Fans rejoiced when it was announced that The Lord of the Rings Trilogy would be coming to Blu-ray. When we realized it was only the theatrical editions, the wind went out of those sails pretty quickly. Well it took a while but it seems that Warner Brothers and New Line are finally preparing to release Peter Jackson‘s Extended Editions of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy on Blu-ray. Amazon has begun to take pre-orders for the set and have revealed a photo of the box art along with the full details, which seem to be almost identical to the original DVD releases. Unfortunately, Amazon only list the release date as “2011 or 2012.” and Warner Home Video “hasn’t announced their release details yet.” Still, these are on the way. Check out all the information after the break.

Thanks to Bleeding Cool for the heads up from the information over at Amazon. Here’s the box art:

And here are all the details of the set:

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Over 30 minutes of footage incorporated into the theatrical release of the film
Commentary by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens
Commentary by the design team
Commentary by the production/post-production team
Commentary by 10 actors, including Elijah Wood and Ian McKellen
Easter egg: MTV Movie Award Spoof (The Council of Elrod)
Costa Botes Documentary: The Fellowship of the Ring: Behind the Scenes
The Appendices, Part 1: From Book to Vision (on DVD)

  • Peter Jackson introduction
  • J.R.R. Tolkein: Creator of Middle Earth
  • From Book to Script
  • Visualizing the Story
  • Designing and Building Middle Earth
  • Middle Earth atlas interactive

The Appendices, Part 2: From Vision to Reality (on DVD)

  • Elijah Wood introduction
  • Filming The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Visual effects
  • Post-production: Putting it all together
  • Digital Grading
  • Sound and music
  • The Road Goes Ever On…

Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Extended edition of the film, incorporating 43 minutes of footage incorporated into the film
Commentary track by writer-director Peter Jackson and writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens
Commentary track by the design team
Commentary track by the production/post-production team
Commentary track by 16 cast members, including Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Andy Serkis, John Rhys-Davies, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Bernard Hill, and Miranda Otto
Easter Egg: MTV Movie Awards clip (Gollum accepting award)
Costas Botes documentary: The Two Towers–Behind the Scenes
The Appendices, Part 3: The Journey Continues

  • Peter Jackson introduction
  • J.R.R. Tolkein: Origin of Middle Earth
  • From Book to Script: Finding a Story
  • Designing and Building Middle-Earth
  • Gollum
  • Middle-Earth Atlas interactive
  • New Zealand as Middle Earth (map with video location)

The Appendices, Part 4: The Battle for Middle Earth

  • Elijah Wood introduction
  • Filming The Two Towers
  • Visual effects
  • Editorial: Refining the Story
  • Music and Sound
  • The Battle for Helm’s Deep is Over

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Extended edition of the film, with 50 extra minutes incorporated into the film
Commentary track by writer-director Peter Jackson and writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens
Commentary track by the design team
Commentary track by the production/post-production team
Costas Botes documentary: The Return of the King: Behind the Scenes
The Appendices, Part 5: The War of the Ring

  • Peter Jackson Intro
  • J.R.R. Tolkien: The Legacy of Middle-earth
  • From Book to Script
  • Designing and Building Middle-earth
  • Home of the Horse Lords
  • Middle-earth Atlas: Tracing the Journeys of the Fellowship: interactive map
  • New Zealand as Middle-earth: interactive map with on-location footage

The Appendices, Part 6: The Passing of an Age

  • Elijah Wood/Sean Astin/Billy Boyd/Dominic Monaghan intro
  • Filming The Return of the King
  • Visual Effects
  • Post Production: Journey’s End
  • The Passing of an Age
  • Cameron Duncan

If you head over to the Amazon Page, they have a detailed chart on the differences between all the different sets and it seems like this Extended Edition Blu-rays are pretty much identical to the Extended Edition DVDs with a few very minor additions from the theatrical release DVDs. So are you going to pick this set up? Or are you going to wait for the inevitable six movie box set with The Hobbit?

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