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The Hobbit Blu-rays Officially Announced and Detailed

Posted February 5, 2013 10:28 AM by Webmaster

Warner 90th AnniversaryWarner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially announced and detailed both the standard Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet and 3D BD/DVD/Ultraviolet Combo Pack releases of director Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Both versions of the theatrical cut of the film are set to feature DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround, and arrive on Blu-ray on March 19th.

Official synopsis: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first chapter in Peter Jackson's new epic trilogy set in Middle-Earth 60 years before J.R.R. Toklien's "The Lord of the Rings" saga. Follow Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he's swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached by the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen), Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). Their journey will take them through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs, giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. They must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature Gollum (Andy Serkis), who will change his life forever. Alone with Gollum on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers guile and courage that surprise him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities, tied to the fate of all Middle-Earth. Several key talent members from The Lord of the Rings trilogy reprise their roles, along with exciting new cast members.

Cover art is final. Special features available on both the 2D and 3D editions of the film include:

  • New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth
  • Video Blogs
    • Start of Production
    • Location Scouting
    • Shooting Block One
    • Filming in 3D
    • Locations Part 1
    • Locations Part 2
    • Stone St. Studios Tour
    • Wrap of Principal Photography
    • Post-production Overview
    • Wellington World Premiere
  • Theatrical Trailers
    • Dwarves
    • Letter Opener
    • Bilbo Contract
    • Gandalf Wagers
    • Gollum Paths
  • Game Trailers
    • The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-Earth
    • Guardians of Middle-Earth
    • Lego The Lord of the Rings

  • Standard DVD copy of An Unexpected Journey (2D)
  • UltraViolet digital copy An Unexpected Journey (2D) (expires 3/19/15)
Those who purchase either Blu-ray Combo Pack release will also gain special access to a Live Sneak Peek at its sequel, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, presented online by filmmaker Peter Jackson on March 24th at 3pm Eastern/12pm Pacific. Warner Bros. has yet to provide further details. The Desolation of Smaug opens in U.S. theaters on December 13th.




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obriensg1
  Feb 05, 2013
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Decent film. Overly long though. I think I will pick this up, and perhaps the extended later, then whichever cut I like less will be my gauge for purchasing theatrical vs. extended for the final two films.

Also, hoping eventual extended version will be 3D
Lodz
  Feb 05, 2013
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Great Film. The Blu-Ray will look amazing i'am sure. Too bad no High Frame Rate. Didn't get to see that version. Still Day one for me!

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Jowiko96
  Feb 05, 2013
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I had a blast at the theater watching this. Will get it at some point.

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gvortex7
  Feb 05, 2013
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I liked the film, but I was disappointed that all the enemy creatures (orcs, goblins, trolls) were CGI. In my opinion that took a little bit away from the experience. Also, I think this was long enough as it is. Unlike the original trilogy, I don't think I'd want to see this one extended even more.
mace_freley
  Feb 05, 2013
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The Amazon link is dead for me. Are we sure it's official this time?

Paul H
  Feb 05, 2013
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After seeing both the HFR and the 24fps 3D theatrical versions I prefer the later format that is authored on the BD 3D disc. Glad it will be released in March.

Sky_Captain85
  Feb 05, 2013
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I wanted to like it. I really did. All I can say is it made me want to watch The Fellowship of the Ring when I got home from the Cinema.

Doctorossi
  Feb 05, 2013
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So... it seems, this time, they've decided to not bother to be considerate enough to their prospective customers as to announce the Extended Edition prior to the Theatrical Edition's release.
insomniac013
  Feb 05, 2013
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Will wait for the Extended Cuts or a future box set.
ryanmcv
  Feb 05, 2013
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Peter Jackson and others within New Line/Warner Bros. have all but confirmed the release of the Extended Edition. If they hold to past trends, it will be released this fall.

Michael Allred
  Feb 05, 2013
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Yeah you just KNOW there's gonna be an extended version with a heck of a lot more special features so I'm gonna wait on buying.

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BluBrown
  Feb 05, 2013
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Day 1...seems like odd choices for cover art, especially the 3D edition since its clearly a scene from the second film.

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Ken Brown
  Feb 05, 2013
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@mace_freley: Yes, it's an official announcement this time. Amazon just hasn't updated both of their listings yet.

The Bluray King
  Feb 05, 2013
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i really like the look of the 3D cover for sure ,and Finally 7.1 dts master audio BEAST!!!!
peterraes
  Feb 05, 2013
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i liked the movie and so did my wife but we both felt after leaving the theatre it was stretched...
there are some instances wich seem to drag on forevever,one example is the "guess what it is" between smeagoll and...this was over 10 min long!
cant imagine a extended version tbh..wich will happen...might be overkill tough.
Peter Jackson must have read the numerous comments about the "sometimes" stretched dialogue,if he's smart...he listens to advice from us" the customers" and just re-cuts its slightly so the flow of the movie gets better.

Cactus
  Feb 05, 2013
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The guessing scene was one of the best things in the film! To each his own...

fassbenderfan
  Feb 05, 2013
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2D cover > 3D cover (The Hobbit...starring Gandalf)
batlash
  Feb 05, 2013
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I'll wait for the Extended Edition, then pick up the theatrical cut (for completions sake) when it's $9.99 or less somewhere down the road.
F13BluRay
  Feb 05, 2013
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So there is no Single Disc release with just the movie? I want to see this but I dont want to purchase until the extendedut is released

Boothill Gunslinger
  Feb 05, 2013
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NOPE!

I'm holding out for the "Warner's Totally-Middle-Earth 95th Anniversary-Edition 27-Disc 3D BD/DVD Combo exclusive diamond platinum gold silver bronze rock paper scissors ultimate limited extended special definitive remastered collector's director's cut w/lossless audio, commentaries, interviews, UltraViolet digital copies, CD soundtracks, notepads, post-its, coasters, shot glasses, pewter action figures, full set of replica rings, and a talking Bilbo doll."

Thank you very much!
_ck
  Feb 05, 2013
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Fingers crossed for a Condensed Edition.
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joltman
  Feb 05, 2013
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Wife's a huge LOTR fan and her b-days in the beginning of April. so I'll definitely be picking it up for her

leburn98
  Feb 05, 2013
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I will be waiting for the inevitable The Hobbit Extended Edition Trilogy set that will hopefully take on the same look as the LOTR EE Trilogy set.

I like the movies enough to watch them a few times, but I am by no means a huge fan to the point of needing this day 1. Now Skyfall on the other hand

lupinskitten
  Feb 05, 2013
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>> I will be waiting for the inevitable The Hobbit Extended Edition Trilogy set that will hopefully take on the same look of the LOTR EE Trilogy set.

Me too. I LOVE how the LotR EE set looks. I have friends who will probably purchase the EE's as they are released, so at least I can see them!

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John Brune
  Feb 05, 2013
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Hate the cover art for the standard release! Who in the hell gets to decide that one? A blind person?

formula_nebula
  Feb 05, 2013
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Loving the 3D cover. Can't wait to pick this up. I would love to hold off for the EE but I know I won't be able to. Damn u Peter Jackson lol.
mattnotis
  Feb 05, 2013
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Is the Blu-ray going to be in 48 fps?

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obriensg1
  Feb 05, 2013
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FassbenderFan, Ian McKellen actually gets first billing in the film

kdo
  Feb 05, 2013
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I'm somewhat in agreement with _ck. I'd personally like an "extended & condensed" edition (if that makes any sense). Extended in terms of Gollum material (more of him talking to himself), and condensed regarding most of the rest of the film (namely the troll sequence, the fighting mountains, and the scene at the end of the film with the dwarves trapped in the trees...if they want, they can also remove the Goblin King's silly "That'll do it" death line)...Whatever the case, I will not be buying the Theatrical Edition, and will be waiting for an improved EE of sorts.

yoda-sama
  Feb 05, 2013
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@peterraes while there's much about the film that admittedly can give it a stretched feel, I, for one, was glad to see them give the riddles in the dark segment such space and attention. Having Bilbo waltz off with The One Ring without giving us a full sense of what he had to go through to get it would be a disservice; showing Gollum's madness, love of games and sharp wit with riddles is pretty important. Shortening it to just a few quick, dumbed down riddles really wouldn't cut it. Also, this is the only scene in this story that features (introduces, no less) this major character of LOTR, so of course they'd flesh it out if for that alone.
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ORFF
  Feb 05, 2013
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Give a couple days to be unannounced...

pixarforlife
  Feb 05, 2013
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Sweet. Can't wait!
BlueRagtop
  Feb 05, 2013
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I expect I'll get the regular version. I saw the HFR 3D in the theater and absolutely hated it. I felt it was aesthetically completely wrong for Middle Earth, which should be a land of mists & haze & dreamlike vistas -- NOT super-sharp digital "realism". And as for a future Extended Edition: I'd probably rent it first, as I felt the theatrical was overly-long as it was.

alphadec
  Feb 05, 2013
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this years new year resolution is "STOP BLIND BUYS!" so won't buy this was feed up with lord of the ring franchise after the first movie!.

The Bluray King
  Feb 05, 2013
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one thing i am happy about is that for the next 2 hobbit film's we already know ,that we will have DTS-HD 7.1 Mastered sound .so thank u perter jackson u are cool in my book for that one.

PBateman87
  Feb 05, 2013
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Not a big LOTR fan at all, yet I found The Hobbit to be a more enjoyable experience than any of the trilogy films. Maybe it was due to the theatrical experience (3D IMAX 48fps), but it was an entertaining film and I might just buy this.

thelittleprince
  Feb 05, 2013
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Enjoyed the movie and looking forward to the next two. Will buy the box set of all 3 extended films in the future!

Tom Servo
  Feb 05, 2013
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The cover is a fake, people...

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Ken Brown
  Feb 05, 2013
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@Tom Servo: the covers that appear above are the final covers per Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, as taken from the studio's official assets website this morning when the announcements were posted and made. Hope that helps clarify

lupinskitten
  Feb 05, 2013
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The second cover is fake -- they wouldn't put Beorn on a movie cover when we haven't even met him yet!

Alaskankaijudude
  Feb 05, 2013
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Agreed, that 3D cover makes no sense.

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Ken Brown
  Feb 05, 2013
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@lupinskitten: the cover featuring Beorn isn't official, you're correct. The two covers above, though -- the first featuring Bilbo, Gandalf and some of the Dwarves, and the second featuring Gandalf standing in the midst of falling leaves -- are official. It sounds like your browser is either displaying old cached images instead of the new, official images that have been loaded on the site, or you're looking at the Movie Only listing on the site, which still has a temp image (since a movie-only release hasn't been announced or confirmed). Hope that helps!

Aerodude73
  Feb 05, 2013
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the movie was OK, too long of course, & for anyone to whine & B!tch about "where's the info on the Extended Cut", all I can say is, "Really??!!" Did you See this version? THAT wasn't LONG enough? At least it'll be in 7.1 so you know it'll Look AND Sound great. Decent movie, similar to the first one IMO, not YOUR opinion, My opinion.
a_nonymous
  Feb 05, 2013
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First week 3D rental for me. I'll probably buy the extended when it comes out. I know a lot of people think it was too long, but I loved the whole thing. I never read the books, so it was all new information. We'll see if that changes the second time watching it.

Adam_WM
  Feb 05, 2013
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Digital Bits reporting an EE has been confirmed "in time for the holidays."

Boothill Gunslinger
  Feb 05, 2013
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@gvortex7: What? Would you rather them have a bunch of people in goofy purple dinosaur suits running around Middle Earth?

@John Brune: You're an idiot!

percussion137
  Feb 05, 2013
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I also hope that the extended edition will be in 3d. Otherwise, I may have to buy the theatrical 3d version and get the 2d extended edition once it's released.
momaw
  Feb 05, 2013
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UltraViolet digital copy An Unexpected Journey (2D) (expires 3/19/15)

So is this the date by which you need to redeem or have they introduced the limited period license they have been threatening us with?

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Bourne1886
  Feb 05, 2013
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No,you have until then to redeem it.

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nathanp
  Feb 05, 2013
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Watching The Hobbit in 48 FPS was one of the coolest things I've seen all year, kinda wish all movies were done that way now. I'll be waiting a couple years for the entire set however.

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kevin87
  Feb 05, 2013
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everybody's talking about an extended edition but didn't WB say they're not doing extended editions? isn't that kind of the reason they went and made it THREE films instead of 1 or 2?

I'll get 2D, eventually.

adamh
  Feb 05, 2013
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high frame rate was NOT for me!! just took away from the film imo, looking forward to this one!!

diL
  Feb 05, 2013
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3/19/13 will be a great day. The Hobbit and Gears of War Judgment!

pixarforlife
  Feb 05, 2013
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In your face, mother fuckers!!!!!
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Vegetto1083
  Feb 05, 2013
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Waiting on the 3D trilogy box

Spearmint701
  Feb 05, 2013
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Day ONE!!!

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wnicholas76
  Feb 05, 2013
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Love the cover for the 3D edition, but I'm still waiting for the extended editions of the trilogy.

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Marcuslaw
  Feb 05, 2013
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I too will wait for the Extended Cut or a future box set and double dip only when the Blu-ray 4K 3D version is eventually released.

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VaporX94
  Feb 05, 2013
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Re: the 3D covert art, I'm pretty sure it's called "The Hobbit" and not "The Wizard" - although I do love Gandalf. I'm going to wait on the 2D EE.

true.harv
  Feb 05, 2013
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Hoping for a 3D steelbook release (fingers crossed)

rollinwith26s
  Feb 05, 2013
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If Future Shop does a Steelbook I will get it. Otherwise I will wait for the Trilogy release.

bluebie34
  Feb 05, 2013
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save the commentary, most likely for the extended edition, just like the first 3, sigh. oh well. guess i gotta wait. but PLEASE be 3D.

growler
  Feb 05, 2013
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Will wait for parts 2 & 3 & then decide on theatrical or extended edition if available. It would be nice if extended editions contained the theatrical cuts as well.

Mr. Joshua
  Feb 05, 2013
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Will the release include the 48fps version? If not no deal...
MattGuyOR
  Feb 06, 2013
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No, it's impossible to play 48fps on current equipment.

hempo22
  Feb 06, 2013
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Mr. Joshua, just turn on 200Hz or MotionPlus or whatever it's called on your TV, it looks equally crappy to 48 fps
faornelas
  Feb 06, 2013
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I pass. Maybe when the entire trilogy is released, I will buy the complete thing.
DanaCameron7320
  Feb 06, 2013
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Horrible cover art for the 3D version. The movie is called "The Hobbit" not "The Wizard." And why is Gandalf the Grey shown wearing brown?
DanaCameron7320
  Feb 06, 2013
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I saw the 24fps/3D version first, and ultimately preferred it over the 48fps/3D version. While the 48fps version made many of the full CGI scenes (particularly the opening scenes in Erebor) look amazing, the 48fps really exposed the FX seams between composited elements in latter scenes (particularly the Radagast/Warg chase) moreso than in the 24fps version. I suspect that with more time, and the experience of having made "An Unexpected Journey" and seen the results, the filmmakers and FX wizards can improve on their efforts at making the FX even more believable at the highr frame rate.

Still, I hope not only "The Desolation of Smaug" and "There and Back Again" both feature 48fps/3D presentations, but Hollywood filmmakers learn how to better exploit the technology to overcome the problems audiences and critics had with it in "An Unexpected Journey."

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NY Yankees 23 2
  Feb 06, 2013
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NO! Extended Edition Box Set ONLY! See ya in holidays 2014!
reidw
  Feb 06, 2013
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Am I the only one who felt that Gandalf seemed "off" and bit "distracted" compared to The Lord of the Rings? He didn't seem to have the same authority as in the classic trilogy.

thephantomcat
  Feb 06, 2013
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You're confusing Gandalf the Grey with Gandalf the White.
mredman
  Feb 06, 2013
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So will the 3D look as good as in the theater ?
reidw
  Feb 06, 2013
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@thephantomcat: Interesting point but then are you saying that Gandalf looked more powerful and assured after his battle with the Balrog and his subsequent "rebirth"? To me he was the same Gandalf all through the trilogy. Right from that first appearance where he explains to Frodo how a wizard is never late. Frankly it seemed to me that the actor was having trouble remembering his lines. He is now in reality quite a bit older after all than he was when he made the LOTR films.
xmonkeywarriorx
  Feb 06, 2013
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the hobbit 3d SUCK!! but the movie is awesome!
cbal75
  Feb 06, 2013
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This was an average film with so many cheesy and groundhog day moments that i felt it was par with Prometheus as the most dissapointing of 2012.
KcMsterpce
  Feb 07, 2013
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It would be nice to have a fan edit, making the ALL THREE PARTS into one three-hour movie.
I can't imagine an "extended edition" of this. It's already too long just with part 1, and seems like it's stretching itself sooo hard to become an overlong trilogy. Pretty painful watching, really. I hope there ISN'T an EE, just because it feels like the three-part set already will be the "final director's intent".

ozzsoad
  Feb 07, 2013
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Can't wait, my favorite film of last year. Will hold off on the 3D till the Extended Version, I don't have a 3D setup yet anyway.
kdrcraig
  Feb 07, 2013
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I'll be waiting for the inevitable extended edition.

Ignotum
  Feb 07, 2013
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we want extended edition dates!!!

Cancerebro
  Feb 07, 2013
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I'm also going to wait for the extended cut. In fact, I will wait patiently for a collection that includes all 6 movies with extended cuts and Fellowship of the Ring as color corrected. That's probably going to happen at the end of 2015.

coolkev1701
  Feb 07, 2013
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Yeah, I'm going to wait for the extended version as well.
car2nst
  Feb 07, 2013
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id like to pre order but the amazon links are STILL down. Seems very weird considering its almost a month before release. anyone know why?

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Rike255
  Feb 07, 2013
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Day 1 buy for me, loved this movie!
dimar
  Feb 07, 2013
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For me it's going to be 48 fps extended blu-ray version. Not buying downgraded release.

1Fish2FishRedFishBlu
  Feb 07, 2013
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I was fortunate to have seen this at an iMax theater. It was amazing. I am torn between waiting for the extended cut or buying this one to tide me over. Ultimately, I will purchase the extended trilogy. The think the original movies were more complete with the additional footage and expect this trilogy to be no different.

Tom Servo
  Feb 07, 2013
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Bah. I blame theonering dot net... They claimed that cover was a possible fake making the rounds on the internet, that'll teach me.

brentus
  Feb 07, 2013
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I guess I'll wait for the extended trilogy, because this isn't even the format I'd want. Hopefully HFR formats will be available by the time the Hobbit extended is released.

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brian9229
  Feb 07, 2013
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Great movie, day 1 buy. Hoping the 3d is at least half as good as in the theater. This movie was beautifully put together and is yet another testament to the genius that is Peter Jackson. People need to stop their pissin n moaning like little girls. Its toooo loooooong!!BooHoo!!! Christ on a cracker, get over it already!!!

thephantomcat
  Feb 07, 2013
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ReidW, Rewatch Gandalf the White's first scene in The Two Towers. "Gandalf? Gandalf the Grey. Yes, that was my name. *I* am Gandalf the White." The emphasis is Ian McKellan's. You'll notice that Gandalf the White is far more "together" than the Grey. I believe even in the special features or was it an interview that Ian McKellan indicated he viewed them as different characters and even went so far as to say he prefered Gandalf the Grey.
reidw
  Feb 07, 2013
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Afraid I don't see it as phantom does. I don't think it has anything to do with the part as written. I think its just a sign that the actor is losing some of his abilities. He seemed to be having trouble with his lines. That's sad for him and for anybody in the same situation.

Porco Azzurro
  Feb 08, 2013
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UK versions are up on Amazon.co.uk - different cover for the 3D version (looks like a lenticular one) and no DVDs included. Also an exclusive steelbook with yet more different artwork.
faornelas
  Feb 08, 2013
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Odd cover choices.

thephantomcat
  Feb 08, 2013
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Lol! Yes, all old people are weak minded and grow more useless as they age. Age-ism at its finest. Lol! I'm sorry, but I don't think you can tell the difference between someone who is acting and someone who is senile.
reidw
  Feb 08, 2013
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There's going to be three movies. When all three are done I'm willing to bet that the covers will make sense (i.e form parts of a whole).

lupinskitten
  Feb 08, 2013
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... so now Gandalf is on the 3D cover, of a movie called 'THE HOBBIT'??

Um... no.

moonbucket
  Feb 08, 2013
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Honestly, Sir Ian McKellen gives a fantastic performance as the younger, more mischievous and playful Gandalf the Grey and he's written off as ageing.

Did Saurman - Christopher Lee - seem like he was forgetting his lines? He is 90 years old.

Two of the finest actors to grace the big screen. I find them utterly spellbinding to watch.
Blurayfan01
  Feb 08, 2013
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I going to get the extended cut versions of The Hobbit Trilogy because I watched this film and it's SO EPIC!
Well, day one for the extended cut!
If you watch The Lord of the Rings Trilogy before, wait for the extended cut to be more EPIC!
Tshoffie
  Feb 09, 2013
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will pass on this movie i hated it ..Peter jackson ruined what could have been a good movie...its a shame he couldnt just do the movie by the book...nope he like george lucas have to tinker and change things
ZoetMB
  Feb 09, 2013
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Do those of you who think that Ian McKellen had trouble with his lines have any notion at all of how films are made? This isn't a Broadway play where everything is done live. They can film one line at a time if they have to and if the delivery isn't quite right, they loop the dialogue later. You may not like his performance or how he was directed or you might find fault with the script. But to say that McKellen couldn't remember his lines in a way that negatively impacted his performance is absurd.
reidw
  Feb 09, 2013
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@zoetmb: How do you know that what we saw was not the best take out of a whole bunch of even worse performances? A director sometimes has to take what he can get even if he's not completely satisfied.
penguin
  Feb 09, 2013
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After TLOTR I am hobbitted out and nothing I have seen in the trailers encourages me to change my mind. Extended editions, three more films? No thank you!

Roland_Hawlett
  Feb 10, 2013
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i want 48 fps!

CrescentMoon
  Feb 11, 2013
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FYI, Sir Ian McKellen is also a stage actor. Now how could he possibly be doing that if he can't remember his lines? Also, if you cannot tell the difference between Gandalf the Grey and Gandalf the White (apart from the physical appearance), then no offense, but maybe you're not the best person to judge someone's acting abilities.

BigRedEthan
  Feb 11, 2013
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Question - Does it state whether any of the versions of the film (3D & 2D) will be in 48fps or 24fps on Blu Ray?

CrescentMoon
  Feb 11, 2013
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@BigRedEthan: Just 24fps for both versions. The current Blu-ray standard does not support 48fps in 1080p let alone in 3D, nor does the vast majority of displays.

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Magicmonger
  Feb 11, 2013
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Will wait for the Extended Cut...

kuliddar
  Feb 11, 2013
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Enjoyed the film but will wait for Extended Cut
ZoetMB
  Feb 11, 2013
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Did those of you who claim to want 48fps see it in a theatre in 48fps? Because in 48fps, it had the dreaded "soap-opera" effect and IMO, looked amazingly horrible - to the point where I couldn't understand why Peter Jackson would have wanted his film to look that way. And if you want that look, it's very simple. Just turn on the motion modes on your TV. It will look exactly the same.
ZoetMB
  Feb 11, 2013
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CrescentMoon: While I wrote above that it's absurd that McKellen forgetting his lines would have any effect on the result because they could film a line at a time and/or loop, stage actors do indeed forget their lines. I once saw "A Walk In the Woods" (probably in '89 or '90) in London with Alec Guinness and near the beginning of the play, he forgot his lines, got up, walked off stage for a moment, then walked back and picked up where he left off and was fine for the rest of the play.

CrescentMoon
  Feb 11, 2013
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@ZoetMB: You're right, stage actors do forget their lines occasionally, regardless of their age However I have serious doubts that one can act on stage if his performance on film requires countless takes to make it more or less right. That, as you put it, absurd.
reidw
  Feb 11, 2013
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Countless takes are part of the movie business that has nothing to do with whether or not an actor knows his/her lines. I felt that Ian seemed distracted and not completely with it. Or perhaps he was just asking himself why he had agreed to do the film in the first place. It isn't anywhere close to LOTR in quality.

brentus
  Feb 12, 2013
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ZoetMB: Yes we saw it in 48fps. It looked amazing. The soap effect is just the effect of smooth video, and you call it the soap effect because you've only seen it in cheap TV before. 24fps looks more cinematic to us only because our minds are trained to equate jerky video with cinema, and smooth video with soap operas. This is a completely artificial mindset; there is nothing superior about 24 fps. It produces judder and limits how filmmakers can use cameras. Films have used 24 fps because it's the lowest framerate they could get away with, and it's technically more challenging to have more frames. There's nothing sacred or magical about a barely-tolerable framerate. Let's take the time to get used to smooth video and then move on (after a few films everyone will get used to it), instead of restricting cinematography with a technical artifact of the past.

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DrrnHarr
  Feb 12, 2013
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I'll wait for the boxset of the Extended Cuts (just as I did for LotR)

thephantomcat
  Feb 12, 2013
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Oh, reidw doesn't like the Hobbit so Ian McKellan must be feeble minded. Got it.
reidw
  Feb 12, 2013
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@the phantomcat: It more than just one character. The whole effort came up short for me. There just isn't enough in The Hobbit to make three movies. The element of jeopardy and what's at stake is much lower in value in this film than in the Lord of The Rings. There was too much CGI in scenes where Jackson used real people, props and sets in LOTR. The whole production had the sense of an attempt to try to "go home" again. That rarely works well in the movies but they keep doing it. I don't think anyone not even Jackson could recreate the delight we all felt when we first saw The Lord of the Rings. FTR, I consider LOTR to be one of the cinema's greatest accomplishments.

So you see there's a lot more than one actor's performance that I don't like about this film. But phantomcat please grow a bit of a thicker skin and learn to stop insulting/attacking/ridiculing any one who has the temerity to disagree with you.

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donzo29
  Feb 12, 2013
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I was so looking forward to this movie. I absolutley loved the LOTR trilogy and could not wait for the extended editions to come out. I wanted more, more, MORE!

I have read The Hobbit and The LOTR trilogy several times.

When I heard PJ was making the Hobbit into three movies I began to get a little nervous. As it turns out I was right to be scared. Just like King Kong, Peter Jackson has taken a 90 minute story and stretched it beyond the limits trying to make it more than it needs to be. I actually fell asleep in the middle. I could not wait for this movie to end. What a total disapointment. Maybe in 5 or 6 years they will edit the three movies down to a condensed version that lasts about two and a half hours total. I might consider watching that but sitting though this version again? No Thanks.
boulder_bum
  Feb 13, 2013
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All these people complaining about HFR have lost all credibility when arguing for "director's intent" in Blu-ray transfers.

Real life is much higher than even 48fps and higher frame rate adds detail to motion like high resolution adds detail to each frame. 24fps is just tradition. I'll be happy when cinema moves beyond that limitation.
blame_thatcher
  Feb 13, 2013
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Why would anyone want an extended edition of a film that is already far too long?
ryanasaurus0077
  Feb 13, 2013
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Will definitely wait for the extended cut. Maybe even longer if Warner doesn't come up with a makeshift method of translating 48 FPS to current Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD standards by then. (I say "makeshift" because the BDA's already convened to figure out how to make room for 48 FPS in the official standards.)

Maybe for the DVD and 2D Blu-ray they could do it in 29.97i and do a 1:1:1:2 pulldown for the 48 FPS footage?


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