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1.0 out of 5 stars Superb film let down by poor quality transfer, 26 Dec 2011
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This review is from: The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Edition) [Blu-ray] [2011] [2001] (Blu-ray)
This review is for the Blu-Ray Extended edition of the film, not the film itself. I love this film and rate it as one the the true greats, however if you already have the extended version on DVD save your money. First and foremost the quality of this edition on Blu-Ray is appalling. I have very good equipment that has been calibrated professionally, yet Fellowship of the Rings looks like a black and white film that has been digitally coloured. It looks so false that it keeps taking you out of the story. The upscaled DVD is preferable. Not quite so important, though still annoying, is the fact they couldn't get the whole film on one Blu-Ray disc. I'm sure that would have been possible technically. This has become a cash cow for the company who seem not the slightest bit interested in their loyal following - the only ones likely to be still buying this series ten years on. I feel I have been taken for a ride on this one.....
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Initial post: 27 Dec 2011 19:15:02 GMT
J. MAY says:
Fellowshop of the Ring looked this way in the cinemas during various scenes (i.e. Moria)... The image is meant to look 'manipulated'. It's a fantasy film with a highly stylised look! Your 'review' is misleading as the whole film certainly doesn't look like this, and is as good as it's ever looked outside of the cinema...! The Bluray is faithfully showing how the film looks. And they split the film to enable the highest bitrate for each half of the film, or doubtless people like yourself would then be moaning about compression artifacts too.....

Posted on 5 Jan 2012 13:37:20 GMT
Tim H says:
Squeezing the films onto a single disc would be at the expense of the overall quality which nobody wants. But this is obvious. To give this (very lovely) boxset one star says a lot more about the reviewer than the product.

Posted on 13 Jan 2012 18:23:27 GMT
I'm sorry, but this review is nonsense. I have had this set for a few months now and have watched the films right through 2 or 3 times already and can honestly say they offer one of the best viewing experiences I have ever seen on blu-ray. Judging from the dozens of 4 and 5 star reviews on here it would seem that most people feel the same. To suggest that the upscaled DVDs look better is ridiculous. I would respectfully suggest that you get the "professional" back to re-calibrate your high end equipment. As for moaning about the split of each film over 2 discs, I personally welcome a break after 2 hours for a coffee or trip to the loo!

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2012 14:07:23 GMT
phoneman says:
Obviously if you have paid out for the BD set you are going to think that they are unbeatable. What some people who already have the DVD set are saying is that the difference in quality is negligible if any at all. In the DVD version each film was split into 2 discs like the BD set. With modern TVs and BD players upscaling the DVDs there is no need to purchase the BD version as well. If you do not have the DVD version then by all means the BD version is the one to go for but anyone who has the DVD AND the BD and insists that it is worth upgrading is surely justifying their (unnecessary) purchase.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2012 17:54:43 GMT
I don't quite follow your argument here. You seem to be suggesting that ALL bluray discs are a waste of money and that a DVD upscaled through a bluray player provides an equally good picture. This is just not true, and doesn't even take into account the improvement in sound that bluray offers. Also, why would anyone feel the need to "justify" purchasing this set to a bunch of strangers on the internet?
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