This just in, the six Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films are making their Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray debut just in time for Christmas. Pints at the Prancing Pony to celebrate!
According to Film Stories, the series will be arriving at the start of December. At the moment it’s unclear whether both the theatrical and extended cuts are getting the 4K treatment.
The site says that The Fellowship Of The Ring, The Two Towers, Return Of The King, An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation Of Smaug, and The Battle Of The Five Armies will all be available on December 3rd in Germany. It is likely that other territories will follow.
German retailer JPC is suggesting a December 3rd release date, adding more fuel to the fire.
This image below popped up on the pre-order pages!
PRE-ORDER PAGES ON JPC.DE FEATURE THESE COVERS.
A 4K restoration will surely be different for each trilogy. The Lord of the Rings was shot on analog 35mm film, whereas The Hobbit trilogy was shot digitally in 48fps with 3D in up to 5K. There is still no word on whether the discs will include a Dolby Atmos soundtrack, but I think it's safe to assume that the audio also got a modern overhaul.
Are you pumped for these editions? Let us know in the comments.