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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition

You knew it was coming

By Robert T. Trate     July 31, 2013
Source: Warner Bros.

You all knew this was coming. If you held out, good move. Warner Brothers has announced that there will be an extended cut of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. How much more time are we getting in Middle Earth? We will get an additional 13 minutes! When November 5th! Check out the official details below. 

Press Release: Fans of Middle-earth will have the opportunity to gain a broader experience of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, when the epic fantasy adventure is released as an Extended Edition on Digital Download October 22nd and on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD on November 5th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE). A production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, this new cut includes 13 minutes of extra film footage that extends individual scenes, making this the must-see, definitive version for fans. All disc versions of the Extended Edition 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 UltraVioletTM 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. Complete special feature details are provided below.

The first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit,The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was nominated for three Academy Awards®.

Synopsis: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first in Peter Jackson's highly anticipated trilogy adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome Dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the Wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 Dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild, through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins, Orcs and deadly Wargs, as well as a mysterious and sinister figure known only as the Necromancer.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the Goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever...Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise even him; he also gains possession of Gollum's “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities...A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

The screenplay for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.  Jackson also produced the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh.  The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.

New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), Present a WingNut Films Production, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  All three films in The Hobbit Trilogy, also including The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and the final film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production.  Warner Bros. Pictures handled worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution handled by MGM.




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.

New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth


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Kraks 7/31/2013 9:22:02 PM

 And here we charge you a 2nd time for the same movie, that we only delayed release of so we could suck more cash out of you.

If you haven't learned anything from the LotR DVD/Blu-ray fiasco, I guess you deserve to have to pay these guys for 4 different versions of the same flick.  If you did learn from it, you'll wait until after the 3rd movie is released 2-3 years for the re-re-re-release of the completely included director's mega-ultra-super-double-badass edition.

wrrlykam 8/1/2013 1:08:36 AM

The Hobbit: An Expected Edition.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Wallets.

The Hobbit: They'll Come Back and Pay Again and Again.

It isn't as if it was kept secret, we all knew a second longer version would be out later in the year before the first edition was released.

StarlightGuard 8/1/2013 5:01:14 AM's my cash...take it...

Wiseguy 8/1/2013 5:01:40 AM

I like having the theatrical and extended cuts of the film so speak for yourselves.

The extended editions from LOTR that I got were the ones with the book ends and statues, the gift set I guess. I hope they plan a similar thing with these

jedibanner 8/1/2013 5:20:41 AM

Kind of disapointing it's only 13 minutes of extra time Vs the 35 minutes average from the other LOTR movies.

But it's no surprise I will get this and so will many, amnd liek Wiseguy said, if there is book ends or statues with the set, that would be an even greater extra.

ElBaz13 8/1/2013 6:35:58 AM

Why is it disappointing to have only 13 minutes of extra footage? Wasn't the movie long enough as it is?

I'm happy to see this coming out as any extra LOTR/Hobbit stuff is fine with me.

And for all those whiners out there complaining about buying multiple copies? PJ , like the LOTR trilogy, let everyone know there would be extended cuts in advance. No one had to buy the theatrical,

ddiaz28 8/1/2013 7:25:01 AM

Yeah this is no surprise so there should be no complaining about buying multiple copies.  I'm sure most people, like myself, who wanted the extended edition waited for it.  And I won't even be buying this one since I'd rather wait for the box set of the entire trilogy.  

ddiaz28 8/1/2013 7:28:24 AM

And besides, they don't just delay this edition for some evil cash grab.  They have to re-edit the film, add new visual effects, add score and sound effects to the new scenes, and edit all the bonus footage that isn't in the theatrical release.  That is a lot of extra work.

redhairs99 8/1/2013 7:48:49 AM

The original press release for the theatrical said this was coming out later in the year.  Even without that press release, we (Maniacs) should know that PJ would release an extended cut.  It's sort of his thing.  So if you bought the theatrical but wanted an extended edition, that's you're own fault.  I passed on the theatrical cut specifically for this.

And I hope the states and book ends type limited edition will be released with these as well.  Those were awesome!

momitchell7 8/1/2013 8:38:08 AM

Hell's yes I held out!!! It was tough but I resisted hard to not buy the dvd when it was released...I was starting to doubt, but I can finally own this - yes!

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