The Lord of the Rings Finally Getting the 4K Treatment this December!
After years of waiting, Peter Jackson’s epic Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies will finally be available in 4K on December 1. That’s right. All six films — The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 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 — have been fully remastered under Peter Jackson’s watchful eye. What’s more, both the extended editions and theatrical cuts of the film will be available in the new 4K format. Actor Sean Astin made the announcement via video on YouTube, which you can watch below!
Warner Bros. will release each series separately in its own respective box set, including a Lord of the Rings set that will include a replica of the titular ring. If that’s not enough, WB announced it will also release a 4K Ultra HD Middle-Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition set in summer of 2021 that will feature all six films and their theatrical and extended cuts along with an array of new bonus material and remastered Blu-ray discs of both trilogies.
So, which will you choose? Do you go for the new package in December or hold out for the ultimate box set in the summer? Decisions, decisions.
Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy kicked off in December of 2001 and went on to gross $2.981 billion along with a slew of Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Return of the King. The Hobbit trilogy wasn’t quite as revered by critics when it kicked off in December of 2012, but still managed to achieve a colossal $2.935 billion when all was said and done.