The Hobbit: Extended Edition due next year

News Simon Brew 5 Oct 2012 - 07:36

Peter Jackson will be bringing a longer cut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to disc in 2013...

This one isn't that much of a surprise, but Warner Bros has confirmed that an extended version of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released on disc towards the end of 2013. It looks like The Hobbit films will be mirroring the release pattern of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, with a standard disc release earlier in the year, and then the extended edition to follow.

We've never minded the idea of a double release in a year, as long as one version isn't announced the week after we've bought the first one. It seems fairer, to Warner Bros' credit here, that it's up front about its release plans.

It does of course raise the question of just how long Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy will ultimately be. It's already been extended from two films to three, and it looks as if there's going to be a trio of longer cuts of each of the movies, too. That's a lot of material from a comparably slim source.

For now, though, we await eagerly the theatrical release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in December...

The One Ring.

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