It will be your best look at Middle-earth yet – The Lord of the Rings is The Hobbit the trilogies are finally getting a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray version, with pre-orders now available and shipping beginning December 1 in the US. Just in time for the holidays.
The news was shared by none other than Samwise Gamgee himself via fansite TheOneRing, with actor Sean Astin announcing the remaster in the video below. “Now, because it’s in 4K UHD, you know it’s going to be the most incredible home viewing experience possible,” said Astin. “Peter Jackson oversaw the remastering himself, and I can say that working with Peter was the adventure of a lifetime and the friendships I have made will last forever. To enjoy.”
The Lord of the Rings it will be especially pleasing to watch in 4K UHD, as the original trilogy was shot on 35mm film using a great deal of practical effects (including huge miniatures), meaning that increasing the resolution should work quite naturally for most part. As for The Hobbit trilogy (which was shot digitally with plenty of CGI), well, some people liked those movies and some didn’t. And that’s all I’m going to say about it.
But that is not all. In addition to the two box sets of the 4K UHD trilogy, which will include both theatrical and extended versions of all six films, there is also an Ultimate Collectors Edition with new bonus and remastered content. LotR Blu-ray discs arriving in the summer of 2021. So if you’re desperate, you can grab the 4K UHD editions of the movies right away, or you can wait until next year for the more complete and advanced versions.
Second The digital bits, the remastered films released this year will support Dolby Vision and HDR10 High Dynamic Range standards, as well as Dolby Atmos audio.
It’s a little tricky trying to track down all the different editions and prices currently available, but here’s what we found at the time of writing. Prices can change.