‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Extended Edition Details Revealed

Director Peter Jackson teases some of the extra scenes that are being added back into the theatrical cut, and why he decided to use them.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition details revealed
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition details revealed
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has already debuted on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD, but there are likely many hardcore fans who are holding out for the Extended Edition.

This longer cut of the movie is slated to debut in November, before The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hits theaters in December. Director Peter Jackson recently teased some of the added footage fans will see, that wasn't in the theatrical cut. And he explained why he is putting certain scenes back in this particular version of the movie.

"You are going to get some serious Dwarvish disrespect of the elves at Rivendell. 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."

Screenwriter Philippa Boyens added that more of Hobbiton is shown in some earlier scenes, before Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) goes off on his epic adventure.

"You are going to get more of Hobbiton. We always wanted to wend our way through Hobbiton, but in the end Bilbo has to run out of the door."

Writer Fran Walsh explained that fans will see more of Goblin Town, and a deleted musical number.

"You are going to get more Goblin Town, and the Great Goblin singing his song. It is a great song, but it was just another delay in terms of moving the story along."

Peter Jackson added that Lee Pace's elven king Thranduil and his conflict with the dwarves is explained more throroughly.

"There are also issues with [king of the elves] Thranduil (Lee Pace). We get some of the reason why he and the dwarves had a falling out - to do with these white gems..."

Are you looking forward to this cut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey? Or is it just to much bloat for an already bloated movie?

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: Empire

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  1. slysnide

    "The Hobbit" was an adventure story that's been unnecessarily extended to become an epic. I don't see how adding any more can hurt the already poor trilogy idea.

    2 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  2. joelseph

    I own the Extended LOTR versions and the extended versions only. I could no longer tell you what was not in the theatrical releases because upon the first watch of the EE I knew that they were the definitive collection. Now, with Hobbit being such a long movie to start I could not imagine there being more available. BUT, I trust Peter Jackson to do this right. I have not bought the DVD yet and will wait for this EE version. If I don't like it then I will go to ebay with the EE and buy the theatrical version and thank PJ for trying.

    2 years agoby @joelsephFlag

  3. Replicant

    @shuabert I think you misunderstood me, I don't mind deleted scenes, extended cuts nor director's cuts; I absolutely encourage them. In fact once movies are released on Blu-ray usually stick to only watching those extended/director's cuts instead of the theatrical cut.

    My issue is with the physical re-release of this one. Are they seriously going to pretend they couldn't have released the extended cut back in March when they released the first Blu-ray? Every other single movie releases theatrical+extended in a single edition.

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  4. Josh

    @felipe-11 You think Jackson has complete creative control over the theatrical cut of the film? I doubt it. For that matter, he himself said that some of these scenes kill the pacing of the movie. Scenes get taken out of the final release all the time, and for good reason. Have you watched the "deleted scenes" on any given DVD release? Nine of ten of them are pretty garbage and it is apparent why they didn't make it into the movie. It just so happened that there was a lot of good stuff that didn't make it into LotR, and a lot of hardcore fans who wanted to see those scenes integrated into the picture. Jackson did something with the extended release that most directors weren't doing, and most studios don't go to the trouble of with a DVD release. Whether the Hobbit is a similar case, or if these additional scenes will feel superfluous, I can't say, since I haven't seen them. But given how much they have already padded out this story to cover three films -- again, not entirely Jackson's decision, as he pitched it as a pair of films not a trilogy -- it is unlikely these will feel as well-integrated as the extra scenes in LotR. But at the same time, it's no doubt that fans will want to see them, so it's good to have the extended release available.

    No one is being forced to buy any version of the film, and everyone involved has been forthright in how they would be released.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  5. The Knight Has Risen

    Still gonna wait on THE HOBBIT and LORD OF THE RINGS extended cut box set... which'll probably be in 2015.

    2 years agoby @thehost91Flag

  6. Zak Lee Ferguson

    Though i loathe this film, perhaps the extended edition may quench my first and work better as an extended feast fand work plainly as a Blu-ray experience, that and im holding out for a commentary and loads of special features which Warner Bros. hold out on and all they deliver is that crass picture pop up shtick that just isn't enough.

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  7. ollie-styrene

    This is the only right thing for PJ to do,.. all the fans expect extended cut of the Hobbit, just as fans waited for the extended cut of all the LOTR films,. naysayers can just shut up and go see some other movie,.. we, the fans want this!!! its what we`ve been waiting for!!

    2 years agoby @ollie-styreneFlag

  8. ChiRep_1

    Extended? The Hobbit was the first movie in history to make me want a shortened release

    2 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  9. Gandoff

    @Brizzy I meant 5 armies... Typed via my iPhone, and touch screen messes up time to time... Did not notice.. :)

    2 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  10. Replicant

    @shuabert Yes, that's absolutely true, but Jackson has no problem whatsoever in exploiting these releases that could he could have perfectly added into the original release, like EVERYONE ELSE.

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  11. Josh

    @felipe-11 Considering they announced the Extended Cut before the Theatrical BluRay was even released, it's no one's fault but those fans if they bought it and now feel the need to rebuy it.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  12. Brizzy

    @gandoff 5 armies.

    2 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  13. CelluloidDreams


    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  14. Gandoff

    The Hobbit book is 287 pages.. LOTRs is, just the story, 1008 pages broken in in three parts, and 6 books total. There is a complete understanding for 3 films for LOTR's. And even then there was some key points missed and left out. Even in the extended cut. So the truth is 2 movies for the Hobbit in comparison seams to much, let alone the fact they are doing 3. But on how the first movie played out, I think 2 would be a perfect fit. They in truth added a major plot point to the movie not in the book. Like Thorin being hunted by the white Orc. But I enjoyed that greatly. But with the thrid movie to be a dragged out account of the battle of the 4 armies, which would no doubt look kool, there is a limited amount of information left. Not to mention the addition of Gandalf's journey investigating the the Ring Wraiths and such to add even more filler no in the Hobbit. But there is so much information Tolkien added in side books on explaining things on characters like Gandalf and what he was doing when he left the Dwarves on the edge of the spider forest, hard to even fathom what could be added and so many of us did not know. Like Legolas. Not in the Hobbit, yet his Father is the Eleven King, so no doubt he was around or even in the fore ground when things went on. May even took part in the Battle of the 4 Armies, unless was away. My only wonder, is if they will kill any characters that died in the book, during the finial battle. I for one would not mind if they didn't. But some purists may have a issue over it.

    2 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  15. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @redcameraman They wouldn't have extended the book into 3 films if it weren't for the money

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  16. Brizzy

    Yes, f*cktards, Really. You don't have to bash the production staff because YOU don't want these discs. There are millions of people who are anticipating this footage.

    2 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  17. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    I'm actually getting sick and tired of people complaining about how they think that the crew is only making these 3 films "just for money" and that Extended Cuts will be so "unnecessary," but I have complete faith in Peter Jackson and I can't wait to see what he has in store for these 3 films and Extended Cuts. :-)

    2 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  18. Mka47

    do we really need a longer hobbit!?

    2 years agoby @mka47Flag

  19. Replicant

    Bullsh*t. You're putting these scenes back in because you know fans will re-buy the Blu-rays. It's alright to be a greedy mofo, just be honest about it.

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  20. artkid04

    boring, an extended cut of an already long movie, really?? why they release this with the original release?? there were some scenes in the theatrical cut that could have been left out. I mean, in all realistic purposes it would have just have been better to do one big epic movie and not a long, over done trilogy

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag

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