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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Extended Edition)

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

Peter Jackson

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Plot Summary

This Extended adventure follows Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim Erebor with the help of Gandalf the Grey and 13 Dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins, Orcs and deadly Wargs, as well as a mysterious and sinister figure known only as the Necromancer. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the Goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever...Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities...A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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64%
  • Reviews Counted: 271
  • Fresh: 174
  • Rotten: 97
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Part One of director Peter Jackson's planned film trilogy of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit forces audiences to run an obstacle course before the fun kicks in. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Dec 13, 2012

Rotten: An Unexpected Journey is a major comedown, a muddle-headed and cumbersome piece of filmmaking that betrays Jackson's mercenary motives -- Tolkien's book, too. – Tom Charity, CNN.com, Dec 13, 2012

Fresh: Between its lighter tone and a decade's worth of improvements in digital film techniques, there should be enough of a novelty factor to delight most fans. – Bob Mondello, NPR, Dec 13, 2012

Fresh: An overlong adventure enlivened by wonders. – Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal, Dec 13, 2012

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Customer Reviews

13 Minutes goes a long way

I just watched the extended cut. I couldn’t wait to get through the 9 hours of additional materials. I think I was like many people that was initially disappointed when I heard that only 13 minutes were added to the movie. But, those are some very significant 13 minutes, that seems to add much more content, emotion, and background to the movie. I really enjoyed the additional scenes of Hobbiton particularly. The added songs were a pleasant surprise. The movie flows a lot better. I’m still not the biggest fan of Azog, but Radagast is really a favorite. Martin Freeman is Bilbo, he has taken the role and made it. I really loved the added Rivendell scenes too, made a really big difference to the flow and storyline of the movie. Last, I love that the Appendices are numbered to continue from the LOTR. Very cool.

PJ is a Genius...

These Extended Editions are always better… this is no exception. A richer, deeper story, more character development and flawless direction and acting. But the real bonus here is the extras… FANTASTIC stuff… best 20 bucks I've spent this year.

An Unexpected Delight

I have been an avid fan of Peter Jackson's movies for 10 years now, and I have not been at all disappointed.
The theatrical version of An Unexpected Journey was simply amazing, with wonderful storytelling and stupendous characters.
The extended Edition simply added to this delightful adventure, making even more of a playful yet epic adventure.
I really enjoyed the scene between King Thranduil and King Thror, it was very well done and explained some missing things. The extra bits in Hobbiton were a joy to see, with the happy Hobbit children and cheery faces.
The Rivendell extras... Well, what can I say about the most perfect examples Dwarvish rudeness? I laughed so hard
I couldn't fall asleep for an hour.
The shots of Bilbo in Rivendell were just magical, and the scene of Elrond and Bilbo was nice, as they open the pathway for why Bilbo wanted to go back to Rivendell later in the film.
I also enjoyed the conversation between Gandalf and Elrond, (and eaves dropped upon by Bilbo and Thorin), as it made you think about what could-and might- happen to Thorin.
And finally... Goblin town. What to say about Goblin town.
It was, to be honest, the most disgustingly foul thing I have seen in these movies yet, but oh my Elf it was brilliant! The Goblins singing was awful, but it was quite catchy actually.
I Highly recommend this!
I haven't had so much fun watching a movie for-as Treebeard might say-a very long time.
Thank you, Master PJ, for an excellent addition to an already wonderful movie.
And I am really looking forward to watching the behind the scenes!
I'm sure I am going to love them.