I recommend purchasing this action-packed trilogy. The bottom line is, if you're a fan of Lord of the Rings — or cinema in general — and care at all about video and audio quality, this is a must-own collection. Just about the only thing it doesn't include are the original theatrical versions. Next, I started watching the movies and they were fantastic on Blu-ray through a high-end home theater system. From the merry life of the shire to the eerie whispering of the ring to the ugliness of Saruman's snarling, growling army of orcs, the entire range of effects is treated with stalwart fidelity. And now they'll probably buy the new extended edition collection on Blu-ray too.
If you don't know what the trilogy is about by now, you're probably not interested in picking up the complete set on Blu-ray, but to read recaps and our opinions on the theatrical adaptations of J. Like the art department, those who work in sound design are often unsung heroes, but this track gives them their due. Having just upgraded my entire home theater system, I sat down on the weekend and started watching the extra features first. That depends on the buyer. But be aware that the versions on this set aren't just the same prints with the extra footage added in. The low end is especially forceful and should give your subwoofer a real workout.
After all, it is the definitive and most comprehensive version of the trilogy out there. The result is a colorful, sublime presentation not seen since these films were in theaters, maybe not even then. The score is soaring and spacious, while dialogue is crisp and never lost, even in the midst of the chaos. You'll want to crank this up and show it off as often as you can. There are 15 discs in this set, five per film two for the extended cuts and three for bonus features , plus 26 hours of bonus material. There is some softness here and there, particularly in the scenes with the elves, but that appears to be Jackson's intention.
You'll find that on the next page. Did we watch all 26 hours of the special features for this review?. The fact that the material has been repurposed makes it no less fascinating or necessary to a complete understanding of the films. I found the behind-the-scenes content fascinating. If we had, you probably wouldn't be reading this right now. If you prefer those over the extra-long extended editions, you might want to hold on to your previous set.
Let's just say, if there's anything you ever wanted to know about the saga and the making of it, you'll find it contained within these special features. Even the first film, now 10 years old, has new life in it. They've been remastered, so this really is the best the three films are going to get on Blu-ray. Maybe it's because the visuals are cleaner, but the sound seems to be even more impactful in all three movies. The remastering process, supervised by Peter Jackson himself and director of photography Andrew Lesnie, involved a brand new digital transfer from the original 2k source, and some tweaking of the colors and contrast. But we can give you the huge list of what's included, broken down by film. The tremendous design work that went into the costumes, weapons and set dressing finally gets a proper showcase for the home audience; the detail and definition on these discs is superb.
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