Check Out This All-Encompassing LORD OF THE RINGS/HOBBIT Blu-ray Box Set

Update, 8/19/16: I just received a press release about that which confirms both the content of this box set and the $799.99 price tag. The collection will be available on November 1, 2016. Check out the unboxing video, and the original article follows:

If for some strange reason you want to see even more of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy besides the story they've already stretched into three films, good news: io9 points us to a new Amazon listing for the Middle-earth Limited Collector's Edition, a massive set that contains 30 (!) discs featuring extended cuts of every one of Jackson's Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies. They also include all of the bonus features from all of the previously-released extended editions, which is a stunning amount of content by itself.

Each film is encased in a fake leather book and sits atop a collectible Hobbit-style wood shelf that was "crafted from solid wood with design selected by Peter Jackson." And on top of that, the set includes a "spectacular 100-page sketch-style book with replica The Red Book of Westmarch, filled with original film sketches and new artwork," and "original reproductions of exquisite watercolor paintings by acclaimed conceptual artists Alan Lee and John Howe, framable and wall-ready."

The price tag has since been removed from the site, but Amazon initially had it labeled as costing a staggering $800, so we'll have to see if someone got their wires crossed on that or if this is actually going to be one of the most expensive box sets ever created.

Since The Hobbit movies are hot garbage with precious few glimmers of goodness (Martin Freeman's Bilbo is solid, though he's inexplicably not even the main character of his own trilogy), I'm perfectly content to never watch those films again and chill out with my LOTR extended edition Blu-ray set. Would you fork over $800 for this set?

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