‘Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ extended edition adds 13 minutes

July 31, 2013 | 5:47 p.m.
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"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" -- the first film in Peter Jackson's trilogy based on J. R. R. Tolkien's book "The Hobbit" -- opened in theaters Dec. 14. Here's a look at the film's images. (Warner Bros.)

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Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins, left, and Graham McTavish as Dwalin in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Graham McTavish as Dwalin, left, Ken Stott as Balin and Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Director Peter Jackson, left, and Martin Freeman on the set of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Ian McKellen as the wizard Gandalf the Grey in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Martin Freeman, left, and Peter Jackson on the set of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Ian McKellen, left, and Peter Jackson on the set of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Hugo Weaving as Elrond, left, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield, Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen as Gandalf in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Hugo Weaving, left, Peter Jackson and Ian McKellen on the set of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Galadriel actress Cate Blanchett, left, and director Peter Jackson on the set of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Actors and director Peter Jackson on the set of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Dean O'Gorman as Fili, left, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Dean O'Gorman, left, and Richard Armitage in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey, left, and Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Cate Blanchett as Galadriel in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, Christopher Lee as Saruman and Hugo Weaving as Elrond in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellen in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Elijah Wood as Frodo, left, and Ian Holm as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Martin Freeman and Ian McKellen in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Ian McKellen and Hugo Weaving in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Ian McKellen and Hugo Weaving in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Christopher Lee as Saruman the White in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Gollum, reprised by Andy Serkis in motion capture performance, in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Director Peter Jackson on the Bag End set of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Ken Stott as Balin, left, John Callen as Oin, William Kircher as Bifur, Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield and Graham McTavish as Dwalin in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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John Callen, Dean O'Gorman, Aidan Turner and Stephen Hunter in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Stephen Hunter, Adam Brown, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy and Peter Hambleton in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Gollum, performed by Andy Serkis, in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Gollum, performed by Andy Serkis, in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Trolls William, Tom and Bert, performed by Peter Hambleton, Mark Hadlow and William Kircher, respectively, in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Stephen Hunter as Bombur the dwarf, left, and Tom the troll in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellen in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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Dwarfs and stone giants in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

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The Great Goblin, performed by Barry Humphries, in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." (New Line Cinema / MGM / Warner Bros.)

If 169 minutes of dwarfs, goblins, trolls and orcs in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” weren’t enough for you, the movie’s extended edition is coming to Blu-ray on Nov. 5.

The extended edition comes less than two months before the theatrical release of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” — the second installment in Peter Jackson’s planned trilogy based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien. The extended edition features a cut of the first film that’s 13 minutes longer than the version shown in theaters (which was released for home video in March) as well as some nine hours of new bonus content.

The extended edition will be available for digital download beginning Oct. 22 and will go on sale Nov. 5 in three different combinations — a five-disc Blu-ray 3-D combo pack set ($54.98), a three-disc Blu-ray set ($35.99) and a 5-disc DVD ($34.99). All disc versions will include the new special features, including audio commentary with Jackson and screenwriter Philippa Boyens, as well as a multi-part behind-the-scenes documentary called “The Appendices.”

The film received mixed reviews, partly due to Jackson’s controversial decision to show the movie in 48 frames per second — a high frame rate that packs in super-sharp details — at some theaters. Many viewers found the high frame rate jarring, but despite the critiques, the movie broke box office records its opening weekend, raking in nearly $85 million. And the film has earned more than $1 billion worldwide.

“The Hobbit” stars many of the same actors who first introduced mainstream audiences to Middle-earth in Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, among them Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett and Andy Serkis, who used performance-capture technology for his groundbreaking performance as the creature Gollum. New to the franchise are Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Benedict Cumberbatch, who will voice the dragon Smaug in the upcoming films, among other actors.

Here’s a look back at our coverage of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.”

GALLERIES:

PHOTOS: 60 images from ‘The Hobbit’

PHOTOS: Meet the dwarfs from ‘The Hobbit’

VIDEOS:

‘Hobbit’ FX wiz Joe Letteri on Gollum, the Goblin King and Azog

EXCLUSIVE CLIP: Gandalf warns Saruman of a powerful evil

Peter Jackson, the Hero Complex interview

Peter Jackson talks Smaug cameo, creature design

‘Hobbit’ offers more ‘sophisticated’ Gollum, Peter Jackson says

Peter Jackson’s ‘absolute belief’ in 48-frame format

Happy birthday, Peter Jackson, and happy flying

Live New Zealand world premiere’s red-carpet event

INTERVIEWS & STORIES:

Martin Freeman on Bilbo’s courage, moral code

Ian McKellen,Tolkien guardian, acting wizard

Philippa Boyens: Del Toro’s ‘Hobbit’ would have been ‘amazing’

Andy Serkis admits it was difficult to return to Gollum

William Kircher speaks Dwarvish, talks Bifur’s injury

Richard Armitage finds Thorin Oakenshield in ‘Macbeth’

Stephen Hunter on Bombur’s blubber, dwarf boot camp

Reactions mixed to the 48-frame film transformation

Dan Hennah brings eastern influence to production design

Peter King on yak wigs and the language of Middle-earth

Sylvester McCoy’s twin loves: Radagast, ‘Doctor Who’

Costume designer Ann Maskrey’s favorite look? Radagast

Fili actor Dean O’Gorman on taking risks, sexy dwarfs

Tami Lane on dwarf wrangling, silicone magic

Peter Jackson will craft Shire sound in Dolby Atmos

New Zealand releases Tolkien-themed currency, stamps

Comic-Con: Peter Jackson tours the Shire and beyond

‘The Hobbit’: An unexpected journey on- and off-screen

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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