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

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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