532 of 558 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Picture (almost) Perfect
I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that everyone reading this already knows a good deal about the Lord of the Rings trilogy, so I won't discuss the quality of the movies in detail. Needless to say that there really is no competition between the theatrical and extended editions so far as the experience is concerned. The Extended Editions feel much more whole and...
Published on 28 Jun 2011 by Carl Spencer
28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE BUYING THIS EDITION-LOTR EXTENDED TRILOGY,BLU-RAY!
I must admit that i don't usually get moved to review products,but with this one i have to!!! This review is for the release of the LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY,EXTENDED EDITION ON BLU-RAY! I am a LOTR nut,and i have the DVD release of the extended editions,which are amazing.So with Christmas approaching i wanted the Blu-ray version to give me the total experience.However...
Published 12 months ago by Dowle1
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532 of 558 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Picture (almost) Perfect,
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This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Edition) [Blu-ray]   (Blu-ray)I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that everyone reading this already knows a good deal about the Lord of the Rings trilogy, so I won't discuss the quality of the movies in detail. Needless to say that there really is no competition between the theatrical and extended editions so far as the experience is concerned. The Extended Editions feel much more whole and complete and generally far more satisfying than the abridged theatrical version. Equal love and attention is put into the special features, which are immensely detailed and entertaining.
The main topic of debate over this release has been the quality of the video, the use of 2 discs per film, and the use of DVDs for special features as opposed to blu-ray discs.
VIDEO & AUDIO:
Fellowship - The discontent with the theatrical blu-ray for Fellowship is no secret, leading to the new transfer for this boxset. There have been videos showing the high green levels in the transfer, which has led many to write off buying this release. The bad news is that certain scenes do indeed look a little too green - weathertop and subsequent scene when Arwen arrives; Mines of Moria and a few others. There is also a higher level of orange than I remember in other scenes (i.e. Rivendell). The good news is that these are brief little bumps in the road for an otherwise brilliant video. The film finally looks high-definition with beautiful clarity and detail but without looking over digitised. It looks natural and impressive.
Two Towers & Return of the King - There is no major improvement in these films but one thing I did feel when watching the theatrical blu-rays was that the picture, though impressive, was flat somehow... although that may be my imagination. If it wasn't my imagination, then the issue has been addressed as the video seems to have more depth and warmth.
Audio - The unquestionable champion of this set is the audio quality. I had enormous expectations for Howard Shore's soundtrack, which has left me in tears on numerous occasions, and was not left disappointed (or dry eyed). The audio is incredibly detailed and dynamic. You can literally hear the brush of the leaves and trickle of water, along with the perfect soundtrack and crystal clear dialogue. Multi-layered sound effects are used appropriately and never overstated - they will highly reward any good surround system. Every aspect of the audio track is a great success, especially the dialogue, which I had always found difficult to understand in particular scenes but could understand perfectly here. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute spent with each of these terrific soundtracks.
2 DISCS PER FILM:
This issue never really bothered me, although I've always disliked the way in which the split was handled. It's not too bad for Fellowship, with disc 1 ending on the founding of the Fellowship of the Ring - a perfect mid-point. However, both Two Towers and Return of the King cut-offs are sudden and inappropriate, killing the mood and tension slightly. Unfortunately, this hasn't been fixed for this release, which is a shame but not lethal.
SPECIAL FEATURES DVDS:
Again, this is not something which really bothers me. Whilst it would be nice to have a complete set of blu-ray discs and enjoy the special features in high-definition, there is nothing which really suffers from being on a DVD. Considering the time and money that would have to be put into the transfers, I think it is best that they have been left on DVDs.
WHY FOUR STARS??:
Considering I have had nothing but praise for this set, you might wonder why I have only given it four stars. The reason is simple - the US release of this boxset was virtually identical, except that it also included digital copies of the films whereas ours does not. However, both sets are a similar price, or ours is a good £15-20 more expensive if you compare Amazon's prices. While this may have been acceptable before digital copies really came over to the UK, it is now commonplace for the more premium Blu-Ray releases to include digital copies of the film and, for the price tag, we should have been given the same treatment as our American counterparts.
General opinion is that this boxset is still holding back a little and the full deal will be released in the next couple of years to support the release of The Hobbit movies. I obviously cannot predict whether or not that will happen but feel that, for now at least, this boxset is the best we are going to get and it is certainly 100% better than the theatrical blu-ray set. If you loved the extended editions, or haven't had the chance to see them yet, then this set shows them in all their audio-visual glory and should not be dismissed as a half-effort (lack of digital copies aside).
280 of 296 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absoluelty incredible, and stunning value.,
There's not much I can add about the films; the extended versions are incredible, SO much better than the original versions, and stunning on a good TV/surround system. The films are so moving that I've found myself moved to tears at times by the sheer power and beauty of them, and I'm not usually prone to gushing over DVD's.
However I wanted to add that the two discs of extras with each film are equally stunning. They manage to be different for each film, and I've watched, transfixed as they take you through the incredible scale of the productions and the sheer love and craftsmanship that went into making these films.
Really, forty-five quid for these 12 DVD's represents incredible (yes I know I've used that word about 5 times) value, you really will want to watch all of them. Buy it now!
93 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only fools would ignore this Blu-ray stunner,
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Edition) [Blu-ray]   (Blu-ray)Forget the whining and the moaning. Forget it all.
Yes, we could have done with JUST the films on Blu-ray and not all the same extras, but we have them and that's that.
Yes some of the green-blue colour change/darkening in "Fellowship" seems overdone in in certain scenes or details, but most of the time these changes are in fact a vast improvement in picture quality and general aesthetics.
And quite frankly the most important thing is simply this...do the Blu-rays offer up a stunning looking, major upgrade from DVD, transfer?
And the answer is a huge and mighty OH YES!
All the films look truly stunning in the sheer amount of extra detail they offer up (backgrounds now pop with stunning clarity and pin sharp definition of even the smallest details) and often some of the depth is startling too, especially in many of the Gollum scenes.
Just take a look at the Rivendell scenes in "Fellowship", the rock/mountain/Gollum scenes in "The Two Towers" and the massive battle scenes and epic vistas in "Two Towers" and "King" and be amazed at the gorgeous detail, depth and clarity that is now revealed.
Play these (and many, many, many more) sequences next to their now flat, grey, blurred DVD counterparts and you will see that buying this Blu-ray set is as essential to any fan of the movies as breathing itself.
And all that's not even taking into account the mighty, thundering, crystal clear HD audio.
236 of 251 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: check Part 2 of Return of the King on receipt,
I hope this advice helps prevent the disbelief and disappointment that I have just experienced.
POSTSCRIPT: Both Amazon and the UK distributors responded quickly and courteously to solve this for me, so no complaints there.
118 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colour looking fine....,
This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Edition) [Blu-ray]   (Blu-ray)Having been alarmed by a few claims that the Fellowship of the Ring was looking a bit green-tinged I watched the whole thing as soon as the pack arrived. Honestly can't see what all the fuss is about - this film looks even more gorgeous than it did on the the extended DVDs (I resisted the temptation to buy the theatrical blu-rays). I was fearing a sickly green hue over everything (including the snow !) but the whole thing looks fantastic to me.
A fitting - and hopefully definitive - release for a true cinematic classic.
55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Every Penny,
52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful.,
Taking a cast that is a mixture of experienced thespians - Ian McKellen, Christopher Lee, Vigo Mortensen, Cate Blanchett - and talented youngsters - Elijah Wood, Sean Astin and Orlando Bloom to name but a few - the director, Peter Jackson, has crafted a brilliant movie that matches the novel for its sheer epic size and its sprawling storyline.
Taking his idyllic homeland of New Zealand, Jackson managed to bring the world of the books onto our screens, without resorting wholly to CGI. The vast, beautiful countryside that populates New Zealand is so spectacular that you may well question whether it even exists, but it does and Jackson knew this and brought the world of Tolkien to life where others have failed.
This is an excellent DVD that is abundant with extras, but the real pleasure is in allowing the movie to stretch out and breathe in one continuous sitting, which stretches to over 13 hours.
If you are knew to the world of Tolkien, or just coming back for more, you'll be delighted with this box-set. Not only has Jackson created an epic film, he has also put loving care into this box-set to the extent that you wish all directors could be like him.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slight disappoinment - no French subtitles,
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good addition to the Lord of the rings,
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Already had the extended edition for DVD, decided to upgrade to Blu Ray as I had recently purchased a blu ray player.
The extended version on blu ray is exactly the same as the DVD versions, what is enhanced is the sound. Using my sony 5.1 surround system makes it sound a lot better, the whistling sound of arrows, also swords leaving scabbards are very clear along with the rest of the sound effects.
There are 6 blu ray discs for the film itself and 9 DVDs showing the making of the LOTR, haven't had time to view those as there is only so much time available.
Also there are hidden clips found by selecting the commentary and pressing left or right on remote control, they are fairly crude, more like schoolboy crudity in a way, somewhat amusing, doubt if your missing much by not seeing them.
34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic,
The singing bits, which originally (in my opinion) were on the verge of being naff, now fit in far better. The character Faramir is far better developed due to the added scenes - fans of Faramir from the books will be happier. Fight scenes are just a little bit longer throughout the films, including scenes where the hobbits take part more in the fighting (well done and more in line with the books). There are also a couple of humorous scenes added here and there.
What about the music? The 1st film, which sounded scene for scene wholesome and perfect in the cinema, doesn't quite match so well in the extended version, but not so much as to complain about. In contrast the 2nd and 3rd films fit far better with the music in my opinion, making them in their entirety (for what you see and what you hear) every bit as good as the 1st film.
Lastly, I would say that there is no one scene I can say "Yeah, that wasn't needed". If I had seen the extended versions at the cinema, and then the cut versions on TV, I would have kept thinking to myself: WHY? WHY DID THEY CUT THAT ONE OUT?! All the added scenes seem like worthwhile parts of the story, and I pity the editors that had to chop bits off for the cinema viewing. I would not have known how to do it.
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