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Title: Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The
Starring: Martin Freeman
Released: 19th March 2013
SRP: $44.95, $35.99, $28.98

Further Details:
On March 19th

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

will hit 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99, on 5-Disc Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, and on 2-Disc DVD Special Edition for $28.98. In addition, Peter Jackson will host a live first look at The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second film in The Hobbit Trilogy, on Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 p.m. 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.

The press release does not specify audio or video specs (besides being 3DHD, HD, and standard definition DVD), but there is an early special features listing for extras that will reportedly be featured on all Blu-ray and DVD releases of what they clearly mark as the Theatrical Cut of the film, implying that there is, indeed, an Extended Cut set to be released somewhere down the line. These extras will include:

Quote: 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

Here's the Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD cover art (no 3D art yet):

Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The
Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The

Quote: The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic 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 13 Dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild, through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins, Orcs and deadly Wargs, as well as a mysterious and sinister figure known only as the Necromancer.

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 ingenuity 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.

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