We know, we know. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has probably already left your local movie theater and you’re pining over the hole that now exists in your life without it. You reblog your gif sets on Tumblr, you re-watch the first two DVDs over again, and you re-read the book for the hundredth time, desperately looking for a way to fill your time until you can finally sit down and have the most epic marathon of your life. Well, you won’t have to wait much longer, because the final installment of The Hobbit trilogy will be available to purchase on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital on March 24.
Now, it’s not the extended edition, but you can rest assured that the theatrical version will tide you over until the extended version’s inevitable release in November. The theatrical version will include the typical DVD + UltraViolet ($17.99), Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet ($24.99), or Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet ($27.99) for those who go hard and want ALL the formats. If you don’t already own An Unexpected Journey or The Desolation of Smaug, you can even pick up the entire trilogy in a single set on DVD ($39.98) or Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD ($53.08). If you already own the first two movies, then you can pick the box sets up anyway because they have really pretty covers.
Those of you who prefer to buy movies digitally will be excited to know that it likely will be released on iTunes a week or so early like the previous movies, so keep your eyes peeled!
We all know desperate times call for desperate measures, and sometimes settling for the theatrical version is all you can do, so we’ll keep you up to date on any future news relating to the special extended edition of The Battle of the Five Armies and the possible complete extended Hobbit trilogy set that will follow. Who knows, we might even see a complete extended Lord of the Rings/Hobbit mega box set in time for Christmas, which we all know we’ll buy despite already owning each volume separately.
Check out the covers for the box sets below, and let us know if you plan on grabbing the theatrical version, or if you’re going to hold out for the extended editions!