‘Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition’ Due on 4K Ultra HD Nov. 16

The Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition, timed to the 20th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, will come out on 4K Ultra HD Nov. 16 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

The $249.99, 31-disc collection of Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth saga contains new special features along with the theatrical and extended versions of the six films from New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures — The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies as well as The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.

It comes in “Puzzle Box” packaging and includes a 64-page booklet featuring costumes, photography and production notes from the film, and art cards featuring travel posters and images from iconic locations throughout Middle-Earth including The Shire, Lake-Town, Erebor, Anduin, Rohan, Minas Trith and Rivendell.

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Also included are the original Cannes Film Festival presentation reel, and footage from the recent Alamo Drafthouse cast reunion, featuring director Peter Jackson along with cast members Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Ian McKellan, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortenson, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler and Elijah Wood.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs will feature Dolby Vision HDR and a Dolby Atmos soundtrack. All six films also come on Blu-ray discs remastered from the 4K master. The 4K remastering process was overseen by Jackson.

Update (10/12/21): Release date changed from Oct. 26 to Nov. 16.

‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘Hobbit’ Trilogies Set for 4K Ultra HD Release Dec. 1

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Dec. 1 will release all six films in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit Trilogy on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc.

The announcement came via a YouTube posting from Sean Astin, who played Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and its two sequels, The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003).

Warner Bros. also announced the summer 2021 release of a 4K “Ultimate Collectors’ Edition” with theatrical and extended versions of all six remastered films as well as new bonus material.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first film in the franchise, Warner Bros. will also release a remastered version of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy on Blu-ray Disc in the fall of 2021.

The six Peter Jackson films were all huge box office hits. The “Lord of the Rings” trilogy earned nearly $3 billion in worldwide theaters and nabbed 17 Academy Awards. The three “Hobbit” movies — 2012’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 2013’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and 2014’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies — also collected nearly $3 billion at the worldwide box office.

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In making the announcement Astin said, “because it’s in 4K UHD, you know it’s going to be the most incredible home-viewing experience possible. Peter Jackson oversaw the remastering himself. And I can say that working with Peter was the adventure of a lifetime.”

Both movie series are based on novels by J. R. R. Tolkien.