Fans of Middle-earth get ready: Warner Brothers, New Line Cinema, and MGM are releasing two new collections for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings on November 1st. The smaller, more affordable Middle-earth Theatrical Collection will include The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King in their theatrical forms as a 6-disc Blu-ray or DVD set for an MSRP of $68.99.
For those wanting to get a more indepth look at Middle-earth, the Middle-earth Limited Collector’s Edition features a whopping 30-discs — and a price tag to match with an MSRP of $799. All six Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies are included in their extended editions, and come in faux-leather books on collectible Hobbit-style wood shelf. Also included are two original reproductions of conceptual watercolor paintings from Alan Lee and John Howe, and a 100-page sketch style book.
The Hobbit Extended Edition Trilogy features almost one hour of additional footage that was carefully selected under the supervision of director Peter Jackson (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies extended edition is rated R), and more than 34 hours of theatrical and extended bonus content. The Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Trilogy features more than 2 hours of extended scenes, also selected by Jackson, and more than 33 hours of theatrical and extended bonus content.
Both the Limited Collector’s Edition and the Theatrical Collection are set to be released on November 1st, but both are available for pre-order on Amazon with a release date listed there of October 4th — and a bit of a discount.
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