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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey blu-ray/DVD details and release date announced

Feb. 6, 2013by: Paul Shirey

Get ready to return to Middle Earth...again.  For those that may have missed the first chapter of Peter Jackson's latest Tolkien trilogy or for thost that want to experience it again, the blu-ray/DVD will be released on March 19, 2013 in the traditional blu-ray combo pack, blu-ray 3D combo pack, and 2-disc DVD.  Additionally, the film will be available for early digital download on March 12, 2013.

Special features:

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and DVD Special Edition contain the following special features (but expect much more to be announced, as there is supposed to be over 130 hours of features):

• Full Suite of Peter Jackson’s Production Videos.

Enter Middle-earth of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” as Academy Award-winning Director Peter Jackson takes you behind the scenes, on location and amidst the star-studded cast in a series of video journals that puts you in the forefront of latest in filmmaking with more than two hours of additional content. Highlights of the journals include:

o Start of Production

o Location Scouting

o Filming in 3D

o Post-production Overview

o Wellington World Premiere

Also, for those looking to get a peek at the next chapter, THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG, pay attention to the below:

"In addition, Peter Jackson will host a live first look at “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” the second film in The Hobbit Trilogy, on Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern/Noon Pacific. Content will be streamed live and an edited version will be archived on the Trilogy’s official website. Access to the live event will be limited to holders of an UltraViolet code available by purchasing “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack or 2-Disc Special Edition DVD."

I enjoyed the shit out THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, much more than I thought I would.  I even loved the high frame rate, which I expected I'd hate.  Weird.  No mention of the frame rate transition for the discs yet, but I'm sure that will be important to those that were none to pleased with the format.  We'll update accordingly.

Get your copy on March 19, 2013.

 

Extra Tidbit: Which frame rate did you prefer?

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3:00PM on 02/06/2013
I must say I was about to leave the film ten minutes in. The whole thiong looked like a Benny Hill-skit and just felt off. but 15-20 minutes in you got used to it and I actually found it quite pleaseant on the eyes. I still don't think this is the future but I wouldn't mind seeing more movies in 48fps.
I must say I was about to leave the film ten minutes in. The whole thiong looked like a Benny Hill-skit and just felt off. but 15-20 minutes in you got used to it and I actually found it quite pleaseant on the eyes. I still don't think this is the future but I wouldn't mind seeing more movies in 48fps.
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2:37PM on 02/06/2013
this is cool and all, but I'm waiting for the extended trilogy box set
this is cool and all, but I'm waiting for the extended trilogy box set
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2:31PM on 02/06/2013
I will wait for the inevitable extended edition box set.
I will wait for the inevitable extended edition box set.
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1:49PM on 02/06/2013

Don't care about the first release

I bet the extended cut will arrive just in time before Desolation of Smaug hits the theater in December...
I bet the extended cut will arrive just in time before Desolation of Smaug hits the theater in December...
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1:25PM on 02/06/2013
The cover arts for the Blu-rays are horrible! I can't believe the DVD version got the best cover art. A big release like this deserves better treatment. Obviously there will be multiple releases of this movie.
The cover arts for the Blu-rays are horrible! I can't believe the DVD version got the best cover art. A big release like this deserves better treatment. Obviously there will be multiple releases of this movie.
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12:39PM on 02/06/2013
Good news but at this point I'm just holding out for the mega extended EVERYTHING box set.
Good news but at this point I'm just holding out for the mega extended EVERYTHING box set.
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12:37PM on 02/06/2013

Meh

I had the opposite experience than what Paul had...high expectations, and the movie completely disappointed. I knew it wouldn't have the same tone as LOTR (I've read all the books several times) and more light-hearted humor, but Jackson really dropped the ball on this one. Too bloated and rambling, too CGI-heavy, immature and childish humor, way too different from the book with so many unnecessary changes. This will be the first LOTR movie that I won't buy the extended edition for, not worth it.
I had the opposite experience than what Paul had...high expectations, and the movie completely disappointed. I knew it wouldn't have the same tone as LOTR (I've read all the books several times) and more light-hearted humor, but Jackson really dropped the ball on this one. Too bloated and rambling, too CGI-heavy, immature and childish humor, way too different from the book with so many unnecessary changes. This will be the first LOTR movie that I won't buy the extended edition for, not worth it.
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12:28PM on 02/06/2013
First day buy for me.
First day buy for me.
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12:01PM on 02/06/2013
I'd read on another website that there is an extended edition planned for release later this year, in the fall. I don't know that it was confirmed but it wouldn't surprise me. It's aggravating because, if there is an extended edition, I don't want to spend money on the regular edition but I also don't want to wait 7-8 months to own the movie. Hopefully we get some more news soon.
I'd read on another website that there is an extended edition planned for release later this year, in the fall. I don't know that it was confirmed but it wouldn't surprise me. It's aggravating because, if there is an extended edition, I don't want to spend money on the regular edition but I also don't want to wait 7-8 months to own the movie. Hopefully we get some more news soon.
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12:56PM on 02/06/2013
well from what I remember of the extended DVD edition when they first came out was pretty much the timeline you just gave. The normal theatrical edition came out around March and the extended edition (which also had WAY more extras) came out in like October/November just in time for the next one, so I would expect that to stay the same.
well from what I remember of the extended DVD edition when they first came out was pretty much the timeline you just gave. The normal theatrical edition came out around March and the extended edition (which also had WAY more extras) came out in like October/November just in time for the next one, so I would expect that to stay the same.
11:57AM on 02/06/2013
Is there an Extended cut like LOTR movies? What about peter jackson's Director's commentary?
Is there an Extended cut like LOTR movies? What about peter jackson's Director's commentary?
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1:47PM on 02/06/2013
Double dip, sir...
Double dip, sir...
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