One of the greatest gifts I’ve received this holiday season is today’s news that I’ll only have to wait four months to get The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy on Blu-ray. Video Business reports that the nine-disc set will go on sale on April 6, 2010 and include the theatrical versions of The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, seven hours of special features (albeit mostly features that were on the original versions), digital copies of each film, and BD-Live access. The set will retail for $99.98. A couple weeks ago, Peter Jackson told Steve that he wasn’t sure if the Blu-rays would include both the theatrical versions and the extended editions but he was fairly sure it would just be the theatrical versions on the first release. Presumably, this means that Warner Bros. Home Video is already prepping the extended edition blu-rays for a later release. There’s no word on when we we would see those but as long as I know when the the theatrical editions are coming out, I’m set. No need to get greedy.
Since the set doesn’t come out for another four months, you’ll have time to save up for a Blu-ray player, a nice HDTV, and enough food so you don’t have to leave your house once you start watching these films in HD. Happy Holidays!