I'm not going to sit here and write a review of the movies. We all know how good the movies are. Instead I will review the actual package.
POSITIVES - This is a very well presented and packaged set. The set is very rigid and sturdy and will take a lot of damage.
POTENTIAL DEALBREAKERS - The movies are split over 2 discs (the same as they were in the DVD versions). This is not a problem for me, but there are lot of people out there complaining about this. I can see that they have done it to present the best possible picture and sound. Had the audio and visual not been first class I would have not been impressed with the decision.
However, the audio/visual is among the best out there and totally validates the decision to keep the movie split. I genuinely believe that the quality would not be as good had the film been on one disc only. Those people complaining about the split should feel a sense of relief when they see the effort that has gone in to this.
THE BAD - only the 6 movie discs are bluray - the 9 bonus feature discs are only DVD. This was very disappointing for me, especially as there is no mention of this in the technical specs. The developers obviously didn't want this getting out too soon. Even if you look at the zoomed image of the unboxed package on the product page, you can see the discs are overlapped so you can only see the Bluray symbol on the feature discs. The DVD symbol on the remaining discs are all covered by other discs, leaving you to think this is a 15 bluray set as advertised.
For me, that is why this set only gets a 4 star review. It is a well presented package and the movies are among the best on bluray. However, having all the extras on DVD I found disappointing. This is still a set worthy of your time and money, I just felt a bit cheated it is advertised as a 15 disc bluray set when in fact it is 6 blurays and 9 dvds.
Still a quality set and a must for an LOTR fan. Would still highly recommend, but don't expect HD extras.