We've still got a while before Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro take us back to Middle-Earth for The Hobbit (and whatever they call the other one), but I can think of no better way to prepare than by revisiting Jackson's amazing Lord of the Rings trilogy. And, saints be praised, we'll soon get the chance to do so on Blu-ray. Mark your calendars, folks: Warner Home Video has announced that the Lord of the Rings is coming to Blu-ray April 6th, 2010.

It's not clear from what they sent along whether these are the theatrical cuts or the extended director's cuts, but it's probably a safe bet to assume the former. If that's the case, I wouldn't be surprised to see the extended versions arrive closer to the release of The Hobbit. The set lists at a hefty $99.98, but in addition to the three movies you'll get seven hours of extras, digital download copies of each film, and BD-Live interactivity.

Well, I know what I'll be doing the weekend after April 6th, and it doesn't involve sunlight or fresh air. Here's a trailer to get you in the mood. If you need me, I'll be in the other room trying to figure out how to make a character that looks like Gandalf in Dragon Age: Origins.

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