The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition Blu-rays (Updated, Pre-Order & EE Clip Available)
Posted July 31, 2013 12:00 PM by Webmaster
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially announced both the standard 3-disc Blu-ray/UltraViolet and 5-disc 3D BD/Ultraviolet Combo Pack releases of director Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Extended Edition. Both versions of the 182-minute Extended Cut arrive on Blu-ray on November 5th. Amazon is also now accepting pre-orders.
The new Extended 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.
"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."
Update: One of the Extended Edition's deleted/extended scenes -- a brief conversation between Bilbo and Elrond -- can be found below, after the special features breakdown.
Film synopsis: Unassuming Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Bilbo finds himself among a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). Their journey takes 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, Bilbo not only discovers guile and courage that surprise him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious," a ring tied to the fate of all Middle-Earth.
Tech specs have yet to be fully detailed, but are expected to be revealed soon. Cover art is final. Special features available on both the 2D and 3D releases of the Extended Edition include:
The Filmmakers' Commentary - Director/writer/producer Peter Jackson and writer/co-producer Philippa Boyens provide their perspective and stories on creating the first film.
New Zealand: Home of Middle-Earth - From Matamata to Queenstown, travel with Peter Jackson and his team across the stunning locations of New Zealand, transformed by the filmmakers into Middle-Earth.
The Appendices Part 7: A Long-Expected Journey - A 14-part chronological history of the filming of 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, and the work done on set chronologically through the three shooting blocks and in the world of its digital effects. Chapters include:
The Journey Back to Middle-Earth
Riddles in the Dark: Gollum's Cave
An Unexpected Party: Bag End
Roast Mutton: Trollshaws Forest
Bastion of the Greenwood: Rhosgobel
A Short Rest: Rivendell and London
Over Hill: The Misty Mountains
Under Hill: Goblin Town
Out of the Frying Pan: The Forest Ledge
Return to Hobbiton: The Shire
The Epic of Scene 88: Strath Taieri
The Battle of Moria: Azanulbizar
Edge of the Wilderland: Pick-ups and the Carrock
Home Is Behind, the World Is Ahead
The Appendices Part 8: Return to Middle-Earth - Another selection of documentaries and featurettes await, further detailing the development, design and production of An Unexpected Journey:
The Company of Thorin - Explores the characters and backgrounds of the five families of dwarves and the company of actors chosen to play Thorin's company on the Quest of the Lonely Mountain. Chapters include:
Assembling the Dwarves
Thorin, Fili & Kili
Balin & Dwalin
Oin & Gloin
Dori, Nori & Ori
Bifur, Bofur & Bombur
Mr. Baggins: The 14th Member - A revealing look at the film's charismatic and talented lead actor, Martin Freeman.
Durin's Folk: Creating the Dwarves - Reveals the journey and process of designing, conceptualizing and physically realizing the dwarves in The Hobbit.
The Peoples and Denizens of Middle-Earth - Focuses on the realization of new characters and creatures encountered in the first film, from casting to characterization to physical and digital design. Chapters include:
The Stone Trolls
Radagast the Brown
Azog the Defiler
Realms of the Third Age: From Bag End to Goblin Town - Follows the creation of the Middle-Earth locations from conceptual design to set and prop building to fully digital realities. Realms explored include:
The Misty Mountains
The Songs of The Hobbit - A look at the realization of Tolkien's songs in An Unexpected Journey.
The story is being split into 3 films for Pete sake. Each one will presumably be about 160 minutes each. That's 8 hours for Jacksons take on the hobbit story. If the extended versions are all about 180 minutes each, that's 9 hours for the hobbit story. The next two very well might be extended even longer like the LOTR trilogy did, so that's even longer. 9+ hours isn't bloody long enough for one story? Each LOTR book only got half that.
The package sounds much better this time around. Glad I waited. The covers suck compared to the original releases though.
Philippa Boyens is on record as stating that the theatrical cut of Desolation of Smaug is going to be shorter than the theatrical cut of An Unexpected Journey. It sounds as if these extended cuts are not to have the massive amounts of footage placed back in like the Rings Trilogy and that kind of makes sense. They've already extended the Hobbit into three films. How much can they really add back in to these extended cuts?
As for the set, once it again, it's overkill in terms of special features. Like the Extended Rings Trilogy, I may watch the appendices once and never again. Luckily, it seems as if the film isn't spread over two discs, which is great.
Sounds like they may have listened to the justified 'it's too long' criticism and that's why you only get those 13 extra minutes. A good move I'd say. Though it's a shame you can't get both cuts available via seamless branching.
Allegedly the 30 minute "A Hobbit's Tale, Part I: The Journey Begins" documentary that was exclusive to the theatrical cut release from Best Buy was supposed to be included in this set but I don't see it listed. What gives?
@lupinskitten: Your wait may not be that long. The third movie will be released in May 2014. A six movie EE box set could be as early 2015 or less than two years away. By that time the release will probably be in 4K.
I'm not bothering with any versions of The Hobbit until they release the 3D, EE trilogy box set, all 27 discs or whatver the hell it turns out to be. By that time I may actually have a 3D TV.... or maybe Blu-ray will have been superseded as a format. Who knows?
I'll bite, again, and probably again if they produce a really nice box set in a few years once the films have completed. But, I'm surprised it's only 13 minutes longer - rather short for a Jackson extended cut - makes you wonder why they didn't include the deleted scenes in the theatrical cut. Couldn't they be finished in time, or were they deliberately cut for the sake of exploiting their fanbase? I just lost a little respect for Jackson if it's the later. Considering how long the film is - though it breezed by for me like a 90 minute movie - it doesn't seem like a mere 13 minutes would have hurt it's theatrical showing to warrant holding them back.
As with everything middle earth I will be getting this on day 1. The appendices alone make it worth it for me as I ended up watching those more than the EE of LOTR.
I am glad to see that not too much was added to this one though as it was already long in the tooth with so much exposition so early on. Now that all of that is out of the way hopefully the next two movies are filled with goodness. Really, I just want the scene with Bilbo walking up the stairs towards the shards of Narsil, that bit in the trailer gave me chills.
Not digging the 3D cover though, usually the 3Deditions get better art, maybe if it's lenticular it'll be cool looking I guess.
Put me in the "middle earth whore" boat, I'll sail into the west under that flag.
I was holding out for this, but now I'm thinking I'll hold out for the whole thing (collected theatrical set and collected extended set, or both in the same box) as I have with Lord of the Rings. Or not. The special features call out...
Glad I didn't buy the first release, actually glad I won't buy this release either, gonna be smart this time and wait for the extended trilogy set, probably sometime in 2015. Ugly covers for this version anyway, I can wait
@Old Bones: 13 extra minutes of movie and what should be at least 4 hours worth of HD docs in the Appendices. People could make the argument of "fools and their money..." about spending money on ANY BD's in general, but I'd like to think that on this website, we're not as crazy as those "normal" people.
I can't believe there are still "milking the cow" and "who didn't see this coming" and "double dipping" comments after the fact that these EE's were mentioned to be coming later this year before the Theatrical version came out on Blu-Ray. Heck, you could have expected it to happened based on how the LOTR movies were rolled out, and just an FYI, they will have two more for the next two Hobbit films. It's your own fault if you feel burnt for picking up the Theatrical Versions without a bit of investigation (which isn't hard if you frequent this site) and if you are just here to be a jerk about it, who needs you, really?
Just an FYI, for those that are saying that the third film, 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again', is being released in May (early) 2014, you are mistaken. The third film is being released on December 17, 2014.
@alien2010: The films are being released in 2D, so you don't have to see them in 3D if you don't want to.
Great news about the hours of extras, continuing the tradition of the LOTR releases. I'm a little disappointed that there is only one commentary track this time, as opposed to four on the LOTR movies. No cast commentary is pretty disappointing especially.
But you know this isn't the last version either, there is still no word of the 48fps version, IMAX 3d 48fps, and the twelve or fifteen other versions that were in the theaters.
Great news about the hours of extras, continuing the tradition of the LOTR releases. I'm a little disappointed that there is only one commentary track this time, as opposed to four on teh LOTR movies. No cast commentary is pretty disappointing especially.
But you know this isn't the last version either, there is still no word of the 48fps version, IMAX 3d, 48fps, and the twelve or fifteen other versions that were in the theaters.
13 minutes?...I thought I remember Jackson saying that the EE would be around 25 minutes...I think what happened is that originally the Hobbit was supposed to be 2 movies but when they added the 3rd movie then most of the extra material went into that movie
so the extra footage will only include extended scenes and no completely new ones?
I'm surprised one of the special features isn't one of those things where they have the words from the novel on the screen and a little icon that bounces on each word as it happens in the movie, like in the old Disney sing-a-longs. Isn't that the point of these extended editions?
The numbering of the Appendices confirms for me that Jackson's goal is not just to create a trilogy out of a short story, a daunting task in it own right, but also to create a unified thematically consistent "Saga of The Ring" in which these three movies will blend seamlessly with the three LOTR productions. Tolkien's works never really achieved that as the tone alone of the two works is completely different. One is told like a simple fairy tale. The other is a medieval themed epic worthy of Beowulf and the great Norse sagas.
I'll buy both the theatrical and the extended versions as they come out. 13 minutes really isn't much to have held out for though. Maybe just do a deluxe package instead with all the extras and release the full extended cut during the initial release.
So I am wondering... what series have you double-dipped the most on? LOTR? Harry Potter? for me its still Star Wars.. VHS Originals... VHS Special Ed... DVD... Blu ray.... or Harry Potter... Original (Fullscreen) DVD.. Widescreen DVD... Blu Ray.... Ultimate Ed. Blu Ray and then the Ultimate Wizards Collection last year!
Gotta love eBay for moving on the old stock!
Unless those extras are all getting their own 2 discs, keeping in mind that commentary is one of those extras, it looks like the movie is being split across 2 discs for both 2D and 3D this time around, meaning that there's a possibility of us getting the Dolby Atmos mix via Dolby TrueHD 96 kHz Upsampling, like the Finding Nemo, Brave, and the new Monsters, Inc. BDs., this time around.
I haven't browsed the comments on the site in a while, but just from a quick glance it looks like somebody either spilled water on the trolls or fed them after midnight because there's a lot more than I recall.
So the releases is extended edition - only versions, am I right? I mean, like in the case of LotR, theatrical editions will not be included on the discs (meaning one should buy both versions of the same movie to have the chance to watch the theatrical and the extended cuts as well)?
When this comes out I'm hoping to be able to put my Original Theatrical Cut 3D disc[s] into the case with the 3D Extended Cut, and put the other discs in the other case. Not worth selling the theatrical one off. Besides, since there is supposed to be new bonus material I don't want to lose any of the previous stuff, especially if the new set drops some of the original release's material.