'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Extended Edition' Announced for Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D

Posted Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 02:00 PM PDT by

The first part of Peter Jackson's new epic trilogy will be getting 13 additional minutes of footage this November!

In an early announcement to retailers, New Line Cinema will be bringing 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Extended Edition' starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage to high-definition on November 5.

'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Extended Edition - 3D' will also be available on the same date.

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.

“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 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.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray is $35.99, while the Blu-ray 3D will be $54.99.

You can find the latest specs for 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Extended Edition' and 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Extended Edition - 3D' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where they are indexed under November 5.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Extended Edition (Blu-ray)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: Extended Edition - 3D (Blu-ray)
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