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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Gets an Extended Edition


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was a solid film clocking in at just under three hours long, but for those of you who felt like three hours wasn’t enough, we have great news! There will be an extended cut of the film coming out on DVD.

So what’s all this extra footage going to be? How will it tie in to the second film? Answers under the cut.

A longer look at Hobbiton, extra scenes about the elven-dwarf feud as it manifests in Rivendell, and the Goblin King’s song were all features mentioned by Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens (producer/co-writer). On why scenes like the extra footage of Hobbiton were cut in the first place, Jackson had this to say:

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

In a less literal sense, that applies to other cut scenes, too. With a movie that has so much footage and so much story, cramming all of that intricacy into anything less than two hours is nigh impossible. It makes sense that the movie was so long. With so much to do and so little time, some things must be cut, for the sanity of the audience an the sanity of the editors.

What features will play into the next movie? Jackson dropped a few hints:

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… We get some of the reason why he and the dwarves had a falling out – to do with these white gems…

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Extended Cut will come out on DVD approximately a month before the December 13th release date of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.

(via Collider and Empire Online)

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  • http://mordicai.livejournal.com Mordicai

    I for one am shocked.

  • Allison Hoekwater

    I expected it and am overjoyed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    Im rathrr surprised that scenes were actually cut from this considering their adapting a 300 page book into a trilogy, but I am looking forward to it

  • Curuniel

    …yes, because what that film needed was MORE content…

  • Brian

    Well, 300 pages, a lot of Tolkien’s notes and backstory, some original material to serve the adaptation, all that jazz.

  • Hannah

    I honestly wish they would do a shortened version of all three that is JUST the Hobbit and none of the necromancer stuff. I would like that.

  • Blue Mina

    Are you kidding me? The first film was so overly bloated, I’m absolutely stunned anyone thinks it needs more content. I wish this article was a parody of Jackson’s complete mismanagement of the Hobbit, but unfortunately, I know that’s not the case.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Honestly, what I’m waiting for is the version after all three movies have come out, where someone cuts the three of them together down to a one-and-a-half hour movie.

  • Kathryn (@Loerwyn)

    I’m pretty sure the extended edition was announced *before* it came out on DVD a few months ago.

    Edit: And I’m pretty dang sure this site reported it…

  • Diedra Rater

    The theatrical version felt like the extended edition and then some. I can’t imagine how boring this version must be.

  • http://wrongsirwrong.blogspot.com/ Magic Xylophone

    Y’all some ungrateful folks in these comments. Any time in Middle Earth is good time. Just buy the regular DVD if you don’t like it.

    “And the black arrows play a part in an ongoing story, for they are the one thing that can pierce the dragon’s hide”

    Uh… what? I thought it was just aimed right?

    “We get some of the reason why he and the dwarves had a falling out – to do with these white gems”

    EEEEEEE OH MY GOD, THE SILMARILS! How did they get this past Christopher Tolkien?

  • http://wrongsirwrong.blogspot.com/ Magic Xylophone

    Fanedit.org will definitely do one, once all the movies are out.

  • Calum Syers

    I’m certainly going to try my hand at one, at some point.

  • Adam R. Charpentier

    I do love fanedits. Good idea!

  • Omegasama

    I have just assumed there would be an extended version. Hell If I remember correctly, they even said so on their blog.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    I confess I didn’t realize just how much added backstory Tolkien did surrounding the Hobbit period. I honestly thought a fair chunk of the films elements such as Thorins enemity with Azog or the whole scene with Galadriel were original material.

  • Brian

    Tolkien actually always had a mind to redo the Hobbit to match Lord of the Rings better, but never got around to it. That’s one of the reasons I don’t mind the adaptations much.

  • Erica M.

    I am a-ok with more Middle Earth footage to see!

  • Anonymous

    Can we get all the extra LOTR trilogy footage they are still sitting on instead?

  • http://www.facebook.com/nuuni.nuunani Nuuni Nuunani

    Yeah~ Tolkien had about thirty volumes worth of background content and i think something like twenty unpenned novels (including one super vague tale involving the two blues wizards heading east of mordor to kick butt)

    I just didn’t know that he had plans to reapproach the hobbit

  • Stephan van Velzen

    “With a movie that has so much footage and so much story, cramming all of that intricacy into anything less than two hours is nigh impossible.”

    That’s sarcasm, right? Please tell me it’s sarcasm.