The re-releases are also an excellent way for Tolkien fans to prepare for Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series. The show will be set during Middle-Earth’s Second Age, which ends with Sauron’s defeat as depicted at the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring and primarily concerns the Atlantis-inspired island kingdom of Númenor.
While that series remains a bit far out, the 4K remasters of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit will be available for purchase on December 1.
In a new press release, Warner Bros. announced the upcoming rerelease of both trilogies on December 1st. Each trilogy will retail at $89.99 and include both the respective films’ theatrical and extended cuts. In addition to the improved video quality, the rereleases will also apparently have new audio options specifically designed for home theater setups.
The release also announced a massive box set of all six films, including brand new bonus features content, which will be available for purchase in the summer of 2021. Peter Jackson reportedly oversaw the 4K remastering process.