Director Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth for the first of his three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's 1937 novel. Sixty years before "The Lord of the Rings," Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) is recruited by the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) to join a band of dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on a quest to reclaim their kingdom, leading the young hobbit to the acquisition of a "precious" magical relic. With Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, and Andy Serkis as Gollum. This three-disc set features the expanded version, with 13 extra minutes of footage newly incorporated into the film, plus hours of special behind-the-scenes features, including "New Zealand: Home of Middle-Earth," "The Company of Thorin," "The Songs of 'The Hobbit'," and more. 182 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English; audio commentary by Peter Jackson, others; featurettes.