Director Peter Jackson’s second installment in his The Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, is set to hit home video this spring, and now the first details regarding the Blu-ray release have landed online. The physical copy of the film will be available in the U.S. on April 8th in four formats: a Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy Combo Pack ($105.42), a Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack ($44.95), a Blu-ray Combo Pack ($35.99), and a 2-Disc DVD Special Edition ($28.98).
Obviously the most fan-friendly (and most expensive) is the Limited Collector’s Edition, which includes two Gates of Erebor replica bookends from the Noble Collection. This initial release is only the theatrical cut of the film, so the extended cut will likely hit stores this fall if the release strategy of An Unexpected Journey is any indication.
Thanks to the folks over at TheOneRing.net, we have an early copy of the official press release from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The extras included on all four versions of the home video release are as follows:
- Peter Jackson Invites You to the Set: In the Company of the Hobbit and Peter Jackson Invites You to the Set: All in a Day’s Work – Experience the film’s challenges and demands, and journey alongside the director into Mirkwood, Lake-town and Dale as the movie’s most intense, pivotal scenes are created
- Production Videos – Watch production come to life as Peter Jackson gives you an inside look at the making of the film
- New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth, Part 2 – Travel with Peter Jackson and his team across the stunning locations of New Zealand transformed by the filmmakers into Middle-earth
- “I See Fire” Music Video – Ed Sheeran’s beautiful theme song from the film is illuminated with this intimate music video
Again, a more extensive collection of extras will no doubt be included on the Extended Edition, but for those itching to have a copy of the film ASAP there are a few interesting bonus features included here.