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'Lord of the Rings' finally headed to Blu-ray

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 04 Oct 2008 15:38 User comments (13)

'Lord of the Rings' finally headed to Blu-ray In more news that bodes well for the future of the Blu-ray format, Warner has revealed that at least the first installment of the blockbuster trilogy The Lord of the Rings is finally headed to Blu-ray, and it is "coming soon".
The revelation came as part of an insert added into the new 'Poltergeist' Blu-ray Disc that shows what "Collector's Editions" of BDs are coming as well as movies that are "Coming Soon." A few other notable movies shown on the insert are "Shawshank Redemption", "The Notebook", "The Wizard of Oz" and "Rush Hour" among others.

Industry sources have also noted that the entire trilogy is headed to Blu-ray in 2009, although there was no word on whether the first editions sold would be theatrical cuts or extended cuts.

The news follows on the footsteps of Iron Man breaking BD sales records in just 3 days and word that the Dark Knight is coming to Blu-ray in two editions and with tons of BD-Live features.

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13 user comments

14.10.2008 16:15

definitely count on them to go a triple dip on this one since blu-ray will hold all the more extra bloat. Probably a 25gig disc for starters, then a year later we'll get the extended edition on bd-50.

Anyways I already have the trilogy at 1080p from emule and usenet (over 20gigs each so that will have to do for now)

24.10.2008 16:26
varnull
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Well.. as back catalog titles go at least these are worthy of a good HD release.

34.10.2008 16:57

Originally posted by windsong:
definitely count on them to go a triple dip on this one since blu-ray will hold all the more extra bloat. Probably a 25gig disc for starters, then a year later we'll get the extended edition on bd-50.

Anyways I already have the trilogy at 1080p from emule and usenet (over 20gigs each so that will have to do for now)
No chance they will be on single layer BD (wouldn't fit) but I do expect the first release to be theatrical release and then in 2010 the extended cuts (the ones everybody wants).

44.10.2008 18:02

Nice, something to consider when I shell out for a player.

If only Microsoft could somehow get the rights to develop a blu-ray player addon.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 04 Oct 2008 @ 18:03

55.10.2008 4:06

Can't wait day one purchase.

65.10.2008 9:21

Originally posted by DVDBack23:

No chance they will be on single layer BD (wouldn't fit) but I do expect the first release to be theatrical release and then in 2010 the extended cuts (the ones everybody wants).
They could also do the same thing they did with their latest release of the DVD's: both versions (theatrical and extended) on the same disc with seamless branching - you get to choose which version you want at the start of the film and the seamless branching feature takes care of which scenes are shown.

75.10.2008 9:34

Yay, now I can see a super sharp picture of intense close-ups of hobbits babbling and crying over a every little thing. Can't wait!

86.10.2008 8:48

Been looking forward to this release on BD! I just hope they put both the theatrical and extended cuts on there, with seamless branching. That would be just perfect.

96.10.2008 8:48

Been looking forward to this release on BD! I just hope they put both the theatrical and extended cuts on there, with seamless branching. That would be just perfect.

107.10.2008 5:13
miltex
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my Sd version is just fine on upconversion


When the chips are down, you can count on miltex !


117.10.2008 10:26

Originally posted by miltex:
my Sd version is just fine on upconversion
Just like a warm Coke with no Fizz will satisfy your thirst. I would rather have the best possible.

127.10.2008 12:24

Ill wait for the Blu-ray boxset of LOTR like i did with POTC.

137.10.2008 12:35

I am actually looking forward to this release. Not many movies out there are worth the extra cost of Blu-Ray, but I think this is one of them. My gentle opinion of course.

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