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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005MP59
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,987 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mike London on 2 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
This video is a good adaptiation of J. R. R. Tolkien's classic children's novel. There are many positive things to it. Yet there are also some negative aspects to it, because, after all, it is a human production.
The positive is it introduces the story to an audience that might not pick up a book, or people who have never heard of Tolkien (imagine that!). I can honestly say this movie is responsible for getting me into Tolkien. We had Disney, and I watched this and the sequel (Return of the King), although I remembered this the most. When I saw the book at a flea market back when I was 12 or 13, I bought it (I am now 20). Had it not been for this movie, I might have passed that book bye. Therefore, I'm heavily indebted to this movie, because it is responsible for my discovery of Tolkien. The animation, espically that of The Shire, is true to the stories. The depiction of Gollum is espically good, and that whole sequence is very well down. The animators and cast really capture the spirit of what Tolkien was trying to do. Gandalf is always a a delight. The dragon is magnificent (although they erroneously pronounce "Smaug" like the pollution "smog"). Much of the animation seems like pictures straight from Tolkien's sketch book.

The negative, although it is not surprising, tho' still disappointing, is they cut things out. The entire sequence with Beorn is cut out. It would have been very interesting to see him in this version. The elves do not have that `high elvish beauty' that so permeates THE LORD OF THE RINGS, and, to a lesser extent, THE HOBBIT. They are quite attrocious to look at. Strangely, they fit in well with the scenery and the animation style, but to the story it contradicts it. Some things are rushed over, most notable the episode with the Trolls.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arch Stanton on 30 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
Anyone who didn't see this movie as a child is likely to have a different reaction to this film. It is really rather cheesy and has some odd quirks. Whether you find them charming or not will likely depend on how old you were when you first saw it. I was fortunate enough to see it as a kid so I love it. A few of the oddities: When characters die they get a shocked expression and then twirl around into the distance. There is no blood and no body. The characters are very over-dramatic and make load pronouncements. They also include a great deal of singing, both songs of Tolkien's making and of their own.

The main characters are quite distinctive and memorable. Bilbo is played to perfection by Orson Bean. He's a quiet man who often narrates his own story. He sounds suitably stick-in-the-mud. His character design is unusual and he looks very distinctive from the dwarves. He's rather soft and circular while they're blocky and angular. Gandalf is played by the great John Huston. I know him as a director but he has a wonderfully commanding voice. His Gandalf is actually a little too powerful. When you see him in The Return of the King you realize that while it works perfectly for the Hobbit it limits him greatly in the other books. He can disappear at will, basically teleports from one place to another, and can apparently summon the sun. He's beyond danger. He seems to know exactly what's going to happen in the future including the nature of the ring. It fits well here like I said, and that's what's important. The other film isn't even worth seeing. Thorin is wonderfully confident and proud. All the dwarves have deep and somewhat unusual voices.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
Fan opinions are divided on Peter Jackson's three-part adaptation of "The Hobbit" -- some people love it despite its deviations, some don't.

But one thing is sure: it's a more exciting experience than the old 1970s animated version of Tolkien's classic novel. This is an odd piece -- in some ways, it does follow Tolkien's book fairly faithfully, complete with some of Tolkien's songs interspersed through the narrative. However, the voice acting tends to be awkward, the animation is weird and the elves... the elves look like they just stepped off a spaceship.

Bilbo Baggins is a mild-mannered little hobbit living unobtrusively in Bag End, a conventional hobbit-hole in the comfortably boring Shire. His life is abruptly turned upside-down when the mysterious wizard Gandalf arrives, along with thirteen dwarves (who proceed to take over Bilbo's home). That evening, they reveal their reason for coming: They are seeking a "burglar" to help them retake back Lonely Mountain, a dwarf stronghold taken over by the dragon Smaug.

Whether he likes it or not, Bilbo soon ends up the burglar, and is dragged into elf palaces, goblin traps and even a fateful meeting with the grotesque froglike Gollum. The dangerous road ahead of him draws out reserves of courage and intelligence that few knew he had -- but the greatest danger comes not only from Smaug, but from the armies that congregate near his mountain.

This is only a moderately faithful adaptation of Tolkien's original book -- most of the essentials are here, but quite a few chunks are missing, including and any dwarves or elves other than Elrond, the Elf-King and the thirteen guys following Bilbo.
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