Warner Bros. has given the Middle-earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition release date.
The massive 31-disc set features the theatrical and extended versions of all six films — The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and 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 4K Ultra HD and on Blu-ray Discs remastered from the 4K master — a process overseen by Peter Jackson. Warner Bros. will release the box set on Oct. 26 and it’ll run fans $249.99.
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The Ultimate Edition also includes bonus content never before released for home entertainment, and comes in unique “Puzzle Box” collectible packaging, and includes a 64-page booklet featuring costumes, photography, and production notes from the film, and art cards featuring travel posters and images from iconic locations throughout Middle-earth including The Shire, Lake-Town, Erebor, Anduin, Rohan, Minas Trith, and Rivendell.
Another nifty feature are the original Cannes Film Festival presentation reel, and footage from the recent Alamo Drafthouse cast reunion that reunited director Peter Jackson and stars Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, Ian McKellan, Dominic Monaghan, Viggo Mortenson, Andy Serkis, Liv Tyler, and Elijah Wood.
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Finally, all six films will feature Dolby Vision HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs will also feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.
Middle-earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition contains the following special features:
- Cannes Film Festival Presentation Reel
- Alamo Drafthouse Cast Reunion
- “The Fellowship of the Ring” – RT: 39:38 (with Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Sean Astin and Elijah Wood)
- “The Two Towers” – RT: 32:24 (with Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Liv Tyler and Viggo Mortenson)
- “The Return of the King” – RT: 29:48 (with Ian McKellan, Andy Serkis, and Peter Jackson)