Thursday, October 08, 2020

4K Ultra High Def The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Coming December 1

With an assist from Sean Astin, Warner Bros. (owners of New Line Cinema) has announced that they are releasing The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies in 4k Ultra High Def (UHD) on December 1, 2020. 

The remastered versions were supervised by the movies' director Peter Jackson and will include Dolby Vision, Dobly Atmos audio and HDR10 High Dynamic Range standards. No clue what any of that means but if have a 4K TV and recently purchased surround sound then probably a good thing. 

Details on extra features was not announced but I would assume it would probably be about the same stuff that's been with the Blu-ray editions for the last few years.

Currently the release is two separate sets, one for Lord of the Rings trilogy and another for The Hobbit trilogy. Best Buy will also have steelbook editions of each set. Finally there is a gift set of the Lord of the Rings trilogy that will include a copy of the one ring (no details on size or material made out of). Links below. Important note below when making your purchase decision:

Warner Bros. is also announcing that in the summer of 2021 it will be releasing a 4K ULTIMATE COLLECTORS’ EDITION with theatrical and extended versions of ALL SIX of the remastered films and new bonus content. Additionally, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first The Lord of the Rings film, a newly remastered Blu-ray trilogy of The Lord of the Rings films will be available in the Fall of 2021, also including the theatrical and extended versions.
- The Lord of the Rings: Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended & Theatrical) (4K Ultra HD + Digital) [Blu-ray]; Amazon, $89.99
- The Hobbit: Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended & Theatrical) (4K Ultra HD + Digital) [Blu-ray];  Amazon, $94.99
The Lord of the Rings: Motion Picture Trilogy Giftset (Extended & Theatrical) (4K Ultra HD + Digital) [Blu-ray]; Amazon, $149.99 
- The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy [SteelBook] [Includes Digital Copy] [4K Ultra HD Blu-ray]; BestBuy, $119.99 
- The Hobbit: The Motion Picture Trilogy [SteelBook] [Includes Digital Copy] [4K Ultra HD Blu-ray]; BestBuy, $119.99


Friday, June 19, 2020

R.I.P. Ian Holm 1931 - 2020

Legendary actor Ian Holm passed away today surrounded by his family at the age of 88. For most people, they recognize him as Bilbo Baggins from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. His career is much more then that beginning in the 1950s appearing in plays for British TV until moving to films with Ridley Scott's Alien. He was also in Time Bandits, Brazil, The Fifth Element and nominated for Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Chariots of Fire among many many other roles (life in pictures).

From Ridley Scott: “I had such a good time and fruitful one with Ian, and my only regret was not to have worked with him once again. Ian talked to me during production quite a lot, which I found to be very helpful. A great talent and a great man — we’ll miss him.”

Peter Jackson wrote a long message saying goodbye to Ian Holm, talking about working with him for the Middle-Earth films, its worth taking the time to read. He spoke about the first day of filming where Holm, and later how the actor took on the task of keeping the attention of young children for hours so a scene could be filmed. Later he spoke how Ian Holm, to help Jackson, agreed to reprise Bilbo despite suffering from Parkinson and knowing it would be the last time he would ever act professionally. To sum, he said "Watching Ian Holm perform taught me so much – as Ian was being his usual quiet self, that just somehow happened. It was a privilege to work with him, and a blessing to know him."

Condolences to his wife, children and grandchildren.

Monday, June 01, 2020

The Cast of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Reunion

Thanks to Josh Gad's Reunited Apart show, there was a reunion of the core cast and director of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The reunion, like all the Reunited Apart shows, is for various charities working on helping people impacted by COVID-19. When I say core cast, in this case its quite literal as Sean Astin (Samwise), Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Elijah Wood (Frodo), Dominic Monaghan (Merry), Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Billy Boyd (Pippen), Peter Jackon (director), Fran Walsh (writer), Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), Andy Serkis (Gollum), Sean Bean (Boromir), Karl Urban (Eomer), Miranda Otto (Eowyn), John Rhys-Davies (Gimli), Liv Tyler (Arwen) and later Howard Shore (composer) all participated in the reunion from their homes via Zoom. The team shared a few stories from the set, read off some lines and reministed about their time filming what is now considered one of the greatest trilogies (and individual movies) in film history. All that was missing was the legendary Christopher Lee, may he rest in peace. It is worth taking the 50 minutes to watch for any fan.