Middle-earth Limited Collector’s Edition Set

Coming soon from Warner Bros.: Peter Jackson’s Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies in one limited edition collector’s set:

For the first time ever, Academy Award®-winning director Peter Jackson’s epic adventure is available in one spectacular limited collector’s edition box set!

– The Limited Collector’s Edition includes 30 discs featuring all six Middle-earth films in their extended edition forms, housed in six stunning faux leather books and a collectible Hobbit-style wood shelf. The one-of-a-kind wood shelf is crafted from solid wood with design selected by Peter Jackson.

– In addition to the extended edition release of every film, the collection also includes all previously released bonus content from both the theatrical and extended editions.

– Exclusive premiums designed for the collection include: Spectacular 100-page sketch-style book with replica The Red Book of Westmarch, filled with original film sketches and new artwork; Original reproductions of exquisite watercolor paintings by acclaimed conceptual artists Alan Lee and John Howe, framable and wall-ready

The limited collector’s edition box set is available for pre-order and is currently listed at $799.99; the theatrical Hobbit and Lord of the Rings set will only set you back $68.99. Items will ship on 1 November, 2016.

While this set looks incredible and would be a must-have for any extreme collector, the price tag is simply too high for me. Some of the extra features are nice, but I don’t think they warrant a $730 price jump from the theatrical set. It would be nice if a third version became available, at least a boxed set of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit extended editions. Unfortunately, I’ll be sitting this one out, as I didn’t like the Hobbit films enough to even buy the original Blu-ray films. But for the collector with lots of money burning a hole in their pocket, this seems like a good purchase. If it’s really a “limited” edition set, then its value will only increase over time.

Several folks have already weighed in over on Twitter; what do you think of the $800 price tag? What other item(s) would you like to see included for such a high value? More importantly, which set will you be purchasing?

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