The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey 2012

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(2,297) IMDb 8/10
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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
Runtime:
2 hours 42 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

The Hobbit - An Unexpected Journey

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Science Fiction, Action & Adventure
Director Peter Jackson
Starring Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage
Supporting actors Rob Kazinsky, Aidan Turner, Graham Mctavish, John Callen, Stephen Hunter, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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279 of 304 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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309 of 351 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. F. Stevens HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 29 Dec 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Most of us are familiar with the story of the Hobbit, and we are all aware that there are to be three films from Peter Jackson to fill out the story. This first part only takes us up to the awakening of Smaug, but gives graphic detail into the history of the dwarves and the background to their feud with the elves. As with the book the story begins in bright happy colour in the Shire with amazing detail, but the further from the Shire our adventurers travel the greyer and more bleak the landscape and the darker the deeds.

The Az blurb is mostly accurate on what is included in the package. There are two discs for the "3D" (Parts 1 and 2), the third has the 2D version, and the fourth and fifth have all the extras (Appendices Parts 7 and 8). (The Az blurb mentions a leaflet and a DVD, but there was no evidence of these in my Extended Edition Bluray package.)

Part of the reason I bought this extended version with the "3D" Bluray was because I knew Santa was going to give me a Samsung BD-F5500 player to go with our Samsung "3D" "400Hz" TV. All the other "3D" discs we have played so far have all been superb (notably including Avatar and Star Trek). Unfortunately after half an hour of fiddling about trying to improve the settings on TV and player to make the Hobbit at least watch-able we gave up, and told the system to carry on and play the "3D" discs in "2D" instead, and this "2D" was superb with fantastic minute detail.
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57 of 68 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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