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EXCLUSIVE: Sneak peek at ‘Lord of the Rings’ Blu-rays


We’re just over two weeks away from Peter Jackson’s award-winning “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy being available on Blu-ray Disc – the 9-DVD set streets Tuesday, April 6. But New Line Home Entertainment dropped an early copy on HollywoodNews’ doorstep, so we’re giving you an exclusive sneak peek at what you can expect to see.

For starters, the “Rings” set includes the theatrical cuts of Jackson’s films, which might disappoint fans who hoped to see the director’s “Extended” versions, which currently are available on standard-edition DVD. In fact, quotes on the Amazon.com listing for this Blu-ray “Rings” set echo that sentiment, complaining, “Blu-ray is not better than the extended edition,” and “This is a ploy by the studio to get us to buy twice.”

Of course, those who plan to wait for Blu-ray transfers of the “Extended” cuts could be in limbo for some time, as no street date for those versions has been announced. For now, this is the definitive version of Jackson’s masterpieces on Blu-ray DVD, and the ones Blu-ray fans will want to check out. Here’s what you will find:

— A 1080p visual presentation and DTS-HD Master Audio 6.1 track.

— Digital copies of each film that can be downloaded to your personal computer or portable device.

— Three “Special Features” DVDs with more than 6 hours of bonus footage, including FOX TV’s “Quest for the Ring,” special, the SCI-FI Channel’s “A Passage to Middle-Earth,” featurettes on “Finding Hobbiton” and “Believing the World of Bree,” clips on “Ringwraiths” and “Rivendell,” pieces on the languages and music of Middle-Earth, and much more.

A full review will be posted on HollywoodNews.com closer to the street date. To learn more about the “Rings” Blu-ray set, visit http://www.lordoftherings.net


About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • March 22, 2010 | Permalink |

    This trilogy is going to be amazing, however the only downside is the extended versions are not going to be included in the Blu-Ray version, now I’m going to have to buy both

  • March 22, 2010 | Permalink |

    Cannot wait for this, Lord of the Rings is genius…finally we can enjoy it on Blu-Ray

  • March 22, 2010 | Permalink |

    Thats crap. Once you’ve seen the Extended Editions how could you possible go back to the theatricals. I will still with my Standard dvd’s until Blu Ray has the extended versions. Very disappointing : (

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