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‘The Hobbit’ Trilogy Extended Edition Hits Theaters This Fall
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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Extended editions of films normally are seen in the DVD and Blu-ray release, and very rarely get a theatrical release. But fans of Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit trilogy should be excited to know that the longer cut of all three films will be hitting the big screen this fall.

More on this story after the jump.

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Watch The Honest Trailer For ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’
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THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

This week sees the theatrical release of The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, the third and final cinematic installment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy. So, what better time then now to look back on the previous film, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which was just released on Blu-ray.

Screen Junkies took on Smaug in their most recent installment of Honest Trailers. Check out the 5-minute “Honest Trailer” for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug here below.

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Deal: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Extended Edition Blu-ray
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The Extended Edition Blu-ray for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Peter Jackson’s second Hobbit film, is the number one item on my Christmas Wish List this year, so I’m thrilled to share with you that it’s on sale at Amazon! Right now, the 3-Disc Blu-ray Extended Edition is only $19.99 (that’s 44% off the list price of $35.99).

The 3-Disc Extended Edition Blu-ray contains 25 minutes of never-before-seen film footage and tons of behind-the-scenes material, and includes a Digital HD version of the movie.

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The Digital Wire Blu-ray/DVD Release News: Tusks, Theorems, and Teen Lit
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Welcome to this week’s edition of The Digital Wire. Hope you all had a wonderful and scare-tastic Halloween because by the sound of the Christmas songs starting their yearly infection of the radio airwaves, an even more frightening time of year is upon us.

Below you’ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon. We would greatly appreciate it if you use those links to order because a small percentage of each order helps keep this website running at max power. The cover art for certain titles has yet to be finalized.

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‘The Hobbit’ Films Have Cost $745 Million To Make So Far
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It isn’t entirely unusual to see a the price tag for a blockbuster tentpole films to have an eight or even nine-figure budget. But when the franchise is as large as The Hobbit trilogy, you’ll probably be doing more than just burning a hole in your wallet. Trying to figure out the cost of said films wouldn’t be easy, considering you have to pay the talent, the production crew, the cameramen, the visual effects artists, the writers, the director, cinematographers, and then there is hauling the equipment, traveling, reshoots, and much more. But when you have a successful franchise like The Hobbit, you generally would have even more money to work with to make a sequel more exciting.

We are now learning how much you would need to produce a film of that magnitude, and it is a pretty big number. It has cost WB approximately $745 million to make The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. And since the film is a trilogy we can expect that number to only skyrocket. But it is okay considering that the two Hobbit films combined grossed nearly $2 billion worldwide. Hit the jump for more info.

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‘Lord Of The Rings’ Star Billy Boyd To Sing Final ‘Hobbit’ Movie’s End Credits Song
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Billy Boyd Sings "Edge of Night" In Lord of The Rings

There’s a wealth of memorable moments to be found within Peter Jackson’s massive Lord of the Rings trilogy. One of these moments comes in the third and final movie, The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, when hobbit Pippin (Billy Boyd) is ordered to sing a song for the Steward of Gondor, Denethor (John Noble), to whom he volunteered his service. As Pippin sings his sad song, titled “The Edge of Night,” Denethor feasts away carelessly while his son Faramir (David Wenham) and his soldiers, who were sent into an impossible battle by the Steward, are met with waves of orcish arrows.

If you too are fond of this scene and Pippin’s song, depressing as it is, there’s some good news to be had today. It’s been announced that Billy Boyd will be semi-returning to Middle-earth by recording the end credits song for the third and final movie in The Hobbit trilogy, titled The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

You can read more and check out Boyd singing “Edge of Night” in Return of the King below if you don’t remember it or just want to see it again.

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The Digital Wire Blu-ray/DVD Release News: Sharks, Hobbits, Doctors, Cowboys, Weird Al
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Welcome back to another edition of The Digital Wire. For this week’s roundup of the coolest upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release news we’ve got gunslingers, dragons, unusual weather phenomenon, telephone boxes that can travel through time and across the universe, and a rogue television station run by a weird guy named Al. All that plus Jenny Slate in one of the year’s most beloved comedies.

Below you’ll find info on several future home video releases complete with technical specs, release dates, and links to pre-order at Amazon. We would greatly appreciate it if you use those links to order because a small percentage of each order helps keep this website running at max power.

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Peter Jackson Reveals Third ‘Hobbit’ Movie Title; NOT ‘There and Back Again’
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The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug

For as long as we’ve known that The Hobbit would be adapted into a new trilogy of movies it feels like we’ve known that one of the movies was going to be titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again. As it turns out, this is not the case and another title has been chosen for the third and final movie.

As time has moved forward and the trilogy has come together, director Peter Jackson and company have grown more and more aware that the title simply wouldn’t work. This eventually led to the choice for the official title: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Continue reading to see Jackson’s announcement of the title, including the reasoning behind the decision to not use “There and Back Again.”

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‘The Hobbit’: How ‘The Desolation Of Smaug’ Should Have Ended (Video)
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The Hobbit How The Desolation Of Smaug Should Have Ended

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, which was released in December 2013, is the second installment in the director’s planned film trilogy, which means that its ending is not as “final” as audiences would like it to be. There’s plenty more story to tell and we’ll have to wait until this December for the trilogy’s finale, There And Back Again, to hit theaters to finally find out exactly how this tale with end.

But in the meantime, this middle segment leaves itself ripe for the picking for the folks over at “How It Should Have Ended,” who give us short cartoon renditions of live-action films revealing how they really should have ended. Their endings typically make much more sense than the originals, and are quite entertaining.

Check out the video here below for How The Desolation Of Smaug Should Have Ended, and be on the lookout for guest appearances.

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Sweded Trailers For 2013’s Biggest Blockbuster Films
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Pacific Rim

Sometimes you can gauge the audience interest in a potential tentpole blockbuster movie simply by observing the great lengths certain individuals will go to in order to honor those big-budget entertainments, or even burn them in mocking effigy.

Whenever a new trailer for one of these eagerly-anticipated features is released you can always expect there to be a “sweded” version or two uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo within days. For those of you unfamiliar with this term, “sweded” basically means a group of amateur filmmakers get together with whatever resources they can scrounge up and make their own identical version of the slicker Hollywood trailers. Some of them often use shots from the real trailers to plug in gaps in their dollar bin attempts, but the makers of the best sweded trailers will recreate every component themselves, from the visual effects to the shot composition to even the bloody generic music that underscores these 2.5-minute blasts of money shots.

Submitted for your approval and enjoyment are sweded trailers for 8 of the year’s biggest blockbusters, like Star Trek Into Darkness, Pacific Rim, Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, and more. Depending on your perspective you might find some of these homemade previews better than the genuine articles. Even if you don’t, you have to admit they are pretty amusing.

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