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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2013] [Region Free]

Martin Freeman , Ian McKellen , Peter Jackson    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly
  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: English, Dutch, French, Italian
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 April 2014
  • Run Time: 161 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0095HHMO6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The second of three epic instalments in director Peter Jackson's blockbuster 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, while Gandalf heads south on his own, Bilbo, Thorin and the Dwarves enter the treacherous Mirkwood Forest on their way to the mountain. When they reach Lake-town Bilbo will have to perform the role he was assigned at the start of the quest - to find a secret door that will lead him to the lair of the dragon...

Extra Content
- New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth Part 2
- Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug: Trailer 1
- Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug: Trailer 2
- Live Event: In the Cutting Room
- Production Video 11: Introduction to Pick-Ups Shooting
- Production Video 12: Recap of Pick-Ups, Part 1
- Production Video 13: Recap of Pick-Ups Part 2
- Production Video 14: Music Scoring-Scoring the Desolation of Smaug in Wellington
- Peter Jackson invites you to the set
- Lego Hobbit Game Trailer
- Kingdoms of Middle Earth Trailer
- Ed Sheeran - I See Fire Music Video

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Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play. 

Please note the UV copy is only compatible in participating regions, please visit the UV website for full details. 

 

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company continues East, encountering along the way the skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant Spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all-a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself - the Dragon Smaug.

Actors Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Aiden Turner, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sylvester McCoy & Stephen Fry
Director Peter Jackson
Year 2013
Languages English



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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If it ain't broke don't fix it. 10 April 2014
By fix
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
It is undoubtedly a good film, but for a hobbit fan like me I just can't understand what all the changes to the plot were for, because they only detract from the overall enjoyability of the experience. If it ain't broke don't fix it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not as good as LOTR (so far) 18 April 2014
By M. C Coulson VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I finally got round to watching The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on Blu-Ray having missed it during its theatrical release.

I loved the LOTR trilogy and when each film was released, they became event films where we as a family went to see them. Peter Jackson cleverly nipped and tucked a mammoth book (or three if you want to be smart) and turned it into three great films which still look good today.

For me, the same can't be said for the two Hobbit films so far. A short children's book has been padded out to a bloated epic of elephantine proportions with British thesps wearing silly hats, wigs and prosthetics walking in single file and intoning about the son of this and the hat of so and do. They brought back Legolas, who appeared to have eaten one pie too many and added a Kick Ass female Elf, but apart from that you didn't really have anyone to cheer for except the bloody dwarves. I lost track of which dwarf was who and my mind began to wander. That's Grumpy isn't it..oh it's the one out of Being Human..and the bloke from Murphy's Law..oh blimey is that really Ken Stott? Martin Freeman didn't have much to do apart from look confused. Maybe he was trying to work out who the dwarves were..or perhaps he was missing Dawn or maybe Sherlock. He did get to meet Sherlock eventually in the form of Smaug the Dragon (for about an hour of interminable roaring) and then it finished abruptly.

Much fuss has been made of the fact that both movies were filmed in Super HD 48 frames per second. In the first one it looked so clean that it resembled an on-set video report while on the second, they worked on it so everything looked fake and like a high end computer game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the first instalment 17 April 2014
By SpecialOrder937 TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
This second instalment of The Hobbit trilogy takes even more liberties with Tolkien's work than the first - adding in a female Elf not in the book and bringing back Legolas from The Lord of the Rings - but the result is a much more cohesive and entertaining film than An Unexpected Journey. I doubt it's much of a spoiler to state that, despite the film's title, there isn't much fiery "desolation" caused by the dragon Smaug, and certainly no desolation of Lake-town. Even so, you can see why the film-makers did this: the way it's left really primes the audience for the final instalment.

Overall, The Desolation of Smaug is hugely enjoyable. Unlike the first instalment, I found that I wanted to watch it again as soon as it had finished - a rare feat for any film, let alone the middle episode of an undeniably bloated, effects-laden adaptation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I AM FIRE.... I AM DEATH!!!! 18 April 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Did not rate this highly in the theatre compared to the first one. Then I bought the dvd and well... i have been convinced that this is is a good film and the blu ray is good quality. i cannot say much about the film but I have to say Peter Jackson is doing a fine job. in terms of picture quality it is great and would say 8.5 out 10. i did have some glitches so not sure whether the lag had anything to do with my blu ray player. on second run it played well. The sound is also good but when i compare it to my best blu ray dvd (blade runner 30th annivesary), i rate this one on 9/10 compared to the Blade Runner blu ray.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OK but not brilliant 17 April 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
Generally follows the book but doesn't come across nearly as well - maybe because I read the book 45 years ago.
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49 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
This film is largely criticised for not being true to the books etc, as I'm sure you are aware. However one thing that cannot be ignored is the fact that this is a GREAT film.

Some have criticised the Lord of the Rings trilogy for focussing so much on epic movie making, the story was neglected. However with the Hobbit, the best of both worlds has been achieved.

I went to see this film, and it has got to be one of the best movie experiences I've ever had. There's comedy, action, and the spectacular non-CGI scenery thats typical of Peter Jackson. The first film was perhaps a bit slow to start, but after watching this sequel, you'll forgive the filmmakers, as from the moment you see the words 'The Hobbit', the action starts.

Buy, watch, and enjoy!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I liked this second part of "Hobbit" film trilogy, even if the changes made to the original story become here as large and sometimes as vicious and destructive as Smaug the Magnificent. Below, more of my impressions, with some SPOILERS, which I tried to keep to strict minimum.

First, the good stuff:

1) Visually this film is breath-taking! Mirkwood, Dol Guldur, Erebor, and of course Smaug - pure perfection. Creatures were also very well made, with the attercops (ettercaps) from Mirkwood and Bolg, son of Azog being the most impressive.

2) The excellent casting. Not one mistake, and that includes Evangeline Lilly, who did a great job even if her controversial character Tauriel shouldn't be here at all... (see below). Special acclamation for Stephen Fry as Master of Lake-town of Esgaroth

3) Acoustics and music. Flawless.

4) Certain (but not all - see below) changes and additions to the story were well done and are very welcome, even if they take really big liberties with Tolkien's lore. Amongst them my favourites are the dark tombs in high mountains of Rhudaur and the long sequence in which Gandalf finally discovers who EXACTLY is the master of the "abandoned" fortress of Dol Guldur. I also rather liked the glimpse into the background of Elvish king Thranduil, as it explains why is he such an a-hole...

5) Some of most humorous action scenes. I liked the deliberately over the top character of some of the stunts during supposedly very dramatic fights - it very pleasantly reminds of the lighter tone of "Hobbit" as compared with the much more serious, darker and violent "Lord of the Rings".

6) Some insight into Orcs minds, especially when one of them, made prisoner by Elves, is interrogated...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:Review
Overly long but still extremely enjoyable.Be prepared for exceptionally beautiful (holiday broshure for New Zealand) epic panning shots. Read more
Published 5 hours ago by R.Mash
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug
Being a Lord of The Rings Fan, I was eagerly awaiting the release of this movie. I had seen the first Hobbit film and enjoyed it and was not disappointed by this, the second part... Read more
Published 6 hours ago by pixiestix
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I'm a massive fan of Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit and once again wasn't disappointed. Non stop all the way through. Can't wait until Dec for 3rd part.
Published 11 hours ago by Rache20
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Martin Freeman, Bennedict Cumberbatch, Richard Armatage, Sir Ian McKellan. Wizards, hobbits, elves and dwarves-need I say any more. Amazing !!!!!!!!!!
Published 20 hours ago by L. J. Lawson
4.0 out of 5 stars the second part
These films are simply brilliant and a must see for anybody wishing to escape into a world of adventure for a few hrs. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing!!
I never really was a massive fan of Lord of the rings but I definitely felt this was extremely good and considering it has one of my favourite characters (Legolas) :)
Published 1 day ago by will
2.0 out of 5 stars Artistic Licence Should Be Revoked.
Ok, yes it is a good film, it is entertaining and the CGI is top of it's game, but.........

Being a Tolkien fan means you love the books and knowing the books means any... Read more
Published 1 day ago by W. R. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Rather good interpretation with excellent central performance
In the well established Tolkien/New Zealand format the picture was good to look at and the story well conveyed. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Antresor
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first one
Martin Freeman really comes into Bilbo in this film. That made it far more enjoyable for me. The cast of Dwarves also gel brilliantly and Ken Stott is fabulous. Read more
Published 1 day ago by CC26
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