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This $800 Lord of the Rings / The Hobbit box set has enraged many diehards

By Shawn Knight ยท 24 replies
Aug 23, 2016
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  1. There are plenty of worthwhile ways to blow $800 but for most, doing so on a movie box set isn’t one of them. Find a dedicated enough fan of a particular franchise, however, and logic (usually) goes out the window.

    Such is the case with the new Middle Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition that’s currently up for pre-order on Amazon (it’s an Amazon exclusive, we’re told) for a cool $719.99, down from the “List Price” of $800. So, what exactly do you get for parting ways with more than seven Benjamins? Not enough, according to many disgruntled fans.

    The box set includes 30 Blu-ray discs featuring all six Middle Earth films in their extended forms which come in faux leather books and a collectible Hobbit-style wood shelf. The collection is also said to include all previously released bonus content from both the theatrical and extended editions as well as a 100-page sketch book with original film sketches and new artwork, maps and more.

    Like most things labeled Collector’s Edition, this is more about presentation than actual content and that has a lot of people very upset.

    As of writing, the box set has 145 reviews with an average star rating of 1.5 (ouch). Aside from the high price, diehards are apparently ticked at Warner Bros. for not including content that director Peter Jackson has teased for over a decade. Even some of the 5-star reviews are troll jobs, taking issue with the questionable quality of the wood shelf.

    The Middle Earth Ultimate Collector’s Edition box set launches October 4 (or November 1 according to the above video preview). If Amazon reviews are any indication, it will be bought by nobody.

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  2. theruck

    theruck TS Booster Posts: 137   +37

    If I wanted to read library or fantasy news I would go elsewhere...this is not technology news anymore. where is the editor
  3. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,206   +2,669

    The only thing technical here is how they are going about fleecing you!
    EClyde, MoeJoe and wastedkill like this.
  4. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe Banned Posts: 837   +440

    What they said ...
    SalaSSin likes this.
  5. Igrecman

    Igrecman TS Maniac Posts: 243   +142

    I guess It's most attractive feature is to collect dust.
    EClyde likes this.
  6. IMHO anything that says "Collector's Edition" is nothing more than a ploy to part people with their money.
    EClyde likes this.
  7. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe Banned Posts: 837   +440

    Diehards will cry moar ...

    and then they'll still pay.
  8. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 656   +200

    I'd never buy this, but you'd think for that price they'd use real leather, not faux leather!
  9. mcborge

    mcborge TS Guru Posts: 472   +351

    What no "precious". I would expect an official numbered replica of the one ring, in at least 9crt gold for that price.
    SalaSSin likes this.
  10. batsdude

    batsdude TS Member Posts: 52   +18

    Then industry people get all bent out of shape over torrents ripping THEM off.
  11. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,034   +2,429

    Aren't you a cheap-a$$?

  12. fl21289

    fl21289 TS Booster Posts: 74   +49

    Price just dropped to $500!!! LOL keep on with the negative reviews we might get it for $50.
    EClyde and MrJinglenutz like this.
  13. j05hh

    j05hh TS Booster Posts: 168   +42

    One does not simply go to Mordor to buy this.....
    EClyde likes this.
  14. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,564   +1,074

    IMHO there are things that make Collectors Edition worth fans money, I've been interested at more than a couple of items with really nice goodies. This is clearly not one of them.
  15. Igrecman

    Igrecman TS Maniac Posts: 243   +142

    Is the expensive price due to the exchange rate from the Hobbit Currency?
  16. GirlDownunder

    GirlDownunder TS Booster Posts: 88   +25

    Sticker on the bottom of the "collectors shelf"?

    "Made in China" or etc....
    EClyde likes this.
  17. MrJinglenutz

    MrJinglenutz TS Rookie

    Now I am starting to understand why peeps torrent stuff.
    EClyde likes this.
  18. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,527   +544

    ...with the look of real leather.
  19. UmbraEmsisoft

    UmbraEmsisoft TS Member Posts: 25   +9

    This is an evil plot from Sauron's himself adapting to the modern age !

    Finger rings are overrated, blue-rays are the new rings :p
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,847   +3,250

    The thing that disturbs me most isn't the price, or absurd dedication to the movie franchise, it would take to motivate some poor soul with no real life whatsoever, to buy this garbage, It's the way Amazon manages to weasel its way into being sole distributor for things like these that upsets me. This is just one more symptom of Bezo's desire to be "king of the (retail) world". He imagines himself crossing the Rubicon, to peddle this crap as undisputed leader of the Roman Empire, and forcing the CEO of Walmart to drop to the ground and kiss his sandals.

    All this does, is give me another perfectly valid reason to continue to do as little purchasing from Amazon, as I possibly can.
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,847   +3,250

    Or possibly the same " gold pleather", that Frodo's mistresses booty shorts are made from.

    (OK, y'all got me,. I'm still waiting for the pr0n version of the franchise to hit the dark web). :D.
  22. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,254   +539

    It's still $500 and since this thread is over one year old good luck with that.
  23. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 10,569   +4,410

    This is Amazon.
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,847   +3,250

    You're telling me I wasted some of my best hate and humor on a necrobump? OUCH, that smarts! :D
  25. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,254   +539

    What can I say? Sometimes it happens. :)

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