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.
The films are produced by New Line Cinema and MGM, with Warner Brothers handling worldwide theatrical distribution.
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).
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.)
A number of books related to the film are also available (the following links are to Amazon UK):
For The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
For The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (publication dates are mostly in November and December 2013)
There's also a tie-in edition of J R R Tolkien's novel, The Hobbit.
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