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5.0 out of 5 stars Extended Blu ray: Do you need if you already own extended DVD editions? Review for both beginners and Die Hard LOTR fans, November 24, 2011
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This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (The Fellowship of the Ring / The Two Towers / The Return of the King Extended Editions) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
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). The set itself is a delight, with a sturdy golden cardboard package that is durable and beautiful. The remastering of these movies have been handled excellently and with respect to both picture and sound, this one is SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER THAN THE DVD.

The GOOD (Blu ray set over DVD set):
1. Video and Audio significantly improved. Excellent blu ray transfer. I have not noticed any 'darker' colors as mentioned by some other viewers.
2. Blu ray set has THREE EXTRA DVDs (Behind the Scene for each movie) apart from the 2 extra feature DVDs.
3. Blu ray set has Digital copies of Extended versions of all three movies.
4. They did not waste a DVD for digital copy. You download them straight from the server.
5. Digital copies are great downloads and super easy. Together, it's almost 10 GB download, which was overwhelming for me.

The NOT-SO-GOOD:
1. Extra feature DVDs (2 for each movie) are the SAME as those of DVD editions. In fact, the DVDs are identical when I do head-to-head comparison. These DVDs are pulled straight from the older DVD editions, nothing new added there.
2. The overall appearence of the set is not as beautiful as the DVD sets. This one is excellently packed though, lacks the colours of the DVD set.
3. Extra feature discs are DVDs and not Blu rays.

FINAL VERDICT-
If you own the extended DVD set, then buy this only if you want to have a great improvement in pictutre and sound quality. The only extra features you get is 'behind the scenes' DVDs. All other extra feature DVDs (total 6 of them) will be a duplication of what you already own in Extended DVD set. Actually, I noticed that all the extra feature DVDs here are from the various older DVD editions. The two DVDs are from the Extended DVD set, and the one 'behind the scene' is probably pulled from the limited editions of LOTR (the double sided DVDs that New Line Cinema released sometimes back).
However, if you do not own the DVD versions, then this is a must buy as this includes almost everything that you can think of (HD movies, extra features, behind the scenes, plus digital copies).

UPDATE: Also check the images I uploaded which may help make the comparison.
UPDATE 2: Thanks for all those who marked this review as helpful. As you are interested in LOTR, I guess at some point you'll consider purchasing "Hobbit" as well. I have recently written reviews for those, hope you find them useful too. Comments are welcome!
Thanks again!
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Initial post: Nov 24, 2011 3:23:07 PM PST
Z. Johnson says:
Thanks for the GREAT comparison, exactly what I was looking for before I drop (an actually not bad price) $50.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2011 6:19:04 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 24, 2011 6:19:49 PM PST
Amit says:
Thanks! I uploaded the images a minute ago. Hope they help too. Check them out. Actually at $50, this set was a steal! Ironically, I paid $ 67 for my DVD set (but I am still happy for that purchase).

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 8:26:02 AM PST
sixsoccer6 says:
Fantastic review with exactly the info I needed. I'm sure there are tons of people out there that own the extended edition on DVD and want to know what upgrading to the Bluray version precisely entails. Let's get this review bumped up! Thanks again.

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 3:59:07 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 2, 2011 3:59:26 AM PST
DDNet says:
Hi Amit,
Thanks for a very thorough and detailed review. Just one question, under "The NOT-SO-GOOD:" heading you wrote "2. The overall appearence of the set is not as beautiful as the DVD sets. This one is excellently packed though, lacks the colours of the DVD set."

When you say the "overall appearence of the set is not as beautiful as the DVD sets... lacks the colours of the DVD set" are you talking about the packaging, or the image quality? I'm asking as there have been some negative comments, especially about the FOTR set being too dark and tinted green. Or, were you just referring to the actual product packaging?
thanks, DDNet

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 12:29:30 PM PST
L. Pinion says:
By the way, it looks like your images are no longer there. Or, at least, I can't seem to find them.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2011 7:20:54 PM PST
Amit says:
Hi DDNet,
First, thanks a bunch for the compliments. I am glad if this has been useful in anyway.
Re: your question- I meant the packaging, not the video quality. As you might be aware, the DVD comes in a brilliantly colored distinct green, burgundy and blue packaging for each movie. However, the blu ray is all golden and black. The artwork and embossing is detailed, but lacks the 'natural painting' appearance of the DVD. Thats all. The picture quality is brilliant. However, your concern is partly right. The FOTR indeed has a greenish tint (but definitely NO darker colors). I have seen these on my SONY HX800 TV and SONY BDP S570 player, and it looks great. The only thing I noticed is in very few scenes (like the council of Elrond), the skin tones do not look as natural as they should be, but it wasn't a huge problem. Having seen the dark-toned movies on my TV (The dark Knight, LOTR, Harry Potter, etc), I can surely say that this is definitely not as bad as it is being reviewed. Hope this helps.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2011 7:23:37 PM PST
Amit says:
Hi Landspin,
To see my images, click on "view and share related images". For some reason, my images are considerably behind (you may have to click twice on the right tab). Thanks for reading.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2011 5:59:26 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 3, 2011 6:03:45 AM PST
DDNet says:
Hey Amit, Thanks for the clarification on the packaging. I was pretty sure that's what you meant but just wanted to check. I really appreciate reviewers taking the time to post detailed reviews and especially checking back to reply to other reader's queries.

You didn't mention anything about the downloads. Did you download them? Where in the packaging do you find the info for the downloads? I live outside the U.S. and this will be shipped to a U.S. address and I may not see it until after the June deadline. So, I'll need to have the folks that are receiving it find the download info so we can go ahead and take care of that. That's why I'm asking.

Thanks again and best regards, DDNet.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2011 9:31:51 AM PST
Amit says:
Hey DDNet,
You are welcome and my pleasure to answer any question I can. Actually, a product like this comes once in a while and I knew a lot of people will be looking for answers just like me, hence I am glad that somebody actually found it useful.
Re: Digital copies, there will be a small leaflet in the blu ray box that has the links and the codes for all three movies. Just let the people know not to discard any paper that is inside this set. I did the downloading the same day i received it and it's HUGE (almost 10 GB), so will take good time even with a high speed connection. You are right, as the download expires on June 26, 2012, it's best to get this done early.
Let me know if you have any other queries. Best Regards,
Amit

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2011 10:17:50 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 3, 2011 10:19:03 AM PST
DDNet says:
Hi Amit,
Thanks for the quick reply. Just a couple more questions on the download. Is it a single file or multiple, like one per disc? Also, some people complained they either weren't high res or weren't for iPod. Did you see any quality issues with the download? My understanding was you could choose either iTunes or Windows Media Player compatible. Seems like if you chose Windows Media, (which I'm assuming would be .avi) you could use something like Handbrake to convert to iPod format and therefor have both formats. Any help there? Thanks again and best regards, DDNet.
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