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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies [DVD]

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  • Actors: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Luke Evans, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen
  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, Italian
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 20 April 2015
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0095HHLMO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The last of three epic instalments in director Peter Jackson's prequel to 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy. Set in Middle-Earth 60 years before events in 'The Lord of the Rings', the story follows the adventures of Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who, at the instigation of the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), suddenly finds himself co-opted into joining a company of 13 Dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) to help reclaim the lost kingdom of the Lonely Mountain from the clutches of Smaug the dragon (voice of Benedict Cumberbatch). In this film, Bilbo, Thorin and the other Dwarves have unintentionally released Smaug from the Lonely Mountain and endangered the residents of Lake-town. Bilbo has to make a difficult decision when Thorin puts his desire to find the royal jewel Arkenstone before his loyalty to his friends. Meanwhile, Gandalf discovers that the evil Sauron has returned, commanding a horde of Orcs to attack the Lonely Mountain. Bilbo and his friends must fight for their survival as five armies meet in battle. The rest of the cast includes Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly and Christopher Lee.

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  • New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth - Part 3
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105 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth on 1 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
So here it is at last – the culmination of Peter Jackson’s love affair with Middle-Earth. From the outset it’s clear that this will be as epic as anything we’ve seen before, and there is certainly no cause for complaint that the money spent on the movie isn’t shown on the screen. The long-awaited battle between Smaug and Bard the Bowman kicks things off – it feels very much like a continuation of previous events, but I can’t imagine anyone watching this won’t have seen the previous two Hobbit movies, so that’s not really a problem. Benedict Cumberbatch’s malevolent dragon is truly fearsome, and sets to the destruction of Lake Town with gay abandon, while Gandalf hangs helplessly caged in Dol Guldur, and Bilbo and his dwarven friends watch the carnage from afar. The movie is primarily about the bewitchment of Thorin Oakenshield however, and as the Arkenstone exerts its ring-of-power-esque nefarious charms on the dwarf king, friends become foes, and it falls to Bilbo to stand up to his growing madness, and rescue the alliance with elf Thranduil before the orc armies can divide and conquer.
There have been criticisms of the splitting of The Hobbit story into three films, however this kept me riveted for the duration, with less filler than you find in the average Hollywood drama and bags more style. When it was all over I felt glad to have been part of a generation for whom a decent cinematic treatment of Tolkein’s (other) magnum opus eventually became a reality, and suffice to say, I will be watching this and the other DVDs for years to come.
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By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 28 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
Warning: May contain plot spoilers for people unfamiliar with the story.

The version I watched was only 2 hours and 10 minutes, a reprieve from the 3 hour marathons of bladder hell and missed scenes. The film picks up right where the other one leaves off, although it would have been nice to have included the last couple of minutes of the second one. After the defeat of the dragon, the film goes into about 40 minutes of badly scripted drama, which included lines used in previous films, making it a bit trite. I was looking forward to the battle which unfortunately consumed most of the remainder of the film. I reached a point I was wishing the battle scene to end, although the title of the film hints at what to expect.

The use of characters not in the book creates some plot continuity issues as well as creating those that weren't. Peter Jackson creates personal drama in the film which was not in the books. His fight scenes which consume much of the film series are typically one line or paragraph in a four volume series. Clearly some aspects of the books have to go like a chapter dedicated to the care and feeding of Shadowfax. Personally in the middle of battle, I don't think that ring would have left my finger.

As far as purchasing, I am a true fan and will patiently wait for all the series to be out on a special edition extended Blu-ray at an outrageous price I won't think about twice.
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I am very grateful to Peter Jackson for bringing Middle Earth to life. However, I truly hope someone produces another film of the Hobbit that is true to the story and spirit of the book, because this film is mostly an indulgence to fans of Tolkien's world who want to spend time in Middle Earth. In short, I agree wholeheartedly with Christopher Tolkien, who is quoted as saying "the commercialisation has reduced the aesthetic and philosophical impact of the creation to nothing".

I enjoyed about 80% of the film, but the other 20% was so absurd and cringeworthy I could only watch through my hands. Below are a few of the more nauseous moments.

*Spoiler Alert*

The slaying of Smaug was infuriating. Bard improvises a bow and uses his son's shoulder to rest the Black Arrow. Horrifyingly cliche, and less believable than the actual existence of Middle Earth. And so unnecessary!

Legolas' fight with Bolg was like a video game.

The entire Battle of the Five Armies was corrupted by new elements injected by Peter Jackson - the siege of Dale, the enormous worm-like creatures, and the trolls. tBoFA is simply on a smaller scale than the Battle of Pelennor Fields, and it felt like Peter Jackson was unwilling to acknowledge that fact. The apocryphal additions took away from the brutal intimacy of the violence, and perverted the beauty of the battle into something bigger but far uglier (the mutation of Elves into Orcs would seem an apposite analogy :) )

Also, I was disappointed that Beorn was reduced to a bit part, when he was the deciding factor in the outcome of the battle. Moreover, explaining Thorin's jealous behaviour as greed and gold-lust, rather than familial pride and honour robbed the story of much of its meaning.
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53 of 71 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Lister on 12 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
What a difference an Extended Edition makes. For the first part we got some jolly embellishment. For The Desolation of Smaug we got bags more depth and character. For The Battle of the Five Armies, it may - I hope - be transformative. Because right now this feels like An Unfinished Journey.

It's as if, after all the complaints about splitting a pamphlet of a novel into three parts, Peter Jackson is playing a joke on us: This is what you get when you ask for Middle-earth-lite. Characters we've come to love or loathe arc into nothing; others (e.g. Beorn and Radagast) are given literally seconds of screentime; and for the first time in this prequel trilogy, a whole chapter (The Return Journey) is pretty much elided entirely.

I'd like to be clear on my admiration for what Peter Jackson has done with The Hobbit so far. For all The Lord of the Rings' mythic grandeur and complex world-building, there's a warm geniality and brisk impetus to these lovingly crafted films. And those qualities are married to a thematic depth missing from its bedtime story source. Home and borders are themes that have run through this trilogy, from Bilbo's (Martin Freeman) heartfelt declaration of solidarity at the end of An Unexpected Journey, to Kili's (Aidan Turner) fevered speech to Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) as she heals his wounds in Desolation, when they realise reconciliation is possible. Heck, I even like the addition of Tauriel - though her unsatisfying conclusion is perhaps typical of a final chapter that too often fails to tie up its loose ends.

The movie kicks off from precisely where the second ended, with the dread dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) descending upon Laketown.
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