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First ‘Hobbit’ Bows Early on Digital

5 Feb, 2013 By: Ashley Ratcliff

Warner’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrives as a digital download March 12, a week before the Peter Jackson-directed epic adventure lands on disc March 19.

A 3D Blu-ray combo pack for the first film in the trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's book is listed at $44.95, while the Blu-ray combo pack is listed at $35.99. A two-DVD Special Edition also is available, for $28.98. All versions feature UltraViolet and more than 130 minutes of bonus material.

Special features include a series of video journals from Jackson centering on the start of production, location scouting, filming in 3D, a post-production overview and a Wellington world premiere of An Unexpected Journey.

Fans who purchase the film on disc will receive an access code through the UltraViolet digital copy that allows them to see a live first look at the second film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, due in theaters Dec. 13, hosted by Jackson on March 24 at 3 p.m. EDT or noon PDT. An edited version will be archived on the series’ official website.

Warner has plans to release an extended edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in time for the holidays.
Ian McKellen reprises his role from “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. It also stars “LOTR” actors Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Ian Holm as Old Bilbo, Christopher Lee as Saruman, Hugo Weaving as Elrond, Elijah Wood as Frodo and Andy Serkis as Gollum.

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