The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition release date is nearly here, and judging by the lineup of content, it will be worth the wait. Warner Bros. today confirmed the Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition release date as November 4, at the same time reiterating the vast amount of bonus content included in the Extended Edition package.
As it turns out, there’s a lot more “extended” in this release than just the movie. Yes, the Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition features a 25-minute longer version of the film. That much we knew. What we hadn’t previously learned was the scope of its special features, which clock-in at more than nine hours of bonus features.
That’s an amount of content even the treasure-loving Smaug would find valuable.
The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition will release in a Blu-ray 3D version and a standard Blu-ray version. Both SKUs will contain 25 minutes of extra film footage, some of which is new and some of which simply extends individual existing scenes. You can pre-order both of them from Amazon at this link.
More exciting for fans of the original trilogy’s Extended Editions is news that both versions of the Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition will include more than nine hours of new bonus features.
Among those bonus features are audio commentary with Peter Jackson and co-writer Philippa Boyens, and a multi-part documentary called The Appendicies. The latter will highlight various aspects of the film and the entire prequel trilogy.