At long last Warner Brothers has finally announced that Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies will be coming to 4K UHD this year just in time for Christmas. The good news is that for the first time ever, the releases will include both the theatrical and extended versions of the movies together and the two trilogies will be sold separately in case you want to skip out on The Hobbit movies. The bad news is that they have also announced that next summer there will be a Middle-earth Ultimate Collectors’ Edition which includes all 6 movies along with new bonus content and newly remastered versions of The Lord of the Rings movies on Blu-ray. It seems there is always one more double dip around the corner for these films, but at least they gave us a heads up. Hit the jump for more details.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit Trilogy will officially arrive on 4K Ultra HD on Dec. 1st. All six films have been fully remastered by Weta Digital and the process was overseen by Peter Jackson himself (for The Lord of the Rings movies in particular this involved new 4K scans of the original camera negative and VFX film outs). All six movies will include Dolby Vision and HDR10 High Dynamic Range as well as Dolby Atmos audio. The Hobbit films will not be available to watch in 48 FPS since that is not supported by UHD Blu-ray.
It’s worth noting that for these initial releases there are no extras included whatsoever. So if you want any of the great behind-the-scenes stuff that was included in previous releases, then it seems like you will have to wait for the Middle-earth Ultimate Collectors’ Edition which is coming in summer 2021. Suggested retail price for each trilogy is $89.99 USD. Are you planning to pick up The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit in 4K?