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The Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of The Ring

The Lord of the Rings collectively tells the story of Frodo Baggins, a Hobbit who battles against the Dark Lord Sauron to save his world, Middle-earth, from the grip of evil. In the trilogy of films, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King, Frodo and his Fellowship of friends and allies embark on a desperate journey to rid the earth of the source of Sauron's greatest strength, the One Ring -- a ring that has the power to enslave the inhabitants of Middle-earth. The trilogy chronicles extraordinary adventures across the treacherous landscape of Middle-earth and reveals how the power of friendship, love and courage can hold the forces of darkness at bay.

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Peter Jackson Renames Third Hobbit Installment  4/24/2014 3:05 PM EDT
Warner Bros Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and New Line Cinema jointly announced today that the much-anticipated final film in Peter Jackson's trilogy adaptation of the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, has now been titled "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."   The film, previously titled "The H...  More>>

Details Discussed for Hobbit's Extended Cut  6/25/2013 3:02 PM EDT
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Release Date Pushed Back for The Hobbit: There And Back Again  3/1/2013 9:34 AM EDT
" The Hobbit: There And Back Again", the final film of the Hobbit trilogy, has had its release date pushed back.  Originally, the film was to be released on July 18, 2014 and now the date is set for December 17, 2014.The rescheduling will now avoid the film going up against "X-Men: Days Of Future Past".The original film has earned $300.9M domestically and $979.9M worldwide.  The second...  More>>

Own The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Blu-ray Combo Pack 3/19  2/5/2013 10:10 PM EDT
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Six Exclusive Clips From The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey  12/11/2012 11:49 AM EDT
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"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey", the first in the latest trilogy to be released by Peter Jackson,  made some decent earnings this past weekend, despite the fact that film won't even be opening until next month.  Fandango reported that the film took in about 33% of the online sales on Wednesday, the first day they were made available.  "An Unexpected Journey" will be releas...  More>>

Warner Bros. Sets Date For Final Hobbit Film  8/31/2012 11:07 PM EDT
Warner Bros. and MGM have announced that they will be releasing "The Hobbit: There and Back Again", the last in the trilogy, on July 18, 2014. They have also announced that the new title for the second film will now be "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." All three films have been shot in 3D.Warner domestic distribution prexy, Dan Fellman, said, "We wanted to have a shorter gap between the secon...  More>>

Breaking News: Peter Jackson to Make The Hobbit a Trilogy  7/30/2012 11:57 AM EDT
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Principal Photography Complete for Highly Anticipated Hobbit Film  7/6/2012 3:05 PM EDT
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" has wrapped up its filming of principal photography this week.  Peter Jackson announced the good news, saying,    "We made it! Shoot day 266 and the end of principal photography on The Hobbit. Thanks to our fantastic cast and crew for getting us this far, and to all of you for your support! Next stop, the cutting room. Oh, and Comic Con!"Ian McKellen, who...  More>>

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THE LORD OF THE RINGS Motion Picture Trilogy Extended Editions have come to iTunes for Download, for the first time ever: you may have to wait until 2...  More>>

Titles and Dates for "Hobbit" Films are Released  5/31/2011 10:26 AM EDT
The titles and dates for the upcoming "Hobbit" movies have been released by New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Pictures and MGM. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will be released on December 14th 2012, and "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" will be released a year later on December 13th 2013.These films will take place, chronologically, before the storyline of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy....  More>>

Titles Registered for "THe Hobbit" Films  3/3/2011 4:50 PM EDT
According to, two film titles have been registered by New Line that will most likely be the titles for their two "Hobbit" films.The titles are "The Hobbit: There and Back Again", and "The Hobbit: An/The Unexpected Journey."Filming begins in three weeks. They are slated for December 2012 and December 2013....  More>>

Lord of The Rings Trilogy Blu-ray Review

I'm planning a trip this weekend, so naturally, I'm finding myself once again considering the diminishing returns problem.  It's the mathematical rule that makes every extra dollar spent after a certain point more like burning money, every extra lane added to a road after a certain point more like pouring concrete for the hell of it, and every extra pixel of visual resolution after Blu-ray unnoticeable by most viewers.

I had the good fortune to see The Two Towers and Return of the King.  As cinema projectors have ever displayed picture of a quality as near the master as can be imagined,  such being necessary for such a great explosion of display size to be appreciated by audiences, this puts me in a particularly good position to evaluate how well the new pretender to masterful display, Blu-ray, stands up in this release of The Lord of the Rings.
As far as I recall, it is quite as gorgeous as it was the last time I had the opportunity to see these films with such high resolution.  As it was, the classic photography illuminates the story such that it is difficult to imagine someone ever making something brighter.

The minor trouble is that it is not quite the time that it was then.  It seems astounding that the MASSiVE-generated battles could have lost their ring of truth in less than a decade, but they have.  That can't be faulted to the Blu-ray; surely, should I go back in time and revisit the LotR cinema viewings of yore, I would have just as much a critical eye.

The audio threshold has been passed; even among those who appreciate the improved visuals of Blu-ray, most can't perceive the improvements in audio compression, and it's unlikely that any new audio or video compression and decoding technology will subjectively improve upon the Lord of the Rings presentation you can get now.  Nevertheless, we have yet to see how much further we can inch forward from its incredible sights.


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