An Extended ‘Hobbit’ Trilogy is Returning to Theaters to Test Your Endurance
Remember the Hobbit movies? Your butt certainly does. Although they weren’t as long as the Lord of the Rings movies, Peter Jackson’s second series of films set in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth felt much longer. Each film could have lost at least 30 minutes from its running time. Heck, the trilogy should’ve been two movies but that’s a conversation for another day. The point is that these already long movies have extended cuts and these extended cuts are returning to theaters this October.
The news (which seems to have originated at Far Away Entertainment) is sure to please the die hard fans, who will revel in the chance to bear witness to Bilbo Baggins’ epic journey on the big screen one more time. Just don’t go expecting a remarkable theatrical experience – this is a Fathom event, so prepare yourself for subpar digital projection. Still, the grandiosity of the big screen may help make up for that. Plus, if you are going to give The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies another shot, being held hostage in a theater may be the way to go.
Here is how the event is described:
Fathom Events and Warner Bros. are partnering to present the extended editions of all three Hobbit movies. Shown over three nights, the epic Peter Jackson trilogy will be the first time the extended editions have ever been released in theatres. The films follow hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who is convinced by the wizard Gandalf the Grey (Ian McKellen) to accompany thirteen dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), on a quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch). Also included will be an exclusive introduction by director Peter Jackson. First night showing starts Monday, October 5th, 2015 at 7:30pm local.
Here is the new runtime for each of the three movies:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – 182 minutes (theatrical: 169 minutes)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – 186 minutes (theatrical: 161 minutes)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies — 174 minutes (theatrical: 144 minutes)
That’s over an hour of additional material.
There are a few key questions that remain unanswered. If screenings begin on October 5, when do they continue? Will they be screened over consecutive days or will they be spaced out? Which theaters are participating? How much will tickets cost? Will the price of admission include a butt pillow and a bag of ice?
Since the extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is slated to hit shelves on October 13, 2015, we imagine all three special screenings should occur before that date. Spreading them out is also a good plan, since the combined length of the extended Hobbit trilogy is over nine hours long and no one deserves that to happen to them in one sitting. Expect to hear more details about this event soon.