Lord of the Rings Trilogy
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The Quest Is Over: All three 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. Also features Digital Copy of the films.
This special boxed set version contains six official character figurines selected from each film and crafted by The Noble Collection: Gandalf the Grey, Frodo, Aragorn, Gollum, Saruman and a Mounted Ringwraith.
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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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.
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.
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 1: 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!
UPDATE 3: DIGITAL COPIES: When I purchased the set back in 2011, the set came with complimentary digital copies. Nevertheless, the later editions do not seem to have digital copies with them (hence the lower price I guess). Please verify the product information closely before making a purchase. Thanks!
I noticed a lot of scathing reviews of a supposed "bootleg" or "knockoff" version they have bought of this Blu-ray extended edition with French script written on it. I can assure you it ISN'T a bootleg, but a legitimate copy . . . from Canada! It was released by a now-defunct DVD/Blu-ray distribution company named "Alliance Films" that later was assimilated by a larger distribution company, though I can't recall the name. The reason I know it's legitimate is because I've spoken with someone who is very technology savvy and he informed me that, although DVDs are easy to copy and paste to a disc, Blu-rays are harder to copy due to the fact that there will be significant quality loss (dodgy/spotty audio, heavy pixelation/dead pixels, bad motion blur, etc.) if done so. I watched the films completely over a weekend and spotted no quality loss.
Anyway, onto the review of the item.
This set includes Region A (Blu-ray) and Region 1 (DVD) discs. The set itself will work in American devices since Canada and the US both share Region A and Region 1 devices. However, if you live in Mexico, the Blu-rays in this set will work for you, but the DVDs will not.
The main contrast with this set and the American set is this: unlike the US set, this one doesn't have the reinforced carboard shell with magnetized foldout map but rather a flimsy cardboard sleeve and it doesn't have the removable back cover sleeve, but rather has a heavily modified back cover with French translations since the majority of Canada speaks English as their second language, with French being their main language. It's also rated 14A from the Canadian Home Video Ratings Board, which is the equivilent to MPAA's rating of PG-13.
Also a neat little thing I discovered upon opening the cases: a flipside of the French translated covers.
The movies are split onto two Blu-ray discs in each set. Now, I know the Hobbit Blu-ray extended editions have the films on a single disc, but all I can figure is that the encoders thought this was best due to how long the films are. Fellowship being 3 hours 48 minutes, Towers being 3 hours 56 minutes and King being 4 hours and 23 minutes. Personally, I like the idea of them being split onto two discs each. It gives you a break; an intermission, if you will. You can relax, take your bathroom break, refill your drinks and snacks all before you start up the second part of the film.
The discs themselves seem to be three different sets per case. The two Blu-ray discs seem to be from a standalone extended edition Blu-ray set, the two appendices DVD discs seem to be from the extended edition DVD boxset and the fifth disc seems to be from a limited edition release set that corresponds with it's set color. I'll refer to the colors as: Fellowship forest green, Towers crimson red and King royal blue.
Each movie features 4 different commentary tracks from the director and writers, the cast, the production team, and the design team. I haven't tested these to see if they do cancel out the film audio, however, since it'd mean I'd have to sit through all three films 4 more times each.
The set also includes the booklets for each film, but with French translations beside the English. However, when I opened the Fellowship booklet, the pages were printed incorrectly. All the pages were in it, just not in the correct order. At least the appendix menu tree pages and Extended Edition summary pages were correct. The other two booklets' pages, however, were in correct order (I have no idea if this is a common occurrence with this set or not). Just a small blemish on an otherwise dandy set.
The first film has the blue/green color cast, but it has been slightly corrected compared to the extended DVD version. I checked a side-by-side video for comparison and the Fellowship has been slightly color corrected, but not fully. Still a bit blue/green, but not as jarring.
I, honestly, would have wanted the foldout map version of the set, but I still love this set nonetheless. This set may not have the special box and/or removable back cover, but it's still a fantastic and inexpensive alternative. A solid collection. If you want just the extended films and bonus discs, then this set is for you. All the meat with none of the fluff.
Also be sure to click on "helpful", so others can see that this set is indeed a true set and not a knockoff. Thanks in advance and enjoy the films.