The board is set. The pieces are moving.
Today is a happy day.
My much anticipated DVD copy of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has finally arrived.
You read that right; not “Blu-ray copy” just plain old DVD.
And with this latest arrival I complete the 6-film theatrical set of the two trilogies.
Ahh, what an accomplishment.
Kindly allow me just a moment to stand back, sigh, and admire this shelf.
An 11-year wait comes to a close …
So why DVD and not Blu-ray, I hear you ask?
As a matter of fact, I only own the DVD versions of The Hobbit trilogy: including the first two Extended Editions.
It all has to do with that 11-year old wait.
Back in 2004 I purchased the three The Lord of the Rings films (back then box sets were probably a rare thing), and it has been my aim since that day to complete the set once each and every Hobbit film is released.
Not that I knew back then we’d ever get to see a Hobbit film, let alone 3; but there was always that sense of expectation.
Years later – when it was evident we’d be witnessing the home releases of these films – I didn’t want 3 shiny highlighted blue disc cases to spoil the sleek, dark colours of my previous acquisitions.
Now there is just one missing link…
Once again, come November this year (or hopefully earlier), the same thing will happen when the final Extended Edition is released.
It’ll be the standard DVD case for me.
When the Blu-ray box set for the Extended Edition of The Hobbit trilogy is released, I’ll gladly lay my hands on it to be proudly able to place it next to the majestic golden tome of The Lord of the Rings Extended Edition.
Until then, I’ll do what I’ve been doing so far … wait.
(…whilst watching the films of course.)