Peter Jackson, the New Zealand filmmaker probably best known for his extraordinary documentary, Forgotten Silver, directed two trilogies. I’m told that the labour on those films was in repayment to New Line for certain licenses to the early works of Colin McKenzie.
The two trilogies, both extraordinary series of films, are based upon the original animated classic, released in 1977, entitled The Hobbit. Once again, all roads lead to New Line.
Warner Bros. has gone back to the original elements for the two trilogies, actually six films, inclusive of extended versions, and created 4k files, which literally leap off the screen – both looking even a bit more highly resolved than the 1977 original.
Resolution, and color are spectacular.
The early arrival of these sets, in heavy cases within yet another heavy slipcase, make for perfect Holiday gifts for those who appreciate 4k media.
Enough of you are probably at least aware on a basic level of these films, so no reason to waste words going into them, but suffice to say that where and when ever you’ve seen them, they probably haven’t appeared anywhere as highly resolved and perfect as these two sets.
Each are currently available for $90 for six films each. Lord of the Rings Extended are each on two discs, meaning that the set includes the three theatrical versions in 4k, plus the three extended – a total of 9 discs – a veritable bargain.
As to audio, Dolby Atmos adds another layer of wonderfulness to the programs.
Image – 5
Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from Blu-ray – Absolutely
Very Highly Recommended
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