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I recently indulged in a new 4K TV OLED + UHD player and this is the third 4k release I've bought. It's an expensive set, but it looks legit to my eyes. The clarity and HDR impact is happily VERY evident versus the earlier Blu-Ray and DVD sets before it, of which I've owned all of those over the years. I don't have a sound bar yet, so can't comment on the Atmos surround, but even on the TV, which has an internal Atmos I appreciated a capable sound.
No extras, no commentaries, so I will drop a star as I do think this set could have easily kept the commentaries from the old sets, but in a way I also like it. I'm now only tempted to watch the movies, and that's what this set is. This is all about this crazy new HDR and 4k presentation. It also misses the digital copies that are on the US set, but really, if you're looking for digital, you may as well invest in a streaming service as opposed buy these sets, because you're paying for UHD.
Some may know of a greenish tint that was washed over the first movie in the old blu-ray set. This was apparently a mistake in the colour grading that altered it from the original look. It became the version everybody has lived with since on blu-ray and digital. This set corrects that and also, now all three films look consistent against each other.
I read that the films have been rescanned in 4k from the original 35mm negatives, although can't say I've seen anything official on it. Either way, I couldn't be happier with the visuals and sound so far but no commentaries will be a bit of a shame for some, especially if you never bought the earlier discs.
The Good: • Dolby Atmos delivers a truly incredible audio experience, from the fast breaths and scurrying of feet in Shelob's lair, to roaring war horns and enveloping soundtrack, LoTR has never sounded both so benign and so much bigger, better and more beautiful! • The highest detailed and most natural-looking presentation Jackson's trilogy has ever offered; - New colour timing eliminates the green-ish tint present on other version - Significantly more fine detail than HD blu-ray, such as detailed scuffs, scratches, fine stitching, sweat, blood and tears*
The Bad: • No special features whatsoever. (An 'Ultimate Collector's Edition is expected to release in 2021, which may include additional features) • *Not quite as 'jaw-dropping' as was expected; although the movies look great, they are not 'demo worthy' presentations • VFX stand out significantly, particularly the fully cg characters (during extreme wide shots)
When reading the one star reviews about this not working, like I did, you need to remember this is an ultra 4k blu-ray and won't play on ps3 or ps4. You need an ultra 4k blu ray machine or ps5 to play this which it mentions in the product photo of the back of the case. Also, people seem to be putting in the theatrical release disc and complaining that its not the extended version, which is the first of 3 disc (per movie), the extended version is on discs 2 &3 for each movie. It's a really good upgrade to 4k and the only downside is that there isn't any appendices like in the DVD extended trilogy box set and the box sleave is peeling and poorly made, which is bad work by whoever WB outsourced the sleave work to. Each of the 3 discs for the movies are the same colour as the corresponding box colour for the old extended dvd box set so I've replaced my old dvd discs in the box set with the new 4k discs.
So this boxset includes all 3 Lord of the Rings movies in 4k Ultra HD covering 9 disks. The extended version of each movie spans 2 discs and the theatrical version covers one disk. The picture quality is superb. My only disappointment is that you get no extras (aside from subtitles) at all. I believe an ultimate Middle Earth boxset is due out shortly which includes these movies and the 3 Hobbit movies too. That boxset includes the extras that this version lacks.
The epic trilogy as shown in cinemas and at a decent price.
I did find the sound to be a bit all over the place in that I had to turn it up for the quiet bits and down for the battle scenes, which is a problem I don't usually experience on my TV/xbox with other dvds and blurays. But that's probably more about the editing than an issue with the discs themselves.
I had no idea there was more than one blu-ray standard! To play these discs, you must have an UltraHD Blu Ray (or 4k UltraHD player) - this isn't mentioned in the product description, so beware. This was rejected by my Sony player, and returned to Amazon for a swift refund. I hope it'll come to digital streaming before too long.
The video quality is brilliant, that is the most important part as that's the whole point in this set. The downside is the poor quality box, like others have mentioned for the price you expect something better than the shambles it is.
I am a bit disappointed in the box but the main part is the film quality is fantastic and have really enjoyed watching the films... again :)
I was soooo excited about these blu rays! I’ve been wanting them for so long, so as you can imagine I was quite heartbroken when they were delivered and I found that these discs aren’t playing in Xboxes. There’s no reason for this either, no explanation as to why they don’t work because all my other 4K ultra blu rays work. So my advice is to just be careful, the first disc worked after half an hour of resetting the Xbox, cleaning the disc, trying other discs and searching the web etc and then it worked for the duration. However neither the second part of the first movie or any of the other discs are working. Until this issue is addressed and fixed (Microsoft are being quite difficult about it) I’d suggest prolonging buying them because otherwise you’ll have your heart broken like I did.