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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Blu-ray Details

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By Robert T. Trate     February 06, 2013
Source: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment

Warner Brothers Home Entertainment has released the official details on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Blu-ray/ DVD. Will you pick it up now or hold out until there is a box set of all three?

Burbank, CA, February 5, 2013 – From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arriving on Digital Download on March 12  and on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and 2-Disc DVD Special Edition on March 19  from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. All disc versions feature UltraViolet and more than 130 minutes of bonus content. The first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which is nominated for three Academy Awards*, is an epic adventure that immerses audiences once again in the fantastical world of Middle-earth. The March 19 home entertainment release will be followed by an Extended Edition available just in time for the holidays.

In addition, Peter Jackson will host a live first look at “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second film in The Hobbit Trilogy, on Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern/Noon Pacific. Content will be streamed live and an edited version will be archived on the Trilogy’s official website. Access to the live event will be limited to holders of an UltraViolet code available by purchasing “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack or 2-Disc Special Edition DVD. Select digital retailers will issue access codes upon purchase of the film.  Visit www.thehobbit.com/sneak for more information.

Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. Also reprising their roles from “The Lord of the Rings” in “The Hobbit” Trilogy are: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Ian Holm as Old Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; and Andy Serkis as Gollum. The international ensemble cast also includes James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy, Barry Humphries, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Graham McTavish, Adam Brown, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Manu Bennett and Conan Stevens.

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 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 is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was released on December 14, 2012, with the second film, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” releasing December 13, 2013, and the third film, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” slated for July 18, 2014.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will be available on 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99, on 5-Disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, and on 2-Disc DVD Special Edition for $28.98. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray, and the theatrical version in standard definition on DVD. The 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition on Blu-ray, the theatrical version of the film in 2D high definition on Blu-ray and the theatrical version in standard definition on DVD.  The Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and the 2-Disc DVD Special Edition all include UltraViolet, which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.* 

 

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and DVD Special Edition contain the following special features:

 

 

      Full Suite of Peter Jackson’s Production Videos. Enter Middle-earth of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” as Academy Award-winning Director Peter Jackson takes you behind the scenes, on location and amidst the star-studded cast in a series of video journals that puts you in the forefront of latest in filmmaking with more than two hours of additional content. Highlights of the journals include:

o   Start of Production

o   Location Scouting

o   Filming in 3D

o   Post-production Overview

o   Wellington World Premiere

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jedibanner 2/6/2013 8:11:28 AM

at least they are confirming already that there WILL be an extended edition of the Hobbit.

Wiseguy 2/6/2013 8:27:00 AM

I'm getting it

Like LOTR I will get the regular version and hopefully they'll do the same and put out an extended version with a collectible figure or diorama or book ends for the dvds.

redhairs99 2/6/2013 8:27:31 AM

 Jedi, Did you see that somewhere?  I hadn't seen a confirmation yet?

I figured an extended set would be inevitable, so I will opt to wait this go round until the extended edition is out.

ReverendVader 2/6/2013 8:37:10 AM

At the end of the second paragraph above:

"The March 19 home entertainment release will be followed by an Extended Edition available just in time for the holidays."

With a book as short as the Hobbit being stretched OUT into three films, extended editions seem a bit ridiculous... and unnecessary.

Of course, I will still end up getting them... sigh.

monkeyfoot 2/6/2013 8:59:46 AM

Will they or can they transfer the XFR 48fps experience to Blu-ray? Is that is possible or is it redundant? Is Blu-ray already at a 48fps resolution?

 

 

Questions for a simple mind in the middle of the night when all the world is asleep.

FerretJohn 2/6/2013 9:14:15 AM

I'll wait for the extended edition.  Looking forward to adding it to my Extended LotR box set.

Wiseguy 2/6/2013 9:29:45 AM

monkeyfoot, I read some weeks back that there wasn't going to be a hfr edition released on dvd.

I also had read that current players, blu-rays, can not play 48 fps content. But being that their software can be upgraded it may be possible in the future if it isn't already.

And no blu-ray isn't 48 fps but your tv, if you have motion flow or motion interpolation will give it a similar hfr look, albeit fake, just like it does any regular film played with the "motion flow" feature turned on
 

Lastly, even though some tvs have this motion flow feature no television currently has 48 fps input capability.

redhairs99 2/6/2013 10:23:27 AM

Oops, Guess I should actually read the full release.

 

StarlightGuard 2/6/2013 11:35:19 AM

I definitely need to get this because I was so goddamned lost while in the theater, which means I didn't enjoy it as much as LOTR, which I did not get to see in theaters.

You've really derailed my shopping plans Trate. :) At least I've already got Breaking Dawn 1 and 2 coming. And then Wreck It Ralph comes out that coming Tuesday, and then this just after that. And Roger Rabbit is appearing this spring too, as I recall.

 

monkeyfoot 2/6/2013 1:38:08 PM

Thanks Wise!

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