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Bilbo Baggins - A Hobbit's Tale [DVD]

Jules Bass , Arthur Rankin Jr    Universal, particularly children   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: UC
  • Studio: River
  • DVD Release Date: 12 May 2008
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AL6ADO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,720 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

From J.R.R. Tolkien's Amazing Tale... The place is Middle Earth. The time is long ago, when humans shared their days with elves, wizards, goblins, hobbit, a roundish , peaceable homebody going on a dangerous quest - even though adventures make hobbits late for dinner! In this enchanting adaptation of the first instalment of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Bilbo the hobbit is asked to recover a fabulous treasure stolen from friendly dwarfs. All he must do is brave dark forests, towering mountains, hobbit-eating trolls, huge spiders, a fiery dragon and more. Fun and amazement await - so join the quest!

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful cartoon, standing loyal to the book. 22 Jan 2011
A very cozy and uplifting cartoon movie. Its very entertaining, and I think the people behind it has made a worthy effort in turning the book into a cartoon movie.

The movie is a fine adaption of the book, standing true to most of the content. Many of the scenes and characters are how I imagined them to be when I first read the book.

What I loved the most about this movie was the music!...It's so peaceful and relaxed. It's one of the main contributors to creating the beautiful Middle-Earth setting. Glenn Yarbrough has a beautiful voice. I listen to "the greatest adventure" and "roads go ever on" several times a week.
The animation is exellent too! considering it's from 1977.

All in all this is a very good cartoon movie that doesn't miss out on too much of the book's elements and I don't think any Tolkien/The Hobbit fan would consider this rubbish. I love it.

Now, Bring on the "real" The Hobbit Movie! December 2012, here we come! and not even the Mayan end of the world can stop me!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dvd 6 Feb 2013
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Good film for my 8 years old Sam to education from hobbits to Lord of the Rings. Will but Lords of the Rings later. The film in good security tight wrapped parcel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great adaptation 25 Mar 2013
By Martin
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This version of The Hobbit is a fantastic watch for all ages. If you do not want to sit through Peter Jackson's long version, this is perfect for you. It is also interesting to see the differences between the films and the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic! 22 Feb 2013
By Ullis
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I really loved this! Perfect for introducing Tolkien to the children, but bare in mind - it is not like a Disney film!
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Back and there again. 13 Jun 2009
By VegaMan
Very poor release. It feel more like pirate DVD. Not a single copyright not even a title on DVD's menu. No extras. No subtitles. Nothing. The only option available is a chapter select here. Poor video quality. The sound is not bad though (kind of remade actually. Some sounds are missing now and some added. Personally I don't feel like it was a good idea but there's nothing dreadful about those changes anyway or maybe I just don't remember how it should really sound in original but I definitely hear some that was added and know there's some missing parts in it). No region protection.

From the other hand the movie itself is an immortal classic and it's one of my favorite adaptations of the original J.R.R.Tolkien's title. Sure it lacks for original storyline style a bit due to adaptation's running time limitations compared to book but it's still great in a matter of adventure spirit and visualisation of the classic novel. It's like it just was simplified a bit but it's still an interesting piece of history of animation and adaptations for good. The music in the movie and the atmosphere of MiddleEarth is just awesome here. So as the animation (considering it's 1977).

Should I mention I want it hard but what I've got with all this quality mentioned above is not enough from what I really expected to see on DVD. And yeah, I disappointed a lot. By release not by the movie!

So here goes the title of my review. I'll go into american amazon store and buy region 1 NTSC DVD release of The Hobbit. At least it has original name on it and I hope it has more then the movie itself with origins unknown.

Thank you for attention. I hope it was kind of helpful to you. And sorry for my english (it's not my native language).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor Sound 16 Aug 2011
By Mickalo
Bought this DVD just a couple of weeks ago.Tried to put it on the other evening and when I did the audio was practically non-existent.A loud buzz just came from the speakers and the music and dialogue could only be heard as a dull obscure noise in the background.Aint gonna post this back to the seller as it cost little to buy,but would certainly not recommend anyone else to buy it as it is a waste of money.If possible,check the quality of this copy before you buy.Hope this helps!!PS Only rating this as one star because I could not leave a rating of 0 stars......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie! 11 Aug 2013
By Stuck
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I got this some months before The Hobbit came in the cinema, so that I was well prepared, while I also have read the book. Three different stories, but this and the book were very similar.

Gandalf is a complete douche, the dragon looks like a goose-cat with wings and the trolls look like weird frogs, but other than that it is a great movie. The theme song to it plays in the background at least once or twice in every scene, it is very addicting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good film 31 July 2013
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Used as a resource by me whilst teaching a year 5 class following a few lessons about the Lord of the rings. Fun to watch.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars never buy from theis person
if you get the real dvd then its worth watching. but this was a very bad copy and bad person to buy from
Published 11 months ago by r c cordiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Bolbo Baggins
I would thoroughly recommend this film, it was excellent, not a word was spoken in my house whilst it was on. I thoroughly recommend it.
Published 14 months ago by C. A. Hopkins
1.0 out of 5 stars poor quality
poorly made version of the tolkein classic , nothing like the well made lord of the rings animated film.
not recommended i would advise to avoid
Published 14 months ago by wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars bilbo baggins - a hobbits tale [dvd]
i choosed this rating cause it was interesting,there was nothing i disliked about this dvd and would recommend to a friend.
Published 16 months ago by lodgey79
1.0 out of 5 stars Comic stuff for kids of all ages. If one happens to like such comics.
Bought as a gift for a fan of the genre......Not my cup of tea, This sort of fantasy fails to impress. although the friend who it was bought for was happy enough.
Published 17 months ago by John D. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars My Precious
Not bad. Quite good. Great for kids to get them into the Tolkien`s works. A must for the younger ones.
Published 17 months ago by JCNJ
3.0 out of 5 stars Good For Nostalgia, But Very Poor Quality
I was so excited to see this. I remember watching it as a little kid and being totally captivated by it. My, how it has aged! Read more
Published 18 months ago by taaj
5.0 out of 5 stars very basic
i first saw this i bought it in the early 1990s in vhs form
luckily i was in the states and played it on my nicam vhs over here it played nstc
tapes, its not... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Cambria
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