‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Arrives on Blu-ray in Mid-2013!

Tourism New Zealand’s Kevin Bowler reveals that the release will include a featurette on New Zealand tourism, directed by Peter Jackson.

The Hobbit Blu-ray release slated for mid-2013 debut
The Hobbit Blu-ray release slated for mid-2013 debut
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is surely one of 2012's most anticipated movies, and it's safe to say that the title will also be one of the biggest home video releases of 2013. Tourism New Zealand head Kevin Fowler let it slip during a conference in Queensland yesterday that the Blu-ray and DVD set will debut in mid-2013.

One of the special features included on this home video title will be a New Zealand tourism featurette, directed by Peter Jackson. Here's what Kevin Fowler had to say about making the international community know this Middle Earth adventure was shot in New Zealand.

"Internationally, we really want people to make the connection the The Hobbit films were filmed here in New Zealand. Our research has found that there is a very high level of awareness to that fact, which is much broader than in what might be called... the geeky community."

In 2004, one year after The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King was released, surveys showed that 6 percent of all New Zealand tourists had made the trip because of The Lord of The Rings movies. Kevin Fowler hopes to match this numbers for next year, after The Hobbit is released.

"If that was to happen next year, we'd have 150,000 people floating around the country because of the first Hobbit film, which is great."

We don't have a concrete release date for The Hobbit's Blu-ray and DVD as of yet.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released December 14th, 2012 and stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter. The film is directed by Peter Jackson.

Sources: Stuff.co.nz

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  1. skywise

    @bawnian-dexeus a whovian is sort of like a Treelie but for who Dr Who (which David Tennant played the Doctor for several year)

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  2. skywise

    @hooky89 well you know they update their database when they damn well please. Wouldnt surprise me if he dropped out, the movie comes out without him and they still show him as an active cast member here.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  3. Rudy

    Gotta get my Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack NOW!!

    3 years agoby @rudyFlag

  4. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    Good. Enough time to make the DVD/Blu-Ray and put all the special features in. Hope there will be an Extended Cut of this movie just like how there was one for each "LOTR" movie. I'm TOTALLY up for a 3-1/2 hour movie! :-)

    3 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  5. ROFLitschristian

    @ChiRep-1 Dammit, you took my comment!!! :P

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  6. Yannick Decorte

    "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Arrives on Blu-ray in Mid-2013!"

    Nice exclamation mark there at the end. After all, who could have possibly imagined that a movie would release on home video within about six months of its theatrical release?! That surely was the key piece of info to take away from this.

    3 years agoby @yannick-decorteFlag

  7. Britta

    Hi, just wanted to let you know that there are a few inaccuracies in this post: Saoirse Ronan dropped out of The Hobbit awhile ago. Additionally, Kevin Bowler is the head of Tourism New Zealand, and the conference was in Queenstown (NZ), not Queensland (AUS).

    3 years agoby @BrittaFlag

  8. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @skywise What in the world is a Whovian?

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  9. the Narrator

    @skywise, I thought he'd dropped out of the project... err?

    3 years agoby @narratorFlag

  10. Hooky89

    bloody hell let it come to the cinema first guys! lol

    3 years agoby @hooky89Flag

  11. Cheetoboy

    Its a liitle to early to talk about DVD/Bluray release when the second trailer isn't even out yet. Which I'm still waiting for by the way. Still I'm totally excited for this film saga. They need to both bring out the second trailer and a new poster featuring Smaug the Dragon.

    3 years agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  12. skywise

    I am a bit ashamed of this fact but i cant remeber who David Tennant is playing...and i call myself a Whovian!

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  13. ChiRep_1

    Sweet!! How can i not buy it, it was such a great film. Oh wait..........

    3 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  14. moviegeek


    3 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  15. Ghostman

    Movie's not even out yet, haha can't wait for December!

    3 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  16. Diaigma

    Sweet, but I'll wait and see both features before I buy anything :P

    3 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  17. Vijeta Walke

    Just waiting for the movie to come out!
    I hope to own all the J.R.Tolkin's Movies on Blu-Ray one day.

    3 years agoby @Vijeta-WalkeFlag

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