The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey 2012

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A band of wandering dwarves shows up one or two at a time. The goal? To hire poor Bilbo for a quest that entails defeating a dragon and recovering a treasure. Along the way there are adventures with trolls and elves and The Battle of Five Armies. But most importantly of all he acquires a peculiar ring that has had and will have a great impact on the future of their world.

Starring:
Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 49 minutes
Starring Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Rob Kazinsky, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton
Director Peter Jackson
Genres Fantasy
Studio WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Rental release 7 June 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 49 minutes
Starring Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Rob Kazinsky, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton
Director Peter Jackson
Genres Fantasy
Studio WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Rental release 7 June 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 49 minutes
Starring Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Rob Kazinsky, Aidan Turner, Graham McTavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton
Director Peter Jackson
Genres Fantasy
Studio WARNER BROS. PICTURES
Rental release 7 June 2013
Main languages English

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263 of 287 people found the following review helpful By J. Blakemore on 17 Nov 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
As usual with my reviews, I will limit my comments to the product advertised, in this case the steel-book limited edition blu-ray of the extended version of The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey. Hopefully helping you to make the decision on whether the extended cut of the film is really worth the expenditure, especially if you, like me, already have the theatrical cut. I will also give you a run-down of all the additional scenes.
The packaging itself is the usual black plastic box sandwiched between metal covers, and in all honesty looks cheep when compared to the extended versions of the original trilogy in their book-style, individually coloured sleeves. Inside are the two-disc 3D version of the film; a single disc containing the extended blu-ray version and two discs containing the appendices which are numbered parts seven and eight, to fall in with the nomenclature of those in the extended version of The Lord Of The Rings, and hints at a box set containing all six films and their appendices in the not too distant future.(No surprise there then).
The quality of the blu-ray, as you'll already know if you have the theatrical version, is second to none, with dazzling colour saturation, perfectly solid blacks and stunning detail, as one would expect from twenty first century high def'. And the additional scenes or partial scenes fit in seamlessly. I can not comment on the effectiveness of the 3D version as I do not have a 3D player and have little love for the medium in any case.
Subtitles are included on the Blu-Ray version, as are various language options which include: French, Italian and Spanish.

The scene-extensions are as follows:(Please read no further if you want it to be a surprise)

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304 of 344 people found the following review helpful By K. Harvey on 28 Oct 2013
Format: Blu-ray
How can there be 1,357 reviews of the Blu-ray extended version of this marvellous film before it has been issued on 13 November 2013?

Really Amazon, we don't need all the reviews from all the other versions of the same title! We need to know by how long the film itself has been extended and the quality of the technical improvements on the original DVD.

I have given this 5-stars only because I don't wish to harm the reputation of a great film but wish to air a weakness in the salesmanship system of this particular company who have the money and the expertise to do far better for the customer.
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55 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Scribbles66 on 15 Nov 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Slight spoiler Alert*

The Box Set consists of 5 Blu-Ray Discs. One and two contain the extended film in 3D, the third contains the extended 2D version of the film and discs four and five, the Appendices parts 7 and 8, extending as they do from the appendices attached to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
So what of the extended version ?.
In truth it falls a little short of what I would term extended, especially when faced with the generously extended LOTR films which added scenes that explained and expanded upon scenes already in those films and made them, in my humble opinion, far superior to their theatrical cuts.
Here, a measly 13 minutes consists of scenes that add little and are, in one or two instances, gratuitous. The two "Singing" scenes, particularly that involving the Goblin King are neither here nor there but the scenes in Hobbiton and Rivendell, whilst adding little to the overall story do not seem out of place. In this case its a toss up as to which version (theatrical or extended) I prefer but I opt for the extended on the basis that the longer the better when it comes to Peter Jacksons fabulous world.

Of course the box set is more than just the film itself and the appendices, running for almost 9 hours, are to be treasured and enjoyed. The whole "making of" is fascinating with everything covered from make up, set design, sound, cinematography and the actors themselves.Its what adds to the whole 5 star experience.

So, leaving the value of the extended version aside, what minor niggles do I have ?.

Two actually, one very minor and one that annoys me.

The first is the first appearance of Gandalf at Hobbiton.
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Format: DVD
I've watched the extended cut twice and after this latest viewing I've decided I freakin' love it. I don't understand the naysayers' argument that 'he's stretched a short book to three films just top cash in yada yada... of course they have. Film companies want to make as much money as they can. But if the films are as well crafted as Peter Jackson's vision of Middle Earth then frankly, so what? I'd be happy if they made fifty films. I could lose myself in Middle Earth forever quite honestly, it's better than the ridiculous world in which we live. So I say huzzah for a bit of complete escapism and don't care how long it is or how much artistic license they've taken with the source material. Which is a point worth noting: instead of bleating on about how different they are to the books, why not just appreciate them on their own merits? As films. Imagine if Tolkien had never written his books and that these films were written purely for screen, like Star Wars? They'd be lauded as fantasy masterpieces (which to be fair the LoTR trilogy is anyway). 90% of the 'non book' content in this film is taken from Tolkien source material. It fits. It enriches. It expands the universe and deepens the story. If that's slightly at the expense of in-depth character development, so what? Have you read much Tolkien? He wasn't one for deep character development in the first place.

I'm a huge Tolkien fan. I read my dog eared edition of Rings decades before it was trendy to do so. I have all the appendices and more obscure fables. I love it. But I also love the films. Legolas and 'Tauriel' in Desolation - deus ex machina you say? Always popping up to save the dwarves who are seemingly incapable of saving themselves? Yeah... bit lame, but so what. I was still entertained and enthralled.

So there.
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