressed by Amazon sneaking in the old DVD comments for this release rather than exposing the unfavorable reception the Blu-Ray trilogy actually got here? ;)
+1. Listen up studio. People are using the internet to help you - release the extended versions and then we'll buy. Breaking up the theatrical set is just another disappointment. I'm holding out with the other fans.
I agree. I was excited to see the trilogy out on blu-ray and disappointed to discover it was the theatrical release. Just found out the singles were coming out and damn if they aren't theatrical too. I'm more than willing to part with the green, but only for the extended versions.
There are very few movies that have deleted scenes worth watching. This trilogy had one of the best, if not THE BEST, added (deleted) scenes EVER. They made already excellent movies even better. Buying a regular, non-extended, release of this set is just doing yourself disfavor. Like many, many others, I will be waiting for the Extended Blu-ray release of this set.
Because people ARE BUYING these releases, and will buy the extended editions AS WELL. It's not ridiculous, it's supply and demand. Studios make films TO MAKE PROFITS, pure and simple. No other reason whatsoever to make a film.
If you owned a studio and had stockholders to deal with, you too would double/triple dip as well. Or, you would not have a job for long.
Good things come to those who wait. I couldn't pass up the $7.99 blu-ray "black Friday week" purchase of these theatrical films. I am sure to sell them and get the extended version when they come out, or a little later.
And to answer your question: Studios will learn when it matters to their bottom line (cash) like always.
I don't agree. Most people have either read the books & really WANT the extended, or once they saw the movies, it inspired them to read the books, so then they ALSO want the extended. I think that it was a HUGE mis-step. There is absolutely no way I'm buying the theatrical version on Blu Ray. I also advise everyone I know not to buy them, but to wait for the extended version, as they are much better & explain the story much better. What a waste of money to get the theatrical version!
Some film watchers like the opportunity to compare editions -- in this instance theatrical and extended. Indeed, I'm not certain the double-dipping of putting out "extended" and "director's cut"s are worth it. It's like buying a reissue of a novel with a chapter or two added by the author so he can sell the same thing a second time.