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Published on December 3rd, 2015 | by Allan Brown


The Hobbit 3D: The Motion Picture Trilogy – Extended Edition Blu-ray Review


Movie Review: The Hobbit 3D: The Motion Picture Trilogy – Extended Edition (Blu-ray)

Running Time: 8 hr 52 mins

Rating: 15

Director: Peter Jackson

Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien (novel); Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro (screenplay)

Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberlatch, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Billy Connolly, Graham McTavish, James Nesbitt, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, Mikael Persbrandt, Sylvester McCoy, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Adam Brown, John Bell, Manu Bennett, John Tui


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November 17 see’s the release of Peter Jackson’s eagerly anticipated Extended Edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Alongside this release comes the inevitable The Hobbit 3D Extended Edition Trilogy Box Set.

The 9-disc Blu-ray box set will include extended editions of An Unexpected Journey (Review)The Desolation of Smaug (Review), and The Battle of the Five Armies (Review). The set also features Digital Copy and UltraViolet Digital Copy versions of each movie.

The extended cut of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies features the film with an extra 20 minutes, as well as over 9 hours of bonus materials. Those extras include an audio commentary with Peter Jackson, the film’s director/producer/screenwriter, and Philippa Boyens, co-producer/screenwriter. There’s also the multi-part documentary “The Appendices” and “New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth – Part 3.”



The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Extended Edition is available on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and Digital HD now.


So what’s on the disc’s?

An Unexpected Journey – Box 1  

Discs 1 & 2: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition-  3D Blu ray

Disc 3: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition – Blu ray

The Filmmakers Commentary

New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth

Disc 4: The Appendices Part 7: A Long Expected Journey

Experience the making of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey though a multi part chronological history of the filming , from pre-production through principal photography, including boot camp training for the main cast and the world of digital and physical effects.

Disc 5: The Appendices Part 8: Return to Middle Earth

Explore the Characters and backgrounds of the five families of dwarves and meet the actors chosen to play Thorin’s Company on the Quest of the Lonely Mountain. Get to know Bilbo Baggins and journey through Middle-Earth with the film-makers, from concept to stunning New-Zealand locations.


The Desolation of Smaug – Box 2

Discs 1 & 2: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition-  3D Blu ray

Disc 3: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition – Blu ray

The Filmmakers Commentary

New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth Part 2

Disc 4: The Appendices Part 9:

Into the Wilderland – The Chronicles of the Hobbit – Part 2

Join cast and crew as they share their experiences making the second installment of The Hobbit trilogy in this comprehensive chronology of the production, featuring blocking and filming of key sequences – from Lake-town to Smaug’s lair – stories from the set, stunts, special effects, VFX and much more.


Disk 6: The Appendices Part 10:

The Journey to Erebor

Meet new characters and creatures joining the adventure while taking a revealing look at Howard Shore’s brilliant score, then watch Smaug the Magnificent and the realms of Middle-earth evolve from concept to creation, all to be captured in pioneering high-frame-rate 3D technology – before taking a revealing look at Howard Shore’s brilliant score.


The Battle Of The Five Armies – Box 3

Discs 1 & 2: The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition-  3D Blu ray

Disc 3: The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition – Blu ray

♦ The Filmmakers Commentary

♦ New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth Part 3

Disc 4: The Appendices Part II: The Gathering Storm – The Chronicles of The Hobbit – Part 3

Learn what it was really like to be on set with stories from cast and crew as they share their most essential, memorable and entertaining moments from production, and see stunts and effects in action as they’re filmed.

Disk 5: The Appendices Part 12: Here at Journey’s End

Plan alongside the film-makers as they create one of the most complex cinematic battles ever filmed. Watch how make-up, hair, prosthetics, costumes and weapons come together to form new characters, and explore key realms. Then join the film-makers as they bid an emotional farewell to Middle-Earth.

The Hobbit 3D: The Motion Picture Trilogy – Extended Edition Blu-ray Review Allan Brown


Summary: True to form, Peter Jackson and his team have delivered another content bursting, box-set with all bells and whistles present. Its a sad thought this is the final farewell to PJ's Middle Earth, unless of course, these rumoured plans to adapt the Silmarillion come to fruition.


User Rating: 4.8 (1 votes)

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