Plans for a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of the Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit trilogies are continuing, but a 2021 release is now looking more likely.

We can’t champion the work of The Digital Bits website enough, a place that for two decades has been reporting on physical media. In the past day or two, it’s been digging into some rumoured titles for the Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray format. For instance, it’s uncovered the news that work has been paused on a 4K reissue of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, that Paramount had been planning.

One collection of titles that’s deep into production though is the Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray release of the Middle Earth saga, covering Peter Jackson’s three Hobbit movies, and three Lord Of The Rings films.  Rumours had been persisting that Warner Bros would have them available in time for the end of the year, but according to The Digital Bits, that’s looking unlikely.

It reports that that required remastering work is, “as of this month … is only about half complete”. As such, whilst it’s not impossible that the films would be ready for a release in October, that’s going to take quite a push to get them there. The site concludes that it’s looking more likely the collection won’t be with us until early 2021.

You can read its full report here.

Warner Bros hasn’t officially announced the set yet, so it’s one of those where it’s wait and see all round. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

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