“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Extended Cut Comes to Blu-ray on November 5th, Full Features Announced

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Its finally on its way.  WB has officially announced the arrival of the Blu-ray extended cut for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”. With nine hours of bonus features and 13 minutes of new footage, this blu-ray set is definitely a must have. Read below for more details.

 

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially announced both the    standard 3-disc Blu-ray/UltraViolet and 5-disc 3D BD/Ultraviolet  Combo Pack releases of director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An  Unexpected Journey, Extended Edition. Both versions of the 182-  minute Extended Cut arrive on Blu-ray on November 5th.

The new Extended 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.

“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.”

Film synopsis: Unassuming Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Bilbo finds himself among a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage). Their journey takes them through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs, giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. They must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature Gollum (Andy Serkis), who will change his life forever. Alone with Gollum on the shores of an underground lake, Bilbo not only discovers guile and courage that surprise him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious,” a ring tied to the fate of all Middle-Earth.

Tech specs have yet to be fully detailed, but are expected to be revealed soon. Cover art is final. Special features available on both the 2D and 3D releases of the Extended Edition include:

    • The Filmmakers’ Commentary – Director/writer/producer Peter Jackson and writer/co-producer Philippa Boyens provide their perspective and stories on creating the first film.
    • New Zealand: Home of Middle-Earth – From Matamata to Queenstown, travel with Peter Jackson and his team across the stunning locations of New Zealand, transformed by the filmmakers into Middle-Earth.
    • The Appendices Part 7: A Long-Expected Journey – A 14-part chronological history of the filming of 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, and the work done on set chronologically through the three shooting blocks and in the world of its digital effects. Chapters include:
      • The Journey Back to Middle-Earth
      • Riddles in the Dark: Gollum’s Cave
      • An Unexpected Party: Bag End
      • Roast Mutton: Trollshaws Forest
      • Bastion of the Greenwood: Rhosgobel
      • A Short Rest: Rivendell and London
      • Over Hill: The Misty Mountains
      • Under Hill: Goblin Town
      • Out of the Frying Pan: The Forest Ledge
      • Return to Hobbiton: The Shire
      • The Epic of Scene 88: Strath Taieri
      • The Battle of Moria: Azanulbizar
      • Edge of the Wilderland: Pick-ups and the Carrock
      • Home Is Behind, the World Is Ahead

 

  • The Appendices Part 8: Return to Middle-Earth – Another selection of documentaries and featurettes await, further detailing the development, design and production of An Unexpected Journey:
      • The Company of Thorin – Explores the characters and backgrounds of the five families of dwarves and the company of actors chosen to play Thorin’s company on the Quest of the Lonely Mountain. Chapters include:
        • Assembling the Dwarves
        • Thorin, Fili & Kili
        • Balin & Dwalin
        • Oin & Gloin
        • Dori, Nori & Ori
        • Bifur, Bofur & Bombur
      • Mr. Baggins: The 14th Member – A revealing look at the film’s charismatic and talented lead actor, Martin Freeman.
      • Durin’s Folk: Creating the Dwarves – Reveals the journey and process of designing, conceptualizing and physically realizing the dwarves in The Hobbit.
      • The Peoples and Denizens of Middle-Earth – Focuses on the realization of new characters and creatures encountered in the first film, from casting to characterization to physical and digital design. Chapters include:
        • The Stone Trolls
        • Radagast the Brown
        • Goblins
        • Azog the Defiler
      • Realms of the Third Age: From Bag End to Goblin Town – Follows the creation of the Middle-Earth locations from conceptual design to set and prop building to fully digital realities. Realms explored include:
        • Hobbiton
        • Rhosgobel
        • The Misty Mountains
        • Goblin Town
    • The Songs of The Hobbit - A look at the realization of Tolkien’s songs in An Unexpected Journey.

 

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