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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hobbit Amazon Exclusive Extended Edition, August 5, 2013
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This review is from: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition with Limited Edition Amazon Exclusive Bilbo/Gollum Statue (Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)
The packaging is great, the slipcase is thick and sturdy and the back features an embossed acorn emblem of Bilbo's waist coat buttons. The case that the Blu-Ray discs are in is black, just like the Lord Of The Rings Extended Edition Blu-Ray set. Not a blue case like most other Blu-Ray movies which I think makes this version cohesive with the Lord Of The Rings set, which I as a fan appreciate the continuity. The special features are as follows:

-The Filmmakers' Commentary - Director/writer/producer Peter Jackson and writer/co-producer Philippa Boyens provide their perspective and stories on creating the first film.

-New Zealand: Home of Middle-Earth - From Matamata to Queenstown, travel with Peter Jackson and his team across the stunning locations of New Zealand, transformed by the filmmakers into Middle-Earth.

-The Appendices Part 7: A Long-Expected Journey - A 14-part chronological history of the filming of An Unexpected Journey, covering pre-production in the various departments of the film in the months leading up to the start of principal photography, the boot camp training for the main cast, and the work done on set chronologically through the three shooting blocks and in the world of its digital effects. Chapters include:

*The Journey Back to Middle-Earth
*Riddles in the Dark: Gollum's Cave
*An Unexpected Party: Bag End
*Roast Mutton: Trollshaws Forest
*Bastion of the Greenwood: Rhosgobel
*A Short Rest: Rivendell and London
*Over Hill: The Misty Mountains
*Under Hill: Goblin Town
*Out of the Frying Pan: The Forest Ledge
*Return to Hobbiton: The Shire
*The Epic of Scene 88: Strath Taieri
*The Battle of Moria: Azanulbizar
*Edge of the Wilderland: Pick-ups and the Carrock
*Home Is Behind, the World Is Ahead

-The Appendices Part 8: Return to Middle-Earth - Another selection of documentaries and featurettes, further detailing the development, design and production of An Unexpected Journey:

-The Company of Thorin - Explores the characters and backgrounds of the five families of dwarves and the company of actors chosen to play Thorin's company on the Quest of the Lonely Mountain. Chapters include:

*Assembling the Dwarves
*Thorin, Fili & Kili
*Balin & Dwalin
*Oin & Gloin
*Dori, Nori & Ori
*Bifur, Bofur & Bombur

-Mr. Baggins: The 14th Member - A revealing look at the film's charismatic and talented lead actor, Martin Freeman.

-Durin's Folk: Creating the Dwarves - Reveals the journey and process of designing, conceptualizing and physically realizing the dwarves in The Hobbit.

-The Peoples and Denizens of Middle-Earth - Focuses on the realization of new characters and creatures encountered in the first film, from casting to characterization to physical and digital design. Chapters include:

*The Stone Trolls
*Radagast the Brown
*Azog the Defiler

-Realms of the Third Age: From Bag End to Goblin Town - Follows the creation of the Middle-Earth locations from conceptual design to set and prop building to fully digital realities. Realms explored include:

*The Misty Mountains
*Goblin Town

-The Songs of The Hobbit - A look at the realization of Tolkien's songs in An Unexpected Journey.
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Initial post: Aug 8, 2013 6:56:23 AM PDT
S. Morales says:
Do you know why this version has 5 discs and the non-3D version has 3? Did they just put the 3D movie on 2 separate discs? Are all the special features the same? I already own the 3D version of the movie, I just wanna get the statue.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 8, 2013 6:59:02 AM PDT
From what I understand the 3D version is on it's own disc and this also comes with the 2D version on its own disc. Aside from that this shoudl have all the same supplemental features as all the other versions of the Extended Edition, just that this comes with the statue.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 5:28:43 AM PDT
P. Robinson says:
Do you know if these Blu-Ray discs will be Region Free?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2013 4:58:34 PM PDT
LanceH says:
@ P.Rovinson.

BEWARE. The discs are Region A(1) US/Canada only. It is NOT region free. Repeat: NOT region free.

Had it officially confirmed by Amazon customer service.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 7:35:41 AM PDT
Damn! I was so hoping for it to be region free. I really wanted that statue. Thank you very much for the information.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 6:59:42 PM PDT
Evangeline says:
Any word of deleted scenes added?

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 8:59:10 PM PDT
Carol says:
Please excuse a dumb question. All these features can be seen on a regular DVD player? All five discs? We have had to return so many 'movies' lately because they were either Blue Ray or all the features were Blue Ray. Thanks for a good review.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2013 6:12:52 AM PDT
Carol, no these discs are all Blu-Ray. But this same set is available on this site with the exception of the statue but with all the same features in a DVD set for less money. That is the set you'll want if you want to get this on DVD.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition (DVD)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 2, 2013 11:45:11 PM PDT
Dustin says:
"The 3D Extended Edition set includes five BD-50 discs: two for the 3D version of the 183-minute feature film (with a break midway through the extended cut), one for the 2D version of the EE (with no breaks or disc swaps to be had), and two more discs devoted to nine hours of HD bonus content."

Posted on Nov 8, 2013 6:03:03 PM PST
Why are they called The Appendices Part 7 and Part 8. Did I miss something that had Parts 1-6 on it?
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