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The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy (Extended Edition) [Blu-ray] [2001]

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The long spoke of "Mouth of Sauron" scene, in which a nefarious ambassador (Bruce Spence) meets Aragorn's army at the Black Gates, takes about a minute. The DNR which Jackson slathered all over the theatrical Fellowship BD release, and which was also apparent on the other two theatrical cuts on that release, is far less intrusive, and often barely noticeable.

Certainly those who have somehow resisted purchasing all (or any) of the previous FOUR digital home media releases of this trilogy should rest assured that this is the definitive package.If that weren't enough, the disc wraps up with the epilogue “The Battle for Helm's Deep is Over…” (9 min. They meet Aragorn (Mortensen) who helps them get to Elrond (Hugo Weaving) so they can decide what to do with the ring.

But be aware that the versions on this set aren't just the same prints with the extra footage added in. Fellowship' does more than just set the entire series into motion, despite the fact that it doesn't have a true conclusion. In addition to the extras from the extended edition DVDs you also get the three Costa Botes making-of documentaries, one for each film, that were included in the limited edition DVD release. This summer, New Line and Warner Home Entertainment will bring the individual extended editions of the three films in director Peter Jackson's Academy Award-winning The Lord of the Rings Trilogy to Blu-ray.

Most of the commentarians have graced the previous sets — the lineups are nearly identical — giving a sense of continuity to the supplements.

What may be most amazing about this series — aside from its command of CGI effects; aside from its compelling characters and story; aside from the fabulous star-making performances of Viggo Mortensen and Orlando Bloom; aside from the great casting; aside from the beautiful New Zealand vistas shot by Andrew Lesnie; aside from the sheer spectacle of it all — is how Peter Jackson has made these films his own.

And would you just put that down to the upgrades in your home cinema equipment over the last decade, rather than to changes on the disc itself.

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