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#1 of 34 Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 29 2013 - 05:40 AM

  





From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arriving on Digital Download on March 12th  and on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and 2-Disc DVD Special Edition on March 19th  from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. All disc versions feature UltraVioletÔ and over 130 minutes of bonus content.The first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” which is nominated for three Academy Awards*, is an epic adventure that immerses audiences once again in the fantastical world of Middle-earth. The March 19th home entertainment release will be followed by an Extended Edition in time for the holidays.
 
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 24th at 3:00PM 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. Select digital retailers will issue access codes upon purchase of the film.  Visit www.thehobbit.com/sneak for more information.
 
 Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, the character he played in “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. Also reprising their roles from “The Lord of the Rings” in “The Hobbit” Trilogy are: Cate Blanchett as Galadriel; Ian Holm as Old Bilbo; Christopher Lee as Saruman; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Elijah Wood as Frodo; and Andy Serkis as Gollum. The international ensemble cast also includes James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Sylvester McCoy, Barry Humphries, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Graham McTavish, Adam Brown, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Manu Bennett and Conan Stevens.

The screenplay for “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is by Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Jackson also produced the film, together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn Blackwood, with Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.

New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Present a WingNut Films Production, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” All three films in “The Hobbit” Trilogy, also including “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” and the final film, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” are productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well as all international television distribution being handled by MGM.

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” was released on December 14, 2012, with the second film, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” releasing December 13, 2013, and the third film, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” slated for July 18, 2014.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will be available on 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99, on 5-Disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, and on 2-Disc DVD Special Edition for $28.98. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray, and the theatrical version in standard definition on DVD. The 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition on Blu-ray, the theatrical version of the film in 2D high definition on Blu-ray and the theatrical version in standard definition on DVD.  The Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and the 2-Disc DVD Special Edition all include UltraViolet, which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the standard definition theatrical version of the film to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.*
 
SYNOPSIS
The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome Dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the Wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of 13 Dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild, through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins, Orcs and deadly Wargs, as well as a mysterious and sinister figure known only as the Necromancer.
 
Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the Goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever…Gollum.
 
Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities…A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS

 

“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and DVD Special Edition contain the following special 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:
  • Start of Production
  • Location Scouting
  • Filming in 3D
  • Post-production Overview
  • Wellington World Premiere
DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS
On March 12th, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” will be available for download from online retailers including iTunes, Xbox, PlayStation, Amazon, Vudu and CinemaNow.
 
The film will also available digitally in High Definition (HD) VOD and Standard Definition (SD) VOD from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.
 
ULTRAVIOLET
*UltraViolet allows you to collect watch and share movies and TV shows in a whole new way.  Available with the purchase of specially marked Blu-ray discs, DVDs and Digital Downloads, UltraViolet lets you create a digital collection of movies and TV shows.  Services such as Flixster and VUDU allow you to instantly stream and download UltraViolet content across a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.  Restrictions and limitations apply.  Go to www.ultraviolet.flixster.com/info for details.  Learn about VUDU compatible devices at www.vudu.com.

BASICS

PRODUCT                                                                             SRP

Blu-ray Combo Pack                                                                $35.99
Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack                                                          $44.95
2-Disc Amaray Special Edition (WS)                                        $28.98

 

EST Release Date:  March 12th, 2013

Standard Street Date: March 19th, 2013

DVD Languages: English, Latin Spanish, Parisian French

BD Languages: English, Latin Spanish,

DVD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish, Parisian French

BD Subtitles: English SDH, Latin Spanish

Running Time: 169 minutes

Rating: Rated PG-13 for extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images

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#2 of 34 Doctorossi

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Posted January 29 2013 - 05:48 AM

Looks like shockingly reasonable pricing for a pre-order of this kind of title. I'm waiting for the Extended release, though.

#3 of 34 Steve Tannehill

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Posted January 29 2013 - 05:59 AM

NO 3D???!!!???

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Posted January 29 2013 - 06:06 AM

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#5 of 34 Ronald Epstein

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Posted January 29 2013 - 09:25 AM

Not going to buy this film.  Not now.


Not going to make the same mistakes I made with The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.


Warner is going to milk these titles for all its worth.

I suspect there will be multiple releases from standalone
to extended editions and then a final box-set with all 3 films

and then a box set with all 6 films.


I would rather wait for the end game.


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#6 of 34 Walter Kittel

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Posted January 29 2013 - 09:30 AM

+1. - Walter.
Fidelity to the source should always be the goal for Blu-ray releases.

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Posted January 29 2013 - 09:31 AM

I'm inclined to support a 3D release--but ONLY a 3D release. If they aren't releasing it in 3D, forget it. Did I mention 3D? And I hope there is not an extended edition...the movie dragged at nearly 3 hours.

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Posted January 29 2013 - 10:27 AM

There will be a 3D release. Why wouldn't there be?


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Posted January 29 2013 - 11:15 AM

most of the preorders on Amazon.com with the exception of one of the Bluray versions has been taken down. All of the Evidence of the film's Bluray,DVD and 3D release including dates have been takendown from BESTBUY.com

#10 of 34 Sam Favate

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Posted January 30 2013 - 04:52 AM

I'm also waiting for an extended edition, although official word of that hasn't happened. There's been rumors, and even a suggestion from Jackson, but if they follow what they did with LOTR, they will announce the extended editions before the theatrical version hits DVD/blu.



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Posted January 30 2013 - 05:21 AM

I'm with Ron on this one. I'm in no rush to watch this one again,.or the upcoming sequels frankly. I'll wait however long I have to for the "Ultimate Set' with all the goodies, regardless of if it includes the original LOTR films or not.



#12 of 34 Jeff Ulmer

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Posted January 30 2013 - 05:31 AM

The last preorder link has been pulled. Since I won't be seeing this any other way, an inexpensive blu would have been okay, but I suspect that initial pricing was wrong. We'll see.

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Posted January 30 2013 - 05:32 AM

I wasn't really enamored with this film when I saw it in the theater, so I will definitely be waiting. As for an extended edition, I felt the theatrical version already seemed like a long, drawn out extended edition, so I cannot image what else could be added to make it more appealing. And this is coming from someone who is a big fan of the extended editions of the LOTR trilogy.

#14 of 34 Dave Scarpa

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Posted January 30 2013 - 05:56 AM

Yeah i have'nt even seen it yet and Now I figure I'll wait for the Blu Ray and watch it on my HT. The only film I was a fan for the extended version was the first film as I thought the extra Shire scenes added alot. The other films were already so long I would not sit thru the extended again, I here the Hobbit already is 30 min too long so do we really need an extended version? But I agree don't double dip
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Posted January 30 2013 - 06:04 AM

I'll probably end up buying the extended edition for the same reason I bought the extended LORD OF THE RINGS releases - not for the movies themselves (ain't nobody got time for that), but for the supplementary material that I'm sure will be awesome.

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Posted January 30 2013 - 06:07 AM

Weird, I've sat through and enjoyed the Extended editions numerous times. I consider them the only version worth viewing for LOTR. I hope everyone nixing them due to length aren't wasting their time watching dumb 3 hour long football/sports games that are 40% advertising. :P Posted Image Posted Image



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Posted January 30 2013 - 06:27 AM

I really, really wanted to enjoy this film, but at 3 hours, it was already too long and rather pointless. I can't imagine that an EE would improve on it. The film should look and sound stellar on Blu-Ray, though.

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Posted January 30 2013 - 07:56 AM

I hope everyone nixing them due to length aren't wasting their time watching dumb 3 hour long football/sports games that are 40% advertising. :P :laugh: ;)

Yeah, that must be it.

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Posted January 30 2013 - 08:08 AM

You're either a fan or your just a casual viewer. For a fan there is no such thing as a LOTR or Hobbit movie that is too long. That said: Bring on The inevitable extended version of The Hobbit and of the Hobbit parts 2 and 3 extended when they are released.:tu::rock: And The sports game comparison is an excellent point. Same thing: Never too long for fans, Too long for casual viewers.
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Posted January 30 2013 - 08:20 AM

I'm not all that knowledgable of The Hobbit/LOTR but has Peter Jackson actually confirmed that there will be extended versions of The Hobbit movies? It certainly seems like a safe bet that there will be but just to play devil's advocate, maybe going from two to three movies has removed Jackson's need for extended versions.




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