Great news for Hobbits everywhere! Warner Bros. has announced the release date for the hugely anticipated Extended Edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Y’all best get ready for Tuesday, November 5th, because that’s when it drops. Lucky U.K. residents can have it the 4th and folks who want a digital copy can have the film as early as October 22nd, according to TheOneRing.net. There are also a couple different versions out for you to snag depending on the price point and features you’re after:
- 5-disc Blu-ray 3D set ($54.98) (includes a non-3D Blu-ray version)
- 3-disc Blu-ray ($35.99)
- 5-disc DVD ($34.99)
Peter Jackson, the director of The Hobbit and all of the Lord of the Rings films (which have each had Extended Editions of their own) had this to say about the decision behind an Extended Edition for The Hobbit:
“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.”
Me too, PJ. Me too.
Features, according to the press release, will indeed be rich:
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.
We also have a sneak peek of one of the scenes that will be included in the extended edition, featuring Bilbo Baggins throwing shade at Elrond.
That sounds good to me! What do you think, guys? Gonna pick this one up when it comes out?