Peter Jackson Talks ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Extended Edition

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The extended editions of each installment in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy incorporate material that didn’t make the theatrical cuts (for reasons that relate to pacing, narrative structure, etc.). These versions of the movies tend to please the most die-hard J.R.R. Tolkien fans, who’re more than willing to spend extra time exploring Middle-earth onscreen – especially, when it means getting to see their favorite scenes from the source material that were shot, but not included for the films’ theatrical run.

An extended version of Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will also be made available, on DVD and Blu-ray. The filmmaker – along with Hobbit movie trilogy co-writers/producers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens – have teased some of the scenes that will be added on, for those who are curious.

Here’s what the trio had to offer Empire, about what to expect from the extended edition of An Unexpected Journey:

“You are going to get some serious Dwarvish disrespect of the elves at Rivendell,” says Jackson…

“You are going to get more of Hobbiton,” says producer / co-writer Philippa Boyens. “We always wanted to wend our way through Hobbiton, but in the end Bilbo has to run out of the door.”

Scenes with Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) going about his business-as-usual in Hobbiton were featured in the trailers for An Unexpected Journey, but those did not make the theatrical cut.

All things considered, the aforementioned Hobbiton scenes probably weren’t really necessary to establish that Bilbo starts out in An Unexpected Journey as a fussy homebody (who has abandoned any notion of an adventurous life). Nonetheless, it could be fun to see additional footage that better illustrates exactly what sort of Hobbit Bilbo was, prior to his grand adventure to the Lonely Mountain.

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The same goes for the additional scenes that show the many Dwarves behaving like, well, Dwarves, and the possibility of moments featuring Lord Elrond (Hugo Weaving) doing his best to remain prim and proper around his rowdy guests.

We’ll get to see even more cultural-clashing between the Dwarves and Elves in the second Hobbit installment, The Desolation of Smaug, judging by the emphasis on the Mirkwood Elves – led by King Thrandruil – and their encounter with Bilbo’s traveling party, in the film’s teaser trailer.

Speaking of which, Jackson also mentioned that certain additional scenes in the An Unexpected Journey extended edition will foreshadow and/or loosely tie into the developments that transpire in The Desolation of Smaug:

“We are putting things in the extended cut that are going to play straight into the second film,” explains Jackson, “like this character Girion, who is defending [the city of] Dale using black arrows against Smaug. And the black arrows play a part in an ongoing story, for they are the one thing that can pierce the dragon’s hide.”

“There are also issues with [king of the elves] Thranduil (Lee Pace),” Jackson adds. “We get some of the reason why he and the dwarves had a falling out – to do with these white gems…”

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Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy extended edition is more atmospheric in design than its theatrical counterpart, which is some ways is more appropriate (given the nature of Tolkien’s source material).

By comparison, the theatrical cut of An Unexpected Journey felt more like a proper Tolkien novel unfolding in movie form, despite also being a bit over-stuffed. As such, it will be interesting to see how the film plays out when the above-mentioned additional material has been spliced into the mix.

For even more on the An Unexpected Journey extended edition, check out the latest issue of Empire Magazine.


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. The extended edition of the film will be made available in those formats about a month before The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in theaters this December.

Source: Empire

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  1. Extended?? The movie already is mostly filler scenes to stretch one book into a trilogy.. Sigh

  2. As someone who loved the extended cuts of TLotR trilogy of course I’m excited to see the extended cuts of The Hobbit but I have to admit that more time in Hobbiton especially at the beginning of the film isn’t all that appealing.
    It was already 45 minutes in before Bilbo joined the Dwarves and if I’m remembering the book correctly we saw everything in the theatrical cut so what else could be possibly see?
    Any new footage after that is fine by me and I’m excited to see it but please no more Hobbiton.

  3. I was really looking forward for this. I didn’t get the first edition for I knew there would be an extended version of the film. The same thing happened in the LOTR trilogy. If you preferred the previous version then don’t but this one. This version is for fans who want to get the most of these films.

  4. I’ll pass, I thought it was long enough as is.

  5. I loved the extended version of Lord of the Rings but don’t think i’m going to be getting it for this one. The Hobbit was too long for me to begin with, and I’m a huge fan.

  6. Why can’t it be out now??? I really wanna watch The Hobbit again, but I won’t buy the Blu-ray until the Extended Cut comes out (for obvious reasons).

    • Agreed, I will buy the extended version. Im guessing it will be out in November?

      • Yes I believe it will be out in November.
        I think I’ll wait for the trilogy to be released in extended form and include boat loads of extras like they did with LOTR. I’m hoping they’ll also include the 3D pictures Jackson took while filming LOTR.

        • I don’t think I can wait for the box set after the trilogy, I’ll have to buy each individual extended addition to add to the annual Christmas-time marathon!


  7. “We are putting things in the extended cut that are going to play straight into the second film,” explains Jackson, “like this character Girion, who is defending [the city of] Dale using black arrows against Smaug. And the black arrows play a part in an ongoing story, for they are the one thing that can pierce the dragon’s hide.”

    ummm, wait a sec. I seem to recall Smaug not being somehow vulnerable to a “Black Arrow” but instead having a chink in his armor. Smaug told the Hobbit in his arrogance about it and the bird overheard and told Bard about it. The arrow he used was just his trusty, never fail last arrow that happened to be black.

    • Does the black arrow penetrate the hide which is only visible thru the chink in the scales?

      • Yes, that’s correct but Jackson is speaking as if The Black Arrows are somehow special which they are not. Anyone who knows where to look could get the kill shot with any arrow. Knowing the weak spot is the secret.

        • The sad part is the Black arrow is from what I have seen and heard going to have to be fired by a ballista. Which isn’t even close to the book. So I’m kind of worried now that Bilbo will not see any weakness in Smaug’s armor, and there will be no thrush telling Bard about it. From the trailer it looks like Bilbo is too busy trying to hide from Smaug instead of talk to him and sneak back out

  8. This topic is just an irresistable temptation for us to point out that An Unexpected Journey was all ready far too long in theatrical form, stretched beyond fidelity and good taste to begin with. My dream version would be more reduced than extended (not to mentioned written and directed differently).

  9. I have been eagerly awaiting the extended edition of this movie for quite a while. I do not care if the scenes are only about Hobbiton (but I’m sure they have plenty more up their sleeves!) because I love every additional look that we can get at it. They did an excellent job of re-designing and adding to the original Hobbiton from the LOTR movies.

    Jackson’s extended editions aren’t just for movie-goers, they’re also for people who appreciate the art of film-making in general. And I’ve loved the documentaries on art design and the challenges of adapting the source material generally associated with Peter Jackson’s extended editions too, and I have faith that we’ll be rewarded with much the same in the Hobbit AUJ Extended Edition as well.

    • Agreed. There are plenty of people who will complain about it being too long already. This version is not being released for them so they don’t have to watch it.

      I for one never thought the original was too long, and can’t wait to see what else Jackson has up his sleeve. Granted not every single addition to the LOTR EE versions was great, but I’ll sit through those small parts to get the worthwhile additions (many of which enriched the story and explained certain plot points more) any day.

  10. Can’t wait for the 90 hour long Silmarillion triology

    • 90 hours…….I think you are underestimating it by a factor of at LEAST 2. :)

  11. i missed seeing this in 3d, but i only saw it once in theaters, and have been waiting for the extended versions before i watch it again. i loved the LOTR extended dvds (haven’t gotten the blurays yet (stoopid technology improving all the time!)) and cant wait to add these to the collection.

  12. Im also a BIG fan Of LOTR & Now: the HOBBIT Director’s Cut Movies!!! YAY!!

  13. I bought the standard edition of TLotR, then the extended edition. And then the blu-ray box set and I’m not making that mistake again. I waited for the extended edition and was hoping I didn’t have to wait too long for this so about November would be nice.

  14. These middle earthers have got it made. Like those Marvelers and the Marvel-liters/movie only-no comics crowd

  15. I will buy (and repeatedly enjoy) the extended version. Dwarves dissing the Elves – what’s not to like?

  16. I have. A question
    Got blu ray version three disk version
    Movie and 2 appendices ???
    Appendices part 7 and 8
    My question is
    Where is appendices 1 to 6