On December 19, 2001, Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring open in North American theaters.
The fantasy film, of course, was a critical and commercial success that spawned two equally beloved sequels, the 2002s. The two towers and 2003 The king’s return. The decidedly less popular Jackson-helmed The Hobbit The trilogy arrived almost 10 years later.
In view of the 20th anniversary of The Fellowship of the Ring, that would make sense if you wanted to revisit the original trilogy. I really thought about it – it’s been almost 10 years since I saw them. Unfortunately, it is not that simple.
As it stands, none of the three LOTR the films are on a Canadian streaming service. While they were once on Netflix Canada, they are no longer. The only digital services that offer the movies are premium video on demand (PVOD) platforms like iTunes and Google Play. It should be noted, however, that the digital collection of the Extended editions of the trilogy currently costs $ 25.99 (google play) and $ 19.99 (itunes) to buy.
It’s strange that the LOTR the series does not air on any service in Canada, especially with the 20th anniversary. In contrast, the other series of Warner Bros. Harry potter – which is also celebrating its 20th anniversary this year – recently came to Crave. While the license agreements are likely to prevent the LOTR series to hit any Canadian streaming service, that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a bit of a letdown to consumers.
It is worth noting that The Hobbit The trilogy is actually available on Canadian streaming services – well, most of the time. 2012 An Unexpected Journey is on both Very wanting to and Amazon Prime Video, as in 2013 The desolation of Smaug (Very wanting to/Amazon Prime Video). However, the years 2014 The battle of the five armies is only on CBC HERE Tou.TV. Otherwise, they are all offered on PVOD platforms like Google Play and iTunes.
Hopefully the LOTR the series will be commissioned soon. For now, however, I will probably be buying the digital one. The long version trilogy collection while it is on sale.
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