Warner Bros. Pictures have today released the first official footage from their upcoming retail-exclusive motion picture The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Extended Edition via a promotional video. As its name suggests, Desolation - Extended Edition will beef up the running time of the original cut of the second instalment in Peter Jackson's controversial trilogy of Hobbit film adaptations by 25 minutes, bringing the revised running time to a total of over three hours (186 minutes, to be specific).
Those intending to press 'Play' below might first be well advised to level their expectations, since there's little to be gleaned from the clip that can broaden our understanding of the increasingly dense mythology of Middle-Earth to any substantial degree. Regardless, even if it's lacking in purposeful content, the video does maintain the prequel trilogy's tendency to prioritize humorous over dramatically stirring set-pieces, not least as much of its brief play-time is spent depicting Bilbo's somewhat comedic struggle to navigate the not-so-sturdy vines and in doing so avoid the sinister clutches of the mysterious lake which confronts the Company of Dwarves. A potent teaser for the Extended Edition retail re-release this clip mightn't be, yet with extras such as The Appendices - Parts IX and X bringing the running time of the multi-disc set's VAM (Value Added Materials) to more than nine hours, that won't likely deter Hobbit diehards from purchasing the much-vaunted compilation (or the inevitable trilogy of Hobbit Extended Editions which is sure to follow soon after The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies launches).
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Extended Edition will be available in all good DVD and Blu-Ray retailers from November 3rd and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will follow suit by waging war in UK cinemas nationwide this December 12th.