If The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey wasn’t long enough for you, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has today officially announced the release of the Extended Edition of the first chapter of Peter Jackson’s three-part Middle-earth prequel. Set to arrive on Blu-ray on October 22nd and DVD on November 4th, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition features a 13-minute longer cut, along with nine hours of brand new special 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 on today’s announcement. “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 Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition will be available as a 5-disc Blu-ray 3D set that features the Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray versions of the Extended Edition; and a 5-disc DVD. The Blu-ray 3D, and DVD both include UltraVioletTM which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the Extended Edition in high definition to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.
Here’s the list of special features…
Commentary with Peter Jackson, Director/Producer/Screenwriter and Philippa Boyens, Co-Producer/Screenwriter
The Appendices – A multi-part chronological history of the filming of The Hobbit: 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, the work done on set chronologically through the three shooting blocks and in the world of its digital effects.
New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth
The Hobbit continues this year with the theatrical release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on December 13th and concludes with The Hobbit: There and Back Again on December 17th 2014.