Far back in time before The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the extended editions of the original LOTR trilogy were a delight. They were definitive and made 's Middle Earth feel even more complete - far more than a mere fanboy purchase, critical consensus were that these were a must-buy. So, surely we should be excited about The Hobbit's upcoming Extended Cut release?
Except, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (for me, at least) was already too long. Let's remember, to pad the movie out, material was pillaged from the appendices - who can forget the inclusion of the animal-aficionado Radagast the Brown (), or the long, meandering Galadriel () spiel, or the seemingly interminable time we spent at the start in Bilbo's hole? It's the sort of film which requires a a good (shorter!) edit, or even better: a future mash-up with the upcoming sequels to make one, cohesive movie.
So, forgive me, if I'm a lil', let's say, sceptical about this Extended Cut. Regardless, has been talking about the upcoming smorgasbord of extra-content, due out in November, to Empire Magazine (one month before The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug lands!)
Here's what we garnered:
One scene Jackson is excited about everyone seeing depicts the dwarves disrespecting the uptight Elves at Rivendell. The elves are quite serious, so seeing them get a lil' slapdown by some angsty dwarves does sound fun, I must say.
He's also excited about a a new scene featuring the Goblin King (Barry Humphries) giving us a tune - something Jackson jokingly says will be a 'number one hit'.
There's 'more of Hobbiton' (apparently they had to rush Bilbo out of the door too quickly in the feature film).
There's more of the 'Goblin Town' too.
Here's my quick verdict on all this, and I have to say, it remains the same: I did enjoy the feature film despite my misgivings over it's size and pace, but I really am not sold on the Extended Edit. Even with a singalong.
What do you guys think? Excited for the release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey's Extended Cut? Or are you gonna skip the DVD purchase and head straight to the multiplex for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug? Jump in with your opinions below in the comments!