Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has today announced that Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
is set for home video release on April 8. The film, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arrives on DVD, Digital HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and as a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, housed in a boxed set that includes two Gates of Erebor replica bookends from the Noble Collection. Check out images in the gallery viewer below!
Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt and Orlando Bloom as Legolas. The film also stars Mikael Persbrandt, Sylvester McCoy, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Graham McTavish, Adam Brown, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Ryan Gage, John Bell, Manu Bennett and Lawrence Makoare.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
will be available on Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $105.43, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95, Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and 2-disc DVD Special Edition for $28.98. The Limited Collector's Edition features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition; only 25,000 will be available in the U.S. The Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in 3D hi-definition, hi-definition and standard definition; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the theatrical version of the film in hi-definition on Blu-ray; and the DVD features the theatrical version in standard definition. All versions include a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet.
Blu-ray and DVD special features are listed 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.
– 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.