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An in-depth first look at the AUJ EE contents

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Aug 4 2013, 6:59pm

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An in-depth first look at the AUJ EE contents

HobbitEE Courtesy of MovieStop, a movie store in Atlanta, Georgia, we have this fantastic in-depth look at what we fans can expect from the Extended Editions of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Let's dive right in and look at the goodies that are going to be on the discs.

The Filmmakers' Commentary. Director/writer/producer Peter Jackson and writer/co-producer Philippa Boyens provide their perspective and stories on creating the first film.

New Zealand: Home of Middle-Earth. From Matamata to Queenstown, travel with Peter Jackson and his team across the stunning locations of New Zealand, transformed by the filmmakers into Middle-Earth.

The Appendices Part 7: A Long-Expected Journey. A 14-part chronological history of the filming of An Unexpected Journey, covering pre-production in the various departments of the film in the months leading up to the start of principal photography, the boot camp training for the main cast, and the work done on set chronologically through the three shooting blocks and in the world of its digital effects.

AUJ-EE-blu-ray The individual chapters (and notice that a lot of them take titles from individual chapter of The Hobbit) include:

* The Journey Back to Middle-Earth
* Riddles in the Dark: Gollum's Cave
* An Unexpected Party: Bag End
* Roast Mutton: Trollshaws Forest
* Bastion of the Greenwood: Rhosgobel
* A Short Rest: Rivendell and London
* Over Hill: The Misty Mountains
* Under Hill: Goblin Town
* Out of the Frying Pan: The Forest Ledge
* Return to Hobbiton: The Shire
* The Epic of Scene 88: Strath Taieri
* The Battle of Moria: Azanulbizar
* Edge of the Wilderland: Pick-ups and the Carrock
* Home Is Behind, the World Is Ahead

The Appendices Part 8: Return to Middle-Earth. Another selection of documentaries and featurettes await, further detailing the development, design and production of An Unexpected Journey:

The Company of Thorin. Explores the characters and backgrounds of the five families of dwarves and the company of actors chosen to play Thorin's company on the Quest of the Lonely Mountain. Chapters include:

* Assembling the Dwarves
* Thorin, Fili and Kili
* Balin and Dwalin
* Oin and Gloin
* Dori, Nori and Ori
* Bifur, Bofur and Bombur

Mr. Baggins: The 14th Member. A revealing look at the film's charismatic and talented lead actor, Martin Freeman.

Durin's Folk: Creating the Dwarves Reveals the journey and process of designing, conceptualizing and physically realizing the dwarves in The Hobbit.

The Peoples and Denizens of Middle-Earth. Focuses on the realization of new characters and creatures encountered in the first film, from casting to characterization to physical and digital design. Chapters include:

* The Stone Trolls
* Radagast the Brown
* Goblins
* Azog the Defiler

Realms of the Third Age: From Bag End to Goblin Town. Follows the creation of the Middle-Earth locations from conceptual design to set and prop building to fully digital realities. Realms explored include:

* Hobbiton
* Rhosgobel
* The Misty Mountains
* Goblin Town

The Songs of The Hobbit. A look at the realization of Tolkien's songs in An Unexpected Journey.

Pre-order your copy of the AUJ: EE at Amazon

The AUJ EE is already available for pre-order over on in a few different flavours -- the collector's edition gift set with bonus WETA statue, a Blu-ray 3D version and normal, non-3D Blu-ray edition.


[Gift Set] [Blu-Ray 3D + Blu-Ray + Ultraviolet] [Blu-Ray + Ultraviolet]



Aug 5 2013, 2:22am

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We wants it, we needs it

Must have the precious, can't wait for November No Precious we can't


Aug 5 2013, 2:57am

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Sounds great!

I'm definitely looking forward to this one. My only complaint is that I'd like to see the multiple commentaries that they had in the earlier films.


Aug 5 2013, 5:05am

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I'm bmmed about that too

But I believe that many in the cast was busy and they didn't want to include a cast commentary unless all members of Thorin's Company were there. perhaps for the next two films. But I am looking forward to PJ and Co's commentary, see what tidbits I can learn from them to help with my own scripts


Aug 5 2013, 10:22am

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I might be able to get a full chapter list with * and ** on extended or additional scenes

I've sent an email to a friend who's been working on the dvd's packaging. I think he might know individual chapter lengths too.

(This post was edited by AshNazg on Aug 5 2013, 10:23am)


Aug 5 2013, 10:30am

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That would be fantastic

Please keep us informed.


Aug 5 2013, 11:38am

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Now that would be great...

In Reply To
I've sent an email to a friend who's been working on the dvd's packaging. I think he might know individual chapter lengths too.

...even if it would be a major spoiler for me.

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Aug 5 2013, 11:41am

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The thing is...

We'd surely open the box and see the chapters before we put the disc in anyway, so we may as well find that out now rather than in 3 months time...Wink


Aug 5 2013, 4:31pm

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Fortunately other pages informed me...

tan Mexico is going to release the EE for Latin America, hopefully with subtitles and dubbing Heart I was really wondering why these ones donīt have subtitles.

Then, itīs going to be another version for the rest of the world!

Letīs see if they have the same cover with Thorin Evil

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Aug 5 2013, 6:54pm

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Thanks for sharing all this info! Wink

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Aug 6 2013, 1:11am

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I was hoping they came out with a shorter version...

The movie was a good 1/2 hour to 45 minutes too long as it was. My kidneys are still sore from the interminable length. Too many subplots, too many unnecessary additions and not enough focus on the main character and his quest.

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Tol Eressea

Aug 6 2013, 2:04pm

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Lusitano's Shrunken version

coming to you , this Fall. Wink

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Aug 7 2013, 10:47am

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Too late!


Tol Eressea

Aug 8 2013, 7:09am

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I'm surprised no one commented on this...

I, for one, would love to see a trimmed down version of AUJ, particularly with Azog's role remoeved/marginalized. Though I think this one may go a little to far - no White Council at all, and several cuts of dialogue in the Bag End section...Unsure


Cuts and Additions:
Prologue flashbacks truncated and re-ordered to make
dwarves more sympathetic, and moved to where Bilbo learns the story during the
unexpected party. A few establishing shots are altered to fit the scenes into

Frodo cut

Dwalin/Balin head bump cut

Some extra
shots of dwarves being messy cut

Redundant Thorin & Gandalf dialogue

Gandalf's exposition on Bilbo's thoroughly unremarkable childhood

Thorin & Balin's conversation after "it appears we have lost our
burglar" cut (shot of Thorin reversed so that he is look toward Bilbo instead of

Misty Mountains song uses footage excised from the flashbacks,
converted to slow motion, to create a montage.

Entire Pale Orc
plotline cut--this involved many cuts throughout the movie, starting with the
flashback after Fili and Kili tease Bilbo

The dwarves no longer have a
silly fight scene with the trolls only to throw down their weapons for a
companion they don't even like. Instead, they charge the trolls, and we cut
directly to their cooking over the fire. Clearly the charge was a well-laid
plan. (Finagling the audio for this cut was the biggest pain in the rear for
the edit; I doubled and reversed the battle cry to avoid sounds and music on the
center track.)

Troll banter on seeing Gandalf cut

Radagast stays!
He sets up the Necromancer plot for the next movie. However, his appearance to
Gandalf happens after Rivendell rather than before, and Gandalf is implied to
separate from the dwarves with him. A shot back to the sword helps explain what
Gandalf has just received.

The entire warg chase scene is

Thorin's concern that the elves will stop them cut (but mistrust

Elrond's skepticism concerning the Erebor quest cut

Council removed entirely. Ugh.

Stone Giants cut. Blerg.

down goblin hole made less ridiculous

Goblin King trimmed

single frame of Gollum kept!

Goblin chase scene cut from five minutes to
one. This involved many small cuts.

Many small cuts reduce the Pale Orc
from a nemesis of Thorin's to the Really Angry Orc who pursues them after they
killed the goblin king. The dwarves and Bilbo do not leave the tree once chased
up. The Eagle rescue has also been trimmed; they do not fight the wargs except
to drop a tree on several. Our only explanation for Thorin's KO is that falling
from trees and eagles can be rough on a dwarf; this is the only significant
continuity issue for which I could not find a fix.

Bilbo becoming
accepted as a DwarfBro cut

Erebor mattes replaced to suggest a greater
distance from the mountain--thanks to TM2YC for creating the modified matte I
used for this

Ending credits music modified...

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