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Village Roadshow Set Australian Blu-ray Release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Australian Blu-ray release of The Hobbit to reach stores on May 1st

By Ben Gourlay on Mar 12, 2013 07:58 pm CDT - 0 mins, 54 secs reading time

Fresh from crossing the $1 billion worldwide box office mark, Village Roadshow Australia have officially set the Blu-ray and DVD release of 2012's Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for May 1st. This comes five weeks after the U.S. release of the film from Warner Home Video.


To be released in three variants; a standard DVD, two disc Blu-ray and three disc 3D Blu-ray, all versions will be the first Australian discs to come with the Ultraviolet digital rights system which has been employed in the United States for some time, allowing for format agnostic playback on multiple devices, including set top media players, tablets, phones and computers.

Based on the much loved book by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey split critics on release, with many disenfranchised with the 48 fps visuals. My review for the film can be found here.

The film's middle sequel The Desolation of Smaug has been set for this December. The trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey can be viewed below.

Ben Gourlay


Ben is based in Australia and has been writing entertainment based news and reviews since 2002 and for TweakTown since 2007. A student of film, Ben brings a wide understanding of the medium to the latest happenings in entertainment circles and the latest blockbuster theatrical reviews.

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