The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey DVD and Blu-ray release date

News Simon Brew 17 Jan 2013 - 07:21

UPDATED: Bilbo Baggins is set to head to disc in March in the US, as The Hobbit prepares for DVD and Blu-ray...

UPDATE: It looks like we're getting the discs even earlier than first thought. The latest news suggests that The Hobbit will hit DVD and Blu-ray in the US on March 19th. We'll confirm the UK date when we get it.

With The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey currently sitting with nearly $900m in the bank worldwide, it’s fair to say that Peter Jackson’s return to Middle Earth has been a resounding commercial success. Part two, The Desolation Of Smaug, arrives in cinemas in December.

Before that though, there’s the small matter of the DVD and Blu-ray releases of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. We already know that an extended version of the film will be released separately later this year (don’t be surprised if it takes Bilbo two discs to leave his home), but the first round of releases are now due in April.

That’s according to Amazon France, which has listed The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for release on April 17th. With thanks to Bleeding Cool, we’ve also learned that the 3D Blu-ray will see the film split across two discs, while the 2D release will contain it on one. Two hours of extras are currently being listed, including videoblogs and a making of. Steelbooks will also be available.

That date hasn’t been confirmed, but it sounds likely. And if it is on the money, Warner Bros is likely to stick to a near universal release date for the discs.

Bleeding Cool.

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