73 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Trilogy in Blu-ray, what more do you want
The first thing to note is the huge wave of negative reviews against this product which in my view is COMPLETELY unjustified. In the Product information it Clearly states that this box set is the Theatrical version of the films (so what you saw at the cinema) and not the extended edition... so there should be no reason why people should then complain about this product...
Published 21 months ago by MrE
1,119 of 1,321 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sauron Rises
Evil returns to Middle Earth in the shape of publisher greed. Avoid this at all costs and wait for the extended version. Only then will publishers get the message. One boycott to bind us all.
Published on 25 April 2009 by J. Morgan
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73 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Trilogy in Blu-ray, what more do you want,
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)The first thing to note is the huge wave of negative reviews against this product which in my view is COMPLETELY unjustified. In the Product information it Clearly states that this box set is the Theatrical version of the films (so what you saw at the cinema) and not the extended edition... so there should be no reason why people should then complain about this product knowing exactly what it is at point of sale. This is the 6 disk box set with 3 blu-ray disks having the movies on them, The other 3 disks are special features and behind the scenes disks which are in DVD format not blu-ray.
At this point i will say very simply that the quality of the movies are second to none, glorious 1080p and on a big screen you WILL be blown away. Some people have said there is a green shade on the films or it's grainy in parts or the audio isn't consistent, well honestly i don't know what they are talking about as everything I've seen and heard is spot on. ALL Three films are perfect so don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
The thing i do have to say about blu-ray is because it's better than DVD you are constantly trying to find those parts that look stunning compared to their DVD counterpart i.e. the battle scene in helms deep for example. However because everything is stunning and spot on you don't find any parts that are better than others...EVERYTHING LOOKS AND SOUNDS FANTASTIC!!!
The box-set comes as pictured in the cardboard outer sleeve which is pretty standard and nothing special although it does keep the three cases inside from getting damaged.
PROS: VIRTUALLY EVERYTHING, you can't complain about the price or the quality, Audio and Cinematic are as good as they get.
CONS: The movies are in Blu-ray which is the most important part yet the three special features disks are standard DVDs (at least the movies are blu-ray)
VERDICT: For any Lord of the Rings fan this is a must, YES there is an extended version but that is well over three times the price of this box set and the quality of movies are no different only the extra scene here or there, don't forget that the extended box set features two disks per movie so you have to switch disks half way through (which to me is actually a big deal) where as with this box-set each movie is on 1 disk.
So unless you specifically want the extended edition i would HIGHLY RECOMMEND you buy this box-set as you won't regret it, on a side note it came well packaged and delivery was quick!
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A set for those who love LotR, blu-ray and good value,
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)As probably many of you have seen, there appears to be an entire faction of people who are obsessed with discrediting this item because it is not the extended editions of the films. People have said that a blu-ray version of the theatrical editions is pointless, that the kind of people who buy blu-ray will be the kind of people who will want the extended editions, and all sorts of other comments. While this may be true for some people, or even the majority of people, I am still happy this product exists.
Because I am the kind of person who loves movies, and who loves blu-ray. The quality upgrade is just beautiful and I happen to be a sucker for it. People who love blu-ray do not always have to be die-hard Lord of the Rings fans. I myself am a Lord of the Rings fan, and I adore the books and the characters and the films; the films I saw when they first came out, the films I saw in the cinema. I recently re-watched all three theatrical editions in a rather epic all-nighter at my university's student cinema, and I can honestly say that the three films, in one go like that, were pretty much as close as it is possible to get to perfection. So why would I want to ruin my experience by adding in deleted scenes and, the worst thing for me, having to get up half-way through to change the disc? I know it only seems like a small thing, but it rather shatters the fourth wall, doesn't it? Perhaps many of the people who are complaining about this item are currently having their dreams shattered by the revelation that the extended edition blu-ray will also suffer from multiple-disc-disorder as, even though the increased capacity of the blu-ray discs should have been enough to hold one film, they've split the films again to accomodate commentaries. I personally don't want my viewing experience ruined by being rather forcibly reminded half-way through a movie that I'm in my living room, rather than Middle Earth, and so it's natural that I prefer the theatrical originals over their extended editions.
I currently own the theatrical trilogy on VHS (kickin' it old school!) and wanted to upgrade, ideally to blu-ray. This set is really good value and above all has each film on one disc only and I for one am very glad that they're releasing both theatrical and extended blu-ray boxsets. So if you're the kind of person who loved the films you saw in the cinema, and love the quality of blu-ray, but don't necessarily feel the need to watch every event in the books, buy this and don't let the rating bother you. If you're the kind of person who loves the extended editions, buy the blu-ray of that and stop complaining. Unless you really do think the theatrical editions are a waste of time, in which case you'll be contacting the Academy to tell them they should take back the 4 Oscars they gave to Fellowship of the Ring and the further 11 they dished out to Return of the King.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now that it's affordable,
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)This theatrical version is now 5 times cheaper than the extended edition, you get the trilogy as it was shown in theaters to view at your leisure on Blu-ray, that's excellent value, and thus the 5 stars.
88 of 103 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do you want the short version, or the long version?,
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)This version is ideal for those on a budget who are (a) not interested in all the extras (b) not interested in a (to them) tediously drawn out extended edition (not all fans of fantasy or film are die-hard Middle Earth fanatics, after all) or (c) worried that the studios will go bankrupt before the extended release is made available.
As another commentator said, it's not a rip-off, as the product is clearly and correctly advertised. In order to recoup their costs and provide financing for future films, it would make sense to release the plain, vanilla versions on Blu-ray first and the much more costly extended additions later, after they have maximised sales. Some people will get both additions, but that's their look-out. The studios, whilst relying on this, can't be blamed for people's impatience.
Another consideration is that the studios involved may be preparing additional content for the extended versions on Blu-ray to tie in with the release of The Hobbit. I'm sure everyone will agree it is better to wait than to possibly end up buying two versions of the extended edition in order to get any extra content.
Finally, has no-one noticed the financial crisis surrounding the film studios that have made these films? MGM went down the pan and has only just, in the nick of time, been bought out themselves. MGM produce The Hobbit and the James Bond films, both of which require huge capital to make.
In view of the vast sums lost through piracy and falling ticket sales, as all-things Apple and internet-related take-over, I really can't blame the studios for maximising the profit on those few vehicles that see a profit in the first place. Yes, there will always be fat-cats and money men, but on the flipside, art films, low budget/quirky films will never get made, new talent would not get found and new developments in film-making, such as computer animation and 3D would still be decades away.
In the West I think we expect everything given to us on a plate, with no thought for the work that goes into these films.
Buy the theatrical blu-ray if you're not a LotRs fanatic, don't want the extras and are happy to watch the shortened (and lest we forget, the original) versions. If you've read everything Tolkien and love all the extra stuff (like I do), wait for the extended release - that is, if the studios don't go down the pan in the meantime.
Finally, I wish Amazon would remove all the reviews that simple parrot what someone else has already said. If you can't be bothered to read the last 10 or so previous reviews, how do you expect other people to be bothered to read yours?
When considering which version to buy bear in mind:
(a) There is no Director's Cut. Other reviewers have stated that the Theatrical version is Jackson's prefered one
(b) It is often the case that extended releases, with extra material, follow on from standard releases and it is these extended ones that normally wring the last penny out of the product the studio are selling. They are not normally worth bothering with - the original being cut shorter, because it means a tighter, less flabby, more gripping story.
(c) The films don't lack anything in the theatrical version. Tolkien fans, having read the books, may appreciate the extra detail from the extended versions (that includes me - I believe these extended editions are among the few worth bothering with), but they are by no means essential to the basic plot.
(d) There is no definitive version. Films were released on DVD after being released on VHS, and are on Blu-Ray after DVD. Another reviewer has already pointed out that the next generation player, much more detailed than blu-ray, has already been developed and the advent of 3D will muddy the waters further. It is a media-style arms-race you will never keep up with. In technological terms settle for what you can afford and don't worry about what's around the corner. In terms of which version, get the one you fancy the most. Neither is better, they're just different.
42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One blu-ray film per blu-ray disc - for less than £20,
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)We all knew that the Extended Version was coming.
That's why we waited. And watched. And bided our timeses. Gollum.
And then came the Extended Version - and all our hopes and dreams are... well... dashed. Because the Extended Version is split on 2 discs per film. Blu-ray, with its much-vaunted capacity, and they still split the films!
So, we waited. And watched. And bided our timeses. And then we pounced and we bought... The Theatrical Versions for a quarter of the price.
59 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Review of the Blu-Ray,
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)Yes, not putting the Extended Editions on is foul play, but how about the quality of what's being sold for under 30 quid here? Easiest to deal with is the sound, which is fantastic and just gets better from film to film. The battle scenes in ROTK are almost frightening with the power and depth of sound as the Witch King flies over the battle on his dragon, or as the Oliphaunts advance across the field. But all the way through the trilogy the 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio soundtrack is strident, detailed and superbly balanced. The use of surround is awe-inspiring in its sense of immersion and precise localisation of sounds. And basses are truly bombastic, with scenes such as the opening of the Black Gate leaving your room physically shaking.
The video quality in ROTK is also absolutely excellent, with crisp images and superb depth and plasticity in close-ups. There is some use of soft-focus where I would have preferred reference sharpness (some of the long shots of Gondor), but this is the director's choice in how he shot it, seemingly, and not a transfer muck-up. Contrasts are also a bit extreme, with the aetherial brightness associated with the elves and their home occasionally causing some irritation, but, again, this seems to have been Jackson's choice.
"Fellowship" has been slammed by some for excessive Digital Noise Reduction and Edge Enhancement, although it is worth mentioning that one prominent BD website recanted after re-viewing the original film print! For me, there is some DNR, but it is not excessive, and will probably not be noticed by many viewers. DNR free would have been better, but what we have is still a BD with stacks of superbly resolved images showing depth and plasticity in close-ups and providing many a thrill on screens small and large. Moria, for example, is truly impressive.
"Two Towers" is a little better than "Fellowship" technically, but it employs so much soft focus that it does not impress that much more, and is not on the level of ROTK.
Having never bought these films before on any medium, I found the release price of forty quid fair enough. People who have already bought two box-sets may well want to wait for the Extended Editions, but the Theatricals are very enjoyable movies, and it is worth mentioning that ROTK in seamless branching would probably have had to sacrifice picture quality to fit both versions on a BD-50! That would have been a travesty.
In conclusion, the audio quality is truly Middle-Earth shattering, and the video quality starts good-very good and rises to excellent. If you don't know what DNR is and don't care, you will probably think "Fellowship" looks fantastic too! In numerous places it had me grinning from ear to ear at just how good it looked projected on a 3m wide screen!
The only truly negative thing is that the nice looking Blu-Ray cover of the box is a piece of card that has been glued on and hangs loose at the back! Were BD boxes not clearly smaller than DVD ones, I would suspect they were trying to use up unsold DVD merchandise! Or was I the only one to receive this shabby treatment?
That aside, highly recommended.
1,119 of 1,321 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sauron Rises,
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)Evil returns to Middle Earth in the shape of publisher greed. Avoid this at all costs and wait for the extended version. Only then will publishers get the message. One boycott to bind us all.
1,855 of 2,191 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars rampant greed,
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)This is a joke right? People who buy Blu Ray are not yet mainstream. We are movie fans who want to see the movie in its best possible light. By the same token that means we are the same people who will buy extended or collectors editions of movies, and LotR is one movie series where the extended version makes a tremendous difference. Every Blu Ray owener who wants this movie is going to want the extended version. Trying to sell us a blu ray theatrical version is a cheesy way to try and rip money from people and then release the extended. So they want what? that we buy the normal theatricalm, the extended theatrical, the thetrical blu ray and the extended blu ray? no thank you. Ill wait for the extended blu ray.
794 of 938 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why?,
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)Okay, I'm agreeing with everyone else.
What's the point of releasing only a standard version and not the extended?
Because about everyone already has the Standard version on DVD so they bring this out on Blu-ray which people will buy, only to be disappointed later when they release a extended Blu-ray version which will make people want to fork out more money.
I think the wait till a extended version on Blu-ray is worth it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain for £10,
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)Fair enough they are only the cinema versions but in my experience the extended versions of the film are just too much! They look great, the box is great and it is generally....great!
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