We all know it’s been coming for a while but you can finally get your Middle-Earth hands on the extended, complete with extras, editions of both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings all in one big package. We’re taking a look at the 6-film Blu-ray extended edition today and there’s also the extensive Ultimate Collector’s Edition which is a very impressive set indeed, with a high price tag, which we’ll come back to.
First up it’s time to take a look inside the 6-film Blu-ray package that comes with an incredible 30 discs and all absolutely packed with extras, insight and – literally – days of viewing delight. Even if you start by simply going for the #MiddleEarthMarathon then you’re kicking off with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey followed by The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies, then travelling through The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King… all adding up to a total of 1,257 minutes of extended escapism. I believe that equates to over 20 hours of viewing time and with everything you’ve got beyond 33 hours (!) of content, so there’s no question over value here at all.
It’s important to point out that although you ARE buying the Blu-ray of the movies, the Appendices (which are split into 12 parts over the 6 main releases) on the LOTR side of the collection each have 4 DVDs with them for all their extras. It seems that even in such a short time, technology has changed dramatically and I’d think it’s not that logical to convert everything when so much is here already. Although the set itself is actually quite astonishing, you’ll be all Hobbit’d up for days on end, it’s a pity the outside case of the more reserved version isn’t a little more robust but, saying that, it’s still a fine addition to your collection and even more so if someone is looking, or has been waiting like me, to get it all together. This set currently retails at £64.99 and is out now.
The Middle-earth 6-Film Ultimate Collector’s Edition will be available on Monday 7th November for £299 (or less), this one contains everything above but is also housed in six faux leather books and a collectible Hobbit-style solid wood shelf, design-approved by Peter Jackson himself. Also included are premium collectibles including an exclusive 100-page sketch-style book with replica The Red Book of Westmarch, and two original reproductions of watercolor paintings by acclaimed conceptual artists Alan Lee and John Howe. It’s a mighty special set as you can see from the images above.
ONE more thing! If both of the previous scare you a little, then there’s also the Middle-earth 6-film collection as Theatrical Versions which are available now as a 6-disc Blu-ray set for RRP £44.99 and also on for RRP £35.99. You’ll be able to find that one in your usual spots as a digital download.
The Middle-earth 6-Film ultimate collector’s edition is available from 7th November and is a great gift for the upcoming Christmas season, or even if you’re just a huge fan and want to get everything together.