THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Extended Edition Set for Digital Download on October 22nd and 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on November 5th [UPDATED]

     July 31, 2013


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.]

Via Warner Bros.

hobbit-extended-edition-3d-blu-ray-box-coverHere’s the press release, which contains pricing and details on the extended edition:

Fans of Middle-earth will have the opportunity to gain a broader experience of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, when the epic fantasy adventure is released as an Extended Edition on Digital Download October 22nd and on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD on November 5th from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE). A production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, this new cut includes 13 minutes of extra film footage that extends individual scenes, making this the must-see, definitive version for fans. All disc versions of the Extended Edition include nearly nine hours of new bonus features and will be available just ahead of the December 13 theatrical release of the second film of the trilogy, 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,” said Jackson. “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 ($54.98 SRP) that features the Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray versions of the Extended Edition; a 3-disc Blu-ray ($35.99) and a 5-disc DVD ($34.99) The Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD all 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.*

The nearly nine hours of new special features boasts audio commentary with Peter Jackson, director/producer/screenwriter, and Philippa Boyens, co-producer/screenwriter, and “The Appendices,” a multi-part documentary focusing on various aspects of the film and the Trilogy. Complete special feature details are provided below.

The first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was nominated for three Academy Awards®.


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first in Peter Jackson’s highly anticipated trilogy adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome Dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the Wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 Dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild, through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins, Orcs and deadly Wargs, as well as a mysterious and sinister figure known only as the Necromancer.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the Goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise even him; he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities…A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

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 (MGM), 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 handled worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution handled by MGM.


- 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: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition
Street Date: November 5, 2013
Order Due Date: October 1, 2013
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 184 mins.
Blu-ray 3D: $54.98 SRP
Blu-ray: $35.99 SRP
DVD: $34.99 SRP

Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.

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  • Jeff Rideout

    Considering the Theatrical edition is already 60 mins too long, this is overkill. No thanks

    • Matty

      I’m still confused as to why it is 3 movies let alone why there are extended versions.

      • Northern Star

        It’s likely three movies because the prep on the films was very short when Peter Jackson came onboard as director and the project got the greenlight to go; the project was given the greenlight in October 2010 and filming began in late March 2011. They were furiously revising the script and designs right up until cameras rolled and long after that, and when they finished production in July 2012 and watched early cuts of both films, the wealth of material filmed plus the material they wanted to but were yet to film all led to the decision to extend two films to three.

        I have no problem with either three films nor an extended edition for each, but if the upcoming extended cut of ‘An Unexpected Journey’ is only 184 minutes long with only one accompanying audio commentary, there is absolutely no need to split it over two discs as appears is happening here…

      • Person

        money? ego? people actually buy them?

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  • Nate B.

    So the dwarf dinner scene will be agonizingly long now instead of the original painfully long.

  • tarek

    I will buy only the bonus disc.

    • SnakeInMyBoot1256

      Someone will sell that separately on eBay or Amazon soon.

      • tarek


  • Josiah Coulter

    Can’t wait!!!

  • Neven

    This is BS. If Peter Jackson wanted to release another version of the film, longer or shorter, he should have done it first time it was released on Blu-Ray and DVD.

    Another more than obvious cash grab.

    • Zack

      Guy….you will see this sort of thing happen on every major franchise for the rest of your life.

    • Marty

      Why is this a cash grab? They said there will be an extended version in a second release, just like every LOTR movie back then, before the movie was in cinemas. Just wait for the desired version… is it that hard?

    • doc

      You knew this was coming. It’s been known for a long time that there was going to be an extended edition (Lord of the Rings anyone?) Also, not everyone wants to see the extended edition.

  • paul h

    Only 1 commentary? Lame. The Appendices better be up to the quality of the LotR EEs too.

  • Person

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Bore
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Excitement
    The Hobbit: Damn, They’re Back Again

    • Josiah Coulter

      Oh aren’t you clever

    • Django

      Oh, aren’t you a idiot. The high point of your day is giggling to yourself in your mother’s basement on this “semblance” of wit you posted here. Just shut up, and keep your goddamn mouth shut, okay?

      • Person

        Took you longer to write your angry little retort than it did for me to write my witty movie titles lololololol but actually they’re pretty funny, I had a good time writing them in my mom’s basement.

  • Marissa Evans

    Aw man, that clip was the extended scene I was looking forward to, and he didn’t even get the handkerchief. Shame.
    I don’t have as much of a problem with the film being as long as it is, mainly because I was already expecting drawn-out scenes that didn’t lead to anything based on my experience with ‘Lord of the Rings.’ (I’ve bitched enough about the scenes with Merry and Pippin and the trees, there’s really nothing as bad as that in this movie in my opinion.) As long as the people I’m watching are likeable, I’ll take what they give me – yeah, even the multiple endings of ‘Return of the King.’ It’s not like I’m sitting there groaning in my seat; I still enjoy the company of these characters no matter how drawn out some scenes are.
    When I defend why I like the film as much as ‘Lord of the Rings,’ I find myself not talking about how it’s better than what some people say (that’s really a pointless route to take in an argument of that sort), I talk more about how ‘Lord of the Rings’ ISN’T as good as people say. There’s a nostalgic freshness to it, the fact that epic fantasies weren’t as big and common a thing at the time, a more dramatic and serious story, much more material to cover, etcetera. Break it down as a movie and you have just as many problems as ‘The Hobbit’ – if not more; there were a lot of things corrected or better in ‘The Hobbit,’ which was a relief (i.e. those fucking wide-angle shots were annoying as hell in ‘Fellowship’). I guess I just find it odd that the several problems with ‘Lord of the Rings’ can be so easily overlooked while less people are willing to do the same here.
    Either way, it’s still impressive that these films captivate me as much as they do. Fantasy and science fiction are generally genres I don’t enjoy at all. They’re fun, I don’t take them seriously like a lot of the geeks do, so I get past the obvious problems and enjoy it for my money’s worth.

  • Aaron Sullivan

    Second time watching The Hobbit made me love it, but the pacing is still off at times. Like King Kong he should have made the theatrical version much shorter. Save the longer pace for the extended edition! Still…

    Certainly, the extended editions are not for everyone, but for me the extended editions of the LOTR weren’t just about new scenes or length but about different cuts and approaches to scenes altogether. If I have time for it, which I rarely do, the extended editions feel better paced to me overall. I’m hoping that will happen with the Hobbit, as Jackson does mention “certain key scenes in the film as they were originally shot”.


    There are 2 types of LOTR and Hobbit fans, those who prefer the action and adventure and those who like details, backstory and to spend the most time possible in the world of middle earth. I’m glad there’s 2 versions of the movie available and everyone should buy the one that most pleases to them. I bought both versions with LOTR, the cinematic to show my friends and family and the extended just for ME.

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  • Clar

    I have yet to see how good this is, but PJ can do not wrong by me. P.S. Why don’t you just shut the f*ck up, Goldberg? Nobody, anywhere, EVER wants to hear anything you say you excuse for a human being.