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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 90th AnniversaryWarner 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
      • Goblins
      • 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:

      • Hobbiton
      • Rhosgobel
      • The Misty Mountains
      • Goblin Town

    • The Songs of The Hobbit - A look at the realization of Tolkien's songs in An Unexpected Journey.



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News comments (103 comments)


ABCABBMovie
  Jul 31, 2013
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Who could have seen this coming?

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Torgon
  Jul 31, 2013
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Been waiting for the 3D extended cut, but part of me still wants to wait (a few years) for the box set to match the LotR EE series. Good news to see it released though.

mseeley
  Jul 31, 2013
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FINALLY! Day one buy in 3d!!!!
ckyrico
  Jul 31, 2013
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I still wish Guillermo Del Toro was on the commentary track as well, but I get it.

ambientcafe
  Jul 31, 2013
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Crikey, wasn't the theatrical cut 'extended' enough already (?)
bigtallguy
  Jul 31, 2013
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Milking the cow....
kedavis
  Jul 31, 2013
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I agree, the un-extended version was too long for me.

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Danielle Ni Dhighe
  Jul 31, 2013
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13 minutes longer and still no closer to their destination? Oy vey.
deado
  Jul 31, 2013
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Only 13 minutes more? Thought it would be more like 20-30 mins.... a little disappointing.

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deepbreathsanddeath
  Jul 31, 2013
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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.

Dorklord
  Jul 31, 2013
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Day 1 buy! Looks sweet... but... must confess... thought there might be a bit more than 13 extra minutes. Oh well... it's the version I want to own and it will be mine!

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LordCrumb
  Jul 31, 2013
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lol @ the comments about 'milking' it. Warner said an Extended cut was coming before the Theatrical version was even out on Blu-Ray.

Plus considering that all three LOTR films got extended cuts, it was obvious an extended Hobbit cut would be coming.

I for one LOVE longer editions of films.

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Jumpman
  Jul 31, 2013
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@deepbreathsanddeath,

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.

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wnicholas76
  Jul 31, 2013
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Even though I already have the 3D theatrical cut, I'm still getting the 3D extended edition on day one!!

mjcavinder
  Jul 31, 2013
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This is what I have waited for...I have held out.

GC Riot
  Jul 31, 2013
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Waiting for the six film extended edition box set... like a boss!

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Jumpman
  Jul 31, 2013
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@GC Riot,

Kind of have to agree with you. It's tempting but you just know that Jackson and WB are going to put out a massive set with all six films packaged together sometime in 2015. You just know it.

AFKat
  Jul 31, 2013
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And it starts...or continues the LOTR business model
maddog510
  Jul 31, 2013
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Warner Brothers is double dipping. Why didn't they come out with this version in the 1st place?

nametag
  Jul 31, 2013
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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.
Red Dragon
  Jul 31, 2013
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What can I say? Day 1 for this as well as the next two extended editions AND the inevitable megaset (Hobbit Lord of The Rings). Guess I'm just a middle earth slut.

You know ...between DVD and Blu, I wonder what I've double and even triple dipped the most for ...the saga of Jackson's Middle Earth or Nolan's Gotham City?

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Irrob
  Jul 31, 2013
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Gonna wait for the box set down the road...

Filmmaker
  Jul 31, 2013
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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?

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rickah88
  Jul 31, 2013
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Why must the more expensive 3D version, have the terrible coverart??
NYorker
  Jul 31, 2013
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Cover art stinks like a month-old tuna!
Going to get it anyway, and hope that someone can draw up a fan cover...

AlpsStranger
  Jul 31, 2013
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A patient man would wait for the trilogy boxset. I am not a patient man.

RSuarez
  Jul 31, 2013
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Wow, they extended one single book into three films... and now they are extending it again?
nightscath
  Jul 31, 2013
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i'll wait for all 3 movies to come out in one package yea, maybe they will toss in some more extra's by then.

lupinskitten
  Jul 31, 2013
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I'm torn. I want the trilogy boxset... but having to wait three or four years to see the EE's... I'll probably wind up buying this.
reidw
  Jul 31, 2013
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@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.
hazelwu
  Jul 31, 2013
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5 BDs for one movie, is it a record?

dmarvin
  Jul 31, 2013
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The Appendices are what make this version the must-own edition for me. Day one!

Philly Q
  Jul 31, 2013
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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?

Catastrophe
  Jul 31, 2013
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FINALLY. Can't wait for this one!
MattGuyOR
  Jul 31, 2013
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@reidw: the third movie "There and Back Again" will be released on December 17th, 2014. It was originally going to be released in July, I believe. Not sure where you got May.

THGhost
  Jul 31, 2013
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Holding out the extended trilogy. Couple of more years to go :P
MoulinBlu
  Jul 31, 2013
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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.

Old Bones
  Jul 31, 2013
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13 minutes , what a joke...... fools and their money !!
reidw
  Jul 31, 2013
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Same place you got July likely. It was originally May but must have gotten changed to July and now to Dec. Bad news.
SonOfArathorn
  Jul 31, 2013
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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.
SonOfArathorn
  Jul 31, 2013
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Also... I wonder what scene 88 is all about?
batlash
  Jul 31, 2013
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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...

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Cplhicks
  Jul 31, 2013
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Finally! Been waiting forever for the announcement. Will get the 3D one, but I like the 2d Cover way better! Hope there is some sort of exclusive cover/steelbook or something for this.

Chattery
  Jul 31, 2013
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The preorders are up, got it ordered. Think it's much better than the LOTR extended as everything's on Blu-Ray, no DVDs.

Whoever decided the docos were parts seven and eight is a genius though because now I *have * to get the LOTR extended Blu-Ray.

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varmintx
  Jul 31, 2013
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Here's hoping they fix the LFE on the extended cut.

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nathanp
  Jul 31, 2013
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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

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reelgeek
  Jul 31, 2013
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Nice, but they won't get me (fully). I'll get the inexpensive theatrical cuts to hold me over until the extended trilogy box set comes out.

L32GTPCompG
  Jul 31, 2013
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It's finally time to get this. I passed on the first release because almost everyone knew that this was going to come out eventually.

dmarvin
  Jul 31, 2013
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@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.

BluMonday
  Jul 31, 2013
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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?
Truewitt
  Jul 31, 2013
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I don't get the complaints about another release, but the fact that the 3D version has a $20 premium is ridiculous.

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wvl
  Jul 31, 2013
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Pre-Ordered me one

alien2010
  Jul 31, 2013
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Surprise, surprise. So we're getting the extended editions after all. Since I am no fan of 3D, I might as well not bother seeing the next two at the cinemas and wait for the blu-rays.
TheExtractor8728
  Jul 31, 2013
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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.

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zoodermin
  Jul 31, 2013
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This is the edition I was waiting for. While 13 more minutes is not too much (and the film was long enough in its theatrical cut), those bonus features look pretty good!

Tom Servo
  Jul 31, 2013
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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.

vanscottie
  Jul 31, 2013
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Will wait for another EE Trilogy set, love my current LotR trilogy set so I assume another one just like it for this trilogy

andyk69
  Jul 31, 2013
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13 MINUTES MORE OF SUFFERING? no thanks

Tom Servo
  Jul 31, 2013
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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.
TitusTroy
  Jul 31, 2013
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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?
ryanasaurus0077
  Jul 31, 2013
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I think I'll wait until an HFR 3D version is feasible.

Black Sunshine
  Jul 31, 2013
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Im waiting for the Giftset with a Statue like the German EE release to pre-order

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jasonaalbert73
  Jul 31, 2013
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As much as I would love to wait and save the money..........I just CANT!!! HA I have to have all of them day one when they come out for our home theater.

imsounoriginal
  Jul 31, 2013
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Extended editions: for those of you who don't understand the meaning of the word "adaptation" and need to see every word that Tolkien wrote up on the screen.

PeterTHX
  Jul 31, 2013
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I wonder if they will reencode this with 96kHz Dolby TrueHD.

The Atmos mix was very nice.

imsounoriginal
  Jul 31, 2013
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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?
reidw
  Jul 31, 2013
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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.

Network23
  Jul 31, 2013
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Been waiting for this! Day 1!

lobo81865
  Jul 31, 2013
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Glad I waited for this one. I didn't want the theatrical, knowing the EE was eventually coming along.

rotatingfish
  Jul 31, 2013
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Does anyone else find it really hilarious that a lot of the whingers who complain about turning The Hobbit into a 9 hour trilogy are also Game Of Thrones fans?! J.R.R. Tolkien > George R.R. Martin.

ChuckT43
  Jul 31, 2013
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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.
SonOfArathorn
  Jul 31, 2013
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@Rotatingfish

Apples and Oranges man. And who really cares?
prozacnation1978
  Jul 31, 2013
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Extended cut is only 13 mins. I cant believe I waited 7 months for 13 mins

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nathanp
  Jul 31, 2013
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don't worry prozacnation, I'll be waiting 3 years for 13 minutes.

thatscifiguy
  Jul 31, 2013
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Is it certain that the 3D discs will be the extended version too and not just be on the 2D disc that in that combo pack?
schmejap
  Jul 31, 2013
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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!

Slikkbradd
  Jul 31, 2013
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If it was minus 13 mins I'd bite

SixSpeedSamurai
  Jul 31, 2013
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Finally. But, must....have.....steelbook

killermike2178
  Jul 31, 2013
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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.

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Ken Brown
  Jul 31, 2013
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@thatscifiguy: Yes, the 3D discs will feature the Extended Cut in 3D.

mikehalc
  Aug 01, 2013
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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.

As for the Hobbit: AWESOME!

@Scmejap Definitely Star Wars for me as well!
arkgabi
  Aug 01, 2013
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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)?
Viggo
  Aug 01, 2013
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I'm completely surprised by this.

Tom Servo
  Aug 01, 2013
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Cool! I accidentally double posted, and the comment sucked both times
Ah the internet... (I love saying that)

Dreambo
  Aug 01, 2013
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Thank God there is only 2 Audio Codecs, Dolby Digital & DTS, or New Line would be releasing separate editions continually as they did on LOTR....Sort of a rip to me...and I am offended by it....


Don't need to buy the extended since Elrond and Bilbo have agreed to have him stay. Oh, that's how Bilbo got there?

The Fallen Deity
  Aug 01, 2013
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This shall be mine! It'll sit nicely next to my LOTR Extended & Theatrical Blu-Ray Box Sets.

Cancerebro
  Aug 01, 2013
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I didn't get the TE. I haven't even got the LotR Trilogy yet. Just for the sake of 6 movies extended pack. God it's gonna be like hell waiting a couple of years more but I'll make it!

L-Rouge
  Aug 01, 2013
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13 minutes?. crikey!!
Beatleman
  Aug 02, 2013
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13 minutes? That's it?

bushell44
  Aug 02, 2013
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Dont waste your money

I*heart*Criterion
  Aug 02, 2013
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*eeeh*eeeh*eh*eeeh*

Hear that?

Thats the sound of nerds being milked....
JMCurtis
  Aug 02, 2013
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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.

lupinskitten
  Aug 02, 2013
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I double-dipped on LotR the most -- the regular dvds, then the extended dvds, then the Extended Blu Ray set. I'm not doing it with The Hobbit! :P
Richie74
  Aug 02, 2013
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Longer does not mean better contrary to belief. The extra mins are usually easily missed and really only of any interest to the most hardcore fans.
Just my opinion.

Mr. Joshua
  Aug 02, 2013
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I wish all of The Hobbit movies were 4 hours long each!

DeeEmEcks
  Aug 03, 2013
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Uhg can I pre-order that extended 3d blu ray but with a DIFFERENT cover...???


brentus
  Aug 04, 2013
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I'm holding out for the extended HFR 3D trilogy set, on whatever format will end up supporting that. In the meantime, I'll content myself with multiple theatrical viewings.

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MikaLove
  Aug 04, 2013
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So. How excited are we about the Amazon exclusive?
I WANTSSSS IT....!

Wookie2
  Aug 04, 2013
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I hope the UK gets the Amazon Exclusive with Gollum/Bilbo statue too. It looks so cool

killermike2178
  Aug 04, 2013
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If you want HFR, just set your monitor's refresh rate to 120 Hz or 240 Hz. Same difference.
Jimmy Smith
  Aug 04, 2013
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^ Saying that setting your TV to a high refresh rate is the same as native 48 fps is like saying real time 3D conversions are as good as native 3D. They are not

rotatingfish
  Aug 05, 2013
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^Agree 100% with @Jimmy Smith. It's as bad as saying colourised movies are better than their black and white originals.

SeffBlu
  Aug 05, 2013
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They're giving away a free copy at FilmSocial. http://film-social.com/2013/08/05/giveaway-the-hobbit-extended-edition-3d-12167/


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