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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition “A home-loving, house-proud Hobbit
  joins his wizard friend and a band
  of dwarves on a journey into unknown
  and perilous lands on a quest to take
  back the dwarves lost homeland and to
 
discover the source of evil threatening
  the peace of Middle Earth in the superb
  fantasy adventure based on the novels
  of J R R Tolkien, The Hobbit: An
  Unexpected Journey
..
.”

TRICKED BY HIS WIZARD FRIEND Gandalf the Grey (the wonderful Ian McKellen) into giving up his peaceful and contented existence in The Shire to go on a dangerous and important quest to take on dark forces, little Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman as Young Bilbo; Ian Holm as Old Bilbo) discovers a courageous and determined core he didn't know he had in the first of a trilogy of Peter Jackson's highly-anticipated adaptation of J R R Tolkien's enduring fantasy masterpiece The Hobbit.

“All you could wish for
in fantasy: huge
monsters, nasty enemies,
a terrific storyline
and vulnerable but well-
meaning heroes all
wonderfully put together
in such a fascinating,
compelling and so
realistic tale that you feel
part of the adventure
...”
The powerful and kindly wizard has become aware of a gathering storm that threatens the lives and the peace of those who inhabit Middle Earth and Bilbo is coerced to join Gandalf and a band of thirteen Dwarves, led by legendary warrior and descendent of kings Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic adventure to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor a once peaceful and prosperous fabled city built deep within a mountain awash with jewels and gold and, at its heart, the prized Arkenstone.

Even the great Elves paid homage to the king of old, but a rift between the two peoples spelled doom for the Dwarf kingdom when the terrifying dragon Smaug (a fire drake from the North) attacked, bringing death and destruction before claiming the mountain for his own.

But none offered help or sanctuary and, robbed of their heritage, the dwarves wandered into the wasteland and, after an attempt to reclaim their home was thwarted by a legion of fearsome and utterly ruthless Orcs riding equally deadly Wargs, remained there until Gandalf arrived with a plan and gave them hope. But he needed someone special to help…

The journey takes the companions through a forest looked after by Badagast the Brown (the fine character actor Sylvester McCoy), where the mysterious and sinister Necromancer has cast a dark shadow; puts them at the mercy of carnivorous Trolls; and sees them trying to evade capture by the fearsome Orcs.

Having guided his friends to safety with the gentle Elves, Gandalf meets two of his old friends, Galadriel, the Lady of Lórien (the ethereal Cate Blanchett) and Saruman the White (the magnificent Christopher Lee), and Bilbo learns of the legend of the rings before the companions set off for Erebor, pursued by Orcs and stumbling upon stone giants and ghastly goblins.

Bilbo falls into the hands of the damaged and bewitched Gollum (a brilliant interpretation by Andy Serkis, who is also the Second Unit Director), a cunning and dangerous creature who is ruled by a desire so strong that he will do anything to get what he wants and who will change the Hobbit's life inextricably.

In the dark tunnels far beneath the murderous goblin king's halls, Bilbo Baggins discovers himself and finds renewed strength as he pits his wits against the sly creature and becomes the keeper of Gollum's "precious" ring that has strange and magical powers, and which is inextricably linked to Bilbo's adventure.

The new cut of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures. A must-see, definitive version for fans, it includes thirteen minutes of extra film footage extending individual scenes and nearly nine hours of new bonus features that includes audio commentary with Director/Producer/Screenwriter Peter Jackson and Co-Producer/Screenwriter Philippa Boyens and also The Appendices, a multi-part documentary focusing on various aspects of the film and the Trilogy.

Fans of Tolkien and of fantasy will be delighted to know that the second film of the trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, makes its theatrical release on 13 December 2013.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Extended Edition will be available as a 5-disc Blu-ray 3D set that features the Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray versions of the Extended Edition; and also as a 5-disc DVD. The Blu-ray 3D, and DVD both include UltraVioletTM which allows consumers to download and instantly stream the Extended Edition in high definition to a wide range of devices including computers and compatible tablets, smartphones, game consoles, Internet-connected TVs and Blu-ray players.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
is everything you could wish for in fantasy: huge monsters, nasty enemies, a terrific storyline and vulnerable but well-meaning heroes all wonderfully put together in such a fascinating, compelling and so realistic tale that you feel part of the adventure.

The marvellous cast also includes: Elijah Wood as Frodo; James Nesbitt as Bofur; Barry Humphries as Great Goblin; Ken Stott as Balin; Hugo Weaving as Elrond; Aidan Turner as Killi; Dean O'Gorman as Filli; and Benedict Cumberbatch as Necromancer.

The wonderful, ethereal Music is Composed, Orchestrated and Conducted by Howard Shore; Director of Photography is Andrew Lesnie, ACS, ASC; Screenplay is by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro, adapted from the novel by J R R Tolkien; Produced by Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner, Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson; Directed by Peter Jackson. The Irish Folk style Song Of The Lonely Mountain is Performed by Neil Finn.

* The extended edition of Peter Jackson's highly-anticipated The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first film of the trilogy and adapted from J R R Tolkien's The Hobbit, is released on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Bros UK Entertainment in the UK on 11 November 2013.

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition is all you could wish for in fantasy: huge monsters, nasty enemies, a terrific storyline and vulnerable but well-meaning heroes all wonderfully put together in such a fascinating, compelling and so realistic tale that you feel part of the adventure" Maggie Woods

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