Peter Jackson, in a totally unprecedented move - I was so tempted to say 'unexpected', but nonetheless - will be releasing a longer cut of the first Hobbit film this November. Thought The Hobbit films were long enough? Think again.
Actually, it's not extended by that much. The film has an extra 13 minutes of footage included, expanding individual scenes already in the film, to bring it to a runtime of merely 3 hours. That's practically instantaneous!
What is lengthy is the fact that there'll also be an extra 9 hours of behind the scenes footage included in the package, which will run on 5 DVDs, or 3 Blu-ray discs (5 if you plump for the 3D version), as well as commentaries from Jackson and Phillipa Boyen, and in the vein of the Lord of the Rings fantastic BTS extras, a set of Appendices covering the filming of the movies. If these are half as good as what was including with the LOTR trilogy, then we're in for a treat.
The digital release of An Unexpected Journey's Extended Edition is October 22nd, with the DVD and Blu-ray arriving 2 weeks later on November 5th. Check out a clip below from Yahoo: