– Well, not literally – but at least, in Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD
I’ve personally been longing for this release since I saw the film back in December.
Actually, as soon as The Hobbit films were announced (sometime in 2008?), I felt a sort-of obsessive urgency to get my hands on the discs and be able to “physically” put the entire Middle-earth cinematic saga on my shelves.
Having already ordered a copy of the second installment, I can’t wait until I can place it next to the other 4 films and tick-off another from the list.
(5 of 6 … one more to go)
True, there’s still the Extended Edition sometime in November, perhaps – but I can’t avoid feeling enchanted by owning the film in some way or other; having the theatrical cuts glaring back at you in all their glory – knowing, what beautiful content lies within. It’s wonderful.
Come next year, I’ll be equally-excited for There and Back Again and be able to satisfy that “itch” at the remaining entry.
– Blu-ray or DVD?
Ah yes, the obvious question and the not-so-obvious answer …
Personally, I love Blu-ray and the difference to standard DVD image-quality is definitely noticeable; however, to me it’s primarily about the aesthetics related to the physical box the discs come in.
Back in 2002,2003 and 2004 – when High Definition was a thing almost unheard of – one could only find the gorgeous 2-disc sets of each of The Lord of the Rings films. Every disc (including the special features) was printed with alluring artwork – which extended to the covers of the boxes themselves.
Ever since the introduction of Blu-ray, the bright blue and transparent cases seem to spoil the whole aesthetic of it all.
So when it comes to The Hobbit, I’m having to sacrifice image quality for disc-set quality.
It’s all about coherence you see … every film from the Middle-earth franchise is strongly linked to the rest. Looking at the DVDs (4 so far), the spines of the cases seem to add up and further reinforce the connectivity between the two Trilogies.
Furthermore, I would have loved to continue “the Two-Disc edition tradition”. However, I buy my copies from the UK and they don’t seem to release them like that anymore (the US still does though – good for you if you’re from the States 🙂 ).
Of course, I’d love to get my hands on the Limited Collector’s editions (both for An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug), but I fear my wallet would barely be able to handle one of them … let alone two – alas!
But no matter! Has anyone else ordered their copy yet? If so, which version?
Now, where’s my copy of The Desolation of Smaug at?