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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
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 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

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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11 of 13 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Could do better...... 22 April 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
Not great. I don't remember much of the film that is actually in the book. Also, Legolas isn't a very nice character in this film compared to lotr and the romance/love triangle with him,the female elf and Kili the dwarf is just odd!! The special effects for Smaug are great and he is probably the best character in this film. Thorin Okenshield is such an unlikable person that I'm rooting for the dragon!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Desolation of the Hobbit Franchise? 22 April 2014
By Mr. T. S. James VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
Big Lord of the Rings fan here, read the books, watched the films and was eager to see the Hobbit made into a film. The first film was good, not outstanding but good and stayed more or less faithful to the book in my view. Some criticised it for being childish but then it was originally intended to be a children's book.

Having just watched the second film I have to say that I was a little disappointed :( It seems to be based loosely on the book with a lot of dialogue and events having been made up for what seems to be no purpose at all. I can only think that it's meant to string the movie along so that New Line can cash in on a third instalment, a two parter would have been just fine.

There are so many things I like about the second movie and so many things that I don't, it's a shame really. The big let down for me is Gandalf's continuing quest to find out about the enemy and Peter Jackson's intent on trying to link the Hobbit to the Lord of the Rings set of films. It just doesn't follow for me and for the sake of continuity it doesn't work. Cast your mind back to Fellowship of the Ring and Gandalf had no idea about the return of Sauron and had to go and do a little digging about the ring before coming to that conclusion. Yet in the Hobbit he gets to face the enemy and it leaves little mystery for the later instalments.

And what is it with prequels and wanting to bring back popular characters from a successful trilogy? I thought we'd seen enough of that with Star Wars. I didn't mind the return of Bilbo and Frodo at the beginning of the first film, that setup the opening of the film well and Ian Holm as Bilbo is one of my favourite characters. But why bring back the likes of Legolas when he wasn't even in the book?
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14 of 18 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 64 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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3 of 4 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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