*NOTE* I feel I should explain myself for the lack of posts on this blog for over a month, but any reason would hardly be sufficient. Suffice to say, real life stuff gets in the way; but hurray! I’m back for the day!
Word is out that Warner Bros. will be releasing a much-anticipated (as well as dreaded) box set containing all 6 Middle-earth films. The release is expected to take place on October 4th, and whilst the set promises to be a definitive version, there are some well-justified concerns.
First off, what are the details of the set? (in a nutshell)
- Set includes a total of 30 discs
- All 6 extended edition films in blu-ray
- Includes all the previously-released bonus features
- 100-page sketchbook
My reaction (in point form):
- All 6 films in 1 set: perfect
- Aesthetically it looks absolutely gorgeous
- Leather-styled disc cases: big thumbs up
- The Red Book of Westmarch prop: another big thumbs up
- Alan Lee and John Howe sketch-book: Yes! yes! yes!
Okay, so here’s the issue …
The set has been announced on Amazon and was originally listed with a mortifying price tag of $800 – which is absolutely outrageous.
We all love and obsess over these Middle-earth films but to buy this set over the ones we already own would be ludicrous.
Which leads me to another point.
I already have the two blu-ray box sets for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. The lure of this new collector’s edition, with its faux leather cases and that wonderful sketch book, is too overwhelming.
The word “limited” also sets my heart racing at the possibility of missing an opportunity to grab a copy for myself if I don’t act now.
*What should we do then* I hear you ask.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the stated price is most likely to be revised. Amazon, in fact, have already removed the price tag (perhaps it’s free?), so we might get a lower figure which would make it less taxing for us to decide on whether or not to purchase.
Nonetheless, don’t expect a very cheap price.
You can find out more about this release here.
What do you think? Are you interested, or perhaps you’ve already pre-ordered your set?
Share your thoughts in the comments below 🙂
Till next time …