Warner splits The Lord of the Rings into individual releases

So far available only as a massive boxed set containing the entire trilogy, Warner Home Video has just announced plans to release the Extended Editions of The Lord of the Rings as individual Blu-Ray releases in August, each release consisting of no less than 5 discs.

The Extended Edition Blu-ray sets will be released in English 6.1 DTS-HD MA audio and includes the newest transfer of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring which was remastered from the original 2k digital files. Each single set boasts nearly nine hours of additional content, highlighted by the rare behind-the-scenes documentaries created by Costa Botes, the filmmaker given unprecedented access to the set of each production by Peter Jackson. Costa Botes was able to capture raw and riveting behind-the-scenes film footage. His unique approach to storytelling ”“ allowing the footage to speak for itself ”“ results in an intimate and candid backstage pass to the challenges, preparations and camaraderie that went into shooting one of the greatest cinematic adventures of all time. The feature-length documentaries focus on a number of complexities and circumstances that tested the filmmakers, cast and crew during the shoot, as well as a look at some of the comical antics and personal moments on the set. The Costa Botes documentaries accompany acclaimed special features by Michael Pellerin from the original extended cut releases to make these the most comprehensive The Lord of the Rings compilations ever.

Look for ”The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Two Towers” and ”The Return of the King” on August 28 for $34.99, each.

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