For years Peter Jackson was talking about an elaborate boxed set including all of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies that would also feature even more great documentary footage and deleted scenes. Unfortunately, that release appears to be a pipe-dream as Warner Brothers has revealed their version of a complete Middle-Earth Blu-Ray collection and it doesn’t include anything new at all.
For the low, low price of $799.99 you can re-purchase the Extended Editions of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies with absolutely no new content on the discs.
The only thing “new” is a wooden shelf, some artwork cards, a replica of the Red Book, and the movies are encased in faux leather packaging. They do include the special features from the theatrical releases of the movies, but those were mostly fluff.
What’s even more insulting than this $800 package that Warner expects fans to be excited for? According to The Digital Bits, Jackson and crew had planned to produce new retrospective special features looking back on the movies and would include many deleted scenes…but Warner Bros didn’t want to pay to produce those extras. Instead they’re simply re-packaging the existing discs that fans already have and are charging $800 for it.