'Hobbit' and 'Lord of the Rings' Movies Getting 4K Editions in December

'The Lord of the Rings'
'The Lord of the Rings'
Middle Earth is going to look so good in 4K! 

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 RingThe Two TowersReturn Of The KingAn Unexpected JourneyThe 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! 


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.      

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I welcome this. I hope more older movies do a 4k rescan. I recently stopped my subscription to Netflix, Hulu and others, and instead bought a 4k Bluray. I just don't like most of the content these streamers are putting out, so I decided to own the classics instead. It's not cheaper, but it's the content I actually like.

October 7, 2020 at 2:56PM

Eugenia Loli
Filmmaker, illustrator, collage artist

Can't wait for this! I already own both extended trilogies on Blu-Ray (Hobbit in 3D), but it would be great to get Atmos sound and HDR video on these. The Hobbit had Atmos in cinemas so there shouldn't be much work needed there, but it would be nice to get it on LotR too. I hope there's an option to get the Hobbit trilogy in HFR. Peter Jackson used interpolation to increase the frame rate of the footage he used in his WW1 documentary, so I'm guessing he wouldn't mind doing the same to get The Hobbit from 48fps to 60.

October 8, 2020 at 10:58AM