Fans of “The Lord of the Rings” understand the importance of the Extended Editions that would hit store shelves just before the next installment arrived in theaters. These were the longer cuts of the three epics, and the collections came crammed with detailed special features that gave unprecedented insight into how the movie magic was made.
That tradition continues with Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” trilogy and its first installment, “An Unexpected Journey.” The Extended Edition for the film starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins debuts this Tuesday, November 5 with 13 extra minutes of footage, including the exclusive scene you can watch here.
In addition to a longer version of the movie, which features longer stays in both Hobbiton and Rivendell, Extended Editions also come with the next two installments of The Appendices, the extensive looks behind the scenes that hardcore Middle-earth fans crave.
The Appendices cover the massive production that went into making this new trilogy of films a reality. This includes interviews with the cast and crew, early planning stages where concepts were fleshed out, and then the huge effort that went into building the fantastical settings and creatures onto the stages and locations in New Zealand.
In our exclusive scene that wasn’t featured in the theatrical cut of the film, the dwarves spend some of their downtime in Rivendell like they would if there were anywhere else, as opposed to the heavenly elven sanctuary. That means they’re singing and dancing and drinking and smashing stuff without much concern for anyone around them.
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” Extended Edition hits Blu-ray, 3-D Blu-ray, and DVD on November 5.