Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit trilogy (pre-order at Amazon) and The Lord of the Rings trilogy (pre-order at Amazon) will released in 4K UHD for the first time on December 1.
From New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, the two epic trilogies include the theatrical and extended versions of the six films in 4K UHD with HDR. Both trilogies will also include digital copies of both versions of each film.
The Hobbit trilogy includes The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy includes The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
4K Ultra HD showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, and more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment says that the 4K remastering process was overseen by Peter Jackson.
In addition, it was also announced that a 4K UHD “Middle-earth” Ultimate Collectors’ Edition featuring the theatrical and extended versions of all six films, along with new bonus content, previously-released Blu-ray discs of The Hobbit trilogy, and remastered Blu-ray discs of The Lord of the Rings trilogy will be released in the summer of 2021.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy featuring remastered Blu-ray discs of the theatrical and extended versions of the three films will also be released in the fourth quarter 2021, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs of The Hobbit trilogy and The Lord of the Rings trilogy will feature Dolby Vision HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray discs of The Hobbit trilogy and The Lord of the Rings trilogy will also feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.
To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos-enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.
The Hobbit trilogy and The Lord of the Rings trilogy will be available on 4K Ultra HD for an expected retail price of $89.99 each.