Marketing, it always comes down to marketing. Any money. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will soon be available to enjoy in the comfort of your home through a variety of different mediums: digital download, DVD, and Blu-ray; but only the DVD and Blu-ray combo packs get you the exclusive early preview of The Desolation of Smaug.
Here’s An Unexpected Journey‘s release breakdown, courtesy of Collider,
Warner Bros. has announced that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be arriving on Digital Download on March 12th. For those who want to wait a week, the film will arrive on 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and 2-Disc DVD Special Edition on March 19th.
So, for those clinging to the need for physical copies, of which I’m one, you’ll need to wait another week. But, you’re week of waiting will earn you a front seat to the Peter Jackson-hosted, live first look at The Desolation of Smaug on Sunday, March 24th at 3:00 PM EST. It’s all made possible because of the Ultraviolet code available with the purchase of the DVD or Blu-ray. Y’know, the code that gives you a digital copy of the movie which I’m guessing you never, ever use. Now it has real value, but again, you’ll only get one if you buy the Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack or 2-Disc Special Edition DVD. And you can’t share the code with friends, it’s a one time use kind of thing.
Below the cut you’ll find the specs for each available version of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Which will you be grabbin’? You could wait for the expected Extended Edition released later in the year, but then, no early Smaug preview. Oh, and don’t expect any of these to play at 48 FPS. I don’t know if that’s even possible, yet!
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 (All prices MSRP). The press release doesn’t say if the 3D Blu-ray will run at 48fps (I don’t know if that’s even possible).
Here are the special features on the Blu-rays and DVD versions [via Blu-ray.com]
New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth
Start of Production
Shooting Block One
Filming in 3D
Locations Part 1
Locations Part 2
Stone St. Studios Tour
Wrap of Principal Photography
Wellington World Premiere
The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-Earth
Guardians of Middle-Earth
Lego The Lord of the Rings