THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Extended Edition Adds 25 Minutes; Clip and Blu-ray Details Released

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition details have finally been released.  The extended version of Peter Jackson’s second film in his Hobbit trilogy adds 25 minutes to the running time, bringing the grand total up to 186 minutes.  That’s up from the 13 minutes added to An Unexpected Journey, but relatively tame compared to the Extended Editions of The Lord of the Rings, the shortest of which clocked in at 218 minutes.  In addition to the added footage, the Extended Edition of The Desolation of Smaug also includes nine hours of new special features, including audio commentary with Jackson and co-writer Philippa Boyens and The Appendicies, a multi-part documentary focusing on various aspects of the film and trilogy.

Hit the jump to watch a clip of an extended scene and to get a look at the Blu-ray and DVD artwork.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition arrives on shelves November 4th, while the concluding installment The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies opens in theaters on December 17th.

Watch a clip from the Extended Edition via Yahoo! Movies.

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  • Tom

    It would be awesome if they release an edited version so that there is one focused story, instead of all the extra baggage pumped in to make this a trilogy.

    • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

      The second one was okay but the first really needs a tight version rather than an extended version. Same with King Kong. After LOTR, seems like producers became yes-men around Peter Jackson and he seems to need some perspective-people around him. :)

      I liked this scene — though it could be a bad idea to show someone suddenly nodding off while trying to sell a 3 and a half our movie!

      I do wonder if it is re-edited and arranged like was done with the LOTR. That worked fantastically.

      I don’t imagine ever springing for the extended version of the first Hobbit movie, but this one intrigues me.

      • Lovecraftlives

        I don’t know about Hobbit 2, but I liked the extended cut of King Kong. It actually made it a better film. I guess there were new scenes that balanced out some other scenes; which in my mind made it a better film.

      • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

        Interesting. Not sure I enjoyed that one enough to spend all that time to find out for myself.

      • Lovecraftlives

        Yes, Jackson’s film are long, but would you rather watch a long Transformers film, instead?

      • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

        Um, no? I like the LOTR movies and _love_ the extended editions, but I rarely watch them. Not enough time. Still, some movies I don’t want to end and others overstay their welcome.

      • Lovecraftlives

        I don’t know about Hobbit 2, but I liked the extended cut of King Kong. It actually made it a better film. I guess there were new scenes that balanced out some other scenes; which in my mind made it a better film.

      • Agent777

        Having gre up on The Hobbit, the first one was a dream come true.

      • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

        I loved certain aspects of the movie, but the movie starts at a dead stop and then stops dead again before beginning. An extended edition can do that, but a theatrical release just shouldn’t. The beauty of LOTR is that it starts with close friends being tested right from the start. The Hobbit doesn’t have that luxury as it focuses on people just getting to know each other. Much less engaging.

        It’s always great to see the books come to life in such a colorful way, but I also balked a bit at our various hero’s strange fascination with glibly killing humanoids (in the second it’s even more extreme). A step or two darker than the darkly humorous songs and legends of the book.

      • Aquartertoseven

        The first one was a film, the second one was an empty set of action scenes.

      • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

        It did feel unnecessarily heavy on action, especially the Lake Town stuff and because I’ve read the books the molten metal strategy felt like it went on for way too long.

        I like to judge these adaptations after a couple viewings though because the first time through is so distracting as it veers from what you know of the story.

        I had SO many initial problems and hurdles to get over with the LOTR movies, but now The Fellowship of the Ring is a sort of filmic masterpiece in my estimation.

        All that said I still disagree with you. There’s tons of character stuff going on and I thought there were several nice character moments and an undercurrent of conflicting wills.

    • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

      The second one was okay but the first really needs a tight version rather than an extended version. Same with King Kong. After LOTR, seems like producers became yes-men around Peter Jackson and he seems to need some perspective-people around him. :)

      I liked this scene — though it could be a bad idea to show someone suddenly nodding off while trying to sell a 3 and a half our movie!

      I do wonder if it is re-edited and arranged like was done with the LOTR. That worked fantastically.

      I don’t imagine ever springing for the extended version of the first Hobbit movie, but this one intrigues me.

    • Adam Chitwood

      That’s honestly what I’d most like to see, an abridged cut. Whether it’s 2 films or 1, I’m curious to see what Jackson initially pitched (and shot) as his adaptation.

      • appolox

        Would the studio even allow them to make such a thing?

      • Adam Chitwood

        Not sure, but Jackson would never do it. He convinced the studio the story was worth three films. No sense in accidentally proving himself wrong with a shorter cut.

      • Conor

        Peter Jackson & Phillipa Boyens were the creative behind making Azog the series’ antagonist? smh

      • appolox

        Changes to the source material typically don’t bother me at all unless they sacrifice quality. When I actually see these movies, they don’t bother me. But when I think about them afterwords they really do feel like padding.

  • appolox

    I hate that the standard Blu-Ray comes with nothing but stuff like production videos, whereas the good special features are out there but you have to buy these expensive ass extended versions or the one that has an extra disc for a 3-D player that nobody owns or uses!

    • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

      Every PS3 can play 3D blu-rays. Not saying people use them. :)

      I love watching 3D at home though. For the right movies it’s much more immersive and transporting.

      As for your main point, I think it’s a good spread of the features. For those who just want the movie, you can go cheap. For those that care about the nine hours of extra content but not the 3D and vice versa I think the price is still worth it.

      • CJ

        I still think the idea of 3D being ‘immersive’ is nonsense, but I do agree that home 3D looks way better than any cinema 3D experience I’ve had.

      • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

        It’s not nonsense. Immersion is the feeling of being in something rather than watching it. There is that aspect of storytelling that can draw you in, the emotional connection can draw you in, a book can draw you in, but there is a kind of visual and physical immersion that only 3D movies can bring as well. It’s an aspect that you miss in a 2D version of a movie once you have seen it the other way.

        Frozen isn’t an amazing example of a 3D movie but having seen it first in 3D and then 2D, it was sorely missed by me. It felt empty and flat. I was not looking for it either. I just felt it and it dawned on me why.

        The way 3D was thrust upon audiences in theaters and at home was a complete bungle, though.

      • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

        Agreed, I love 3D myself, and I love my home set. The problem I saw with the format’s roll out was two different formats Active Shutter VS Passive(I prefer passive – no recharging fragile glasses and I can use glasses from the theater) and the fact that certain sets had specific exclusive titles – when there were hardly any titles to be found at all. I think once the 4K sets master glasses free 3D, you’ll see the format take off again in a big way.

      • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

        Right, after Avatar proved it could be profitable the studios immediately shoveled out horrible conversions on mediocre films and charged more for them to boot. For home, the one BIG movie to sell 3D, Avatar, was exclusive to Panasonic devices for years. Then other movies were exclusive to other hardware. What did they think people would do, buy multiple players and TVs? 3D is _not_ a gimmick but a tool whose technology has just come of age. It was treated as a way to leverage more money from suckers, though, so resentment from consumers is well deserved.

      • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

        Exactly! those stupid exclusives, I think, really pulled the home 3D format down. On top of the grey market prices people were shelling out for them on ebay – I routinely saw the 3D Avatar disc sell for $150 – glad I was patient and got it for less than $20. Now with 20+ titles in my 3D collection, I really hope the format finds its audience and keeps going because it is a lot of fun and for movies like “The Hobbit” or “The Lego Movie,” 3D really does add a lot to the experience.

      • mbmarquis69

        I second that. I avoid 3D at the cinema unless it’s in IMAX. But at home? It’s crisper and clearer and more enjoyable.

      • mbmarquis69

        I second that. I avoid 3D at the cinema unless it’s in IMAX. But at home? It’s crisper and clearer and more enjoyable.

      • appolox

        Well then how come I can buy some other movie for the same price and with TONS of bonus features. I’m not saying you shouldn’t save some for the pricey editions. I just think they should at least put SOMETHING on there for the people who like bonus features but can’t just throw out 40$ for some big fancy one.

      • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

        The extras on these movies are in an entirely different class than most, but I’m not going to argue that it’s not better to pay for exactly what you want and nothing else as a consumer. :D

  • Stefan Bonomo

    Sounds pretty cool. If nothing else, this’ll be worth it for the 9 hour behind the scenes documentary that all the previous films had. They are always the best part of the Blu-Ray/DVD.

  • Guest

    Did they ever release the extended version of AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY in 3D?

    I don’t recall seeing it anywhere.

    • Lovecraftlives

      Yes they did. I have it, but haven’t check out the 3D, yet.

    • Lovecraftlives

      Yes they did. I have it, but haven’t check out the 3D, yet.

  • Guest

    Did they ever release the extended version of AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY in 3D?

    I don’t recall seeing it anywhere.

  • DEADP00L

    ZZZZzzzZzZZzzzz…….this clip…

  • DEADP00L

    ZZZZzzzZzZZzzzz…….this clip…

  • bigfrog

    This is great news! Perhaps we will finally see the lost scene of Bard’s children being born, or maybe uncut dwarf toilet etiquette, or maybe even catch a glimpse of Laketown’s culinary expertise… I mean what else could possibly be left to show?

    • Tom

      I love the dwarf toilet etiquette in the books.

    • Tom

      I love the dwarf toilet etiquette in the books.

    • Grendal Sven

      I’m holding out for more of that elf on dwarf love.

  • bigfrog

    This is great news! Perhaps we will finally see the lost scene of Bard’s children being born, or maybe uncut dwarf toilet etiquette, or maybe even catch a glimpse of Laketown’s culinary expertise… I mean what else could possibly be left to show?

  • Ben

    Will there be a DVD set as well? Not seeing any news on the U.S. front.

  • Ben

    Will there be a DVD set as well? Not seeing any news on the U.S. front.

  • Thorin Oakenshield

    I’m looking forward to this version, I feel like a lot of the scenes from the book were left out or cut short so i hope they add them back in. Bombur falling into the enchanted river being one of them (this clip)

    • Agent777

      They are there, more Bjorn and the wood chopping scene too.

  • Agent777

    Having read the book, I know the extended footage will make it a better film. It’s good stuff, and they cut it to include the storylines which are original to the film and will be essential to any audience member who has only seen the theatrical version. I wouldn’t be at all suprised if some scenes were completly changed around, so I’d give it a shot.

    Jackson pulled himself up by his bootstraps. He even pushed his first homemade film, Bad Taste, to heights that most homemade films don’t achive. His follow up Meet The Feebles is a insane and grotesque satire on the Muppets, and deserves a bigger cult following (think Pink Flamingos with Muppets). Forgotten Silver is one of the best cinematic hoaxes ever, and for a time made him the most hated man in New Zealand. Dead Alive is one of the best zombie films ever. Heavnly Creatures is a fantastic dark drama, the Frightners is entertaining, and after this came the LOTR trilogy so I really don’t get all the hate.

    King Kong was fantastic. I rewatched the 1933 ones last night, and it’s the perfect companion piece. His version even works the ‘spider pit’ sequences back into the story, which was cut from the 33′ for being to gruesome. Jackson made it even darker, and the shots of the giant insects silently killing the crew are terrifying. Kong was also the orignal “Andy Serkis as a ape” movie, so it you enjoyed the new Planet of the Apes films, you owe Kong a debt of gratitude.

    Not to mention Andy Serkis is assistant director on the Hobbit… if any other director did this he’d be worshipped. People want to find fault with Jackson and I can’t help but think it jelousy. The craft and the work are there, and while I can see it not being your thing, from some of the comments you’d think this was a Ed Wood film.

    • Grendal Sven

      It is well known that PJ absolutely did not want to direct these movies. In the on set documentaries when giving pep talks to the crew he looks old and tired like he really doesn’t want to be there. Guy Del Toro was originally going to direct but left when the production stalled due to legal problems filming in New Zealand.

  • DEADP00L

    My word of advice would be to not buy this and wait for all the movies to be released in a box set.

    • rodriguez256

      That’s a good suggestion. I did the same thing with the original lord of the rings box set. Came with a butt ton of extras features that also made me appreciate how much work went into those films. The set ended up getting stolen from me. I recently bought the blu ray versions and they’re lacking alof of the bonus features I had from the original box set.

      • DEADP00L

        Really? Is that old box-set still available? Because I bought the bluray boxset and yeah there wasn’t much in it.

      • rodriguez256

        Not sure, I haven’t looked it up in awhile. It’s on a regular DVD format and have 4 discs per movie.

      • http://buzzabit.com/aaron/ Aaron Sullivan

        I’m pretty sure it’s only the extended editions that have the tons of extras. Box set or no. Maybe you picked up the theatrical release box set and the one stolen from you was the extended?

      • rodriguez256

        That’s sounds pretty resonable. I thought all the LOTR DVDs had the same features, figured even more so for the Bluray editions. I was proved wrong unfortunately.

    • agent777

      I bought the orignals as they came out, and the third extended edition game a a form you could use to get the box from the box set, very cool. No diffrence between the box set and the single sets.

      • DEADP00L

        Does Hobbit 1 even have an extended edition?

      • Grendal Sven

        Yup, but nothing notable, mostly bought it cause I’m a blu-ray junkie and had to add it into my collection next to LOR.

      • Grendal Sven

        Yup, but nothing notable, mostly bought it cause I’m a blu-ray junkie and had to add it into my collection next to LOR.

    • agent777

      I bought the orignals as they came out, and the third extended edition game a a form you could use to get the box from the box set, very cool. No diffrence between the box set and the single sets.

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  • JudgeMethos

    I’m enjoying all The Hobbit goodness I can get because it’ll eventually be all over.

    • agent777

      Smart man!

  • Dan

    These movies have been incredibly disappointing and the trailer for the 3rd one does nothing for me. Personal opinion of course.

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