THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY for Download March 12th; Blu-ray and DVD on March 19th; First Look at THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG on March 24th

     February 5, 2013


Mid-March has been claimed by The Hobbit.  Warner Bros. has announced that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be arriving on Digital Download on March 12th.  For those who want to wait a week, the film will arrive on 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and 2-Disc DVD Special Edition on March 19th.  Furthermore, Peter Jackson will host a live first look at The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on Sunday, March 24th at 3:00 PM EST.  If you want in, you’ll have to have the UltraViolet code that comes when you buy the 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, or DVD.  An edited version will be archived on the official website (and I’m sure it will be bootlegged to hell during the live-stream).

Hit the jump for a full list of special features.  The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be available on 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99, on 5-Disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, and on 2-Disc DVD Special Edition for $28.98 (All prices MSRP).  The press release doesn’t say if the 3D Blu-ray will run at 48fps (I don’t know if that’s even possible).

the-hobbit-unexpected-journey-3d-blu-ray-coverHere are the special features on the Blu-rays and DVD versions [via]

  • New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth
  • Video Blogs
    • Start of Production
    • Location Scouting
    • Shooting Block One
    • Filming in 3D
    • Locations Part 1
    • Locations Part 2
    • Stone St. Studios Tour
    • Wrap of Principal Photography
    • Post-production Overview
    • Wellington World Premiere
  • Theatrical Trailers
    • Dwarves
    • Letter Opener
    • Bilbo Contract
    • Gandalf Wagers
    • Gollum Paths
  • Game Trailers
    • The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-Earth
    • Guardians of Middle-Earth
    • Lego The Lord of the Rings

Here’s the press release:

the-hobbit-unexpected-journey-blu-ray-cover2013 – From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arriving on Digital Download on March 12th  and on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and 2-Disc DVD Special Edition on March 19th  from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. All disc versions feature UltraVioletÔ and over 130 minutes of bonus content.The first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which is nominated for three Academy Awards*, is an epic adventure that immerses audiences once again in the fantastical world of Middle-earth. The March 19th home entertainment release will be followed by an Extended Edition in time for the holidays.

In addition, Peter Jackson will host a live first look at “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second film in The Hobbit Trilogy, on Sunday, March 24th at 3:00PM Eastern/Noon Pacific. Content will be streamed live and an edited version will be archived on the Trilogy’s official website. Access to the live event will be limited to holders of an UltraViolet code available by purchasing “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack or 2-Disc Special Edition DVD. Select digital retailers will issue access codes upon purchase of the film.  Visit for more information.

the-hobbit-unexpected-journey-dvd-coverIan McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. Also reprising their roles from “The Lord of the Rings” in “The Hobbit” Trilogy are: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Ian Holm as Old Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; and Andy Serkis as Gollum. The international ensemble cast also includes James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy, Barry Humphries, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Graham McTavish, Adam Brown, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Manu Bennett and Conan Stevens.

The screenplay for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Jackson also produced the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.

New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Present a WingNut Films Production, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” All three films in “The Hobbit” Trilogy, also including “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” and the final film, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was released on December 14, 2012, with the second film, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” releasing December 13, 2013, and the third film, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” slated for July 18, 2014.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will be available on 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99, on 5-Disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, and on 2-Disc DVD Special Edition for $28.98. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray, and the theatrical version in standard definition on DVD. The 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition on Blu-ray, the theatrical version of the film in 2D high definition on Blu-ray and the theatrical version in standard definition on DVD.  The Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and the 2-Disc DVD Special Edition all include UltraViolet, which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.

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  • Dominik Klein

    lol they re still relasing shit on DVD…

    DVD hahahahaahhahaah I pity those who still have to watch them old-ass non-flatscreen 4:3 Tv -DVD shit lololo

    • Northern Star

      Hey Dominik young sir, I still watch movies on DVD, have no problem with it, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future… and I have a very nice 32″ widescreen LED television just for the record! And in an age where DVD buyers routinely get stiffed as far as new releases’ accompanying extras go, massive respect and kudos to the powers-that-be for releasing a 2-disc DVD set for ‘An Unexpected Journey’, and although i still have real concerns and reservations about splitting the story into three films, I’ll nonetheless be enthusiastically getting this on the day of release…

      • Gerry Mander

        The film itself is fine, but the extras are pretty crappy to be frank; trailers are nice but where are the television spots, video blogs are nice but what about an extended version of that ‘Return to Middle Earth’ featurette released last year, and why no preview of either ‘Desolation of Smaug’ or the upcoming extended edition? Truth be told, I think I’ll give this a miss and just hold out for the extended edition…

    • darkwing duck

      I can not wait till netflix and all the other download shiit companies have a blackout and everything gets erased. I will still have my dvds and cds dumbaaaasss.

  • SP1234

    Very happy about these news, but does anyone have any news about the Cloud Atlas DVD? It was originally supposed to come out today, but was delayed.

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  • Lantera

    God I hate ultraviolet, give us a choice of iTunes or UV…

    • Jeff

      The Flixster App will play Ultraviolet, and that runs on iPhones & iPads, & iPod touches. Only devices that won’t play the app are older “classic” style iPods, and frankly, that’s not a great way to watch a movie anyways.

    • lva

      Oh thank goodness. I thought I was the only one who strongly dislikes UV. I’ve had such bad experiences with their customer service that I absolutely refuse to use them.

  • Kevin

    Any idea of when is the extended version coming out?

    • Um, Sure

      Pretty sure the version we saw in the theater was already the Extended Version. You mean the Extendeder Version, right?

    • seth.iamfilms

      Yeah last I heard there would be an “Extendeder” edition. Also doesn’t seem to list any deleted or alternate scenes. I remember Ol Pete mentioning a few scenes that hit the floor and would be in an extended edition. They made us wait for the LOTR extended Editions, seems its still the case.

  • Gerold

    48fps on Blu-ray 3D ist not possible due to technical specs, the current HDMI processing chips can’t support 1080p48

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  • Arnold

    Gonna wait for extended edition, hopefully we’ll get to see female and children dwarfs as shown in the concept art in the extended edition of unexpected journey or the two sequels.

    • Marissa

      And hopefully that scene between Bilbo and Elrond from the book.

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  • Marissa

    Oh shit, so there’s no 48fps on Blu-ray? Damn, I was really looking forward to that.

    Ah well. I’m glad I managed to see it in the theatre in HFR. It was sadly really bashed upon. Gotta love the public; the same thing happened when they decided to try 24fps for the first time. So bloody intolerable to trying new things. You might argue that it was an eyesore, but for me, I only ever negatively noticed it for the first ten minutes and a couple of seconds with Radagast. The rest of the movie I either didn’t notice or did and was BLOWN AWAY by it (i.e. the stone giant scene and the eagle scene).

    But God bless Peter for taking up that flag and charging first. It’s got James Cameron following behind him at least. Can’t wait to see more directors follow. I really do think it’s the future. We’ve gone digital; There’s no reason to tie ourselves down to the 24fps when we can go beyond that.

  • Marissa

    I did this with LotR and I’m going to continue it with the Hobbit: I’m buying the theatrical version on DVD as soon as it comes out, and then I wait until the Blu-ray combo pack for all three extended versions. Now and again, I don’t always want to watch the entire extended version of a LotR movie, considering they’re already long as it is.

    Still I am really looking forward to the extended edition of this one. I know purists bitch about the “one book into three movies” thing, but having read the book, I understand and respect the decision. It’s unbelievably condensed. The whole Battle of Five Armies is only maybe three or four pages, as the majority of it takes place with Bilbo unconscious. With Peter’s skills, that alone could take up half of the third movie. And boy am I excited for that scene. :)

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