For those interested, forum user Dwalin has used my restoration as one of the sources in his own new restoration of the film. He used my grades of the extended scenes, but went even further by completing a shot-for-shot regrade of the rest of the theatrical footage from the extended Blu-ray as well (unlike my release, which uses the theatrical Blu-ray for those scenes).
I haven’t watched it yet, and I haven’t done a side by side comparison with the DVD yet either. So I can’t yet verify the integrity and consistency across all of its shots. But a quick scrub through of the film looked pretty good to me! (There are a few shots that I noticed have some banding and other compression artifacts though. It’s unfortunately only available in a 24GB version).
Anyway, feel free to go check his out his version too! I think it’s really cool that there are multiple restorations out there now! Hopefully Warner/New Line will see our demand for a proper release!
Here’s Dwalin’s thread:
The Digital Bits is reporting what they describe as very reliable information that the 4K UHD release is coming perhaps next year but more likely 2021, the 20th anniversary of FOTR. If this is true (and I suspect it is), let’s hope that Warner & Jackson have been listening and thy quietly correct the “intentional” green mess on Fellowship.
For now, your FOTR is my go-to version since you released it. I’ve shown it to many people on my 70" screen, and they’re blown away. I’m really excited to see what Dwalin comes up with.