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The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug - Limited Edition Steelbook [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2013] [Region Free]

Martin Freeman , Ian McKellen , Andrew Lesnie    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
Price: 20.50 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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Product details

  • Actors: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly
  • Directors: Andrew Lesnie
  • Producers: Howard Shore, Carolynne Cunningham, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Italian, Chinese
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 April 2014
  • Run Time: 161 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IIVLUL6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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
Presented in 3D
-The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Teaser Trailer
-The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Theatrical Trailer
-The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Teaser Trailer
-The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Theatrical Trailer
Presented in 2D
- 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

Synopsis

The hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf and 13 dwarfs, led by Thorin Oakenshield, continue their journey to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Along the way, they encounter the skin-changer Beorn; giant Spiders of Mirkwood; Wood-elves led by Legolas, Tauriel and King Thranduil; and a mysterious Man named Bard, who smuggles them into Lake-town. Finally reaching the Lonely Mountain, they face their greatest danger--the Dragon Smaug.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Artistic Licence Should Be Revoked. 17 April 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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 film adaption should be true to them.
Firstly, yes 3 films for Lord of the Rings because it was a trilogy. The Hobbit could have been stretched to 2 but going for 3 is ONLY and excuse to get more money out of the public, no other reason.
This film has been stretched too far and Peter Jackson has taken liberties with the book - they are so obvious i'm not going to list them here.
Making a good film of the book would have been enough, adding your own interpretations, padding etc is an insult.
Very, very disappointed.
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1 of 1 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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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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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The padding is really starting to show... 13 April 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I've been an avid fan of Tolkien's books for about 45 years now. I was apprehensive when I first heard that Peter Jackson was making a film trilogy of the Ring books, but on the whole my fears proved groundless and I think he did a very creditable job with them. So much so that I have all the Director's cut DVDs and they stand up well to repeated viewing. Then I heard he was doing the Hobbit...

Well many others have already made the point here and elsewhere that they had grave doubts about him spinning it out over three films, and I had the same doubts. Unlike LoTR however this time my fears have proved well grounded. I didn't really enjoy the first part. I found it unimaginatively scripted and directed with the dwarves being reduced to little more than a Disneyfied comic turn rather than being the weary, weather stained outcasts and nomads they were meant to be. Even Ian McKellan's turn as Gandalf lacked the necessary gravitas of the Ring films. The first instalment was only saved by Martin Freeman's excellent turn as Bilbo, plus of course Andy Serkis ending the film on a high note as Gollum.

But at least the meddling with the original story line was kept to a minimum and the padding out seemed less noticeable to me.

This second part however is a different matter. Great liberties have been taken with Tolkien's source material. A major character (Tauriel) has been introduced that didn't even exist in the book and appears to have been brought in simply to add a "love interest" story within a story. Legolas (who didn't appear in the book either) has been ridiculously pimped up to almost make him some kind of invincible superhero - so much so that it's hardly worth the Orcs turning up to the fight as they seemingly present no real threat whatsoever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Continued excellence 13 April 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
Fantastic continuation of the saga of our decade.. Finally long awesome films you can loose yourself and time in!! Brilliant
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5.0 out of 5 stars Movie Download 12 April 2014
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First time using Amazon Prime. Would recommend the service to others, although perhaps more time could be allowed to finish watching the video. 2 days may not be enough - perhaps 7 is more realistic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic 9 April 2014
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Thoroughly enjoyed this film, so much better than the first installment. Can't wait for the next installment now! See it now, you won't be disappointed!
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5 of 7 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 2 hours ago by will
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 2 hours 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 3 hours ago by CC26
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps a rare case of loving this film AND the book!
Reading some of the negative reviews for this film I had to consider if I was actually watching the same one. Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Max
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy this, you can have mine!
Well, I hate to admit this but having watched it last night, I whole heartedly agree with S. Green's review! Read more
Published 3 hours ago by Cbm Sharp
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Better than the first film - good special effects and action scenes. Great cliffhanger at the end! Cannot wait for number 3.
Published 5 hours ago by Miss Raquel Myers
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting there
Much better than the 1st film, really did enjoy it. Actually looking forward to the 3rd part. Definitely worth a watch if you like this kind of thing.
Published 6 hours ago by P. S. Haynes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, and great timing!!
I will not divulge into the series that this dvd is following, I'm sure I would bore you with it and perhaps spoil for some. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by Jamie Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Amazing film shown to great advantage in 3D with excellent picture quality with no juddering. 3D production excellent with various things appearing to be jutting out of the... Read more
Published 15 hours ago by wicket2005
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
I have to say The Hobbit is one of my favourite books of all time. This movie is very well made though there should have been more speaking parts for all of the Dwarves, Would have... Read more
Published 16 hours ago by PurpleGhost25175
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