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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [DVD] [2013]

Martin Freeman , Ian McKellen , Peter Jackson    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly
  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 April 2014
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0095HHL1U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2 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

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play. 

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars five stars BUT........ 19 April 2014
Format:Blu-ray
I loved the books... the films are a bit cheesy and way too long but they are brilliant movies ( with the exception maybe of one of the lord of the rings movies ). The criticisms of this film from the poor reviewers are in my opinion not very well judged. This film is too long , does have flaws but at the end of the day this is a CHILDRENS film... however adults would love to get precious about it , it is not a 15 or an 18 , its a 12 , its a CHILDRENS film. So you have to expect things that children like, that is repetitive battles, cheesy dwarves and ludicrous plot holes. Just enjoy the ride is my opinion but allow a whole evening obviously and leave your adult head at the door..... Fantastic HD transfer and audio btw....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why? 19 April 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Having just watched it for the first (and probably last) time I was left asking myself why this film had been made. The only reason can be money. Why make one good film when you can break it up into three parts, spin it out and then sell three DVDs instead of one? I won't repeat the many valid comments already made. Each scene seems to go on and on an....zzzzzzzz. I have not read the books so do not know what liberties have been taken but this film does not seem to have a purpose. It really adds nothing to the overall storyline. What was particularly irritating was the 'end'. I say 'end' but it reminded me of the early tape recorders where you were watching a film and, suddenly, the tape ran out. So far 'The Hobbit' is a poor prequel to The Lord of the Rings. My advice is to save your money and don't bother with this DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good 19 April 2014
Format:Blu-ray
Better than the first film, but not as good as The Lord of the Rings. Visually stunning set pieces and a fun fantasy romp but no real sense of danger as the dwarves bumble from one calamity to the next. Good dragon and fun spiders though.
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8 of 10 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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11 of 14 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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49 of 63 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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just plain awful! 13 April 2014
By AlG
Format:DVD
Watched this the other night and it left me feeling quite angry and very disapointed! Now, Im no Tolkien fanboy, but what Peter Jackson has made here is an embarrassingly god awful film, a total bastardisation of what in my opinion was a pretty decent book. The first film was ok. Nothing special....but this 'new' instalment takes the biscuit.
The low point (one of many, believe me) had to be the 'barrels' scene, that has to be one of the worst bits of cinema I've ever seen in my life. It was hilariously funny for all the wrong reasons. To think that grown adults sat down and thought that was a great idea amazes me quite frankly. Its embarrassingly bad. And it doesn't get any better from then on either. The end of the film is a disjointed mess,the highlight being seeing one of our 'heroes' belly surf on a river of liquid gold no less! Are these dwarves meant to be made of asbestos? Please,for the love of god, there should be some plausibility in every film, yes, even films about elves, dwarves, dragons and wizards. I was half expecting Captain America or a bus load of laser toting aliens to turn up as the implausibility stakes are ramped up to the max here, but hey, with the impossibly nimble,seemingly immortal Legolas et al on hand who needs other random bits of cr*p thrown into the mix anyway? I've totally had it with Peter Jackson and his newest money printing franchise. The LoTR films were good tbf but I wouldn't recommend this rubbish to anyone.
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