Since its release, the one criticism leveled most consistently against The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was its length. Eager to fill the giant void in their profit margins left by the departure of Harry Potter, Warner Bros leveraged a three-film cycle out of Peter Jackson, stretching J.R.R. Tolkien’s comparatively slim novel far past its breaking point. The result was a pretty good film in a lot of ways, but one whose flabby center and general overindulgence prevented it from joining the pantheon of greats occupied by The Lord of the Rings. As you may have gathered, adding another fifteen minute doesn’t exactly improve matters. Hit the jump for my full review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition Blu-ray.
For me, the theatrical cut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey already felt like an extended edition, but if you couldn’t get enough of the first movie, the extended edition is on the way. A German trailer has been released for the extended edition, so if you want to see new footage, and don’t mind that the characters are speaking in German, you’ll want to check it out. Also, I think the Goblin King works better when he’s talking in German. As we previously reported, the extended edition will feature an extra 13 minutes of footage, and nine hours of special features.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Warner Bros. will release the extended edition, which contains 13 minutes of additional footage, on digital platforms on October 22nd. On November 5th, the extended edition will be released on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD. Click here to pre-order the regular edition, and click here to pre-order the special edition package.
If you’re planning on picking up the extended edition of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey later this year, you’ll have a few options. Obviously there’s the standard 2D Blu-ray and then the 3D Blu-ray, but Amazon has unveiled a package for the disc that includes both the 2D and 3D versions of the film as well as an exclusive character statue by Weta. The statue, titled “Riddles in the Dark,” portrays Bilbo and Gollum as seen in the film and was sculpted by Gary Hunt from the Weta Workshop. It stands at 8” wide, 5.25” deep, and 7” tall. Of course, the set also comes with the Hobbit extended Blu-ray, which includes 13 minutes of additional footage and 9 hours of behind-the-scenes documentary footage.
Hit the jump to take a look at this exclusive figurine. The special edition package will run you $69.99 and is currently available for pre-order. Keep in mind, if the price is lowered at any point before release, Amazon will charge you the lower price. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition will be released on November 5th.
If for some reason you thought The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey needed to be even longer and filled with material that slowed down the plot, then you should get ready for the upcoming extended edition. Warner Bros. will release the extended edition, which contains 13 minutes of additional footage, on digital platforms on October 22nd. On November 5th, the extended edition will be released on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD along with nearly nine hours of new bonus features. For me, that’s worth way more than the 13 extra minutes. Also, if nine hours of bonus features becomes the norm for each extended edition, that’s pretty damned impressive to have 27 hours of bonus material spread across three movies.
Hit the jump for full details and pricing. [Update: The first clip from the Extended Edition has been released online and is now included after the jump.]
Yesterday we brought you the glad tidings that Warner Bros had announced a fourth-quarter 2013 release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition Blu-ray. Today, we print a retraction (of sorts) since Warner Bros. has now released a revised version of their calendar with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition being mysteriously absent. The studio doesn’t say the Extended Edition Blu-ray and DVD are off the table (clearly they’ll be available), but say the “product has not been confirmed yet.” Hit the jump for more clarity on the issue.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey from director Peter Jackson stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom and Elijah Wood, and opens December 14th.