The Hobbit 2 Extended Edition Details and Clip - 25 Minutes of Extra Footage Included!


The Hobbit 2 Extended Edition Details and Clip - 25 Minutes of Extra Footage Included!

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug debuted in cinemas in December 2013 with a running time of 161 minutes. If that wasn't enough Middle Earth for you, there's a 186 minute version on the way.

Which is kind of a good thing. Peter Jackson has a long history of tinkering with the theatrical releases of his Tolkein movies - all the way back in 2002 he released the extended edition of The Fellowship of the Ring and he's done one for each movie since.

In a lot of ways, these versions are intended for fans of the books. A lot of the added material for the LOTR trilogy was about adding texture to the world and bringing back characters and events which didn't work in the cinema cut. And those releases were also brimming with incredible extras, making them a must for those who were devoted to this fantasy world.

For his latest extended edition, Jackson has added back in 25 extra footage to the movie. And this isn't a cobbled together directors cut, every scene is seamlessly integrated - whether its an entirely new moment or an extended version of something we've already seen. And that means even polishing new visual effects to a perfect sheen.

Happily for fans, that also looks like its going to include more time in Mirkwood - which was oddly rushed in the theatrical cut. And you can get a glimpse of what the extra material entails with this clip, restoring the group's attempt to cross the dreaded waters at the heart of the forest. Watch out Bombur!

In terms of extras you'll find a commentary from Jackson along with fellow screenwriter Philippa Boyens. Jackson is always an engaging host but I can't help but miss the quartet of commentaries on the LOTR EE's - including chaotic comments from vast chunks of the cast and every background person you could mention. Twas brilliant stuff.

The meat of the extras though lies in The Appendices. Parts 9 and 10 (following on from the other trilogy) get a disk each and they're packed with info and incredible access to every part of the production. There's also a featurette on New Zealand which is supposed to make you want to go there. You should, its very pretty.

Here's the packshot - like last years box for There and Back Again its really not that pretty.

The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition will be available on 5 disk DVD or 5 disk blu-ray (including 2D and 3D high def disks) from the 3rd of November 2014.

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies is in cinemas from the 12th of December 2014.

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