Warner Bros. will release an extended edition of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” starting in October, that features 13 minutes of additional footage in the film and nine hours of bonus content.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will make the new cut of the Peter Jackson-directed film available as a digital download on Oct. 22, and on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD on Nov. 5. All will include UltraViolet. Film is a co-production between New Line Cinema and MGM.
Release is timed with the Dec. 13 bow of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”
“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,” Jackson said in a statement. “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.”
The five-disc Blu-ray 3D set will retail for $54.98, while the three-disc Blu-ray will be priced at $35.99; and a five-disc DVD at $34.99.
Bonus features include audio commentary with Peter Jackson and co-producer-screenwriter Philippa Boyens; along with “The Appendices,” a multi-part documentary focusing on various aspects of the film and the trilogy.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” has earned $1 billion since Dec. 14, 2012.