Anyone who has not yet switched to 4K but still wants to experience The Lord of the Rings in a revamped version can now get hold of the legendary fantasy trilogy for the first time in a remastered version for little money.
Middle-earth is calling (once more): Before Amazon Prime Video lures to the fantasy world created by JRR Tolkien with his epic series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Warner Bros. will be interested in it again. Because already On August 25, 2022, the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy by Peter Jackson will be released in the new Blu-ray edition for home theater.
The set consists of extended editions of all three films – As usual with the series, the epochal cut versions are split into two discs. The novelty of this collection, however, is that it is not a revival of known versions. Instead, it contains Remastered variants of the 3-part fantasy extravagance made for the 4K version in 2020 for the first time in a Blu-ray exclusive release, giving remastered versions cheaper than ever.
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After the remastered editions only hit the 4K disc in 2020, they were also released on Blu-ray in 2021 as part of the expensive “Mittelerde Ultimate Collection” – although this shouldn’t be an incentive for fans without a 4K TV, it shouldn’t. for this reason alone, the relatively high price. Now the same fans can get remastered editions without paying for 4K discs. However, those interested will have to do without bonus material as much as possible: the six-CD set, which will be released in August, is made up entirely of movies – with at least a few optional audio commentaries on board.
Lord of the Rings remastered: a matter of taste
The story of the hobbit Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), the elf Legolas (Orlando Bloom), the dwarf Gimli (John Rhys-Davies) and other companions first went down in the history of literature and then into the movie story. but for decades, fans have had the opportunity to get used to the different versions. The most obvious difference: Some lean towards shorter cinematic versions, others towards longer, narrative more rounded extended editions.
However, there are also more subtle differences in the different ways of bringing Middle-earth home. After all, different home theater releases had different picture and sound quality. Along with the 4K remaster, even larger, deliberately chosen interventions in the aesthetics of the image and sound have been added.
The remastered editions were supervised by Peter Jackson, and the trilogy was not altered as was customary in the original Star Wars trilogy.: No replacement of music pieces, no new scenes or dialogues. However: Extensive work has been done with noise filters to reduce film grain and improve color gradation. Part of it is details such as increased or choked black tones and smoother light transitions that only die-hard fans should notice.
In places, however, Jackson and his team took a more drastic approach to remastering – in particular, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is significantly different in the new version from the earlier Blu-ray versionwhich has a clearly recognizable green tinge. According to Jackson, the intention of Remastered Editions was to come closer to the original color representation of the film, while aesthetically adapting it to the second and third parts. Some fans swear they made it, and have never found The Lord of the Rings to be as visually stunning as the remastered editions. Others say that too many filters have been used and that the first part has exceeded the limit.
When in doubt, it’s best to use the online image comparison to get an impression. But generally speaking, in general, the differences are relatively minor. First of all, the new release should be of interest to those who are now thinking, “Oh, that’s right, I don’t even have Blu-ray movies yet! I should change it! “
Great photos, an absolute cast of stars and an out of print long time ago: this legendary western epic is finally re-edited!
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