As you can see from our detailed test of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, we are a bit disappointed with the 4K Blu-rays. That’s where the special offer from Apple iTunes comes in handy!
We are not satisfied with the 4K restoration of the Lord of the Rings epic. By the way, we’re not alone in this. It is very likely that a new 4K scan of the analog film material has not been made and many scenes have also been “smoothed out” – to the delight of digital film fans. The film grain was arguably the chosen enemy of the restaurateurs. But there is also something positive to report. The 4K Blu-rays deliver far better detailed drawings and correct color errors (green cast). Overall, however, simply not enough to justify the price of the trilogy. 60 euros for three UHD discs (yes, the Blu-rays were probably taken out of the planning later), maybe deliberately so that fans can’t make comparisons between the two variants?
Don’t pay too much to Warner!
Personally, I think it’s a shame that some of the boxes are being offered for over 80 euros. Warner should at least provide enough goods. In addition, the film studio should not be rewarded for such a poor implementation and therefore we would like to recommend the digital 4K versions of the “Lord of the Rings” films on iTunes or Apple TV:
At the moment, you only pay 15.97 euros for all three parts and get 4K quality with HDR10 / Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos (English). The German sound track is always available in Dolby Digital 5.1. For just 4 euros for the first two films and 8 euros for the third part, you can easily afford the “remaster”. The streaming quality on iTunes or the Apple TV 4K is one of the best on the market anyway, and the difference to 4K Blu-ray (in terms of bit rate) may not be that big. So, off to Middle-earth – but cheap!