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Blu-ray Release for Lord of the Rings Trilogy Planned

lotrbluray-042009The Lord of the Rings trilogy is headed to Blu-ray, but unfortunately, only the theatrical versions will be released.. has listed the three-movie set on their set and set a $69.99 pre-order price.  Bill Hunt of The Digital Bits has some background on the why the extended editions won’t be released just yet:

Sources close to director Peter Jackson have informed me that he’s saving the extended editions of the films for an “ultimate” box set release closer to the debut of the new Hobbit films – that’s why these BDs are set to be theatrical only. That’s obviously not going to satisfy every fan, but it gives them something in the meantime. As was the case with the original DVD release, at least you’re now aware in advance that a more elaborate release is coming eventually if you’d prefer to wait for it. For Warner’s part, I’ve officially confirmed with the studio that this initial Blu-ray release is real and it’s coming before the end of this year, but I’m told it won’t be officially announced for another few months yet. So you should probably still consider this release to be semi-official and subject to change. Just FYI.