The Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Blu-ray Review

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Finally, after a highly anticipated waiting period, the Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Blu-ray is available for us rabid Tolkien fans of Middle-earth! If there was ever a trilogy just begging to be upgraded to Blu-ray it would have to be the Lord of the Rings trilogy hands down. The brilliant cinematography of Peter Jackson’s films are nothing short of breathtakingly spectacular, and that is without Blu-ray! Viewing them in this fantastic technology is simply a treat that is almost too good to be true.

Why Is the Lord of the Rings Extended Trilogy So Sought After?

With the extended versions of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings movies, comes the greatest trilogy in film history, bar-none. A dearly beloved tale of gutsy determination, undeniable perseverance, undying friendship and eternal love, the Lord of the Rings resonates, in one way or another, with the imagination of the human spirit… and that is what has made it an instant classic since the days the brilliant tale-weaving, high-fantasy, words of J.R.R. Tolkien were published back in 1954. To experience the brilliance of J.R.R. Tolkien’s magic story-telling brought to life with the wizardry of Peter Jackson’s cinematography, is a wonder to behold, and with the added Blu-ray, it is a fascinating technological delight for the senses! I grew up reading Tolkien and was absolutely blown away when these epics hit the big screen. To now be able to own the Lord of the Rings Blu-ray extended edition is something that absolutely thrills me.

The Lord of the Rings extended edition gives a much fuller element to the entire unfolding of the story by expanding the characters a lot more. After viewing the extended version you will wonder how you were ever even satisfied with the theatrical editions. The characters are developed to such a greater degree where you get to know their background, their “stories”, or who they are, and many other scenes that bring such fullness and completeness that you just don’t get from the original non-extended versions. After viewing the extended version the story just makes so much more sense. Poor Peter Jackson… he must have fought through anxiety attacks, as he had to cut so many shots out of the films in order for them to fit onto the theatres when they were first released.

The first movie, “The Fellowship of the Ring” has an additional thirty minutes of extra footage included and brings this film to a close after three-an-a-half hours. The second movie, “The Two Towers” is extended by 43 minutes and concludes after 3 hours and 42 minutes. The last and “grand finale” movie, “The Return of the King” is stretched by a mind-boggling fifty minutes and keeps one, literally, spell-bound in their seats for a senses-tingling ending to the much-loved Tolkien trilogy after 4 hours and 11 minutes! Adding it all up you have eleven hours of masterfully created entertainment pleasure and in Blu-ray to boot! This is by no stretch of the imagination and with no other even close competition the greatest trilogy of all time.

But these are the types of epics that you get lost in, and were they to be 5 or 6 hours long, they would still end too quickly and we would be wishing for extended versions of them!

Giving this awe-inspiring trilogy 5 out of 5 stars feels like I am doing it an injustice in some form… it IS simply THAT good!

Here are a few answers to questions that people are asking about the Lord of the Rings extended Blu-ray:

  • Official release date is June 28, 2011
  • There are 6 Blu-ray discs with 3 movies.
  • The movies are delivered on 2 discs each.
  • There is an additional “Special Features” disc for each movie.
  • The extended Lord of the Rings Blu-ray edition includes downloadable digital copies for each movie.
  • There are subtitles available in: Croatian, Czech, English, French, German, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish.

So where can you find this classic Tolkien trilogy?

I know you’re probably quivering all over, with anticipation at this point, and wondering how much longer you’re going to have to wait to get your hands on the Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Blu-ray. Well, they have just been released! Read on to discover where you can purchase them…

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