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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Limited Extended Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2012] [Region Free]

Martin Freeman , Ian McKellen , Peter Jackson    To Be Announced   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,897 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage
  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, French, Italian
  • Dubbed: English, French, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Nov 2013
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,897 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DY6490Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,701 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It took some time for Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson to return to Middle Earth, but the wait was very much worth it. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey starts off by playing strongly to its links to the previous adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings trilogy, before setting off on an adventure of its own.

The first of three films based on The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey isn't a fast film to get going, but it does spent quality time introducing its key characters. Most moviegoers are more than familiar with Sir Ian McKellen's Gandalf of course, but the collection of dwarves and Martin Freeman's take on Bilbo Baggins are all brought together, and the adventure ensues. It's a journey that's punctuated by terrifically orchestrated action sequences, a swirling score, and lavish production design.

Furthermore, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has one or two real standout moments contained within its running time, not least when we finally get reunited with Gollum. The sequence where Bilbo Baggins and Gollum come face to face is as good as anything Jackson put on screen in the Lord Of The Rings films. And while The Hobbit doesn't quite capture the magic of the earlier trilogy often enough, there's a lot here to enjoy, and plenty left to look forward to. It's beautifully, beautifully presented on disc, too. --Jon Foster

Product Description

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first in Peter Jackson's highly anticipated trilogy adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

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.

All-new special features on Blu-ray:

* Commentary with Peter Jackson, Director/Producer/Screenwriter and Philippa Boyens, Co-Producer/Screenwriter
* The Appendices - A multi-part chronological history of the filming of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, covering pre-production in the various departments of the film in the months leading up to the start of principal photography, the boot camp training for the main cast, the work done on set chronologically through the three shooting blocks and in the world of its digital effects.

Extra Content--All Presented in 2D
  • Introduction by Peter Jackson
  • A Long Expected Journey
  • The Journey Back to Middle- Earth
  • Riddles in the Dark
  • An Unexpected Party
  • Roast Mutton
  • Bastion of the Greenwood
  • A Short Rest
  • Over Hill
  • Under Hill
  • Out of the Frying Pan
  • Return to Hobbiton
  • The Epic of Scene 88
  • The Battle of Moria
  • Edge of the Wilderland
  • Home is Behind, The World Ahead
  • The Company of Thorin
  • Assembling the Dwarves
  • Thorin, Fili & Kili
  • Balin & Dwalin
  • Oin & Gloin
  • Dori, Nori & Ori
  • Bifur, Bofur & Bombur
  • Mr. Baggins: The 14th Member
  • Durin's Folk: Creating the Dwarves
  • The Peoples and Denizens of Middle Earth
  • The Stone Trolls
  • Radagast the Brown
  • Goblins
  • Azog the Defilers
  • Realms of the Third Age
  • Hobbiton
  • Rhosgobel
  • Rivendell
  • The Misty Mountains
  • Goblin Town
  • The Songs of the Hobbit
  • Credits


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218 of 238 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXTENDED EDITION: BLU-RAY STEEL-BOOK. 17 Nov 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
As usual with my reviews, I will limit my comments to the product advertised, in this case the steel-book limited edition blu-ray of the extended version of The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey. Hopefully helping you to make the decision on whether the extended cut of the film is really worth the expenditure, especially if you, like me, already have the theatrical cut. I will also give you a run-down of all the additional scenes.
The packaging itself is the usual black plastic box sandwiched between metal covers, and in all honesty looks cheep when compared to the extended versions of the original trilogy in their book-style, individually coloured sleeves. Inside are the two-disc 3D version of the film; a single disc containing the extended blu-ray version and two discs containing the appendices which are numbered parts seven and eight, to fall in with the nomenclature of those in the extended version of The Lord Of The Rings, and hints at a box set containing all six films and their appendices in the not too distant future.(No surprise there then).
The quality of the blu-ray, as you'll already know if you have the theatrical version, is second to none, with dazzling colour saturation, perfectly solid blacks and stunning detail, as one would expect from twenty first century high def'. And the additional scenes or partial scenes fit in seamlessly. I can not comment on the effectiveness of the 3D version as I do not have a 3D player and have little love for the medium in any case.
Subtitles are included on the Blu-Ray version, as are various language options which include: French, Italian and Spanish.

The scene-extensions are as follows:(Please read no further if you want it to be a surprise)

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285 of 323 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Critical dilemma 28 Oct 2013
Format:Blu-ray
How can there be 1,357 reviews of the Blu-ray extended version of this marvellous film before it has been issued on 13 November 2013?

Really Amazon, we don't need all the reviews from all the other versions of the same title! We need to know by how long the film itself has been extended and the quality of the technical improvements on the original DVD.

I have given this 5-stars only because I don't wish to harm the reputation of a great film but wish to air a weakness in the salesmanship system of this particular company who have the money and the expertise to do far better for the customer.
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Slight spoiler Alert*

The Box Set consists of 5 Blu-Ray Discs. One and two contain the extended film in 3D, the third contains the extended 2D version of the film and discs four and five, the Appendices parts 7 and 8, extending as they do from the appendices attached to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
So what of the extended version ?.
In truth it falls a little short of what I would term extended, especially when faced with the generously extended LOTR films which added scenes that explained and expanded upon scenes already in those films and made them, in my humble opinion, far superior to their theatrical cuts.
Here, a measly 13 minutes consists of scenes that add little and are, in one or two instances, gratuitous. The two "Singing" scenes, particularly that involving the Goblin King are neither here nor there but the scenes in Hobbiton and Rivendell, whilst adding little to the overall story do not seem out of place. In this case its a toss up as to which version (theatrical or extended) I prefer but I opt for the extended on the basis that the longer the better when it comes to Peter Jacksons fabulous world.

Of course the box set is more than just the film itself and the appendices, running for almost 9 hours, are to be treasured and enjoyed. The whole "making of" is fascinating with everything covered from make up, set design, sound, cinematography and the actors themselves.Its what adds to the whole 5 star experience.

So, leaving the value of the extended version aside, what minor niggles do I have ?.

Two actually, one very minor and one that annoys me.

The first is the first appearance of Gandalf at Hobbiton.
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381 of 468 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The King Returns 14 Dec 2012
Format:DVD
Since Sir Peter Jackson's last foray into Middle Earth, he's created the fantastic (King Kong) and the fantastically awful (The Lovely Bones), and now we're back and it's like we never left. Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf), Hugo Weaving (Elrond), Elijah Wood (Frodo), Cate Blanchett (Galadriel)... they've aged like elves - not a day. Tonally this is breezier than the Lord of the Rings (let's call it LotR) trilogy, but great care has been taken to ensure that it fits seamlessly into the same universe. The same exquisite detail in close-up; the same use of long shots to make the characters tiny in a vast world.

J. R. R. Tolkien's little book concerns a little hobbit, who lives in a hole, who finds himself on a big adventure with a gang of dwarves, overseen by the wizard Gandalf. Tolkien's dwarves, seeking an almighty golden hoard hidden under a Lonely Mountain, are closer to Time Bandits than a heroic Fellowship, but Jackson and his co-writers (now including Guillermo del Toro) have shifted their purpose to something more laudable: the reclaiming of their homeland.

In a beautifully crafted opening, after elegantly intersecting with The Fellowship of the Ring, the bumbling dwarves are introduced to Bilbo and ourselves one by one, as unwelcome visitors to his humble home. They eat, they sing, they talk, and the scene is set. These are the characters we'll follow in almost every scene. The Hobbit is much more linear than LotR; scenes concerning Radagast the Brown (a wonderfully eccentric Sylvester McCoy, channelling the spirit of Tom Bombadil) and Azog (the orcish slayer of Thorin's father, Thrain) are brief asides rather than parallel plots.

So it's all about the dwarves, and we get to know a few of them well, particularly the bold leader, Thorin (Richard Armitage).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Prime? or Grime?
Would love to say I thought the film was as good as the book, or better, but I don't know 'cos it will not play. Thanks Amazon, what a waste of money. Read more
Published 1 day ago by PHOLLYER
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow start, but second half is great. Ties in with LOTR really well
Ive seen the LOTR trilogy about a million times (at least), so when this came out i was straight down the shops and bought it. Read more
Published 2 days ago by cr25
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
Haven't even read the books but loved, loved, loved this! Could wait for the next one to come out at the cinema once I'd watched this.
Published 2 days ago by Chris Low
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!
I'm not going to review the film here, only the product.
I didn't but the extended edition for the 9 minutes or so of extra footage, which whilst interesting, doesn't really... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Beth Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Present
This was a christmas present for my son he was more than happy with it, great movie really enjoyed it.
Published 5 days ago by BigMac
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. No doubt about it.
When the announcement that Peter Jackson was to direct The Hobbit in its entirety, I was beyond thrilled. Read more
Published 5 days ago by maatmouse
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad ....
An okay beginning, but story development too slow.
I do not expect parts 2 & 3 to be much better in this respect.
Published 6 days ago by Michael Salmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Came very quickly and in excellent condition. Would fully recommend. Can't wait for the next one so I can watch that a dozen times too!
Published 7 days ago by A MILLARD
5.0 out of 5 stars Hobbit fever
I have watched this film so many times but still love it. Everything is spectacular. I will get all the films to enjoy
Published 7 days ago by marian goldsmith
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favourite film trilogys
an excellent film i loved it, i loved The Lord Of The Rings trilogys. My favourite films. looking forward to the dvds although best seen at the cinema.
Published 8 days ago by piesy
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