Massive, 30-disc Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit Blu-ray set will cost you $800

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Aug 22, 2016

Clear off a prime spot on your home video shelf and make way for this massive new Blu-ray box set for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

It's a wallet-whomping, 30-disc dream collection of every Peter Jackson feature film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's most famous works, all bound in faux leather and cradled in a limited-edition handcrafted Hobbit-style shelf to display with geeky pride.  It's gonna be pricey, at a suggested cost of $800, but what a way to blow some serious cash. Look, let's get one single thing out of the way right now.

It will be mine!  My dog and I might have to share meals for a month or so (dry kibble), but I'll have My Precious.

Amazon just released the details of this epic gathering, titled the Middle-earth Limited Collector’s Edition, which contains the extended editions of all six of Peter Jackson’s fantasy films, from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King and is due to arrive Oct. 4, 2016.    

Pardon my impatience, but let's dispense with the introductory formalities and dig into the depths of this ultimate Blu-ray offering.  Here is the official description and press release

For the first time ever, Academy Award®-winning director Peter Jackson’s epic adventure is available in one spectacular limited collector’s edition box set.  The Limited Collector’s Edition includes 30 discs featuring all six Middle-earth films in their extended edition forms, housed in six stunning faux leather books and a collectible Hobbit-style wood shelf. The one-of-a-kind wood shelf is crafted from solid wood with design selected by Peter Jackson.  In addition to the extended edition release of every film, the collection also includes all previously released bonus content from both the theatrical and extended editions.

Exclusive premiums designed for the collection include:

– Spectacular 100-page sketch-style book with replica The Red Book of Westmarch, filled with original film sketches and new artwork.
– Original reproductions of exquisite watercolor paintings by acclaimed conceptual artists Alan Lee and John Howe, framable and wall-ready.

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY – Follow Bilbo Baggins, who – along with the Wizard Gandalf and 13 Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield – is swept into an epic and treacherous quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG – Our heroes escape the giant Spiders and Wood-elves of Mirkwood before encountering the mysterious Bard, who smuggles them into Lake-town. Finally reaching the Lonely Mountain, they confront the Dragon Smaug.

THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES – The Dwarves of Erebor have reclaimed their homeland, but face the consequences of unleashing Smaug. As five great armies go to war, Bilbo fights for his life, and the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must unite or be destroyed.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING – With the help of a courageous fellowship of friends and allies, Frodo Baggins embarks on a perilous mission to destroy the legendary One Ring.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS – In the middle chapter of this historic movie trilogy, the Fellowship is broken but its quest to destroy the One Ring continues.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING – The final battle for Middle-earth begins. Frodo and Sam, led by Gollum, continue their dangerous mission toward the fires of Mount Doom in order to destroy the One Ring.

Special Features:
– The Hobbit Extended Edition Trilogy features almost one hour of additional footage that were carefully selected under the supervision of director Peter Jackson (THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES extended edition is rated R), and more than 34 hours of theatrical and extended bonus content. The Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Trilogy features more than 2 hours of extended scenes, also selected by Jackson, and more than 33 hours of theatrical and extended bonus content. Bonus content from The Hobbit trilogy theatrical and extended editions will be included on Blu-ray disc. Bonus content from The Lord of the Rings trilogy theatrical and extended editions will be included on DVD disc. Additionally, digital copies of all films in their theatrical and extended edition forms will be included for download on Digital HD. Includes UltraViolet so you can enjoy the film on many different compatible devices. 

(Via Collider)