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on November 24, 2011
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.

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!
Thanks again!
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!
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on December 7, 2014
There is a great deal of confusion about the Lord of the Rings Trilogy sets caused by the reviews, so allow me to clarify. For whatever reason, these reviews are for two entirely different products. The single-star reviews consist of disgruntled fanboys complaining that the Theatrical Version of the trilogy (ASIN: B0086B89JO) was not the Extended Edition, as the Extended Edition was not yet released. The five-star reviews are by people who purchased the Extended Edition box set (ASIN: B007ZQAKHU) and were extremely satisfied. So if the description of the product you are viewing either says "Theatrical Trilogy" or "Extended Edition", then it is as the description states. Hopefully, Amazon will rectify the situation in due time. In the meantime, mark this review as helpful so that others will see it and be enlightened.
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VINE VOICEon August 29, 2017
I spent a lot of time trying to decide if I should get this set or the extended cut (which I already have on DVD). What I decided was that though I enjoy these movies, I can't say that it is the greatest set of movies of all time. So, would I really want to watch the extra extended cut. I decided, it would not be often. The theatrical cut was all I would probably want to watch during a sitting and frankly you have to watch all three. Those very few times I had the desire for the extra scenes, I could drop back to DVD and watch it.

If you own the extended cut already, this is a good fit at a great price for 3 movies. If you have never owned this trilogy, you might be happier long term with the extended cut. For me, this was perfect.
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on July 20, 2017
I purchased the May 2011 version of these films. I bought this version because it was $44.60 compared to $63.47. The 2011 version I purchased did not have the map packaging, and it does have some of the French writing on the back of the disc sleeve. (Alliance, a now defunct Canadian distribution company, distributed this particular collection) However none of these things bothered me. The quality of the blu Ray discs are excellent. The picture is clear and the colors, texture and contrast is perfect. I did not personally ally notice any 'green tinting' during The Fellowship of the Ring, that has been a concern for many people. The audio was also particullarly good. No complaints, I'm glad I saved the extra money!
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on November 17, 2015
I absolutely love the Lord of Rings Trilogy and was so excited to watch the extended addition...and it did not disappoint!!!
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on September 28, 2015
Movies and picture are great, but about halfway through the second film the disc is unreadable. It only loses about 5-10 minutes content though, so no the end of the world
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on January 9, 2016
MOVIE (5.0/5.0)
The three extended editions are better, story-wise, than the theatrical versions of the film. Events are better explained and the new scenes are improvements, and the extended scenes add bits and parts that must be seen.

VIDEO (4.5/5.0)
The video quality of the extended editions for Two Towers and Return of the King is perfect. The 1080p picture provides clear images and texture, with objects perfectly defined. The extended edition of Fellowship is where the problem comes in. As you might have heard or read, the extended edition has a slightly green tint layed over the entire film, although in some places it is barely noticable and you must be looking for it to see it, in some places, however, the green tint is very noticably and under certain circumstances, distracting. This is the only problem, because the 1080p image still retains a lot of detail, clarity, and texture.

AUDIO (5.0/5.0)
The audio quality of the entire trilogy is perfect. The dialogue is clear and understandable, except for a few lines thorughout. The effects and music are perfectly placed and are used to put you in the movie. The audio on this film, I would call it reference quality, with very few titles having better quality.

EXTRAS (5.0/5.0)
If you love special features, then this set is certainly for you. With over 24 hours, or some crazy number like that, of special features on the strictly special features discs alone, the set is perfect for anyone that wants to know anything about the making of these films. The extras cover everything from writing the script, designing Middle Earth, filming the movie, editing, sound design and music, and the release. All these things are located on discs 3 & 4 of each film, with disc 5 containing rarely-seen Costa Bates' documentary, that, at least to me, seemed more about things the actors did in there spare time (including playing jokes on each other and other things). The only setback for these discs were they were only DVD's. This means the quality on bigger screens is not the best, but only smaller screens remains OK quality. The other thing I'd like to talk about is the special features on the extended edition discs (Disc 1 & 2 in the sets). These discs include four commentaries (which are all perfect), and on some of the discs (not all of them) is an "easter egg" (read on to learn more). The commentaries are perfect, but only if you like them. The commentaries reveal many stories about the making of the films, and are perfect to learn basic information about scenes in the film. The "easter eggs" are special goodies can be accessed on the main menu of Discs 1 & 2 of each of the sets by clicking on Special Features and then clicking on the left button of your remote until you come upon a glowing "The One Ring". Click on this and enjoy. These are not on all the discs, and most of them are comedy centric. PLEASE NOTE: Some of the easter eggs are not appropriate for young children as they contain language and crude material (for instance, note: skip to after parenthesis if not wanting to know because spoiler is ahead, the one ring peircing on Jack Black's penis). This set of extras is some of the best I've ever seen. Anyone who likes these movies and enjoys extras would enjoy this set.

OVERALL (4.5/5.0)
This set is one of the best sets theres been on Blu-Ray. EVER. PERIOD. Loaded onto 15 discs (yes 15), the set includes the three extended editions (split onto two Blu-Ray discs each), 4 commentaries per film, 4 or 5 "easter eggs" (read above to learn more), over twenty-four hours of special features (split onto six DVDs, two per film), and three rare Costa Bates documentaries (each on it's own DVD, with one per film). That's a total of three five disc sets. This set is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


Movie: 5.0 (better than theatrical version, but not as good as the next two)
Video: 4.5 (good clairty, detail, and textures, but green tint is noticably and can be distracting under certain conditions)
Audio: 4.75 (some lines are hard to understand, but it could be just me, the other films have better audio quality)
Extras: 5.0 (an intense collection of extras, worth watching if you want to know about how the film was made)
Overall: 4.81 (average of the above scores)

Movie: 5.0 (very good story, although slow in spots, last one is the best)
Video: 5.0 (good video quality, slight problems throughout, but most are unnoticable, no green tint)
Audio: 5.0 (great audio, might be the best out of the entire trilogy)
Extras: 5.0 (an intense collection of extras, worth watching if you want to know about how the film was made)
Overall: 5.0 (average of the above scores)

Movie: 5.0 (the best in the trilogy in terms of story, the ending is the only problem (it is quite extensive))
Video: 5.5 (reference quality, some of the best video quality I've ever seen, slight, unnoticiable problems)
Audio: 5.0 (really good, but personally, not as good as the previous film in the series)
Extras: 5.0 (an intense collection of extras, worth watching if you want to know about how the film was made)
Overall: 5.13 (average of the above scores, the best in the set)

OVERALL OF THE ENTIRE SET: 4.98 (average of all the above overall's)
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on November 19, 2012
The stated aspect ratio of 1.77:1 by amazon is incorrect.
All three movies are 2.40:1 verified on each movie's individual case as well as the main outer case.
I can't vouch for the previously released extended edition set.


Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1 =INCORRECT= =ALL MOVIES ARE 2.40:1=
Number of discs: 15
Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: New Line Home Video
DVD Release Date: May 1, 2012
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on March 3, 2017
This package was light on extras but allowed me to cheaply round out my LOTR movie collection by having a theatrical option for those not able to handle the longer version.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon December 8, 2013
After reading about the woes other reviewers had, I immediately opened my set and watched the movies from start to finish to see if I was sent bad discs or not. My copies had none of the issues other reviewers talk about!!

I upgraded from the The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Platinum Series Special Extended Edition), and I don't regret the purchase.

1. Blu Ray looks great compared to DVD. The close ups you can see the pores on their face...or at least the makeup filling their pores. It was wonderfully crisp and clear.

2. Sound is so much nicer if you have the equipment to hear it. The soft sounds were easier to hear and the loud sounds rumbled the room.

3. DVD set = 12 discs.
This set = 15 discs, because you get an extra behind the scenes for each movie.
Each behind the scenes lasts nearly 2hrs each = 6hrs of behind the scenes!!

OVERALL: I got this Blu Ray set for less than $50 after tax/shipping on Amazon.

It would cost us normally $60+ to go to the theaters to see one(1) 2hr movie for all six of us. For less than that price we now own hours and hours of three(3) great movies, with subtitles, with special features and can be paused at anytime and re-watched at anytime or shared with friends.

Totally worth it!!
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