Back in college (in an anecdote that's sure to date me), when the final director's cut of LotR: The Return of the King came out, my friends and I had the bright idea to get all three director's cuts one weekend, all 982 hours of them, and settled down to watch them back to back, complete with an invented drinking game to go along with it.
I believe we got as far as the part where Frodo got stabbed by the Nazgul on Weathertop when we realized we'd made an egregious mistake and it was all a terrible, terrible idea. Half of us were disgustingly sick shortly thereafter. The Ghost of Hindsight Past is a cruel bastard, that one.
But now, with spinning The Hobbit into a trilogy, an entirely new generation of college students will have the opportunity to create ill-advised, liver-destroying pastimes, with IGN bringing word that the director's cut, extended edition version of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey would add 13 extra minutes of never-before-seen footage. Jackson is excited for it, stating
I'm thrilled that the extended edition will give fans the opportunity to experience certain key scenes in the film as they were originally shot, as well as an abundance of special features.
It's exciting to present this expanded and enriched version of 'An Unexpected Journey' to allow fans to fully immerse themselves in the movie, before seeing the second part of the trilogy.
What remains to be seen is whether or not fans themselves will be excited for it. Did you see the first of the Hobbit trilogy? Do you care about the director's cut?
The 5-disc extended edition (excessive much?) will feature the new footage, along with commentary by Jackson and , as well as exclusive featurettes for the for the disc set. It will be available in stores and online on October 22, leading up to the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on December 13.
What say you, moviegoers? Are you looking forward to the extra footage, or was it already long enough? Sound off in the comments.
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