I hate being snarky about The Hobbit movies but I also hate letting an easy opportunity go by, so here I am. Here I am telling you that a whopping 25 minutes has been added to the home video release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
To put this in some perspective: 25 minutes is about 1/3 of the length of the entire Rankin/Bass animated The Hobbit musical movie.
I don't know what the added content is, and I honestly can't even begin to guess; there's not much in The Desolation of Smaug that feels terribly elided. In fact there's plenty I'd happily trim. I'd guess it's more Laketown stuff, but who has been clamoring for extra scenes of Laketown intrigue? Woof.
Anyway, the Extended Edition home video release will also include 9 hours of bonus features, including commentaries and the usual assortment of Appendices - lengthy behind the scenes docs and the like. This does lead me to wonder whether I will ever actually watch the Extended Editions of these films; I'm actually not sure I'll ever sit through The Desolation of Smaug ever again to be honest.
The new edition will be out November 4 and it will cost between 36 and 55 dollars, depending on how deluxe you get.