We could all use a trip to the Shire right about now. Those rolling green hills with blooming flowers and pastoral farms would be a welcome respite from 2020. While going to Middle-earth may not be possible, you’ll soon be able to put yourself into the world of The Lord of the Rings like never before. That’s because Warner Bros. has announced that they’re releasing the beloved trilogy on 4K UHD Blu-ray on December 1, 2020. They’re also releasing a 4K version of the somewhat less lauded The Hobbit trilogy on the same date. And they got Samwise Gamgee himself, Sean Astin, to share the news.
We can’t wait to see The Lord of the Rings in crisp, beautiful 4K for the first time. But this deal keeps getting better. In summer 2021, Warner Bros. will drop a 4K ultimate collectors’ edition. That will include theatrical and extended versions of all six remastered films. That will have new bonus content, too. We feel spoiled. And no, it doesn’t matter if you already own multiple editions of The Lord of Rings trilogy. A wizard arrives precisely when he means to, and you own as precisely as many copies of these movies as you need to.
The aspect I’m most excited about is that special effects that already look cool (or at least looked cool when The Lord of the Rings films premiered in the early aughts) will look even better with a 4K remaster. Director Peter Jackson oversaw the remastering himself. I want to believe cave trolls and balrogs are real, darn it. One aspect that will help with making a well-rounded Middle-earth is the sound. However, we don’t have any details on how that will be updated (or if it will be) just yet.
If you’re itching to get your order in for the 4K Blu-rays coming in December or the massive set arriving next summer, Amazon has both available for pre-order. And if you just need some Lord of the Rings joy, don’t forget about the delightful cast reunion that happened earlier this year.
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