Of course your experience will depend on your setup but on a 70 inch OLED and UB9000 player the new release is simply stunning. I had expected great image quality and it is truly amazing, much better than 1080 upsampled. The overall color palette of the movies is more consistent and you will see things you hadn't seen before. What I didn't think about is that it's been about 20 yrs since the LOTR movies debuted and sound tech has improved tremendously. I immediately noticed the improved sound and much greater use of surround channels (my setup is 7.2). It's hard for some to justify purchase of a DVD player in the era of streaming but for me this was a no brainer. In fact I purchased the Panasonic mostly for the purpose of watching this new release.