As with the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films, ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ is getting its very own ‘Extended Edition’ for the DVD and Blu-ray release.
Peter Jackson’s been busy on a new cut with 13 minutes worth of new and extended scenes, and we’ve got a sneak preview.
The scene above – not seen in cinemas – sees Hugo Weaving’s elf lord Elrond confront Bilbo at his plush Rivendell pad.
The hobbit, played by ‘Sherlock’ star Martin Freeman, is unsure whether to carry on with the quest to recover the dwarves’ gold, and Elrond doesn’t exactly help him make up his mind. Bilbo’s struggle to feel like he belongs on the mission is a key story arc of the film.
Besides the extra footage, the mammoth ‘Hobbit’ special edition features nine hours of bonus features, including commentary with Jackson, and the sinister sounding “The Appendices” - a multi-part documentary focusing on various aspects of the film and the Trilogy.
The special edition is released in the UK on digital download on 22 October, and on Blu-ray and DVD on 4 November. Handily, this sets up second instalment ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’, which is out in cinemas on 13 December.
We caught up with the ‘Hobbit’ cast earlier this year, who spilled the beans (a little bit) about the “dark” sequel.
Watch the 'Desolation' trailer below.