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The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy
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The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy

Despite missing special features, the epic fantasy trilogy gets the amazing 4K release it deserves.

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I remember like it was yesterday going to see Fellowship of the Ring with some of my friends at the movies. It was so awesome and epic at the time, me and another group of friends saw it again at theaters where I loved it even more. It goes without saying we continued with the other two films as they released, and now they finally get the epic 4K treatment in The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy set. Missing extras aside, this is the best way to experience these amazing films at home.

Picking up 60 years after the events from The Hobbit films, Bilbo Baggins (Ian Holm) is now old and wishes to finish writing about the adventures he had and rest quietly. Sadly he still has the infamous One Ring from his previous adventures and its been slowly eating away at his mind and driving him to madness. We also learn that this ring once belonged to the evil dark lord Sauron thousands of years ago to enslave the world, and now he’s back with a huge army to reclaim it.

Knowing he’s too old and dependent on the ring to do anything about it, he passes it on to his nephew Frodo (Elijah Wood) who teams up with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and his best friend Samwise (Sean Astin) to go on an epic journey to destroy the ring in the fires of Mount Doom. Thankfully Gandalf has a plan to gather some of the land’s greatest heroes, led by Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) to help with this task. They will need all their wits and strength to accomplish this feat, least the world descend into darkness.

All three parts of this epic trilogy are here: Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and Return of the King, with both their theatrical and extended versions. I was already in love with the movies before, and now seeing them again after so long and in an amazing 4K UHD with HDR color transfer, I fell in love with them all over again.

As with The Hobbit set, director Peter Jackson supervised the 4K process to make sure these films look and sound their best, thanks to his company going back over the original camera negatives in 4K, as well as upsampling the special effects to match the improved visuals. This leads to all of the films finally having a much needed and welcomed uniformity among them, as well as looking absolutely amazing. The Dolby HD audio also ensure every dramatic line and thunderous sound effect is heard just as it was at the movies, given you have the proper home theater setup.

Sadly as with The Hobbit set, there are no special features included as Warner Bros is planning to double-dip with another set in summer 2021 that includes both the 4K and standard Blu-rays of both The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings films along with all the special features and some new ones. So until then, if you’re looking for the best way to watch the these movies, The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy set is the way to go thanks to beautiful 4K HDR visuals, awesome HD audio, and amazing fantasy action for all to watch and love again.

About the Author: Chris Mitchell