Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Extended Edition) [Blu-ray]
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|Genre||Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure|
|Format||Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Box set, NTSC|
|Contributor||Guillermo del Toro, Carolyn Blackwood, Jed Brophy, James Nesbitt, Philippa Boyens, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Fran Walsh, Stephen Hunter, Lawrence Makoare, Evangeline Lilly, John Bell, Martin Freeman, Toby Emmerich, Manu Bennett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Alan Horn, Orlando Bloom, Carolynne Cunningham, Mark Hadlow, J.R.R. Tolkien, Sylvester McCoy, Peter Jackson, Adam Brown, William Kircher, Dean O'Gorman, Aidan Turner, Ken Stott, Ken Kamins, Mikael Persbrandt, Zane Weiner, Lee Pace, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Graham McTavish See more|
|Runtime||3 hours and 6 minutes|
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition (3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray) THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES as Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf and 13 Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, journey to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. As they head East, they encounter the skin-changer Beorn and giant spiders in the treacherous forest, Mirkwood. Escaping capture by Wood-elves, they travel to Lake-town and finally the Lonely Mountain, where they face their greatest danger – a terrifying creature that will test their courage, their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself – the Dragon Smaug.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition (3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray)
THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES as Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf and 13 Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, journey to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. As they head East, they encounter the skin-changer Beorn and giant spiders in the treacherous forest, Mirkwood. Escaping capture by Wood-elves, they travel to Lake-town and finally the Lonely Mountain, where they face their greatest danger – a terrifying creature that will test their courage, their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself – the Dragon Smaug.]]>
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 8.8 Ounces
- Item model number : NEWL1000492139TD
- Director : Peter Jackson
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Box set, NTSC
- Run time : 3 hours and 6 minutes
- Release date : November 4, 2014
- Actors : Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly
- Producers : Peter Jackson, Alan Horn, Fran Walsh, Toby Emmerich, Zane Weiner
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B00MG4X9X8
- Writers : Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo del Toro, Peter Jackson
- Number of discs : 5
- Best Sellers Rank: #104,857 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- #7,223 in Action & Adventure Blu-ray Discs
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Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2020
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The parts that are faithful to the book are beautifully realized, and the invented portions are consistent and entertaining. As a lifelong fan of this series and all of it's attendant media, I couldn't have asked for a better representation of what my imagination has been conjuring all these years.
But, also just like with An Unexpected Journey, a lot of assumptions have been made, and elements have been added to the story-line that are there purely for adding time to the movie and making sure 'The Hobbit' trilogy has enough material to span 3 long movies again.
In 'An Unexpected Journey' this has been done especially to bring back (or rather, introduce) characters from the Lord of the Rings trilogy and make sure 'The Hobbit' creates the right foundation for the storyline to come. In 'The Desaulation of Smaug' characters have been added and situations have been thought up that could, and maybe, should have been left out. I love Evangeline Lilly as an actress, and here again she does a wonderful job, but being very familiar with the story - this part felt a bit unnecessary.
But, as you might have noticed, without hesitation I give this movie 5 stars. It is still a darn good movie. And the acting is so well done again. I have to also highlight the role of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins; he acts the whole trilogy with such devotion, the awkwardness and humility that you really root for the guy.
This is the part of the trilogy that has something for every fantasy fan: Dwarves, Elves, monsters, spiders, magic, evil and a very talkative dragon. What is there not to love?
Stunning special effects.
True to the original main theme/plot of the book.
Great character depth.
Amazing work/detail done for bringing Middle Earth to life as described in the text of "The Hobbit".
Legolas was never in the original Hobbit text, yet plays an important side role in the movie.
The entire barrel riding scene with the Orcs attacking was never in the book (exciting to watch though).
The female Elf and Dwarf relationship was never in the book (interesting side story though).
The major threat/army in the book were Goblins not Orcs.
The Pale Orc was mentioned in the Lord of the Rings book trilogy, but never participated in the events of the Hobbit storyline.
Contrary to the movie, Bjorn is not the last "Skin Changer" to exist in Middle Earth.
According to the movie there's already a relationship between Smaug and Sauron, this was not true in the book.
I could go on with more inconsistencies and deviations from the book. But I understand why all of these changes were made. The original Hobbit text has some very dry/boring moments that would kill the interest for most viewers if a direct text to screen movie was made. I don't agree with all the changes rolled out, but as a whole I believe this 3-part movie franchise is still fantastic. A lot of character depth was added in areas where it didn't exist before(in the original book) and the adventure has become far more exciting and wondrous.
I am an avid fan of all the Tolkien books and reread them every few years. I'd read The Hobbit again before the first movie came out and I have to say I liked Peter Jackson's interpretation of the book almost better than the book. I think this is one time that artistic license was welcome.
The only downside to this DVD was that I opted to get the movie with the extra features and I wish I hadn't. I only made it through about an hour of the feature and it was basically about the creation of Smaug which is great because you get to see how they ended up with the final version but it just sort of droned on and on and on. I'll be skipping that from now on. I think it's a one shot thing, you watch it once and you're good.
Otherwise, I recommend this version and I look forward to the Five Armies coming out in an extended version.