‘Lord of the Rings’ Blu-ray arrives, Middle-earth rejoices

June 28, 2011 | 6:38 p.m.

The first of Peter Jackson‘s two-part telling of “The Hobbit” doesn’t hit theaters until December 2012, but fans of all things Middle-earth found a reason to celebrate last night at a special midnight madness celebration at the Best Buy store in West Los Angeles. The event marked Warner Home Video‘s Blu-ray release of “The Lord of the Rings — The Motion Picture Trilogy: Extended Edition,” a 15-disc collection of Jackson’s trilogy of J.R.R. Tolkien films. Many attendees dressed as their favorite characters — Aragorn, Frodo, Gandalf, etc. — and some cast members, including John Noble (who played Denethor) and Sala Baker (who portrayed Sauron), turned up to share in the revelry and sign a few box sets.

– Jevon Phillips

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