The first part of Peter Jackson’s second J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is coming to home video March 19. A production of New Line Cinema and MGM, the film will arrive early for Digital Download on March 12th and will then be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and 2-Disc DVD Special Edition March 19.
All disc versions feature UltraViolet and over 130 minutes of bonus content. Nominated for three Academy Awards, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is an epic adventure that immerses audiences once again in the fantastical world of Middle-earth. The March 19 home entertainment release will be followed by an Extended Edition in time for the holidays.
Peter Jackson is also set to host a live first look at The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second film in “The Hobbit Trilogy,” on Sunday, March 24 at 3:00PM Eastern/Noon Pacific. Content will be streamed live and an edited version will be archived on the Trilogy’s official website. Access to the live event will be limited to holders of an UltraViolet code available by purchasing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack or 2-Disc Special Edition DVD. Select digital retailers will issue access codes upon purchase of the film. Click here for more information.
Pricing on the various sets is $35.99 for the 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack, $44.95 for the 5-Disc Blu-ray, and $28.98 for the 2-Disc DVD Special Edition. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray, and the theatrical version in standard definition on DVD. The 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition on Blu-ray, the theatrical version of the film in 2D high definition on Blu-ray and the theatrical version in standard definition on DVD.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and DVD Special Edition contain the following special features:
Full Suite of Peter Jackson’s Production Videos. Enter Middle-earth of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as Academy Award-winning Director Peter Jackson takes you behind the scenes, on location and amidst the star-studded cast in a series of video journals that puts you in the forefront of latest in filmmaking with more than two hours of additional content. Highlights of the journals include:
– Start of Production
– Location Scouting
– Filming in 3D
– Post-production Overview
– Wellington World Premiere
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