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WHV Press Release: The Lord of the Rings Extended Editions Five-Disc Blu-ray Singles

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    THE LORD OF THE RINGS™ EXTENDED EDITIONS
    FIVE-DISC BLU-RAY™ SINGLES
    DEBUT ON AUGUST 28

    FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO



    Blu-ray Extended Editions of All Three Films Offered Individually for the First Time!

    Each Film Includes Nearly Nine Hours of Bonus Content

    Burbank, Calif, June 25, 2012 – Following last year’s successful Blu-ray release of The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Edition, Warner Home Video will release for the first time, individually, all three extended editions of Peter Jackson’s visual masterpieces. The theatrical release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in December is bound to fuel fan awareness and interest in these 5-disc single features. The Five-Disc Blu-ray Singles – The Fellowship of the Ring™, The Two Towers™,and The Return of the King™ – will debut August 28 in multi-disc elite packaging. Each will retail for $34.99 SRP.

    One of the most magical, intensely spectacular epic adventures in motion picture history comes alive when these extended editions explode onto Blu-ray Disc with unsurpassed high definition picture and sound. Sound + Vision Magazine ranked the 2010 release of the Trilogy as #5 in their Top 10 Blu-rays of the Year, noting that it was one of only two releases to earn five stars for sound and calling it “breathtaking.” Now fans can see and hear the extended versions at home the way they were meant to be seen. Based on the length of each extended edition feature film and in order to present each film in the highest possible picture quality, each film is presented on two Blu-ray Discs.

    The Extended Edition Blu-ray sets will be released in English 6.1 DTS-HD MA audio and includes the newest transfer of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring which was remastered from the original 2k digital files. Each single set boasts nearly nine hours of additional content, highlighted by the rare behind-the-scenes documentaries created by Costa Botes, the filmmaker given unprecedented access to the set of each production by Peter Jackson. Costa Botes was able to capture raw and riveting behind-the-scenes film footage. His unique approach to storytelling – allowing the footage to speak for itself – results in an intimate and candid backstage pass to the challenges, preparations and camaraderie that went into shooting one of the greatest cinematic adventures of all time. The feature-length documentaries focus on a number of complexities and circumstances that tested the filmmakers, cast and crew during the shoot, as well as a look at some of the comical antics and personal moments on the set.The Costa Botes documentaries accompany acclaimed special features by Michael Pellerin from the original extended cut releases to make these the most comprehensiveThe Lord of the Rings compilations ever. All three DVDs were honored with Saturn Award wins for Best DVD in their release years - 2002, 2003 and 2004, plus multiple trade awards.

    The Oscar®-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy, revered as one of the most thrilling epic adventures in motion picture history and one of the highest grossing adventure film franchises to ever be created, was born with the release of The Fellowship of the Ring™, followed by The Two Towers™ and The Return of the King™.

    Out of the 30 total Academy Award® nominations received, The Lord of the Rings movies won a record 17 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and eight others for the third film. Based on the best-selling novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, Jackson’s movie trilogy is an epic journey of men, hobbits, elves, dwarves and the rest of Middle-earth’s creatures and cultures. The films chronicle the struggle of good versus evil with fantastic special effects and a strong emotional center; capturing the enduring fellowship and ultimate sacrifice while enhancing the chaos and destruction of Middle-earth.


    About the Trilogy and the Films

    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy tells the story of Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), a hobbit who battles against the Dark Lord Sauron to save his world, Middle-earth, from the grip of evil. In the films, Frodo and his fellowship of friends and allies embark on a desperate journey to rid Middle-earth of the source of Sauron's greatest strength, The One™ Ring -- a ring that has the power to enslave the inhabitants of Middle-earth. The trilogy tells tales of extraordinary adventures across the treacherous landscape of Middle-earth and reveals how the power of friendship, love and courage can hold the forces of darkness at bay. Beside Wood, the films star Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, featuring Sean Bean and Ian Holm, with Andy Serkis as Gollum. The films also star Marton Csokas, Craig Parker and Lawrence Makaoare.

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    In this first part of the Trilogy, the young hobbit Frodo Baggins inherits a ring; but this ring is no mere trinket. It is the One Ring, an instrument of absolute power that could allow Sauron, the dark Lord of Mordor, to rule Middle-earth and enslave its peoples. Frodo, together with a Fellowship that includes his loyal hobbit friends, humans, a wizard, a dwarf and an elf, must take the One Ring across Middle-earth to Mount Doom, where it first was forged, and destroy it forever. Such a journey means venturing deep into territory manned by Sauron, where he is amassing his army of Orcs. And it is not only external evils that the Fellowship must combat, but also internal dissension and the corrupting influence of the One Ring itself. The course of future history is entwined with the fate of the Fellowship. The film won four Oscars® for Best Visual Effects, Cinematography, Makeup and Original Score.

    Special Features:

    Disc 1 (Blu-ray)
    · The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Feature Extended Edition Part 1
    · The Lord of the Rings: War in the North – The Untold Story Trailer
    · Commentary with Director & Writers
    · Commentary with Design Team
    · Commentary with Production and Post Production
    · Commentary with Cast
    · BD-Live™ enabled

    Disc 2 (Blu-ray)
    · The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Feature Extended Edition Part 2
    · Commentary with Director & Writers
    · Commentary with Design Team
    · Commentary with Production and Post Production
    · Commentary with Cast
    · BD-Live™ enabled

    Disc 3 (DVD)
    · The Appendices Part 1 From Book to Vision
    · Peter Jackson Introduction
    · JRR Tolkien: Creator of Middle-earth
    · From Book To Script
    · Visualizing the Story
    · Designing and Building Middle-earth
    · Middle-earth Atlas Interactive
    · New Zealand and Middle-earth Interactive

    Disc 4 (DVD)
    · The Appendices Part Two From Vision to Reality
    · Elijah Wood Introduction
    · Filming The Fellowship of the Ring
    · Visual Effects
    · Post Production: Putting It All Together
    · Digital Grading
    · Sound and Music
    · The Road Goes Ever On…

    Disc 5 (DVD)
    · Behind-the-Scenes Documentary Created by Filmmaker Costa Botes during filming of
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring


    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
    In their parallel journeys, the Fellowship will stand against the powerful forces spreading from the Two Towers -- Orthanc Tower in Isengard, where Saruman has bred a lethal army of 10,000 strong; and Sauron’s fortress at Barad-dûr, deep within the dark lands of Mordor. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers culminates in the astonishing battle for the refuge, Helm’s Deep, the Kingdom of Rohan’s ancient large stone fortress, besieged by Uruk-hai warriors. The film won two Oscars: Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects.

    Special Features:

    Disc 1 (Blu-ray)
    · The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Feature Extended Edition Part 1
    · The Lord of the Rings: War in the North – The Untold Story Trailer
    · Commentary with Director & Writers
    · Commentary with Design Team
    · Commentary with Production and Post Production
    · Commentary with Cast
    · BD-Live™ enabled

    Disc 2 (Blu-ray)
    · The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Feature Extended Edition Part 2
    · Commentary with Director & Writers
    · Commentary with Design Team
    · Commentary with Production and Post Production
    · Commentary with Cast
    · BD-Live™ enabled

    Disc 3 (DVD)
    · The Appendices Part 3: The Journey Continues
    · Peter Jackson Introduction
    · JRR Tolkien: Origin of Middle-earth
    · From Book to Script: Finding the Story
    · Designing and Building Middle-earth
    · Gollum
    · Middle-earth Atlas Interactive
    · New Zealand as Middle-earth

    Disc 4 (DVD)
    · The Appendices Part 4: The Battle for Middle-earth
    · Elijah Wood Introduction
    · Filming The Two Towers
    · Visual Effects
    · Editorial: Refining the Story
    · Music and Sound
    · The Battle for Helm's Deep is Over…

    Disc 5 (DVD)
    · Behind-the-Scenes Documentary Created by Filmmaker Costa Botes during filming of
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers


    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
    The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam (Sean Astin), led by the mysterious Gollum (Andy Serkis), continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring. Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) struggles to fulfill his legacy as he leads his outnumbered followers against the growing power of the Dark Lord Sauron, so that the Ring-bearer may complete his quest. The film, which won Academy Awards® in all 11 categories for which it was nominated, took wins for Best Picture, Director, Editing, Art Direction, Costume Design, Visual Effects, Makeup, Adapted Screenplay, Sound Mixing, Original Song and Original Score.

    Special Features:

    Disc 1 (Blu-ray)
    · The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Feature Extended Edition Part 1
    · The Lord of the Rings: War in the North – The Untold Story Trailer
    · Commentary with Director & Writers
    · Commentary with Design Team
    · Commentary with Production and Post Production
    · Commentary with Cast
    · BD-Live™ enabled

    Disc 2 (Blu-ray)
    · The Lord of the Rings: The Return of The King Feature Extended Edition Part 2
    · Commentary with Director & Writers
    · Commentary with Design Team
    · Commentary with Production and Post Production
    · BD-Live™ enabled

    Disc 3 (DVD)
    · The Appendices Part 5: The War of the Ring
    · Peter Jackson Introduction
    · JRR Tolkien: The Legacy of Middle-earth
    · From Book to Script
    · Designing and Building Middle-earth
    · Home of the Horse Lords
    · Middle-earth Atlas
    · New Zealand as Middle-earth

    Disc 4 (DVD)
    · The Appendices Part 6: The Passing of an Age
    · Introduction
    · Filming The Return of the King
    · Visual Effects
    · Post-Production: Journey’s End
    · The Passing of an Age
    · Cameron Duncan: The Inspiration for Into the West

    Disc 5 (DVD)
    · Behind-the-Scenes Documentary Created by Filmmaker Costa Botes during filming of
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King






    THE LORD OF THE RINGS EXTENDED EDITION

    FIVE-DISC BLU-RAY SINGLES

    Street Date: August 28, 2012

    Order Due Date: July 24, 2012



    The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition

    Running Time: 227 mins. (feature only)

    Rating: PG-13

    Catalog #: 1000327691

    Pricing: $34.99 SRP



    The Two Towers Extended Edition

    Running Time: 235 mins. (feature only)

    Rating: PG-13

    Catalog #: 1000327623

    Pricing: $34.99 SRP



    The Return of the King Extended Edition

    Running Time: 263 mins. (feature only)

    Rating: PG-13

    Catalog #: 1000327695

    Pricing: $34.99 SRP
     
  2. Brandon Conway

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    I'm curious as to who would buy one/two of these films and not the all three. That's the only logical reason for releasing them individually, no? Just who is that person?
     
  3. Mike Frezon

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    The same question was running through my mind as I was reading the above release... Who is the market for this?
     
  4. Ronald Epstein

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    I am glad you guys chimed in before me.

    Generally I keep my mouth shut about these things, but really,
    there are better things that Warner Bros. could be doing with
    their time than releasing something like this.

    Who is the market for this is a good question, indeed.
     
  5. Chuck Anstey

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    The only people I could see wanting these would be those who own the theatrical version and may want only one of the EE versions (seems a number of HT members don't care for EE of TT or RotK) or don't want to bite the bullet all at once and buy the EE versions one at a time.
     
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    Is this implying anything different from the EE in the box set? If not, I too don't see why anyone would buy three $35 ($25 street - maybe $20 on deep sale) titles over a box you can get for $50 with all three films. Releasing a scaled down version (just the films) at $20MSRP would make sense, but like everyone else I don't see the market for singles of the extras laden versions. And like everyone else, if you're buying one, you're likely getting all three anyway.
    Oh well.
    Perhaps I'll just have to wait a while for O Lucky Man on blu....
     
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    It would certainly be an interesting eventuality if the transfer on the Fellowship release were to be *AHEM* "adjusted" from that included in the boxset.
     
  8. Brandon Conway

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    I highly doubt Warner would bother with anything other than re-issuing the same exact discs.
     
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    If this was their attempt to re-release Fellowship while "saving face" by admitting no error, it would certainly help to explain the expected market for these discs. I'm not sure we've ever seen such an approach from WB in particular before, but it certainly wouldn't be an unprecedented move in the industry.
     
  10. Jeff Ulmer

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    The only reason I asked was because it seems a little unusual for a press release on what seems to be a repackaging. I'm assuming all the bonus content has been released before.
     
  11. Jake Lipson

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    Normally I think it's great when a studio includes all previously released DVD extras on BLu-ray, but I'm simply not interested in paying high prices to rebuy a set containing DVD copies of extras I already have. I don't have the kind of money to do that. I would, however, gladly upgrade the films to Blu-ray if they were released at a reasonable price without extras. The copies of the DVDs I already have from originally buying the extended editions when they were first released in 2002-2004 are fine with me.
     
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    I'd been hoping there would be either a 3-disc (or 6-disc, if necessary) set or just single releases containing only the films (with both cuts of each seamlessly branched) to tie in with The Hobbit later this year. That would be something I'd definitely buy, and then I'd just hold on to my older DVD sets for the extras.
    Of course, the theatricals are pretty cheap nowadays, and some places have gone as low as $50 for Extended box, so maybe that is the best deal.
     

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