If you’ve been waiting for a butt-numbingly long chance to catch the extended versions of all three Hobbit films on the big screen, you’re in luck.
Far Away Entertainment has announced plans to bring the extended editions of all three Hobbit films to theaters this October, as (basically) one last big-screen hurrah before the series is permanently returned to Blu-ray collections. The extended edition of the final film in the trilogy is set to hit home release in early November.
We’d expect some additional information in the coming weeks in regard to participating theaters and the exact schedule. It seems we may get some monster marathons with all three films consecutively, plus some screening broken up night by night for each film. Smart move, which should be accessible to hardcore and more casual fans.
The Lord of the Rings trilogy was long, but that’s understandable — it was adapting a dense trilogy of films. The Hobbit trilogy doesn’t have the same excuse, though Peter Jackson somehow had enough content left over to create extended cuts of each film. Look, we love hanging out in Middle-earth as much as the next geek, but it’s hard to argue the Hobbit trilogy was up to the same creative quality as Lord of the Rings.
Will a longer cut of the saga really make it a better moviegoing experience? For fans who just want more, then certainly, this will be a geeky fun way to get the full show. Assuming you can survive, at least. Hey, I sat through the Ultimate Marvel Movie Marathon — making it through these ultra-long engagements is no easy task. If nothing else, this’ll certainly add to Smaug’s coffers.
In case you’re wondering, the entire extended trilogy would take just over nine hours to digest in one sitting. So, yeah, good luck!