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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: DVD & Blu-ray Video Release Dates

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2010 UPDATE: It’s official - the long wait for Blu-ray releases of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is over with the 6 April 2010 worldwide release confirmed by Warner Home Video. The 9-disc The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy Blu-ray box set (SRP $99.98), includes the theatrical versions of the three films. The North American Blu-ray release is 1080p HD video in 2.35:1 widescreen, with English audio in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Dolby Surround, and English, English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles. The box set slipcase includes: three BD discs of the films, three DVDs with legacy extras, plus three DVDs containing digital copies of each film.

That’s great news for LotR fans since the Blu-ray release is a near-exact re-release of New Line’s original 2-disc DVD Theatrical Edition releases from late 2004. Fans can (if they haven’t already) sell their DVD editions and not worry about losing any material. Basically, only the original EA videogame preview trailers have been replaced by HD trailers for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s forthcoming The Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest videogame. That and, of course, the new Blu-ray sets feature HD-upgraded content plus Digital Copy.

In further news, Blu-ray releases of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Extended Editions are apparently being held back at director Peter Jackson’s request so that he can prepare more elaborate Blu-ray releases of those, for debut closer to the theatrical and home video release of the two The Hobbit films (now due in late 2011 and 2012).

RELEASE DATE OF the Extended and Theatrical Limited Editions box sets of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King was 29 August 2006 (2 discs; SRP US $28.98). Each set consisted of two discs, with the first discs, a double-sided DVD-18 containing both the Special Extended and Theatrical versions, each available through seamless branching. Each film breaks at the same spot they did on the Extended Edition. Gone are the four commentary tracks and DTS 6.1 ES sound on the more expensive four-disc Extended Edition, replaced by a Dolby Digital 5.1 EX soundtrack. The second disc of each set has a documentary directed by Costa Botes featuring off-the-cuff interviews with Peter Jackson, Alan Lee, and others, and random bits of behind-the-scenes action and special-effects work; much of it previously unseen.

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PREVIOUS RELEASES INCLUDE the Lord of the Ring Limited Editions on DVD (4 discs; SRP US $39.97) on 29 August 2004 for the UK and 14 December 2004 in the US. They could be ordered from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk for the Four Disc Collector’s Box Set however current availability might be limited in some markets. Complete listing of all available items is here.

RELEASE DATE FOR the Return of the King Extended Edition on DVD (4 discs; SRP US $39.97), Collector’s DVD Gift Set (5 discs; SRP US $79.97) and VHS video (2 tapes; SRP US $24.97) was 10 December for the UK and 14 December 2004 in the US. They can ve ordered from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk for the Four Disc Collector’s Box Set. Complete listing of all available items is here.

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Return of the King Extended/Theatrical LE DVD Cover

Lord of the Rings Extended Trilogy DVD Slipcases are now available for a shipping & handling charge of US $3.00 for anyone who purchased the Extended Edition DVDs separately. They can be ordered from http://www.lotrdvdbox.com - note: one slipcase per US address, and offer valid until March 31, 2005 (now expired). Delivery time is around 6 to 10 weeks. Similar offers were available in Australia, the United Kingdom, and EU.

A LotR trilogy boxed set of all three 4-disc Extended DVD Editions of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King packaged together in a outer slipcase was released on December 14, 2004 (12 discs; SRP $119.97); available from Amazon.com for $78, Amazon.co.uk, and all good DVD retailers. If you haven’t gotten the Extended DVD Editions yet, it’s the perfect opportunity as they’re aggressively discounted. Also available from Amazon.com is a 6-disc Lord of the Rings Trilogy DVD theatrical edition boxed set (6 discs; SRP US $89.97) in both Wide Screen and Full Screen editions, as well as Amazon.co.uk, and major DVD retailers.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
2011-12 Extended Release 12-disc PG-13
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2010 Theatrical Release 9-disc PG-13
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2006 Theatrical Release 6-disc PG-13
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The Lord of the Rings
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LORD OF THE RINGS: The Return of the King - Special Extended DVD Edition will feature 50 additional minutes of footage, including some 300 additional effect shots, a new musical score and cameo of Peter Jackson being killed by an errant arrow. Released also is the Collector’s DVD Gift Set which includes a 5th disc Howard Shore: Creating The Lord of the Rings Symphony and a miniature Sideshow/Weta statue of Minas Tirith. Among the new scenes: final confrontation between Gandalf and Sarumon at Isengard, the "mouth" of Sauron at the Black Gate, the confrontation between the Witch King and Gandalf at Minas Tirith, Aragorn revealing the sword Anduril to Sauron’s eye in the Seeing-stone, more battle footage on Pelennor fields, Frodo and Sam (disguised as Orcs) marching with Sauron’s forces, Faramir telling Denethor that he would never use the power of the Ring, Faramir and Éowyn at the House of Healing, Merry pledging allegiance to King Theoden at Gondor, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli narrowly escaping an avalanche of skulls deep inside Dwimorberg, Aragorn looking down upon a fleet of Corsair ships from a ridgetop, and much more including over 20 hours of supplemental content. All DVD and VHS Extended versions of "Return of the King" are in widescreen format with Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround Sound, DTS ES 6.1 Surround Sound, and Dolby stereo surround sound. The DVD also offers four audio commentaries; one by Peter Jackson, the others include members of the cast and the production crew - including actors Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, and Orlando Bloom and Academy Award winners Richard Taylor, Howard Shore, and Randy Cook.

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The Return of the King: Extended Edition opens to reveal four discs overflowing with special features including commentaries. Collector’s DVD Gift Set (at right) includes the Extended Edition plus Howard Shore: Creating The Lord of the Rings Symphony bonus disc and a miniature Sideshow/Weta statue of Minas Tirith which doubles as a trinket box

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TO GIVE YOU an appreciation of the mammoth task of shooting all three movies simultaneously, it took 274 days from October 11, 1999 through December 22, 2000 using a cast and crew of thousands, in hundreds of locations from one end of New Zealand to the other. Jackson was often directing several units simultaneously using remote hook-ups and monitors. (In several scenes where he was in amongst the action, wife and partner Fran took the helm.) To grasp the scope of their unique US $270 million undertaking a New Line’s rep noted, "When the Trilogy is complete, Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh will have spent a decade of their life working on ‘The Lord of the Rings’."


The Fellowship of the Ring - The Lord of the Rings: Part I
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Extended Version Platinum Series 4-disc PG-13
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Extended Version Limited Edition Gift Set 5-disc PG-13
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The Two Towers - The Lord of the Rings: Part II
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Extended Version Platinum Series 4-disc PG-13
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Extended Version Limited Edition Gift Set 5-disc PG-13
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Return of the King - The Lord of the Rings: Part III
Theatrical Version 2-disc PG-13
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Extended Version Platinum Series 4-disc PG-13
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Extended Version Limited Edition Gift Set 5-disc PG-13
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Amazon UK items are Region 2 PAL format

EVERYONE WE ASKED agreed that the four DVD 'Extended Versions' really looks like the DVD sets to get and everyone involved seems to have focused on making the 'Extended Version' the UltimateThe Lord of the Rings’ experience. (The same goes for the VHS edition except it will lack several important features such as commentary tracks and a host of DVD-only extras.) We suggest you rent the 'Theatrical Version' if you can’t wait to see them again.

Film Awards:
BAFTA awards The Fellowship of the Ring - British Academy Awards - 2002 Won: Orange Film of the Year - BAFTA Film Awards for Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects (Randall William Cook, Alex Funke, Jim Rygiel, Mark Stetson, Richard Taylor), Best Film (Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne, Tim Sanders), Best Make Up/Hair (Peter King, Peter Owen, Richard Taylor), David Lean Award for Direction - (Peter Jackson);
Nominated: BAFTA Film Awards Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music (Howard Shore), Best Cinematography (Andrew Lesnie), Best Costume Design (Ngila Dickson), Best Editing (John Gilbert), Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Ian McKellen), Best Production Design (Grant Major), Best Screenplay - Adapted (Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Frances Walsh), Best Sound (Christopher Boyes, Gethin Creagh, David Farmer, Mike Hopkins, Hammond Peek, Ethan Van der Ryn, Michael Semanick).

Oscar awards Academy Awards, USA - 2002 Won: Oscars for Best Cinematography (Andrew Lesnie), Best Effects - Visual Effects (Randall William Cook, Jim Rygiel, Mark Stetson, Richard Taylor), Best Makeup (Peter Owen, Richard Taylor), Best Music - Original Score (Howard Shore);
Nominated: Oscars for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Ian McKellen), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Dan Hennah, Grant Major (art director)), Best Costume Design (Ngila Dickson, Richard Taylor), Best Director (Peter Jackson), Best Editing (John Gilbert), Best Music, Song (Enya, Roma and Nicky Ryan) - For the song 'May It Be', Best Picture (Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne, Frances Walsh), Best Sound (Christopher Boyes, Gethin Creagh, Hammond Peek, Michael Semanick), Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Frances Walsh).

The Two Towers - British Academy Awards - 2003 Won: Orange Film of the Year - BAFTA Film Awards for Best Costume Design (Ngila Dickson), Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects (Randall William Cook, Alex Funke, Joe Letteri, Jim Rygiel);
Nominated: BAFTA Film Awards for Best Film (Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh), David Lean Award for Direction - (Peter Jackson), Best Cinematography (Andrew Lesnie), Best Production Design (Grant Major), Best Editing (Michael Horton), Best Sound (Christopher Boyes, David Farmer, Michael Hedges, Mike Hopkins, Hammond Peek, Michael Semanick, Ethan Van der Ryn), Best Make Up/Hair (Peter King, Peter Owen, Richard Taylor).

Academy Awards, USA - 2003 Won: Oscars for Best Sound Editing (Ethan Van der Ryn, Michael Hopkins), Best Effects - Visual Effects (Randall William Cook, Alex Funke, Joe Letteri, Jim Rygiel);
Nominated: Oscars for Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Dan Hennah and Alan Lee, Grant Major (art director)), Best Editing (Michael Horton), Best Picture (Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh), Best Sound (Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Hammond Peek, Michael Semanick).

The Return of the King - British Academy Awards - 2004 Won: Orange Film of the Year - BAFTA Film Awards for Best Film (Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh), Screenplay; Adapted (Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson), Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects (Joe Letteri, Jim Rygiel, Randall William Cook, Alex Funke);
Nominated: BAFTA Film Awards for David Lean Award for Direction (Peter Jackson), Actor in a Supporting Role (Ian McKellen), Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music (Howard Shore), Best Cinematography (Andrew Lesnie), Best Editing (Jamie Selkirk), Best Production Design (Grant Major), Best Costume Design (Ngila Dickson, Richard Taylor), Best Sound (Christopher Boyes, David Farmer, Michael Hedges, Mike Hopkins, Hammond Peek, Michael Semanick, Ethan Van der Ryn), Best Make Up/Hair (Peter King, Peter Owen, Richard Taylor).

Academy Awards, USA - 2004 Won: Oscars for Best Picture (Peter Jackson, Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh), Best Director (Peter Jackson), Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (Dan Hennah and Alan Lee, Grant Major (art director)), Best Costume Design (Ngila Dickson, Richard Taylor), Best Editing (Jamie Selkirk), Best Makeup (Peter King, Richard Taylor), Best Music - Original Score (Howard Shore), Best Music, Song (Fran Walsh, Howard Shore, Annie Lennox) - For the song 'Into the West', Best Sound - Mix (Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges, Hammond Peek), Best Effects - Visual Effects (Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook, Alex Funke), Best Writing, Screenplay - Adapted (Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh).

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