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The Hobbit : Production details, DVDs etc

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There And Back Again are released in December 2012, December 2013 and December 2014 respectively.

Bilbo Baggins Martin Freeman
Gandalf Ian McKellen
Thorin Oakenshield Richard Armitage
Gollum Andy Serkis
Balin Ken Stott
Bifur William Kircher
Bofor James Nesbitt
Bombur Stephen Hunter
Dori Mark Hadlow
Dwalin Graham McTavish
Fili Dean O'Gorman
Gloin Peter Hambleton
Kili Aidan Turner
Nori Jed Brophy
Oin John Callen
Ori Adam Brown
Galadriel Cate Blanchett
Legolas Orlando Bloom
Older Bilbo Ian Holm
Saruman Christopher Lee
Elrond Hugo Weaving
Frodo Elijah Wood
Radagast Sylvester McCoy
Master of Laketown Stephen Fry
Smaug Benedict Cumberbatch
Tauriel Evangeline Lilly
Bard Luke Evans
Goblin King Barry Humphries
Drogo Baggins Ryan Gage
Lindir Bret McKenzie
Thrain Mike Mizrah
Thror Jeffrey Thomas
Thranduil Lee Pace
Beorn Mikael Persbrandt
Azog Conan Stevens
Dain Ironfoot Billy Connolly
   
Director Peter Jackson
   
Writers Fran Walsh
  Philippa Boyens
  Guillermo del Toro
  Peter Jackson
   
Producers Carolynne Cunningham
  Peter Jackson
  Fran Walsh
   
   

The films are produced by New Line Cinema and MGM, with Warner Brothers handling worldwide theatrical distribution.

DVDs etc

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has already been released on DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and Digital Download, but an Extended Edition will be available from 11th November 2013. It contains 13 minutes of extra footage and nearly 9 hours of bonus features, including an audio commentary by Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens. It's available either as a 5 disc Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray set, or as a 5 disc DVD version - both include UltraViolet, which allows consumers to download and stream the Extended Edition in high definition to a wide range of devices. It's also available as a Digital Download from 4th November (22nd October on iTunes).

Soundtrack

Howard Shore's soundtrack of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is available (eg from Amazon UK. A track list can be seen here... The album includes Richard Armitage and the dwarves singing 'Misty Mountains' (listen to an excerpt from this on YouTube.)

Books

A number of books related to the film are also available (the following links are to Amazon UK):

For The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Official Movie Guide, Movie Storybook, Visual Companion, Chronicles: Art & Design, The World of Hobbits, Annual 2013

For The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (publication dates are mostly in November and December 2013)

Official Movie Guide, Movie Storybook, Visual Companion, Chronicles: Art & Design, Annual 2014

There's also a tie-in edition of J R R Tolkien's novel, The Hobbit.

 

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