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Lord Of The Rings Extended Edition Blu-Ray Announced

I’ve decided to mix it up a little bit this week, mostly because today’s topic is of great interest to me. I’ll save my gushing for another time, but suffice it to say that I’m a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings. Books, movies — I’ll take my Tolkien any way I can get it. So you can imagine my excitement last week when The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Edition) was officially announced for Blu-ray.


Although the list price is $119.98, Amazon is currently taking pre-orders at the much more palatable price of $83.99.

This new Blu-ray contains all of the features found in the Extended DVDs, plus the less-common Costa Botes documentaries. All told, the Trilogy clocks in at over 11 hours, and the special features add an extra 26+ hours on top of that. If you’re a fan of movies — even if you’re not a fan of The Lord of the Rings — the making-of documentaries for these films are outstanding. The achievement in silmultaneously creating three epic films…well, if you’re like me, then I’m just preaching to the choir.

You know, how ’bout I just post the whole list?

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Over 30 minutes of footage incorporated into the theatrical release of the film
Commentary by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens
Commentary by the design team
Commentary by the production/post-production team
Commentary by 10 actors, including Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen
Easter egg: MTV Movie Award Spoof (The Council of Elrod)
Costa Botes Documentary: The Fellowship of the Ring: Behind the Scenes

The Appendices, Part 1: From Book to Vision (on DVD)
Peter Jackson introduction
J.R.R. Tolkein: Creator of Middle Earth
From Book to Script
Visualizing the Story
Designing and Building Middle Earth
Middle Earth atlas interactive

The Appendices, Part 2: From Vision to Reality (on DVD)
Elijah Wood introduction
Filming The Fellowship of the Ring
Visual effects
Post-production: Putting it all together
Digital Grading
Sound and music
The Road Goes Ever On…

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Extended edition of the film, incorporating 43 minutes of footage incorporated into the film
Commentary track by writer-director Peter Jackson and writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens
Commentary track by the design team
Commentary track by the production/post-production team
Commentary track by 16 cast members, including Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Andy Serkis, John Rhys-Davies, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Bernard Hill, and Miranda Otto
Easter Egg: MTV Movie Awards clip (Gollum accepting award)
Costas Botes documentary: The Two Towers–Behind the Scenes

The Appendices, Part 3: The Journey Continues
Peter Jackson introduction
J.R.R. Tolkein: Origin of Middle Earth
From Book to Script: Finding a Story
Designing and Building Middle-Earth
Gollum
Middle-Earth Atlas interactive
New Zealand as Middle Earth (map with video location)

The Appendices, Part 4: The Battle for Middle Earth
Elijah Wood introduction
Filming The Two Towers
Visual effects
Editorial: Refining the Story
Music and Sound
The Battle for Helm’s Deep is Over

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Extended edition of the film, with 50 extra minutes incorporated into the film
Commentary track by writer-director Peter Jackson and writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens
Commentary track by the design team
Commentary track by the production/post-production team
Costas Botes documentary: The Return of the King: Behind the Scenes

The Appendices, Part 5: The War of the Ring
Peter Jackson Intro
J.R.R. Tolkien: The Legacy of Middle-earth
From Book to Script
Designing and Building Middle-earth
Home of the Horse Lords
Middle-earth Atlas: Tracing the Journeys of the Fellowship: interactive map
New Zealand as Middle-earth: interactive map with on-location footage

The Appendices, Part 6: The Passing of an Age
Elijah Wood/Sean Astin/Billy Boyd/Dominic Monaghan intro
Filming The Return of the King
Visual Effects
Post Production: Journey’s End
The Passing of an Age
Cameron Duncan

No official release date has been set, so keep an eye open — I’ll keep you updated.

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  • finally! Anyone who was conned into buying the standard edition BluRays of the boxset should be offered some kind of trade in discount as this the standard edition was the most pointless release and it was obvious that an extended colelction would follow.