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Extended 'Lord of the Rings' On BD This Summer

21 Mar, 2011 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Warner Home Video is slated to release the extended versions of director Peter Jackson’s three “Lord of the Rings” epics June 28 (order date May 24) on Blu-ray Disc as a 15-disc collection at $119.98.

The Lord of the Rings Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Edition includes The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) — each presented in Blu-ray high-def on two discs each. The films combined include more than two hours of extended scenes selected by Jackson.

The set features more than 26 hours of additional content, including rare behind-the-scenes documentaries created by New Zealand filmmaker Costa Botes, to whom Jackson gave unprecedented access on the set of each film. The feature-length documentaries offer more than four-and-a-half hours of footage, highlighting the challenges of filming the series and the camaraderie experienced among the actors.

The set also contains the special features from the original extended cut DVDs.

Based on the bestselling novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy is an epic fantasy about men, hobbits, elves, dwarves and the rest of Middle-earth’s creatures and cultures. The films star Elijah Wood, Ian McKellan, Sean Astin, Viggo Mortensen, Dominic Monaghan, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Billy Boyd, John Rhys-Davies, Christopher Lee and Liv Tyler.
Nominated for 30 Academy Awards, “The Lord of the Rings” films have together won 17 Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Blu-ray versions of the trilogy's theatrical cuts were released last year.

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