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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 (172 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 (172 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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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
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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 Better than the first one 17 April 2014
By CC26
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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. The most amazing thing is Benedict Cumberbatch who is the voice of Smaug. He is creepy and egotistical and very scary. It is perfect casting not since Andy Serkis's Golem have I believed so much in an animated character. The CGI is fabulous but we expect that from Jackson now and he never fails us. The elves in this part of the tale are not the elves of The Lord of the Rings Lee Pace as Thranduil is fabulous he plays the xenophobic mercurial despot to the very edge of over acting but still manages to pull it back so it is believable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 17 April 2014
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Better than the first film - good special effects and action scenes. Great cliffhanger at the end! Cannot wait for number 3.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Getting there 17 April 2014
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Continued excellence 13 April 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars If it ain't broke don't fix it. 10 April 2014
By fix
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 24 minutes 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 28 minutes ago by Cbm Sharp
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 12 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 12 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 13 hours ago by PurpleGhost25175
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent production
The only gripe I have with this film is the strange place they stopped it, just to make sure they can make another with the rest of the story. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by Les London
5.0 out of 5 stars pure. Entertainment
As usual Peter Jackson made superb effort on this the 2nd film although poetic license by him on this film might annoy the purest amongst us. Read more
Published 16 hours ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film but!!
As a movie I really enjoyed this. However as previously mentioned in other reviews very overly stretched out. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Paulkn
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Film
Really good film, better than the first hobbit, lots of action and suspense. Very gripping! Can't wait to see the last!
Published 20 hours ago by Sabine1992
3.0 out of 5 stars An opportunity missed.
Hollywood at its worst unfortunately. One of the greatest stories ruined due to a thin script being over stretched. Read more
Published 21 hours ago by AT62
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