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Hobbit, The: An Unexpected Journey - 2012

New Line Cinema/MGM/Wingnut Films - 169 minutes(Theatrical) - 182 minutes (Extended)

DVD UPC/EAN # 794043165368(US); 794043164095(CA); 883929368501(US Extended); 9325336178164(NZ Extended); 9325336168110(NZ)

2D Blu-ray + DVD UPC/EAN # 794043165344(US); 794043165115(CA); 9325336168127(NZ); 5051892129527(UK); 9325336168059(NZ);

2D Blu-ray Extended Edtion UPC/EAN # 794043168215(US Extended); 9325336178201(NZ Extended)

3D Blu-ray + 2D Blu-ray + Appendices & Extras UPC/EAN # 9325336171509(NZ)

3D Blu-ray + 2D Blu-ray + DVD UPC/EAN # 794043165337(US); 794043164101(CA);

3D Extended Editon UPC/EAN # 794043168222(US Extended); 5051892147125(UK Extended)

4K Trilogy UPC/EAN #5051890322593(DE); 883929716487(US); 9398700050144(AU/NZ); 5051892230070(UK); 5051891177666(IT); 883929704729(CA);

Principal Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Dean O'Gorman, Aidan Turner, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow, Adam Brown, Sylvester McCoy, Barry Humphries, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis.

Principal Filmmakers: Peter Jackson, Director; Producers: Carolynne Cunningham, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Zane Weiner; Screenplay: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo Del Toro from the J.R.R. Tolkien novel; Original Music: Howard Shore; Director of Photography: Andrew Lesnie; Film Editing: Jabez Olssen; Production Design: Dan Hennah; Supervising Art Director: Simon Bright; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent; Costume Design: Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor; Makeup and Prosthetics Supervisor: Jason Docherty; Special Effects Supervisor: Steve Ingram; Senior Visual Effects Supervisor: Joe Letteri.

Censor Rating: PG-13 - Review Rating: A-

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
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Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever ... Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities ... A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know. [Part one of a Trilogy]

The Theatrical Release

There are three package disc sets being offered of the theatrical version of the film. All three contain a DVD of the film and a second disc of extras that contain 10 production videos (129 minutes total), the featurette 'New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth' (6.35), six Hobbit trailers of about 2.35 minutes each and three related game trailers. The extras disc has spoken English only, but subtitle options of: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Thai. Except for the trailers, the extras are displayed 1.78:1 with a 2.0 DD soundtrack; the trailers are displayed 2.35:1 with 5.1 surround audio. The box contains a sheet with the code for accessing the "Ultraviolet" copy of the film for use on a mobile device.

The DVD only version is a 2-disc set, whereas the 2D Blu-ray offering is a 3-disc set (1- BD, 2-DVD) and the 3D Blu-ray offering is a 5-disc set (3-BD, 2-DVD). All versions display the feature film in 2.35:1 format (anamorphic) with 5.1 surround language soundtracks in English, French and Spanish. However the Blu-ray versions have a DTS-HD 7.1 Master English soundtrack. After those basics come the additions and variations. The US and CA versions also have English, French and Spanish subtitle options with the feature film. The 2-disc DVD set is selling for $15-20us; The 3-disc set is selling for $20-30us; the 5-disc set sells for $27-40us.

The UK release, in addition to English, contains spoken tracks in Italian, Spanish and Chinese. It also contains subtitles in English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Spanish, Dutch, French, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Romanian and Chinese.n A Czech version was released with 5.1 language tracks in Czech, Russian, Thai, Turkish and Ukranian. Additionally it is listed as having subtitles in English, Czech, Chinese, Dutch, Estonian, Croatian, Indonesian, Korean, Latvian, Russian, Greek, Slovenian, Serbian, Thai and Turkish. There is also a French language version with spoken tracks in Chinese, Italian and English as well as subtitles in Chinese, French, Italian and Dutch. A German spoken language version with subtitles in English, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Polish was also released.

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The Extended Release

As of November 2013, there are three extended edition disc sets being offered - a dvd 5-disc version, a 2D Blu-ray 3-disc version and a 3D Blu-ray 5-disc version. All three also contain a code used to redeem a digital download for tablets, smartphones, etc. This "Ultraviolet" copy is a standard definition, extended edition, copy of the feature only. For further details about Ultraviolet go to All feature presentations are 2.38:1, with the Appendices and other extras presented 1.78:1. The US Blu-ray videos are all-region 1080p with English DTS-HD Master 7.1 or French DD 5.1 or Portuguese DD 5.1 or DD 5.1 Japanese spoken options. The DVD version spoken English is DD 5.1. All three versions include an optional feature commentary track with Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens, in English. There are no subtitle options with the commentary, but you can run the feature subtitles while listening to the commentary. Subtitles options include: English, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Thai. The UK offerings contain the following subtitle options: English, French, German, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish.

The 3D Blu-ray extended edition set includes the feature split between two discs, plus one disc containing the complete feature in 2D, plus the 2D Appendices and extras on the remaining two discs. The 2D Blu-ray extended edition set includes everything included in the 3D set except the two discs containing the 3D version of the feature. The DVD set has the feature split between two discs, plus the Appendices and extras on the remaining three discs.

The organisational nature of the nine+ hours of Appendices and other extras is where some confusion can occur, given that the same material that is contained on two Blu-ray discs are spread over three discs with the DVD offering. If you want the organisational details on the Blu-ray versions, go to the review links listed below.

The DVD organisation is as follows:
Disc 1 - Feature - 99 minutes + 'New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth'- short (6:30)
Disc 2 - Feature - 83 minutes
Disc 3 - Appendices Part 7 - Introduction by Peter Jackson (1:55)
The Chronicles - Part I - Opening (2:42)
01. Journey back to Middle-earth (48:16)
02. Riddles in the Dark (Gollums' Cave) (16:59)
03. An Unexpected Party (Bag End) (25:26)
04. Roast Mutton (Trollshaws Forest) (17:11)
05. Bastion of the Greenwood (Rhosgobel) (10:41)
06. A Short Rest (Rivendell & London) (29:10)
- The Songs of the Hobbit (29:17)
Disc 4 - Appendices Part 7 - Continued
07. Over Hill (The Misty Mountains) (13:39)
08. Under Hill (Goblin Town) (19:13)
09. Out of the Frying Pan (The Forest Ledge) (16:06)
10. Return to Hobbiton (The Shire) (18:32)
11. The Epic of Scene 88 (Strath Taieri) (8:27)
12. The Battle of Moria (Azanulbizar) (10:56)
13. Edge of the Wilderland (Pick-ups & The Carrock) (22:36)
14. Home is Behind, The World Ahead (11:39)
15. Credits (3:04) Realms of the Third Age: From Bag End to Goblin Town
01. Hobbiton (23:39)
02. Rhosgobel (5:33)
03. Riverdell (11:14)
04. The Misty Mountains (6:23)
05. Goblin Town (12:28)
Disc 5 - Appendices - Part 8 - Return to Middle Earth
The Company of Thorin 01. Assembling the Dwarves (21:19)
02. Thorin, Fili and Kili (7:13)
03. Balin and Dwalin (7:19)
04. Oin and Gloin (4:51)
05. Dori, Nori and Ori (12:10)
06. Bifur, Bofur and Bombur (10:02)
Mr. Baggins: The 14th Member (16:08)
Durin's Folk: Creating the Dwarves (57:21)
The Peoples and Denizens of Middle Earth:
01. The Stone Trolls (12:53)
02. Radagast the Brown (10:51)
03. Goblins (19:46)
04. Azog the Defiler (14:50)
Credits (3:24)

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2014 - Annie Awards - Outstanding Achievement in Character Animation in a Live Action Production (Jeff Capogreco, Jedrzej Wojtowicz, Kevin Estey, Alessandro Bonora, Gino Acevedo)

2013 - ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards - Howard Shore

2013 - Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films USA - Best Production Design (Ra Vincent, Simon Bright, Dan Hennah)

2012 - Heartland Film Festival - Truly Moving Picture Award

2012 - Houston Film Critics Society Awards - Technical Achievement

2013 - The Jameson Empire Awards (London) - Best SciFi/Fantasy Film and Martin Freeman, Best Actor.

2013 - MTV Movie Awards - Best Hero (Martin Freeman)

2013 - Online Film & Television Association - Best Makeup and Hairstyling

2013 - Visual Effects Society Awards: Outstanding Virtual Cinematography in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture - Matt Aitken, Victor Huang, Christian Rivers, R. Christopher White.

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