Amazingly, this rumour has been kicking around for a long time now. Of course, many Lord of the Rings fans have been itching for what’s sure to be one of the biggest releases on the UHD format… or any other format it releases on actually.
We reported on it over a year ago, when the first details emerged, and it’s been one of our most-read stories ever since. Well, you’ll be glad to see that none other than Sean Astin took to YouTube to reveal that all three of the original The Lord of the Rings trilogy as well as all three of The Hobbit movies will be hitting 4K on December 1st 2020.
Samwise Gamgee himself is a good way to introduce them, even in a fairly standard quality video. With lockdown still kicking the world’s ass, big advertising productions aren’t easy. I also think this Blu-Ray was due out much earlier in the year, but again, everything got delayed.
With Peter Jackson himself overlooking the remaster, this one should be pretty special. It will include both the regular and the extended editions. Or as I call them, the wrong ones and the right ones. Fortunately, both editions come in the same box!
All six movies will be sold separately for now. However, Warner Brothers intend to release a massive ultimate collection next summer, if you can wait that long.
Specifications are unknown right now, however. I suspect HDR is a given, but as for audio formats, I am hoping from a Dolby Atmos or DTS:X mix. We’ll update you as soon as we know more.
“Sean Astin announcing that The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit Trilogy (theatrical versions and extended versions of each of the six films) will be released on 4K UHD on December 1st, 2020 Warner Bros. is also announcing that in the summer of 2021 it will be releasing a 4K ULTIMATE COLLECTORS’ EDITION with theatrical and extended versions of ALL SIX of the remastered films and new bonus content. Additionally, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first The Lord of the Rings film, a newly remastered Blu-ray trilogy of The Lord of the Rings films will be available in the Fall of 2021, also including the theatrical and extended versions.” – YouTube
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