WHV Press Release: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Blu-ray)

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. Ron-P

    Ron-P Producer

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2000
    Messages:
    6,285
    Likes Received:
    0
    Real Name:
    Ron
    If it's only 2012, I can wait. I wonder if they'll try and release these with the theatrical or Blu-ray release of "The Hobbit"?
     
  2. LarryH

    LarryH Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2000
    Messages:
    553
    Likes Received:
    1
    Wow! My Amazon order is still in effect, so it will have taken two weeks short of one year to have had it filled!
     
  3. Jeff Robertson

    Jeff Robertson Second Unit

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2000
    Messages:
    484
    Likes Received:
    13
    Real Name:
    Jeff Robertson
    That's good to know. It would be nice to have the theatrical and extended versions of LOTRs on the same discs.


     
  4. Sean Bryan

    Sean Bryan Sean Bryan
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 1997
    Messages:
    3,493
    Likes Received:
    561
    Real Name:
    Sean
    Are people saying 2012 for the extended editions just because that is when The Hobbit hits theaters?

    Has there been any official statement that it would be that long (almost 3 years)? The only thing I saw in this press release was that the EE's would be released at a "later date".

    Just wondering if I missed something.
     
  5. TravisR

    TravisR Studio Mogul

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2004
    Messages:
    26,469
    Likes Received:
    3,685
    Location:
    The basement of the FBI building
    Nope, people are just guessing about the date. I think it's a pretty safe assumption though.
     
  6. Steve Christou

    Steve Christou Long Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2000
    Messages:
    15,536
    Likes Received:
    326
    Location:
    London, England
    Real Name:
    Steve Christou
    A shame we have to wait for the EE's but I'll be buying these too, it's only money and I want to see what they look like in 1080p hi-def. The LOTR trilogy are my favourite films of this decade, nothing else comes close.


    Wahay, my precioussss!
     
  7. Carlo Medina

    Carlo Medina Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 1997
    Messages:
    10,392
    Likes Received:
    606
    I'm also in the "I'll buy both" category assuming:

    1. The street price on release date is reasonable. I see that Amazon's price is $68.99 but I'm hoping it will dip down to about $60. With largely no new extras, I think $20 per movie is fair. Especially since another release is forthcoming.
    2. A/V quality is outstanding. As someone else pointed out: no EE/DNR.

    What would absolutely make this a sweet deal is if they offer some sort of rebate like they did with the regular/EE DVDs. If the price of the sets is reasonable I won't complain if there's no rebate. But if the $68.99 price holds, and assuming the EE BDs will cost more, then I would hope they give us repeat buyers the opportunity for a rebate.

    Also, I hope PJ goes in and re-CGI's Gollum in Fellowship to match Gollum in Two Towers and Return of the King. Preferably in both theatrical and extended cuts, but at the very least do it for the extended cuts (if the point of the theatrical BDs is to preserve exactly the theatrical experience).
     
  8. Douglas Monce

    Douglas Monce Producer

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2006
    Messages:
    5,514
    Likes Received:
    12
    I have to agree with this. While I think the EE of Fellowship is generally a better film than the theatrical, I don't think the EE adds much to Two Towers (isn't better or worse) and the EE of Return of the King distroys the pacing and is WAY too long.

    Having said that, and while I loved these films when they were first released, I find that I haven't watched them in years and have no real desire to watch them again. I doubt seriously that I will buy them one more time. They have lost their luster for me.

    Doug
     
  9. DaveF

    DaveF Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2001
    Messages:
    17,379
    Likes Received:
    1,336
    Location:
    One Loudoun, Ashburn, VA
    Real Name:
    David Fischer
    As a new Blu Ray owner, I'm intrigued. But I've not watched the movies since the first time at the Theater, and I never saw the Ext. Eds. So maybe this will be rental; to re-enjoy without having to spend a C-note.
     
  10. Michael Osadciw

    Michael Osadciw Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2003
    Messages:
    1,329
    Likes Received:
    1
    Real Name:
    Michael Osadciw
    Like Apocalypse Now, I prefer the theatrical edition of Fellowship of the Ring - much better film! I'll be waiting in line for these!
     
  11. davidcarroll01

    davidcarroll01 Auditioning

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2010
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    When the extended version came out, I had a 21" TV and used the DVD as an excuse to upgrade the TV and the DVD player. Then I tried hooking the sound out to my old Sansui system that I bought in the early 70s while overseas. That was so good that I figured it was a good excuse to upgrade the speakers and add a sub. Then I went to a new receiver but moved on quickly to separates. That sounded so good that I treated the room with bass treatment and early reflection treatment.

    I'm not sure I'll be able to afford the Hobbit if it's done better than the LOTR trilogy. I want the LOTR triology in blue ray extended version.
     
  12. davidcarroll01

    davidcarroll01 Auditioning

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2010
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    When the extended version came out, I had a 21" TV and used the DVD as an excuse to upgrade the TV and the DVD player. Then I tried hooking the sound out to my old Sansui system that I bought in the early 70s while overseas. That was so good that I figured it was a good excuse to upgrade the speakers and add a sub. Then I went to a new receiver but moved on quickly to separates. That sounded so good that I treated the room with bass treatment and early reflection treatment.

    I'm not sure I'll be able to afford the Hobbit if it's done better than the LOTR trilogy. I want the LOTR triology in blue ray extended version.
     
  13. Ken_McAlinden

    Ken_McAlinden Producer
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2001
    Messages:
    6,171
    Likes Received:
    66
    Location:
    Livonia, MI USA
    Real Name:
    Kenneth McAlinden
    I received my review copy yesterday. I have a couple of titles in the hamper before this, but thought I would at least confirm the specs for anyone interested.

    Audio is DTS-HD MA 6.1 English on all titles. FotR has a DD2.0 Spanish dub. TT and RotK have DD5.1 EX Spanish Dubs.

    The set contains 3 BDs, 3 SD DVDs, and 3 DVD-ROMs.

    The BDs for each title have the film as well as high-def versions of the same theatrical trailers that appeared on the second discs of the previous SD DVD releases of the theatrical versions. All three BDs also include the "mega-trailer" in high def as well as trailers for two forthcoming LOTR-based video games. They all have access to the Warner BD-Live Portal as well, although there is no specific LOTR content beyond the ability to have screening events for the movies at this time.

    The three SD DVDs have the same content as the second discs of the previous theatrical cut DVD releases of each film minus the video game promos, the DVD-ROM stuff, and the trailers (which are on the BDs in high definition). I confirmed that everything else is present,

    The three DVD-ROMs are simply the digital copy discs for each film which are compatible with iTunes or Windows Media.

    The digital copies are bound in their own standard sized blu-ray case with a hinged tray allowing for the accomodaton of three discs with no overlapping. There is a paper insert in this case with a directory of the contents of all of the discs.

    The BDs and SD DVDs are in a "fat" blu-ray case with two double-sided hinged trays alowing for the accomodatiion of six discs with no overlapping.

    Both blu-ray cases fit in a thick cardboard box that "pulls the whole thing together."

    Regards,
     
  14. Jeff Cooper

    Jeff Cooper Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2000
    Messages:
    1,434
    Likes Received:
    95
    Audio is DTS? Just curious since the original press release on this thread and The Digital Bits review from today both only mention Dolby TrueHD.
     
  15. Ken_McAlinden

    Ken_McAlinden Producer
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2001
    Messages:
    6,171
    Likes Received:
    66
    Location:
    Livonia, MI USA
    Real Name:
    Kenneth McAlinden
     
  16. Todd Erwin

    Todd Erwin Cinematographer
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Apr 16, 2008
    Messages:
    2,820
    Likes Received:
    213
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    Real Name:
    Todd Erwin
    It looks like DTS continues to gain market share on Blu-ray!!!!

    Update: Colin's review of The Fellowship of the Ring over at DVDMG indicates DTS-HD MA as well. I'm pretty confident I got it right at this point.
     
  17. Colin Jacobson

    Colin Jacobson Producer

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2000
    Messages:
    5,916
    Likes Received:
    490
    Originally Posted by Ken_McAlinden

    Definitely DTS-HD. I even checked that it displayed that on my receiver.

    BTW: just checked, and the TDB review has been corrected to list DTS-HD...
     
  18. Colin Jacobson

    Colin Jacobson Producer

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2000
    Messages:
    5,916
    Likes Received:
    490
    Isn't DTS already dominant on Blu-ray? Seems like I see way more DTS-HD Blu-rays than TrueHD ones...
     
  19. PaulDA

    PaulDA Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2004
    Messages:
    2,691
    Likes Received:
    92
    Location:
    St. Hubert, Quebec, Canada
    Real Name:
    Paul
    Why does it matter? Lossless is lossless--whichever format they choose, the sound is identical to the source master (or it is supposed to be). Dolby TrueHD is more efficient, space-wise (this is NOT a comment on sound quality) so I can see it being preferred in some cases where films are especially long (which makes the LOTR movies a good candidate for TrueHD, frankly). Otherwise, it should be of interest only to stock holders of Dolby or DTS--not to listeners.
     
  20. Ken_McAlinden

    Ken_McAlinden Producer
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2001
    Messages:
    6,171
    Likes Received:
    66
    Location:
    Livonia, MI USA
    Real Name:
    Kenneth McAlinden
    ...or possibly to people with 1st gen players that cannot output DTS HD-MA as lossless PCM over HDMI. (I have since upgraded, but that is still the case with my secondary HT).
     

Share This Page