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
Runtime:
2 hours, 42 minutes

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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
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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342 of 372 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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335 of 384 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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Format: DVD
Oh dear! I loved the book on which this film (& 2 others) have been based - I have seen the first two. I was introduced to it aged about 8 and that is its target demographic; sub-teen. There is also enough in the original tale to keep adults reading it as a primer for the Lord of the Rings. But it is just that; a relatively short, engaging story for children. This travesty isn't even close to capturing that essence.

There is material for 1 film in the original. That is being stretched to breaking point even in this first instalment of 3, for goodness' sake; the second does fail almost entirely to stick to the plot. Elements from the appendices to LotR are included & entire sections of both films' narrative are not even in those, let alone Tolkien's manuscript. Even Thorin's motivation, being in the book to restore his heritage, is given a whole different twist, that of gold for gold's sake.

So what are we to conclude? Peter Jackson wasn't content to rest on his laurels or even to deign to consider treating a much-loved classic with some respect. Instead, we are presented with 'LotR lite' in direction, style and execution. The whole filming of the Hobbit project turned into an ego-trip for Mr J. Both his lack of imagination and inability to move on from his great success, are pitiful. The results are simply not worthy of your time. I won't be wasting mine on part 3.
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Format: DVD
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” comes across as an extended piece of LOTR (Peter Jackson version) fan fiction. The characters are essentially the same, so are the situations. Both the good, the bad and the ugly from the original LOTR films has been included: the heroism of warriors, the loyalty of Hobbits, the supernatural wizards, the evil orcs and the comic relief which often borders the ridiculous (think dwarfs in Bilbo's cabin or Radagast's rabbits from Rhosgobel). The combination of all these elements strikes me as somewhat weird! The plot is strikingly similar to the first LOTR film, with the main characters forming a brotherhood, visiting Rivendell, and being chased by evil creatures both above and below ground. Although I'm finally starting to like the LOTR concept, I'm honestly not sure what to do with this particular little detour through Middle Earth, so I tentatively give it three stars. Funny detail: when “The Hobbit” was recently shown on Swedish TV, the translation was based on ke Ohlmarks' ditto, which both J R R Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien and their loyal brotherhood of fanatical Swedish fans loved to hate. Ha ha ha, it seems “The Necromancer” has returned…
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig Paardekooper on 1 April 2015
Format: Amazon Instant Video
The Hobbit has been reduced to an "action movie" where fight scenes trump the creation of atmosphere. Such a shame. I really believe that Peter Jackson has failed to identify the essence of the Hobbit, and opted for a crass superficial interpretation more suited to those of low IQ. A literary work of art has been reduced to a slasher movie.
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