‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Gets Extended Edition

The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey Extended

New cut of the film will include 13 minutes of additional footage; release timed with second film, 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

Warner Bros. will release an extended edition of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” starting in October, that features 13 minutes of additional footage in the film and nine hours of bonus content.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will make the new cut of the Peter Jackson-directed film available as a digital download on Oct. 22, and on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD on Nov. 5. All will include UltraViolet. Film is a co-production between New Line Cinema and MGM.

Release is timed with the Dec. 13 bow of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

“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,” Jackson said in a statement. “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.”

The five-disc Blu-ray 3D set will retail for $54.98, while the three-disc Blu-ray will be priced at $35.99; and a five-disc DVD at $34.99.

Bonus features include audio commentary with Peter Jackson and co-producer-screenwriter Philippa Boyens; along with “The Appendices,” a multi-part documentary focusing on various aspects of the film and the trilogy.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” has earned $1 billion since Dec. 14, 2012.

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  1. Ariana Clahane says:

    Just wanted to mention that this article states An Unexpected Journey has made $1 billion since Nov. 14, **2014**. Little ahead of the mark there, don’t ya think?

    Anyway, we all knew an extended edition was going to be released. I’m holding out until the three are in a boxed set after the last one is released.

  2. Avery says:

    None of the songs made it into the extended edition either? The writers, producers, etc. Have no respect!

  3. EqualButSeperate says:

    Peter Jackson is a racist! LOTR movies have casts of thousands and not 1 minority playing a character.

  4. The original Hobbit story you could fit into a one hour special. Spreading it out across 3 movies, filling time by adding in new characters… Like that wasn’t extended enough?

    As a Tolkien fan, I sincerely hope Peter Jackson gets a cheeseburger stuck in his aorta for the non-cannon abomination he’s created.

  5. AD. says:

    I guess this means yet more walking and yet more fighting. Shame that, after 3 hours, you still only had enough story to fit on the back of a match box. And theres 2 more to come, talk about dragging it out.

  6. jeff ottman says:

    As if the original isn’t long enough.

  7. jmstranger says:

    Ultraviolet SUCKS!!! Abandon it, please!

  8. Adrian H says:

    I enjoy Peter Jackson’s movies a great deal. But this tactic of releasing an extended version after a normal release is just a means of soaking Lord of the Rings/ Hobbit fans out of more cash. Shame on them for being the greedy bastards they are.

  9. Jimmy from NJ says:

    An extended version? I thought that crap movie was already the extended version.

  10. The only thing that truly excites Mr. Jackson is making a few more million dollars for only 13 minutes. It’s all about greed.

  11. lotrfan says:

    I was expecting the extended edition to be 20-30 minutes longer. 13 minutes is nothing.

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