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The Lord of the Rings: The THEATRICAL Trilogy comes to blu-ray; Hobbit news!

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That’s right.  It was too good to be true 😦  These blu-ray releases of The Lord of the Rings trilogy do not include the extended cuts of the films; only the theatrical cuts.  So before you think of handing over Mr. Benjamin Franklin (MSRP $99.98) to your local Best Buy cashier, think again – unless you’re just a die-hard LOTR geek who has to own this, knowing surely that the Dark Lord Sauron will triumph over Middle Earth if you don’t.  Other than the lengths of the features, details are still sketchy, as no technical specifications or bonus materials have been released.  The theatrical trilogy comes to blu-ray later this year.

A more complete boxed set with the extended cuts is expected to follow after the theatrical releases of the new Hobbit movies; so come on, guys.  Chances are, you already own the trilogy on DVD, whether they’re theatrical or extended cuts.  Will it really kill us to wait a few more years for a much better set of these films?

Speaking of The Hobbit, this comes fresh from Empire Magazine – Peter Jackson and Guillermo Del Toro have revised their plans for The Hobbit.  With the initial idea that two films would be made – the first, being the adaptation of the novel and the second, bridging the gap between The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring – the latest update is that The Hobbit will actually take two full length films on its own.

Guillermo Del Toro had the following to say:

We’ve decided to have The Hobbit span the two movies, including the White Council and the comings and goings of Gandalf to Dol Guldur.

And Peter Jackson:

We decided it would be a mistake to try to cram everything into one movie. The essential brief was to do The Hobbit, and it allows us to make The Hobbit in a little more style, if you like, of the trilogy.

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24: Season 7 DVD/blu-ray details already? You bet!

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24: Season 7

Release Date: May 19, 2009
DVD MSRP: $49.98
Blu-ray MSRP: $69.99 (pshh, yea right)

Well, it looks like Fox just can’t wait to release this baby out on DVD/blu-ray – does the season even end before May 19???  What episode are we currently on…14?  As frickin’ early as this already seems, the studio has even released the details on the release which will include the following:

  • Audio commentaries on 12 episodes
  • Deleted scenes with optional commentary
  • Featurettes (“24’s Villains”, “The Ambush”, “The Fumicite Festival Presents the Music of 24”)

Wow, and here’s the DVD/blu-ray cover art.  Nice…

Batman Comes to Blu-Ray

Warner Home Video has announced the 20th anniversary edition blu-ray release of “Batman” for May 5th.  While details are slim for now, we know that this will come with a 50-page bonus book with excerpts from the film companion, script pages, and DC’s comic book adaptation.  A digital copy will also be included with the release.

Retail Price: $34.99 (they always overestimate these prices)

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“Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter” Trailer Released

Warner Home Video has released the trailer for “Tales of the Black Freighter”, the DVD/blu-ray feature film adapted from the comic book within the “Watchmen” graphic novel.  The release will also include a documentary-type film called “Under the Hood” which will explore the backstories behind the characters of “Watchmen”.

“Tales of the Black Freighter” comes out on March 24th.

Does anyone else believe we only have 20 days left until “Watchmen”?  Wow 🙂

“X-Men” 1, 2…oh yeah, and 3 (sigh) being released on blu-ray

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced the blu-ray release for “The X-Men Trilogy” with plans for an April 21st, 2009 release date.  While the box set will sell for an estimated price of $72.99, each film will be available for $34.99 (yea, right…that’s why we have Amazon.com 🙂 )

The specs for each film are pretty lengthy, so we’ve tagged them below.

* Be sure to check out the multitude of extra features that have been added to “X-Men: The Last Stand”.  I don’t recall the original DVD release having nearly as many features.

“The X-Men Trilogy” blu-ray specs – Continue reading

TMNT quadrilogy comes out on blu-ray…cowabunga!

Warner Home Video has confirmed the release of all 4 TMNT films on DVD and blu-ray on August 2, 2009.  Further details have yet to be announced, but for now, do feel free to ogle at this totally bodacious artwork 🙂

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“X-Men: The Animated Series” Coming to DVD!

Yes, we are talking about the 90s series!  Could this be too good to be true?  It’s been over a whole decade since the series ended and with the constant studio bickering over who had the DVD release rights, fans had pretty much lost all hope that this amazing show would ever see the light of day in retail stores.  Numerous petitions were written up as bootlegged DVD sets began to sell on ebay and various small-time online outlets for hefty sums.  This was certainly not what fans wanted to resort to.

And now it’s suddenly here.  Posted discreetly on Amazon.com are “X-Men: Volume 1” and “X-Men: Volume 2”, each retailing for the low price of $16.99!  Make no mistake, this isn’t another lame-ass attempt to appease the fans by releasing a three or four-episode story arc in the series.  This is the real deal.

While both are 2-disc sets, Volume 1 is listed as 368 minutes long and Volume 2 as 391 minutes long.  Do the math and that’s approximately 18 episodes for Volume 1 and 19-20 episodes for Volume 2!

“X-Men: Volumes 1 and 2” hits stores April 28, 2009.  You can pre-order the sets on Amazon.com here and here.

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