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April 8, 2014 DVD, Blu-ray and 3D: 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'

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From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, the director of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, comes the highly anticipated sequel The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug that continues the epic adventure of Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the company of Dwarves and their quest through Middle-earth. It is the second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. The screenplay is written by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo del Toro and produced by Jackson, Walsh, Carolynne Cunningham and Zane Weiner. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards including Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects.

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Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of Smaug the last great dragon of Middle-earth and the Necromancer, Evangeline Lilly as the elf Tauriel, Lee Pace as Elvenking Thranduil, Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman and Bard’s ancestor Girion in flashback, Stephen Fry as Master of Lake-town, Ken Stott as Balin, James Nesbitt as Bofur and Orlando Bloom as Legolas. The film also stars Mikael Persbrandt as Beorn, Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown, Aidan Turner as Kili, Dean O’Gorman as Fili, Graham McTavish as Dwalin, Adam Brown as Ori, Peter Hambleton as Glóin, John Callen as Óin, Mark Hadlow as Dori, Jed Brophy as Nori, William Kircher as Bifur, Stephen Hunter as Bombur, Ryan Gage as Alfrid, John Bell as Bain, Manu Bennett as Azog and Lawrence Makoare as Bolg.

In The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and the thirteen Dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield continue their journey to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Having survived the harrowing events in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the Company travels East, encountering along the way skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. With the One Ring’s help, Bilbo manages to free them from the Spiders and begins to learn of the ring’s corrupting power. However soon after, the group is captured by the dangerous Wood-elves and Bilbo must end up helping the Dwarves escape again. Afterward, they are smuggled into Lake-town by a mysterious man named Bard. For Lake-town’s assistance, Thorin promises the town a share of the mountain’s treasure and finally the Company heads off to the Lonely Mountain itself following a grand farewell. There, they must face the greatest danger of all -- a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself -- The Dragon Smaug.

DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D special features include production videos, “I See Fire” music video and two featurettes: “Peter Jackson Invites You to the Set,” where you get to 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; and “New Zealand: Home of Middle-Earth, Part 2,” where you can travel with Peter Jackson and his team across the stunning locations of New Zealand transformed by the filmmakers into Middle-earth.

Just for Hobbit fans, in addition to the Two-Disc DVD Special Edition, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray 2D+3D Combo Pack, there will be a Limited Collector’s Edition Gift Set that includes the Blu-ray 2D+3D Combo Pack and two Gates of Erebor Guards replica premium bookends from The Noble Collection, limited to only 25,000 copies available in the U.S.

An extended edition of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released just in time for the 2014 holidays.

Cast:

  • Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins
  • Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey
  • Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug / Necromancer
  • Orlando Bloom as Legolas
  • Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel
  • Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman / Girion
  • Lee Pace as Thranduil
  • Stephen Fry as Master of Lake-town
  • Graham McTavish as Dwalin
  • Ken Stott as Balin
  • Aidan Turner as Kíli
  • Dean O'Gorman as Fíli
  • Mark Hadlow as Dori
  • Jed Brophy as Nori
  • Adam Brown as Ori
  • John Callen as Óin
  • Peter Hambleton as Glóin
  • William Kircher as Bifur
  • James Nesbitt as Bofur
  • Stephen Hunter as Bombur
  • Cate Blanchett as Galadriel
  • Mikael Persbrandt as Beorn
  • Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown
  • Craig Hall as Galion
  • Ryan Gage as Alfrid
  • John Bell as Bain
  • Mark Mitchinson as Braga
  • Manu Bennett as Azog
  • Lawrence Makoare as Bolg
  • Ben Mitchell as Narzug
  • Nick Blake as Percy
  • Richard Whiteside as Barliman Butterbur
  • Dallas Barnett as Bill Ferny Snr

Special Features:

  • “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.
  • Production Videos – 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

Exclusives:

Check out the slideshow to see what the exclusives look like.

USA

  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Limited Collector’s Edition Gift Set with Blu-ray 2D+3D Combo Pack and two Gates of Erebor Guards replica premium bookends from The Noble Collection.
  • Target - The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray Combo Pack with exclusive cover art featuring elves Legolas Greenleaf and Tauriel and LEGO mini set containing Legolas Greenleaf figure with accessory kit.

Australia
Release Date: April 16, 2014

Canada
Release Date: April 8, 2014

Czech Republic
Release Date: April 9, 2014

France
Release Date: April 16, 2014

Hong Kong
Release Date: April 7, 2014

Germany
Release Date: April 11, 2014

Italy
Release Date: April 9, 2014

Korea
Release Date: April 17, 2014

Mexico
Release Date: April 8, 2014

Russia
Release Date: April 2014

Taiwan
Release Date: April 11, 2014

Thailand
Release Date: April 3, 2014

United Kingdom
Release Date: April 7, 2014

Best Offers:

  • Best Buy - Save $10 on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray Combo Pack when purchased with LEGO The Hobbit video game (PS4 - $59.99; PS3/X360/Wii U - $49.99). Products must be purchased on same receipt to receive savings. Excludes 3D Blu-ray version. Offer valid on SKU: 4307094.

Best Prices:

Two-Disc DVD Special Edition (includes UltraViolet Digital Copy) - $14.96 at Walmart, $16.99 at Amazon.com, Target, $17.99 at Best Buy

Blu-ray Combo Pack (includes DVD and UltraViolet Digital Copy) - $19.96 at Walmart stores, $22.96 at Walmart.com, $22.99 at Amazon.com, Best Buy, Target

Blu-ray 2D+3D Combo Pack (includes DVD and UltraViolet Digital Copy) - $24.96 at Walmart stores, $24.99 at Amazon.com, Best Buy, $27.96 at Walmart.com, $27.99 at Target

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Limited Collector’s Edition Gift Set with Blu-ray 2D+3D Combo Pack and two Gates of Erebor Guards replica premium bookends from The Noble Collection - $79.96 at Amazon.com, Target, Walmart.com

Target exclusive Blu-ray Combo Pack with Legolas LEGO figurine - $22.99

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