Peter Jackson talks Lord of the Rings 3D, Blu-ray disappointment

lord-of-the-ringsLast week Peter Jackson said that they recently delivered both scripts of The Hobbit to the studio and they hope to begin filming by the end of the year (although they are still at the mercy of MGM and it’s financial situation). Now, while promoting the DVD/Blu-ray release of The Lovely Bones, the director spoke about re-releasing the Lord of the Rings trilogy in 3D, and understand why fans are disappointed with the recently Blu-ray release of the films.

From The Wall Street Journal:

About three years ago, we tried converting about 10 minutes of “King Kong” [into 3D] and it turned out okay. We were happy with the results, but it was expensive at the time, certainly too expensive to do the whole movie. But you can do conversions well if you take time. “The Nightmare Before Christmas” is an example of one that was done really well. You just have to take the appropriate amount of time, and time is obviously money. So if you do it quickly, fast and cheap, and it’s not going to turn out well. If we were going to convert LOTR, I’d want to do it properly, which would be a very long, time-consuming, and expensive process.

He was then asked how he felt about fans purposefully giving the Blu-ray trilogy one-star reviews on Amazon and other online marketplaces because they want the extended version on Blu-ray.

I agree with the fans. I was heavily involved in the DVD process when the films were being released through New Line, but now that Warner Brothers has taken control over the releasing of the films, they just tell me what they’re doing and don’t involve me in the process. [With New Line,] the one thing we never did with the fans was make them feel cheated. Back in the original release, we always put extra material in, extra documentaries — a lot of added value. I so totally understand why the fans would be upset; I don’t disagree with them.

I always liked Peter Jackson. I haven’t purchased the trilogy on Blu-ray yet, and will be waiting for the full 4 hour+ per movie edition. Do you own the Lord of the Rings on Blu-ray, or will you be waiting for the extended edition? Do you want to see Lord of the Rings 3D?

  • Miguel Carvajal

    I was one of those who gave 1-star rating to the recently released LOTR trilogy on Blu-ray disc.
    I will definitely wait to buy these movies until the uncut version of each film is released in Blu-ray, however long that might be…

  • Jwagoner9625

    bring on the 3D

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  • Worthya1

    i agree, i love to see 3d extended edition

  • Angela

    I love the movies and would love to see it in 3D, also would love to see more of the same kind of movies!!  ABSOLUTELY LOVE THESE KIND OF MOVIES!!!!

  • Postmastergeneral0

    I want an extended edition on one disc.  

  • Cogboy269

    Totally agree with some of other comments. Waiting on full extended 3D version and I can wait a long time, unless I drop dead before the giant IQ’s at Warner Brothers et al get the lead (Pb- PlumBum) out…lol

  • reallycoolname

    I would like the extended versions in 3D, each on one disc. And without the hobbits! Can’t stand those feet…

  • NRG

    All the @%@#holes at Wb could care less about the fans! I already own the LOR trilogy extended editions and and it would be pointless to buy them on blu-ray without the extra material. so we have to play the waiting game although I heard this December they will release the Hobbit in extended Dvd. LOL

    • holbob

      You can get a 15 blu ray box set with over 26 hours of additonal content for under $100 on eBay. I’ve got it and its brilliant