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The Hobbit Running Time
Shortest one yet
By Robert T. Trate
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug arrives December 13, 2013.
© New Line, Warner Bros.
In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, out today with 5 different Hobbit covers, Peter Jackson has revealed the running time of the first Hobbit film. For The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, "It's going to be about ten minutes shorter than 'Fellowship' was. So it's going to be officially our shortest Middle-Earth yet... [It] is about two hours and forty minutes at the moment." Jackson stated.
Of course little things like title sequences and end credits will add to the film’s length. Our curiosity doesn’t lie int he theatrical run time, but in how much will be added to the expanded edition Blu-ray/ DVD. With The Hobbit becoming three films will everything shot be used? We have complete faith in old PJ, its just we don’t want another bloated Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions with long drawn out dance sequences and chases that go on forever.