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The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy [Blu-ray] [3Blu Rays+3 DVD's] [2017]

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Video and Audio significantly improved. Excellent blu ray transfer. I have not noticed any 'darker' colors as mentioned by some other viewers. split between two discs apiece. An even more lavish trilogy collection -- with the possibility of brand-new extras -- is planned for release Note that audio on the new theatrical Blu-rays is included in English Dolby Atmos (7.1 Dolby TrueHD compatible), French 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital, Czech 5.1 Dolby Digital ( Fellowship only), and Polish Lektor 5.1 Dolby Digital, with optional subtitles available in English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, French, Dutch, Chinese ( Fellowship and Two Towers only), Korean ( Fellowship and Two Towers only), Spanish, Czech ( Fellowship only), Danish, Finnish, Greek ( Fellowship only), Norwegian, Polish, and Swedish. Quality-wise, these Atmos mixes are identical to those found on the previously-reviewed 4K UHD release. But here’s the thing: I’ve been reviewing Blu-ray and DVD quality professionally now for twenty-three years on The Digital Bits, and 4K Ultra HD quality for the last four of those years. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen a 4K remaster that made quite this much of a difference over a previous Blu-ray release before. Bilbo’s Birthday Party. Gandalf’s fireworks have never looked so detailed as they do in 4k with HDR. This is a low-light night scene that benefits from the expanded color range, so much you can almost count the candles on Bilbo’s 111th birthday cake – a slice of this particular scene that you might not have noticed before. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 4k Digital Still Video (Color Range)

But please, before you watch LOTR in 4k or 4k with HDR, switch to movie or film mode on your Ultra HD TV. Why? There is no need for artificial enhancements with these discs. Perhaps equally as important, remove the smooth motion “soap opera” effect also in your TV’s settings. This is film, not “Days of Our Lives.” Scores Let's get straight to-the-point. Now, many of you may as well own the DVD versions of LOTR (Either Theatrical or Extended ot both), and if you are trying to make a decision whether to spend more money on this blu ray extended, here is the comparison-With the help of a courageous Fellowship of friends and allies, Frodo embarks on a perilous mission to destroy the legendary One Ring. It’s not a story of heroes or superheroes,” he says. “It’s a story of regular people who set out to save their world.” Watching The Lord of the Rings Trilogy in 4k with HDR is really like watching the film for the first time. Even though you may already have every scene memorized, the visual improvements are like candy for your eyes. Dim your lights, crank up the volume, and make some microwave popcorn for this binge-worthy home theater experience. Audio on the Extended Blu-rays is available in English Dolby Atmos (7.1 Dolby TrueHD compatible), French 6.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, and Polish Lektor 5.1 Dolby Digital, with optional subtitles available in English for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, French, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Polish, and Swedish. It appears that there are also subtitles for the commentaries in English, French, Dutch, and Korean. Again… quality-wise, these Atmos mixes are identical to those found on the previously-reviewed 4K UHD release. No special features. Disc 21 – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – Extended Version, Part 2 (4K UHD)

Once again, don’t forget that in addition to the films, you also get a Movies Anywhere Digital Copy code, which should be good for all three films in both versions in 4K. But don’t get rid of your previous Blu-ray and/or DVD editions if you wish to retain all of the extras, The Appendices, and other bonus features (because you won’t find any of that content here). However, if you do not own the DVD versions, then this is a must buy as this includes almost everything that you can think of (HD movies, extra features, behind the scenes, plus digital copies). Extra feature DVDs (2 for each movie) are the SAME as those of DVD editions. In fact, the DVDs are identical when I do head-to-head comparison. These DVDs are pulled straight from the older DVD editions, nothing new added there. Warner’s new 4K Ultra HD release includes both the Theatrical Cuts and Extended Editions of each film, the former contained on a single UHD disc for each film while the latter are split over two UHD discs each. So let’s take a look at the A/V quality of each remastered film one by one… So in the end, I suppose Warner’s new Middle-Earth 31-Disc Ultimate Collector’s Edition4K/Blu-ray box set is sort of recommended, but only for casual to semi-enthusiastic fans who care only about the films themselves. And you diehards need only apply if you really, really absolutely must have the new bonus disc and price is no obstacle (in which case you can add this box to your library with every other edition that you’ll still probably want to hang onto). And as for that genuinely ultimate and as-yet-unrealized Middle-Earth box set, I’ll simply quote Gandalf: “There never was much hope. Just a fool’s hope.”Extended versions of the movies have humongous amount of extra film footage added to the theatrical editions (approx. 30, 40 and 50 additional minutes for movie 1, 2 and 3 respectively). So, go for the extended editions only if you are a die hard fan of the movies. If you are not, the review ends here. Buy whichever movie you like in your preferred format and enjoy. Thanks.

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