The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray (Pre-orders Up)
Posted February 19, 2014 12:21 AM by Webmaster
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially announced the 2D, 3D and Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of the theatrical cut of filmmaker Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, starring Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt and Orlando Bloom, Mikael Persbrandt, Sylvester McCoy, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Graham McTavish, Adam Brown, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Ryan Gage, John Bell, Manu Bennett and Lawrence Makoare. The sequel to An Unexpected Journey arrives on Blu-ray on April 8th.
Synopsis: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (McKellan) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Armitage), on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company travels East, encountering along the way skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all–a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself: the dragon Smaug (Cumberbatch).
The film will be available via a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, a Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, and a standard Blu-ray Combo Pack. The Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack includes two Gates of Erebor replica bookends from the Noble Collection, and only 25,000 will be available in the U.S.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround. Special features include:
Peter Jackson Invites You to the Set – Experience the film's challenges and demands, and journey alongside the director into Mirkwood, Lake-town and Dale as the movie's most intense, pivotal scenes are created:
In the Company of the Hobbit
All in a Day's Work
Production Videos – Watch as the production comes to life as Peter Jackson gives you an inside look at the making of The Desolation of Smaug
New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth, Part 2 – Travel with Peter Jackson and his team across the stunning locations of New Zealand transformed by the filmmakers into Middle-earth
Music Video – "I See Fire" by Ed Sheeran; the beautiful theme song from the film is illuminated with this intimate music video
I enjoyed this one.Alot more the the first tho the first one still was cool.But i can not wait for the last one the second one left off at one hell of a wtf moment but still was enjoyable if you ask me.day 1 for me 3D version just because i own the first one in 3D .
I'm not sure if I should buy that box set or not. I wasn't expecting them to release that set with the Theatrical Cut. I'm hoping they release the same set with the Extended Edition 3D Blu-ray so I can hold off and get that edition with the extra special features and box set goodies.
I understand people's frustration with the eventual extended edition in the fall but I am a big fan of these films so the double dip (so to speak) does not bother me. Will get the 3D version of the theatrical cut on release day.
Odd that a box set is coming out with the theatrical. Only came out for the extended version of the first Hobbit. Anyways, if there's a digibook, I'm there! Gotta match up with the first one on my shelf.
I guess I am the only one who didn't like the extended edition of the first Hobbit film. I think I'm alone on liking the first one more than this one too. For LotR I LOVE the EEs!
Still, I'll get this version day one and be fine with that.
Sorry Warner. Not to imply any remote lack of interest, but I'm holding out for the extended edition this time as well. Last time I impatiently bought the first release, figuring I'd watch it at least once, but never did, before selling it when the EE came out. I won't be doing that again, especially with a couple hundred movies sitting on my shelf, unopened.
I won't wait for extended edition because I won't buy those until they are in a trilogy pack. I felt both Hobbit films dragged a bit, though I enjoyed them (Smaug more than Journey). Therefore I'm in no hurry to see extended versions. I'll leave that as a treat for when they are all out.
Is it just me of does the standard blu-ray artwork look more in line with the extended edtion artwork for An Unexpected Journey? Now I'm wondering what the extended artwork will look like for this one...
Have to wait and see what comes out in regards to the "exclusive editions" relating to the various chain stores out there. I did Best Buy for Unexpected Journey since it came with a bonus disc but would be more interested in a steelbook this time around. Fail that, then a digibook would be second choice. Of course I will also purchase the extended edition coming out later this year. I wish they had provided some hinting details on that too...oh well.
Damnit! Why do they have to break their own mold by putting out a Limited Collector's Edition before the Extended Edition?! Now I have to drop more money on that one for the collectible bookends and probably drop more money after that on whatever Collector's Edition they have for the EE when that one comes out? You tricky bastards, you!
Aren't you used to re-buying the LTR's packages???? Not used to it from the first go around? Thank the Lord they didn't make us wait for the DTS version...they gave us a break on that..Ha-Ha...Money..Money...and MO Money
Anyone else notice the pricing and/or links are reversed for the 2D/3D editions? Lol I was psyched to see the 3D listed at a $32 price point, only to click the Amazon link and see it is actually $40 price point that was listed here on the bluray site as the 2D edition. Just pointing it out, the prices on both will drop by release day anyway :-)
Because I KNOW everyone cares what I'm buying and not buying..............(pause for sarcasm to sink in)...................................................I'll get the WalMart exclusive digi-book (they better have one or else), and then the 3d extended later.
With so many variants and retailer exclusives these days, especially for a blockbuster like the Tolkien series, it's helpful to know what's out there. I'm a fan of the digibooks but the 3D combo packs take priority for me. In a perfect world, they'd release a 3D digibook, LOL. Will likely grab the 3D theatrical edition now, and hold off until the 3D EE boxset is released for all 3 movies. I can wait
IMO CGI cartoons with barely-intelligible voices should see very limited screen time. I liked the movie except when Smaug was on screen. This version was much better than the first installment, which had a bit of an Ewok feel to it.
Also, a philosophizing dragon is about as eye-rolling as a philosophizing drug cartel leader (cf. The Counselor).
I really enjoyed seeing this in 3D in theaters, and I will definitely pick this one up on blu-ray 3D... When the extended edition is released in the fall. To quote Thranduil "I am patient, I can wait."
I have never purchased a theatrical release of any of the Middle-Earth movies, and I am not about to start now! In fact, I don't think I have ever watched a theatrical version of these movies on DVD or Blu-ray!
reidw - Jackson probably hasn't confirmed it but of course there will be an extended version, they just don't want to mention it yet so they can sell this movie again in November then again when the theatrical trilogy comes out and once again when the the extended trilogy comes out, but wait, then yet AGAIN when all 6 movies are released in an extended edition.
LOL @ the gift set which is in "0 collections"! Cuz who de fuk would waste their money on a set like that with the obvious 3D EE gift set around the corner?! WB are fucking n00bz. I hope they lose a lot of money! For what they've done with other movies and editions, of course.
There was a reason for the extra material in the Lord Of the Rings. Without it several important and popular moments from the books such as the gifts from Galadriel would never have been seen on the screen. I still wish Jackson could have included Tom Bombadil and Goldberry in his work but oh well. With The Hobbit that is not the case. The additions do flesh out the story but they weren't part of the original work. They're contrived extra scenes designed to get fans to buy a second time. I'm not As gannet says, "this film does not need an extension". There's no artistic/literary point to having one.
Saw this one in 3DHFR and thought is looked horrible, too real like a TV soap opera kind of clarity/quality. But, saw it again in 3D 24fps and was visually satisfied! Can't wait to watch this on blu-ray on my sony HMZ-T1!!