While we saw the cover art for the Blu-Ray release of Peter Jackson's first Hobbit movie last week, we now have the release date and bonus features for the home release. Hit the jump for all the detail.

Despite receiving mixed reviews upon release (gaining a 65% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with 260 reviews), Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was still a big success. The first in a new Middle-earth trilogy from Warner Bros. has currently earned nearly $950M at the worldwide box office, and is expected to cross the $1 billion mark soon. Now, with The Desolation Of Smaug set for December 13th, 2013 and There And Back Again for July 18th, 2014, the studio has confirmed the Blu-Ray and DVD specs for An Unexpected Journey. Set for release March 19th, below are the bonus features and cover art for the home video releases. Click HERE to pre-order your copy.

New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth
Video Blogs:
Start of Production
Location Scouting
Shooting Block One
Filming in 3D
Locations Part 1
Locations Part 2
Stone St. Studios Tour
Wrap of Principal Photography
Post-production Overview
Wellington World Premiere

Theatrical Trailers
Letter Opener
Bilbo Contract
Gandalf Wagers
Gollum Paths

Game Trailers
The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-Earth
Guardians of Middle-Earth
Lego The Lord of the Rings
Standard DVD copy of An Unexpected Journey (2D)
UltraViolet digital copy An Unexpected Journey (2D) (expires 3/19/15)

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95 - 2/5/2013, 2:56 PM
I can wait for the trilogy set.
Jazza815 - 2/5/2013, 3:01 PM
So basically everything that's available on Youtube and then three versions of the same film ?

Yeah i'll be waiting for the extended edition.
Platinum - 2/5/2013, 3:20 PM
No reason to buy this :p
FrozenJoy - 2/5/2013, 3:26 PM
I want the extended edition.
SaxoWolf - 2/5/2013, 3:28 PM
lame covers

Kaziganthi - 2/5/2013, 3:31 PM
I'll rent it when it comes out to watch it again (maybe a couple times) then wait for the inevitable Extended Edition.
marvel72 - 2/5/2013, 3:36 PM
this movie was miles better than the 65% rotten tomatoes score.
Reasonnnn - 2/5/2013, 3:38 PM
@marvel72 no it wasn't. Movie stalled so many times to appease the fanboys. Didn't need the council scene, the wizard who was high the entire time didn't need to be in it and Practical > CGI sets. Gandalf saving everyone all the time got tiring too.
AnotherSinisterClone - 2/5/2013, 3:39 PM
boring cover, but cant wait to see it in hd.
SoulAllFlush - 2/5/2013, 3:42 PM
@ Reasonnnn

read the book, Gandalf saves them all the time in that too. Also, Radagast and the council scenes are building up for Gandalf's story in the next films.

Here's a spoiler for you though, The Grey Wizard won't be making any last minutes saves in the next film when it comes to the Dwarves.
sexfoodcomics - 2/5/2013, 3:48 PM
After all that crap about shooting it in 3d, they aren't even releasing it first in blu ray 3d?!?! What a load of crap.
Reasonnnn - 2/5/2013, 4:15 PM
@SoulAllFlush thank god. The film just felt bloated. And the villain was pretty meh and I understand he was just created for the film? Wish he was human under tons of makeup instead of being a CGI villain.
Odin - 2/5/2013, 4:20 PM
The blue-ray cover is nice :)
SauronsBANE - 2/5/2013, 4:52 PM
No, the 65% rating is about right. Way too CGI-heavy, too bloated and rambling, too over-the-top and ridiculously silly, too different from the book. This will be the first LOTR movie that I don't buy the extended edition. Not worth it.
calin88 - 2/5/2013, 5:10 PM
Can't wait for "The Middle Earth Saga" to make it's way to blu-ray
HavocPrime - 2/5/2013, 5:20 PM

Azog is in the book but in the appendix section of the LOTR, he did take over moria but died in the war officially.
Darth258 - 2/5/2013, 5:43 PM
I'll wait for the extended edition too...
cfoster060809 - 2/5/2013, 8:18 PM
Azog was killed by Dain in the Battle of Azanulbizar during the War of the Dwarves and Orcs. This happens prior to the The Hobbit (book version). His son, Bolg, leads the Orcs and Wargs in the Battle of the Five Armies which doesn't occur until the very end of the book. The movie was great despite the inconsistencies because i'm not such a lame fanboy that I can distinguish between the movies and films
Danbojohnj - 2/5/2013, 9:09 PM
Bolg is still in it later on ;).At least they did Warg right this time even if they were a little too large.
2nd best film of last year after Dredd.
xXkryptoniteXx - 2/5/2013, 10:08 PM
Ill wait until it gets cheaper ones part 2 comes out in the theaters or even in a blu ray. I see these part 2 and 3 as a way for them to rack some money with over price movies which will go down as soon as the next installment comes out and 6 months from now.

They did that with Harry Potter.
rkshuttleworth - 2/5/2013, 10:55 PM
@Reasonnnn - yes it was
Sevket - 2/6/2013, 12:10 AM
I will wait for the extended one
BillyM67 - 2/6/2013, 9:13 AM
Will definitely be getting this. I thought it was really good and an excellent addition to the LotR movies and I can't wait for the final two!
GrayMatter - 2/6/2013, 9:21 AM
Wow. Those are some terrible extras. Remind me not to buy this and wait for the inevitiable trilogy set or whatever.

Does anyone know if we're actually getting extended versions though? I know everyone just assumes it because of LOTR, but I thought that we were basically already getting the extended versions since they're stuffing so much extra stuff back in that we're getting an entire extra movie.

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