Thought The Hobbit couldn’t get any longer? Think again.
Yes, just as people emerge from the cinemas from the first screenings of The Hobbit, which started in December, they have been greeted by the news that Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R Tolkien’s novel is set to last even longer when it’s released on Extended Edition DVD and Blu-ray this year.
But before it does that? It’s getting a digital release.
The epic fantasy adventure’s Extended Edition will be available on digital download on October 22nd in the US, ahead of its release on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD on November 5th. You can expect it in the UK shortly afterwards.
The new cut of the film includes 13 minutes of extra film footage that extends individual scenes, while the discs will include nearly nine hours of new bonus features and will be available just ahead of the December 13 theatrical release of the second film of the trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
“I’m thrilled that the Extended Edition will give fans the opportunity to experience certain key scenes in the film as they were originally shot, as well as an abundance of special features,” said Jackson.
“It’s exciting to present this expanded and enriched version of ‘An Unexpected Journey’ to allow fans to fully immerse themselves in the movie, before seeing the second part of the trilogy.”
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition will be available as a 5-disc Blu-ray 3D set ($54.98 SRP) that features the Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray versions of the Extended Edition; a 3-disc Blu-ray ($35.99) and a 5-disc DVD ($34.99) The Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD all include UltraViolet which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the Extended Edition in high definition to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.
The nearly nine hours of new special features boasts audio commentary with Peter Jackson, director/producer/screenwriter, and Philippa Boyens, co-producer/screenwriter, and “The Appendices”, a multi-part documentary focusing on various aspects of the film and the Trilogy.
The provisional list of special features is as follows:
Commentary with Peter Jackson, Director/Producer/Screenwriter and Philippa Boyens, Co-Producer/Screenwriter
The Appendices – A multi-part chronological history of the filming of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, covering pre-production in the various departments of the film in the months leading up to the start of principal photography, the boot camp training for the main cast, the work done on set chronologically through the three shooting blocks and in the world of its digital effects.
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“Thank goodness!” commented one punter, who had just left the cinema after The Hobbit finally finished. “It just wasn’t long enough.”
He joined the queue of millions of other customers waiting to go to the bathroom.