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Peter Jackson reveals the extra scenes in The Hobbit: Extended Edition

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Did anyone think the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey movie was too short? Yes, three people did, and they happen to be director Peter Jackson, screenwriter Philippa Boyens and producer Fran Walsh, who have revealed some of the new and extended scenes which will be included in the film’s upcoming Extended Edition Blu-ray set.

According to an interview with Empire, these will include…

• More Hobbiton

• More Goblin Town

• The Goblin King’s full song

• More of the dwarves being shitty to the elves of Rivendell

• An appearance by Thranduil and the white gems the dwarves and the elves are still fighting over

• An appearance by Girion and the black arrows which can pierce Smaug’s scales

I don’t know if that’s all of them, but those are the ones we know. They should add a good 20 minutes minimum to the film’s shockingly trim three-hour run-time when The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition is released in November.

[Via Coming Soon]


3 comments on “Peter Jackson reveals the extra scenes in The Hobbit: Extended Edition

  1. Chris
    June 26, 2013

    Anybody still bemoaning the sentiment that J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” was not that “big” or “long”, or that it was “just one book”, can exit now and excuse themselves from all future discussions of Peter Jackson’s new “Hobbit Trilogy”. You guys are beating a dead horse that’s clearly been buried at this point. These films are obviously NOT a simple retelling of “The Hobbit” book, they are an expansion of the stories of Middle Earth as they revolve around Bilbo and the Dwarves on their quest. Most taken from the appendices of Lord of the Rings, some from Tolkien’s unfinished revision of The Hobbit, some entirely new. For those of you who can not accept the fact that a direct translation to the originally published Hobbit book has not been made should either shut up or exercise some patience until all three films are released and a fan edit is inevitably made sewing something together to satisfy your limited taste.

    • Artaxerxes
      June 26, 2013

      It was too long for its subject matter, that just seems a fact for this movie. Everything from the moment they left Hobbiton to when they arrived at Rivendell just dragged. So did some of the other scenes. I am looking forward to this release though because I expect it to fix some of the larger flaws in the film. Specifically the lack of any character development outside of Thorin and Bilbo (and a bit of Balin). They put so much effort into making these dwarves unique and then they give them no lines or opportunities to distinguish themselves. If I hadn’t memorized their faces anyway I’d have never been able to tell them apart. Since all the draggy scenes were plot-related I don’t imagine an extended edition will make them worse, while the addition of character and atmospheric scenes should make the picture as a whole better. If it has to be long ’tis better that it have more development and a leisurely pace. And there are some scenes that I hope are like Kingdom of Heaven: the theatrical version cut them down so much that they seem silly but the director’s cut reveals a whole new layer of depth. The opening in Hobbiton particularly seems like it has been edited down beyond what it should be.

  2. Facebones
    June 26, 2013

    When my younger brother started reading Fellowship, my Mom put a big binder clip over the section with Tom Bombadil (40 or so pages). “Skip this part. Bilbo finds a sword, that’s all you need to know. You can go back and read it when you’re done, but skip it for now.” She did this because when she had read it as a girl, she got bogged down in that section and it took her a while to slog through it.

    When Roger Ebert reviewed Fellowship, the movie, he was annoyed that the movie seemed to be in too much of a hurry to get to the fight scenes. The Balrog, he said, takes up less than 500 words in the book, but a good 10 minutes of screen time. He missed the detail and the world building Tolkien was great at.

    In other words, there are two kinds of LOTR/Hobbit fans. Those who like the world building and the languages and all the details (Ebert), and those who want to get to the parts where someone gets dropped in a volcano (my mom).

    Peter Jackson is clearly the former. And he is making those Special Editions for those same fans who want more Sackville-Baggins sniping, more historic songs, and still want to see a cut with Tom Bombadil.

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