6 Apr 2010

Lord of the Rings Trilogy On Blu-Ray : Pro Vs Con

If you are one of the very few (probably 3 or 4 people) that have not seen The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and do not own already the DVDs, today may just be your chance to finally enter Middle-Earth in Blu-Ray quality. Available for the first time on Blue-Ray, Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings Trilogy based on Tolkien's greatest tale is out today. But lets try to take a step back and look in detail at this new version of our favorite movie; by getting the Blu-Ray version one ends up with the 'theatrical' version which is a bit of a disappointment really compared with almost two additional hours of material in the [DVD] extended editions (about 11 hours total). With the 3 box-set DVD extended edition I can enjoy a much more complete experience of Middle-Earth, more characters development , and details that enrich the story, and the appearance of the Mouth of Sauron at the gates of Mordor. In addition, the extended editions offer more bridge material between the films, making it clear the Trilogy was ONE very long movie rather then 3 separate films.

So why release only the 'theatrical' version on Blu-Ray now? Well its kind of simple, really....they want fans to buy this version and then eventually The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Extended Editions) [Blu-ray] which is due out next year (or the year after that...depending on The Hobbit ) to correspond with The Hobbit release.

The need to make more money out of the Trilogy's sells its understandable but this Blu-Ray edition only offers some previews of new Lord of The Rings games out later on this year ...which is nice but maybe not enough ; nothing more then that. A bit of a shame no other 'extra' was included...maybe an interview with the cast or people that worked on the original movies...a sort of reunion and " Where are they now...." documentary.

If you are more interested in viewing the Trilogy in fantastic definition and enjoy Middle-earth is all its beauty with outstanding graphics this 'theatrical' Blu-Ray of The Lord of the Ring is perfect. If you however are a big fan of the extended edition this version will probably not fulfil your expectations, which is a bit of a shame.