Peter Jackson’s six-film journey through Middle-earth is making the jump to 4K Ultra HD this week and they’re insanely awesome.
We are firmly in the next stage of movie media with 4K Ultra HD and that means a slew of films are making the leap to the latest and greatest. Movie lovers are faced with a choice of updating their collections for their favorites, but it’s not always easy . . . This is where we come in!
As some of these older films are making the transition to the latest media platform, it is not essential to do a brand new « review » of the films. After all, a lot of these movies are movies you’ve already seen / enjoyed and there is little need to rehash them which makes them great. Instead, we’re going to start a new series of articles specifically for these types of titles to see if it’s worth making the leap to the new format or if you should stick with what you have for now.
The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies are finally available in the latest HD home entertainment format. Despite being known as the Star Wars guy, the adaptation of Tolkien’s Fantastic World has always held a special place in my heart. Hell, I remember re-recording Fellowship of the Ring on VHS and recording the series in pretty much every format since then. So I was really excited to get my hands on these new 4K transfers, which were taken care of by Peter Jackson himself.
Funnily enough, WB was kind enough to connect me with early copies of these sets just as I was on Thanksgiving hiatus. It’s strange, but I’ve always associated the films with Thanksgiving. Mainly because when I was growing up, Thanksgiving break was the best time for me to enjoy the movies (and fraternity games) that have been released in recent months. So it was very nice to be able to enjoy these new transfers during this (decidedly different) holiday season.
Warner Bros. . killed it in their 4K UHD releases this year, and these two trilogy collections are no different. you are unbelievable. I mean great, I can’t fully explain how impressive these transfers are. The color correction is phenomenal with HDR and the image is crystal clear.
The Dolby Atmos soundtrack isn’t child’s play either and immerses you completely in Tolkien’s world. From the thunderous steps of approaching orcs to the subtle creaks and moans of the Ents walking / fighting, you can feel the world come to life. It’s well balanced and prioritizes dialogue even when the sounds of battle break out around you.
I’ve made it clear that I prefer the Lord of the Rings trilogy to the Hobbit films. I won’t come back to all of that here, but this box set is equally impressive from a technology standpoint. I think the original films are certainly holding up better, and the 4K broadcasts make it clear that some of the VFX in Hobbit just … don’t work.
For some reason, however, I’ve always enjoyed the Extended Editions of Hobbit more than the theatrical versions. It seems strange that I don’t like film at first, but somehow MORE of these films work better for me. In either case, this is not a problem as both box sets contain both the theatrical version and the extended version of each film. Regardless of your viewing preference, you have the option to enjoy it all.
The biggest problem with these fan releases, however, is the lack of any extras. These are just the movies themselves without the numerous special features that were included in previous versions. This « movie-only » release is fantastic in its presentation, but WB has already announced a larger « Middle-Earth Ultimate Collectors’ Edition » that will include the movies as well as all new bonus features sometime next year.
Because of this, I could see some fans have a hard time justifying the $ 90 each for these versions when deluxe versions are out and about. Even so, these are still impressive and something movie lovers will more than want to see. Even without the bonus features, it’s worth getting them for their technical skills and breathtaking performance. If you can’t wait for the next year or you’re not interested in all of the bonus content, there is absolutely no reason for fans to skip these 4K UHD versions.
Both the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogies will be released on Jan.. December will be available in 4K UHD. It makes a great Christmas gift for movie lovers!
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