Hey gang! It looks like The Lord of the Rings Extended Editions will finally be released on Blu-ray this year! I love the extended versions of these films, in my mind they are the definitive LOTR films. Now with the Blu-ray versions upon us, I can see them in the fantastically high quality 1080p, and I won't have to switch over the disc in the middle of the film. The news comes from The Digital Bits, and here's what they had to say,
Our sources are NOW telling us that WHV (and their now in-house New Line label) is ALSO planning to release Peter Jackson's long-awaited The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Extended Editions on Blu-ray sometime this year. No kidding. We suspect that, now that The Hobbit films are finally about to begin filming, the studio is eager to get more product on store shelves to keep the franchise fresh in the minds of fans. The Extended Rings films on BD are the obvious choice for this year. Farther down the line, of course, there will be the obvious Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D versions of The Hobbit films, and sooner or later an "ultimate" box set of all the films with all new extras custom created by Jackson. Anyway, our sources tell us to expect some kind of official news on all this (re: Rings: Extended and Kubrick) from the studio in the next several weeks.
We all knew it would eventually happen, we just didn't know when. I'm ready to spend my hard earned cash on them.