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Warner provides information on 'Hobbit: AUJ' Extended Edition, targets Dec. 1st for Target

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Nov 9 2013, 1:31pm


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"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Extended Edition

Warner Bros. has responded to TheOneRing.net's request for further information about "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" Extended Edition after fans expressed confusion and reported the sets were difficult to find.

TORn's news leader Demosthenes posted this article about the availability of the EE on DVD and Blu-ray to highlight the frustrations fans were bombarding TheOneRing.net with. Warner provided the following information for us to pass on to consumers:

"We are thrilled at the fan reaction to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition. We've been made aware that certain retail outlets are sold out, and we are working as quickly as possible to replenish stock so fans can get their copies on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD. We understand that there is some confusion regarding what product is available at each retailer and would like to provide clarification.

There are three products currently available at retailers nationwide:
* 5-disc Blu-ray 3D + Digital HD UltraViolet
* 3-disc Blu-ray + Digital HD UltraViolet
* 5-disc DVD + Digital UltraViolet

Please note that Target will have the Blu-ray and DVD available on December 1st.

In addition to the national product, several retailers have unique product offerings as follows:

Amazon.com
* 3-disc Blu-ray + Digital HD UltraViolet with Bilbo/Gollum Statue
* 5-disc Blu-ray 3D + Digital HD UltraViolet with Bilbo/Gollum Statue

Wal-Mart
* 2-disc DVD including Extended Edition Feature Film and Special Features "The Company of Thorin," and "Durin's Folk: Creating the Dwarves"

Best Buy
* 4-disc Blu-ray 3D Steelbook:
- Disc 1: Blu-ray 3D Extended Edition Feature Part
- Disc 2: Blu-ray 3D Extended Edition Feature Part 1
- Disc 3: The Appendices Part 7
- Disc 4: The Appendices Part"

Editorializing a bit: The Wal-Mart 2-disc DVD probably isn't meant for TORn readers but it is a real pity that casual buyers will fork out money for that edition and never realize that for a relatively small amount more, a treasure trove of beyond-industry-standard content awaits. (A complete review coming soon.) The home video market isn't what it used to be, but this is a landmark title that consumers I know, including even casual fans, expect to be of the same standard as the history making LOTR EE versions. However it may serve some audiences perfectly and it may have been a way to manufacture and ship the DVDs early to impulse buyers.

By not flooding stores by Black Friday in the U.S., (an enormous retail day immediately following U.S. Thanksgiving) sales will be less than they could have been. On the other hand, many fans have echoed the same thought through social media and in our in boxes: If it takes longer to release the best possible version of film and extras, it is worth the wait. We will of course provide further information as it becomes available.

(This post was edited by Silverlode on Nov 9 2013, 10:11pm)

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Warner provides information on 'Hobbit: AUJ' Extended Edition, targets Dec. 1st for Target News from Bree Send a private message to News from Bree Nov 9 2013, 1:31pm
    What about the digital downloads? Voronwë_the_Faithful Send a private message to Voronwë_the_Faithful Nov 9 2013, 7:15pm
        The iTunes download never advertised itself as including the director's commentary. bungobaggins Nov 9 2013, 7:38pm
            I don't believe that is correct, though I don't know for sure Voronwë_the_Faithful Send a private message to Voronwë_the_Faithful Nov 9 2013, 8:27pm
                The special features advertised with the iTunes download are, and have always been bungobaggins Nov 9 2013, 8:42pm
        I was going to get the digital download. Thanks for the warning!// Nira Send a private message to Nira Nov 9 2013, 10:42pm
            Some Digitals Ham_Sammy Send a private message to Ham_Sammy Nov 9 2013, 10:59pm
    There are 2 versions of the Amazon gift set????? Eleniel Send a private message to Eleniel Nov 9 2013, 8:44pm
        What's the difference? Voronwë_the_Faithful Send a private message to Voronwë_the_Faithful Nov 9 2013, 8:58pm
            $10...so something must be missing! Eleniel Send a private message to Eleniel Nov 9 2013, 9:13pm
                One has a 3D copy, the other doesn't narflet Send a private message to narflet Nov 9 2013, 9:26pm
                    Oh, of course, thanks! // Eleniel Send a private message to Eleniel Nov 9 2013, 9:34pm
                I have the 5 disc DVD shadowdog Send a private message to shadowdog Nov 9 2013, 10:38pm
    Good grief! Glorfindela Send a private message to Glorfindela Nov 10 2013, 12:18am
        Occam's Razor Ham_Sammy Send a private message to Ham_Sammy Nov 10 2013, 4:40pm
    What is missing from the pack is... patrickk Send a private message to patrickk Nov 10 2013, 1:05am
        One of many consequences of New Line's financial failure Oin K Send a private message to Oin K Nov 11 2013, 8:35pm
    I managed to finally.... Jim Send a private message to Jim Nov 10 2013, 1:15am

 
 
 

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