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I can’t be the only one who’s now wishing they waited before buying the first Blu-ray iteration of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Unfortunately, I don’t get to movies much, home video is my bread and butter, and I NEEDED to see this sumbitch!

Here’s what Hobbit and LOTR director Peter Jackson had to say when the U.S. release of this extended edition was announced:

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. 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.

Apparently the Extended Edition will feature nearly 9 hours of bonus material, including commentaries by Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens; a featurette on the awesomeness of New Zealand (which may be identical to this one, already available online), and five-odd hours of behind-the-scenes “Appendices”.

As for the new footage, little is known… Oh, apparently there’ll be some nekkid people, and the scene below between Bilbo and Elrond (courtesy of Comic Book Movie), but other than that, they’re keeping quiet about what’s been added to the film itself.

The full Blu-ray set will run you $54.98, and be available for purchase on November 5th. The Extended Edition will be available as a download starting October 22nd.

Source: Bleeding Cool

 

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As we close in on the theatrical release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – just under six months until December 13th! – it’s about time we learn the details of what’s coming in the extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, releasing a month earlier in November.

In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, all decked out in its hobbity splendor, Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, and Fran Walsh dished on what we’ll see in the much anticipated extended edition,

You are going to get some serious Dwarvish disrespect of the elves at Rivendell.

You are going to get more of Hobbiton. We always wanted to wend our way through Hobbiton, but in the end Bilbo has to run out of the door.

You are going to get more Goblin Town, and the Great Goblin singing his song. It is a great song, but it was just another delay in terms of moving the story along.

A number one hit from the Goblin King. Barry Humphries is going to rise up the charts.

We are putting things in the extended cut that are going to play straight into the second film, like this character Girion, who is defending [the city of] Dale using black arrows against Smaug. And the black arrows play a part in an ongoing story, for they are the one thing that can pierce the dragon’s hide.

There are also issues with [king of the elves] Thranduil (Lee Pace). We get some of the reason why he and the dwarves had a falling out – to do with these white gems…

Judging by the added content that leads directly into Smaug, it sounds to me like this extended edition of An Unexpected Journey is a must buy for those awaiting the sequel with bated breath.

Plus, who wouldn’t be interested in that Goblin King song? I don’t know why they didn’t release it as a single.

For a look at the newly released images from The Desolation of Smaug, straight off the pages of Empire, hit the jump!

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We’ve seen glimpses of Tauriel, the elven warrior and brand new character Evangeline Lilly will play in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and There and Back Again, but today Entertainment Weekly‘s got our first official look. Yup, that’s a lady elf all right.

Director Peter Jackson and co-writers, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, felt the need to introduce a new character not seen in any of Tolkien’s works to not only expand upon the elves of Mirkwood Forest but to increase the female roles of the story. The Hobbit, the book, contains no women, whatsoever. Speaking to EW, Lilly explains her character,

Tauriel is the head of the Elven Guard. She’s a Sylvan Elf, which means she’s of a much lower order than the elves we all became acquainted with in The Lord of the Rings. She doesn’t hold the same kind of status that Arwen or Galadriel or Elrond or Legolas do — she’s much more lowly. She sort of goes against the social order of the elves a little bit.

She goes on to say, “She will definitely have a love story.” *eye roll* Of course, can’t include a lady and not have her fall in love. Lilly adds, “I can’t give away too much about it. It’s not a huge focus but it is there and it is important and it does drive Tauriel and her story and her actions.” I’m hoping said romance won’t be with fellow elf, Legolas (Orlando Bloom). Besides, he’s got Gimli.

Tauriel’s relationship with Legolas is significant. They’ve known each other since they were children, and Legolas’ dad, [Elven king] Thranduil, has a soft spot for Tauriel and sees something very special in her. So if you grow up side by side, and your dad has a very special spot in his heart for this young woman who’s a fantastic warrior, I think it’s hard not to notice her. That’s probably as much as I can say.

And Lilly’s got something to say those worried the inclusion of a character not of Tolkien’s will ruin the movies,

I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there are going to be people who will totally hate Tauriel, think that she shouldn’t be in the movie, that it’s a betrayal of Tolkien, and no matter what I do it won’t be right. There will be everything between that and people who adore her and think it’s such a fun thing to have added to the film. I kind of got prepped for that being on Lost, because we had avid fans who were really extreme in their feelings about the show and its characters. But I think if anyone knows how to respect Tolkien, it’s Peter, Fran and Phil. And Tauriel fits perfectly in that world.

I’m definitely excited to meet Tauriel. I want to learn more about the elves, and specifically want to see more of them in these movies. Arwen’s always been a luke-warm character for me, and while I still liked her, I’m looking forward to a elven lady who can kick some ass. And I feel confidant Jackson, Walsh, and Boyens have added her to the story with care, not haphazardly. What are your thoughts about Tauriel? Excited or miffed she’s been added?

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theatres this December 13th.

Source: EW via Blastr