What does Peter Jackson have to say about the $800 Middle-earth Limited Collector’s Edition?
Cliff and Justin from theOneRing.net had a live stream tonight in which they discussed the “ultimate fan” set, and revealed that PJ and Michael Pellerin (producer) were not involved in the making of the it. In fact, Warner Bros. was approached about including the coveted unseen footage from the films that we have been longing for for well over a decade, but that didn’t work out.
“In addition, there was the added difficulty of [Warner Bros.] needing to access the original negative and scan the outtakes, bloopers and additional sequences. They declined to do this.” – Peter Jackson
Cliff and Justin brought up a lot of good points as to what should have been included, such as never-before-seen documentaries for each film. Justin also showed many of his copies of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit on DVD and brought up the great point that we are the perfect customer for this kind of product! The films have been released on different formats with a bunch of different packaging and many of us gladly bought them, myself included.
Just to refresh your memory: this Collector’s Edition (which has recently been lowered to $599.99 USD on Amazon) comes with both trilogies, extended scenes and appendices already released in past editions, so there isn’t anything new for us to watch. It has been repackaged to look like it could have come straight from Bilbo’s study or Elrond’s library; real pretty packaging, there’s no denying that. Anyone who buys it will also receive a Red Book of Westmarch styled sketchbook with sketches and film artwork, and exclusive art prints by John Howe and Alan Lee.
What about you? Will you be buying this collector’s item? Or are you still holding out for the 25th anniversary edition that, we hope, will actually involve the people who worked on the films?