Actors: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving
Director: Peter Jackson
Language: ENGLISH: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit), FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1, PORTUGUESE: Dolby Digital 5.1, JAPANESE: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese
Region: Region Free
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Number of Discs: 5 (Digital Copy)
Orig. Release Date: 2012
Studio: Warner Bros.
Release Date: 11/5/2012
Run Time: 182 Min.
- Audio Commentary: Filmmaker Peter Jackson and co-writer Philippa Boyens deliver for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,
charting its long development, the many challenges the production faced
before the cast even assembled, and as many details about the shoot as
the pair could feasibly squeeze into a three-hour discussion.
- New Zealand: Home to Middle-Earth (HD, 6:53): Jackson and his team tour the lush, always stunning New Zealand countryside, revealing the locations used to bring The Hobbit's Middle-Earth locales to life.
- The Appendices Part 7: A Long Expected Journey (HD): The film's appendices -- the "Chronicles of The Hobbit - Part 1" -- The four-and-a-half hours of extras that appear on the first bonus content disc breaks down as follows:
- Introduction by Peter Jackson
(HD, 1:54): Jackson welcomes fans to the Appendices, and even offers
the briefest of brief glimpses at some of the behind-the-scenes material
we can expect from the eventual Extended Edition release of The Desolation of Smaug, presumably due this time next year.
- The Journey Back to Middle-Earth
(HD, 48:19): Focuses on the film's seemingly unending, then suddenly
time-crunched pre-production, cast prep and Dwarf boot camp, and
readying Jackson's Middle-Earth locales, costumes, prosthetics and
practical effects for the shoot itself.
- Riddles in the Dark
(HD, 17:00): Jackson, Freeman and Serkis stage the iconic "Riddles in
the Dark" sequence as if it were a one-act play, all as the team works
to make Serkis' final appearance as Gollum as memorable as the scene
- An Unexpected Party
(HD 25:28): Newly devised motion capture methodology and tricks of the
size-and-scaling trade make for a challenging return to Middle-Earth as
Jackson and company film the dwarves' visit to Bag End.
- Roast Mutton
(HD, 17:12): Jackson throws a wrench in the troll scene's set design,
asking the crew to all but start from scratch at the last minute. From
there, three of the Dwarves don motion capture suits to portray the
- Bastion of the Greenwood
(HD, 10:41): Sylvester McCoy and stunt-double Tim Wong bring Radagast
to life before Jackson and the FX team focus on the wizard's animal
friends and sleigh-pulling giant rabbits.
- A Short Rest
(HD, 29:12): Ian McKellan, Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving return to
Rivendell for everything from costume tests to rehearsals to the
scripted-on-the-fly filming (all to amusing ends), while Christopher
Lee, Ian Holm and Elijah Wood head to London for yet another Lord of the Rings reunion.
- Over Hill
(HD, 13:40): What soon becomes some of the most difficult performance
bits and stuntwork of the film comes during the rain-soaked Misty
Mountains rock-giant battle and tricky, intricate and potentially
dangerous trapdoor plummet into Goblin-town.
- Under Hill
(HD, 19:15): The Goblin King takes the throne courtesy of Barry
Humphries as Jackson works to create practical sets, effects and
performances that will easily transition into a digital kingdom teeming
with hundreds of goblins.
- Out of the Frying Pan
(HD, 16:07): The final battle between Thorin's Dwarves and Azog's orcs
in all its fiery, tree-toppling, action-packed pre-FX glory, from
conception to stage to fun-filled green-screen shoot.
- Return to Hobbiton
(HD, 18:35): Familiar faces and special guests descend on the Hobbiton
sets in Matamata after the filming of an Extended Edition scene in which
Gandalf first meets a young Bilbo Baggins at Old Took's party.
- The Epic of Scene 88
(HD, 8:28): It wasn't just the Dwarves that were running in circles
during the Warg chase; everyone involved had to dash from one New
Zealand location to the next before the scene could come together.
- The Battle of Moria
(HD, 10:57): The prologue sequence began simply but soon blossomed into
an epic of its own to lay the groundwork for the drama and conflict
that will come over the course of all three films.
- Edge of the Wilderland (HD, 22:37): Pick-ups throughout New Zealand cap off The Unexpected Journey shoot, which soon wraps with a cast who began the production as strangers and ended as family.
- Home is Behind, the World Ahead
(HD, 11:40): With principal photography wrapped, the crew dig back
through what's been and look ahead at what's to come as Jackson and
editor Jabez Olsen settle into the editing bay, watch as the FX comes
together, and prep for the first film's premiere. Better still, The Desolation of Smaug begins to come together, offering fans a preview of many sequel scenes and characters that have gone largely unseen before now.
- The Appendices Part 8: Return to Middle-Earth
(HD): Another four hours and forty-five minutes to be precise. The
extras that can be found in the second half of the sprawling
supplemental suite break down as follows:
- The Company of Thorin
(HD, 1:02:41): This six-part documentary delves into the five families
of Dwarves featured in the film, their relationships and histories, the
tone and balance Jackson struck within the company, and the actors'
approach to their characters. Segments include "Assembling the Dwarves,"
"Thorin, Fili & Kili," "Balin & Dwalin," "Oin & Gloin" and
"Bifur, Bofur & Bombur." Of particular value is the cast's comments
on their performances, which reveal more detail about the warriors than
could possibly be attained simply by watching the film.
- Mr. Baggins: The 14th Member
(HD, 16:10): From conceptualization to casting to performance, Martin
Freeman is front and center in this rather candid overview of the
process behind finding and fully realizing the perfect Bilbo Baggins.
- Durin's Folk: Creating the Dwarves
(HD, 57:25): Concept art and design, costuming, makeup and prosthetics,
props, personality, diversity and differentiation; spend a wonderfully
exhaustive hour with the concept artists, WETA wizards and talented team
members who transformed Tolkien's Dwarves into viable big screen
- The People and Denizens of Middle-Earth
(HD, 58:09): Moving beyond Bilbo, Thorin and the Dwarves, this next
hour-long documentary tackles the beasts, creatures and other colorful
characters of An Unexpected Journey, many of which required
extensive motion capture, digital performance and visual effects.
Segments include "The Stone Trolls," "Radagast the Brown," "Goblins" and
"Azog the Defiler."
- Realms of the Third Age: From Bag End to Goblin Town
(HD, 58:59): Yet another must-see, all-encompassing hour of Appendices,
this time devoted to the locales of Middle-Earth as seen in An Unexpected Journey. Witness the development, creation and implementation of Hobbiton, Rhosgobel, Rivendell, the Misty Mountains and Goblin Town.
- The Songs of The Hobbit
(HD, 32:32): It isn't often than a film's music is given much attention
come its eventual supplemental package, but the first film in The Hobbit trilogy earns just that. Learn how the filmmakers adapted Tolkien's songs for An Unexpected Journey,
from "Blunt the Knives" to "Misty Mountains," "The Man in the Moon
Stayed Up Too Late," "Goblin Town" and "Song of the Lonely Mountain."
Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous
group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon