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"The best movie of the decade" Entertainment Weekly “…the Rings trilogy is more than movies. It’s a colossus on the march into screen legend.”...Rolling Stone, Peter Travers “The #1 film of the decade” Chicago Sun Times, Roger Ebert THE LORD OF THE RINGS:
THE MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY The Multi-Billion Dollar Franchise Reigns Triumphant on Blu-ray™ Disc For the First Time! The Original Theatrical Versions of all Three Films with More than Seven Hours of Special Features and Digital Copies of Each Film Available April 6, 2010 from Warner Home Video Burbank, Calif, December 14, 2009 – Oscar®-winning The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, one of the most magical, intensely spectacular epic adventures in motion picture history, can now be seen as never before when all three of Peter Jackson’s visual masterpieces explode onto Blu-ray Disc April 6th as The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy. The nine-disc set will reawaken the powerful connection that fans have to these films through rich, robust colors and crisp sound that home audiences can only experience on Blu-ray Disc. The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy will include digital copies of each film on three separate discs and will also be BD-Live enabled, offering exciting new interactive possibilities. The highly anticipated release will precede Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest videogame launch. The Lord of the Rings, the highest grossing adventure film franchise 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. The multi-billion dollar franchise is expected to grow significantly as The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy brings together all three treasured films on Blu-ray Disc for the very first time, presented for home audiences the way they were meant to be seen. The Trilogy’s Blu-ray release captures the enduring Fellowship and ultimate sacrifice while enhancing the chaos and destruction of Middle-earth, delivering a visual feast that will not soon, if ever, find its equal. Of the 30 total Academy Award nominations the three The Lord of the Rings movies received, they won a record 17 Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and 8 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. The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy contains the original theatrical versions of the three films on Blu-ray Disc, with more than seven hours of special features. The Trilogy will be packaged in multi-disc elite packaging inside a premium rigid slipcase and will retail for $99.98 SRP. Orders are due March 2, 2010. Extended versions of the films will be released at a later date on Blu-ray Disc. The Trilogy debuts at a time when consumers are rapidly adopting Blu-ray Disc. According to third quarter figures compiled by the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), in 2009 Blu-ray Disc set-top player sales grew 112 percent over the same period last year and this holiday season consumers can expect to see Blu-ray player prices starting around $100, making it that much easier for home audiences to see the films they love the way they were meant to be seen. Blu-ray devices are projected to be in 15 million U.S. homes by the end of this year. The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy will also be available day and date on Video on Demand from cable and satellite providers. The films will be offered for electronic download from online retailers including iTunes, Microsoft Xbox LIVE, Zune marketplace and Amazon Video on Demand. On April 6, 2010, renowned animator Ralph Bakshi's literal adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic fantasy trilogy, The Lord of the Rings animated version will be released in an all-new Deluxe Edition on Blu-ray Disc for the first time and newly remastered with new Dolby 5.1 audio and newly created extra content. Additionally, Warner Bros. Consumer Products has teamed up with top licensees Games Workshop Ltd., Tonner Doll Company, Inc., Sideshow Collectibles, The Noble Collection, WETA, Pez Candy, Funko, LLC, Bioworld Merchandising Inc. and WMS Gaming to create an array of merchandise supporting The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, including apparel and accessories, novelties and collectibles, stationery and paper goods, toys and games. The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest, slated for launch in spring 2010, will allow players to become the legendary Aragorn and embark on his greatest adventures through The Lord of the Rings trilogy. For the first time ever, The Lord of the Rings comes to Wii™, delivering action-packed motion controlled game play that takes full advantage of the Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk™. The game features accessible and authentic The Lord of the Rings game play designed for fans of all ages to enjoy together. The game will also debut for PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo DS™ and the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. Beyond The Lord of the Rings: Aragon’s Quest, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) will publish multiple games across many genres designed to appeal to a wide range of unique gamers, including hard-core RPG fans as well as families. Consumers who purchase The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest will find a coupon inside for $10 off The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy. Similarly, consumers who purchase the Trilogy will find a coupon inside for $5 off The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn's Quest.
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: Feature Disc (BD)
Trailer One [HD]
Trailer Two [HD]
Final Trailer [HD]
[*]“The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest” Game Trailer [HD]
Bonus Disc (SD)
Welcome to Middle-earth: Houghton Mifflin In-Store Special
Quest for the Ring: FOX TV Special
A Passage to Middle-earth: SCI-FI Channel Special
Hobbiton Comes Alive
Believing the World of Bree
Ringwraiths: The Fallen Kings
Rivendell: The Elven Refuge
Languages of Middle-earth
Music of Middle-earth
Weathertop: The Windy Hill
[*]Academy Nomination[*]Epic Oscar[*]Enya ”May It Be” Music Video[*]Special Extended DVD Edition Preview[*]Behind the Scenes Preview of ”The Two Towers”
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: Feature Disc (BD)
Theatrical Trailer [HD]
“The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest” Game Trailer [HD]
Bonus Disc (SD)
On the Set “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”
Starz Encore Special:Return to Middle-earth: WB Special
”The Long and Short of It” A Short Film Directed by Sean Astin
The Making of ”The Long and Short of It”
Forces of Darkness
Designing the Sounds of Middle-earth
Edoras: The Rohan Capital
Creatures of Middle-earth
Gandalf the White
Arms and Armor
The Battle of Helm’s Deep
Bringing Gollum to Life
One World Review
The Wait is Over
Review B/Golden Globes
Good Top 10
Top 10 Review
[*]Emiliana Torrini ”Gollum’s Song” Music Video[*]Special Extended DVD Edition Preview[*]Behind the Scenes Preview of ”The Return of the King”
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: Feature Disc (BD)
Trailer One [HD]
Trailer Two [HD]
”The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy Supertrailer [HD]
Special Extended DVD Edition Preview [HD]
“The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest” Game Trailer [HD]
Bonus Disc (SD)
The Quest Fulfilled: A Director's Vision
A Filmmaker's Journey: Making “The Return of the King”
National Geographic Special - “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
Minas Tirith: Capital of Gondor
The Battle of Pelennor Fields
Samwise the Brave
Èowyn: White Lady of Rohan
Digital Horse Doubles
Two Theatrical Trailers
Step Golden Globes
New Epic Globe
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE MOTION PICTURE TRILOGY BLU-RAY
Street Date: April 6, 2010
Order Due Date: March 2, 2010
Catalog #: 1000092794
Pricing: $99.98 SRP Running Time: 557 minutes (combined) Rating: PG-13 Languages: English Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish DLBY/SURR DLBY/DGTL
Absolutely, great news that LoTR is finally making its way to BD. I have heard rumors that they are planning on releasing the EE with the theatrical release of The Hobbit. Is there any definate news on when the Extended Editions will be transferred to BD? I will end up Netflixing the trilogy when the BD hits, buying will be saved for LoTR: EE.
The press release does not indicate any lossless soundtrack, stating "DLBY/SURR" and "DLBY/DGTL". What is up with that?
What's up is that the release was written by a clueless PR hack. It would seem very unlikely that these won't have lossless audio.
Quote: [QUOTE]Originally Posted by [b]Scott Merryfield[/b] [url=../../forum/thread/295947/whv-press-release-the-lord-of-the-rings-trilogy-blu-ray#post_3638824]
The EE are scheduled to be released by the end of 2012. The world is supposed to end by then, isn't it? Personally, I'm sufficiently happy with the current ultimate editions that I don't have to breathlessly wait two years for a Blu-ray to roll around.
Good to know! That's awesome it'll be on Blu-ray. Not so awesome that my little sister seemed to think (last night) she could order it for my dad in time for this Christmas...I guess I'll have to break the news to her that she'll have to save it for next Christmas.
This is a no buy for me. I want the Extended Cuts.
Hmmm....somehow I was expecting more supplements in HD. Are the bonus disc extras just ports of the existing DVD material?
I was curious also on the space requirements for the Extended Editions. Will a BD50 have enough room to maintain video quality with run times that exceed 200 minutes (heck, approaching 300 mins for Return)?
I thought that the first season of Chuck, with about 300 minutes on the first disc (7 episodes; assuming a minimum of 42 minutes each, that's 294 minutes) looked just fine. And that was using the full 16x9 frame instead of easily-compressed black bars.
You'd want to move any non-commentary extras onto other discs, though!
Sounds good. The originals need to be available like this. But many people want to buy the EE, so they should be available too (separately is ok). Hopefully this will show Lucas how many original Star Wars he can sell. He can re-release the EE of his films then. Bring these on.
I have no problem with the theatrical versions, I have only seen the EEs once since neither I or my guests ever have four hours to devote to viewing a single film these days. Just make sure the transfers are perfect and we'll be good.
Also a no-buy for me. Not that I have anything against the theatrical cuts, but I've grown to love and appreciate the extended editions. For me they've become the definitive LOTR films. I also have no problem with separate sets, but I'm very disappointed that New Line has chosen to only release the theatricals at this time with such a long wait on the EE Blu-rays. Since I'm not about to double-dip and buy TWO expensive LOTR releases I'll just have to rent the theatricals and wait. Bummer. Let's just hope that they do these films justice with state-of-the-art transfers and audio.
I'll chime in so this isn't a totally lopsided thread. I for one will be waiting for Futureshop to open April 6th to buy this.
I have no shame, I'll buy both.
These have been up on Amazon, for pre-order, for quite some time now.
It looks like a $30 savings too. I'll probably rent these, when they come out, but waiting to buy the EE movies.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again.
I actually hope PJ will redo the EE version to give us something truly better. While I do love seeing most of the stuff added back into the EEs, I do also think the pacing and such have been thrown off a bit w/ the EEs as they are right now -- plus PJ really blew it by adding the one small scene that essentially ruins the suspense for the subsequent ending of the battle at Minas Tirith (even though we all know by now how things play out).
King Kong, another Peter Jackson movie, managed to fit the original and the extended versions of it with seamless branching on the same disc. That's roughly 200 minutes, plus an audio commentary, the U-Control and DTS-HD MA audio. As I understand it, Dolby TrueHD takes less room, so it should be done easily for the extended editions of the Lord of the Rings movies.