We knew, all of us, deep in our bones, that this day would come. The “Middle-Earth Limited Collector’s Edition” box set containing the extended versions of both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies is coming. To say that it is “elaborate” would be a massive understatement.
I mean yes, we are in fact talking about thirty (30) discs containing every piece of bonus and supplemental material released to date. But that doesn’t impress you, does it? Mr. Collector, Mr. Completionist, Mr. “I Already Own Three Copies Of Each Movie On Both DVD And Blu-ray So I’ve Seen Every Behind-The-Scenes Snippet You Could Care To Rustle Up.” How’s about each film being presented in its own book, complete with faux leather cover? How about sitting those books on a very special wooden book shelf with a design approved by Peter Jackson himself? How about a recreation of the Red Book of Westmarch which contains official concept art and recreated concept art by Alan Lee and John Howe?
Yeah, piqued your interest now, haven’t we? Okay, so here’s the big question. How are you doing with money? Because you’ll have to drop a whopping $800 to own this limited edition set during the pre-order period. More details are available in the image below (click to enlarge).