Lord of the Rings 4k. Any News At all

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Sorry is there’s another thread on this but it seems odd that this doesn’t have a release schedule.
I understand that Jackson has been busy but this truly seems like a cash cow in the 4k market.

Having been shot on 35mm seems that it could look brilliant

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  1. Yes I’d be excited about a UHD package of this. I have the extended edition package on BluRay. I’m sure this has been discussed in other threads- are most people satisfied with how the films look on that BluRay release? I thought the Fellowship film looked a bit disappointing.

  2. Robert Harris

    Not certain what’s to be gained here, believe fx were 2k. Production photography may be improved

    That would require a whole new scan of the 4-perf negs and a complete new color grade IIRC.

  3. As long as Mr Jackson remembers to make everything nice & dark & green like he did with the extended first part 🙂

    Actually I don't think that a lot of Lord Of The Rings looked that great. Peter Jackson's penchant for turning down the colour & liking a flat image saw to that. I thought Return Of The King looked the best, but it's been a few years since I've seen it. I wonder if it'll all seem a bit anaemic after Game Of Thrones.

  4. I would be very interested in extended cuts with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos or better yet Dolby Vision and Auro 3D. But for what ever reasons Auro doesn't seem to be getting any love or respect in regards to any releases.

  5. Billy Batson

    As long as Mr Jackson remembers to make everything nice & dark & green like he did with the extended first part 🙂

    Actually I don't think that a lot of Lord Of The Rings looked that great. Peter Jackson's penchant for turning down the colour & liking a flat image saw to that. I thought Return Of The King looked the best, but it's been a few years since I've seen it. I wonder if it'll all seem a bit anaemic after Game Of Thrones.

    Yes that’s what I thought when I watched Fellowship on BluRay for the first time- the tint looked green to me too.

  6. Dave Moritz

    I would be very interested in extended cuts with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos or better yet Dolby Vision and Auro 3D. But for what ever reasons Auro doesn't seem to be getting any love or respect in regards to any releases.

    I would buy these films again on disc without hesitation if they were released in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

  7. Robert Crawford

    I would buy these films again on disc without hesitation if they were released in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

    Same here. There are certain films that I always want in the best quality format available because I enjoy them so much, and this trilogy (in the extended versions) qualifies for me.

  8. Scott Merryfield

    Same here. There are certain films that I always want in the best quality format available because I enjoy them so much, and this trilogy (in the extended versions) qualifies for me.

    Yup, we are of the same mindset in that regard.

  9. I've started to notice that the early DIs of this vintage don't really hold up that well on modern displays. I rewatched the extended cuts on Blu-ray earlier this year and was shocked at how flat and soft they looked, with a lot more obvious noise reduction than I remembered. The car chase from Matrix Reloaded, which was also finished as a 2K DI circa 2003, looks noticeably duller than the rest of film, which was finished on film and remastered in 4K for the UHD.

    With the amount of effects in the LOTR, I doubt we'll see a rescan of the camera negative. An HDR color grade will probably improve the image some, but I worry that the noise reduction is baked into the DI.

  10. The Two Towers and Return of the King have 2K DIs and if the Blu-rays are any indication, they weren't especially detailed and TTT in particular likely has some moderate noise reduction baked in to help blend the live action and CGI characters. Fellowship could get a nice 4K bump. But we're likely stuck with upscales of some pretty old DIs for the last two movies.

  11. Worth

    They'll wait to tie it to the hype around the Amazon series.

    Yeah, I kind of assume that for the most part catalog UHDs will get releases on milestone anniversary years or a marketing tie in.

  12. Ken Koc

    I always watch the extended versions. If those versions not given 4K treatment, I'll definitely pass.

    Same here, I would pass too. I might buy them on iTunes for the right price.

    I'll be seeing "The Two Towers" extended version tomorrow on a GDX screen with Dolby Atmos speakers.

  13. Robert Crawford

    Same here, I would pass too. I might buy them on iTunes for the right price.

    I'll be seeing "The Two Towers" extended version tomorrow on a GDX screen with Dolby Atmos speakers at my local cinema.

    My recent viewing of "The Two Towers" at my local cinema reminded me that the second film in this trilogy is the best movie of the bunch. All three are terrific films and the third one won the Best Picture Oscar, but I think "The Two Towers" stands above the other two films.:)

  14. Robert Crawford

    My recent viewing of "The Two Towers" at my local cinema reminded me that the second film in this trilogy is the best movie of the bunch. All three are terrific films and the third one won the Best Picture Oscar, but I think "The Two Towers" stands above the other two films.:)

    The epic battle makes the film.

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