It’s here! It’s finally here! One box set to rule them all! The (ultimate) Middle-Earth Limited Collectors Edition has landed as majesticly as the Great Eagles. It’s no secret that over the course of filming the LOTR films mountains of footage was never used (even in the laboriusly extended directors cuts), including bloopers and outtakes. But what is it? Where can you get one, and most importantly WHEN?
“Fans of Middle-earth will have the opportunity to re-live the entire collection of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films, from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, when the two epic trilogies are released as a single collection on Blu-ray™ and DVD….”
“…….this new collection will be offered in two different versions: The Limited Collector’s Edition and The Theatrical Versions Collection.“
Fans of the franchise have been teased about it’s existence for the last couple of years. Speculations about the content and format with which it would delivered were rife across the internet. We can now confirm that the collection will be released on November 1st 2016 in time for Christmas and should be available from most nerd-friendly outlets. If you cant wait that long you can get exclusively at Amazon.com from October 4th.
The set contains each movie from the franchise encased within its own faux-leather book case. The book cases are presented on an ornate wooden Hobbit-style book shelf which the press release describes as “crafted from solid wood with a design selected by Peter Jackson.”
“The Limited Collector’s Edition includes 30 discs featuring The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”
The set comprises of (a whopping) 30 discs of material and contains each of the 6 films in their extended editions, a vast amount of as yet unseen footage and extended scenes, along with exclusive behind the scenes footage. Deleted scenes in the box set are said to include added footage of The Battle of Dagorland, Sauron as Annatar, Gimli in the Glittering Caves, Aragon fighting Sauron at the black gate and much, much more.
The collection also includes an exclusive 100-page sketch book and replica of The Red Book of Westmarch, along with two original reproductions of watercolor paintings by Alan Lee and John Howe.
This seems to be an absolute gem for any collector of Nerdic merchandise. Every aspect of the set seems to have been put together with care and attention to detail. If that all sounds like something you’d crawl into Modor for then here is Meriadoc Brandybuck (Dominic Monaghan) himself presenting the collection :