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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
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (928 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (928 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0095HHL1U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31 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...

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- New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth Part 2
- Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug: Trailer 1
- Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug: Trailer 2

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Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars “Are we there yet?” 5 Jun 2014
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
It is a long time since I read any of Tolkien’s books, and I came to this having watched the first film, as well as the sequel Lord of the Rings trilogy. If, as with any film, you disregard the original source material and treat it on its own merits, then this is a very good sequel to the first film. The story, expanded in places, but still in keeping with the spirit of the original story, if not the fine detail – I’m sure I remember the Goblins as being less monstrous in the written version – takes us through Mirkwood, on to the Lake village, and finally into Dwarf city ‘under the mountain’. Meanwhile, Gandalf has gone off to investigate the tombs of the Nazgul, and to look into Dol Guldur, where a Shadow is walking…

This is a fast-moving adventure, despite being over two and a half hours long. I kept checking the elapsed time, just in case I was approaching a cliffhanger, only to find there was much more time to go. Note that the end credits take up ten minutes, so adjust your expectations accordingly. It really is an epic story told in an epic way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Laura Hartley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Although An Unexpected Journey was a very impressive film, I still firmly believe that The Lord of the Rings trilogy is much better, despite the fact that it was made over ten years prior to The Hobbit and with the release of the second instalment of The Hobbit, I still stand by that. Although perhaps more visually impressive, the use of computer generated effects is also much more obvious and things are less 'real' than in Lord of the Rings. What I do love about this, however, is the vibrancy that these effects bring to the film. Both The Desolation of Smaug and An Unexpected Journey are such colourful and vibrant films and this really stands out to me. Whether the scenes are full of dark magic, Smaug's orange fire or the green Shire the picture on screen always looks incredible. It's so nice to see familiar places from The Lord of the Rings trilogy made even more impressive by the use of modern technology, in addition to the fact that The Hobbit is set before LoTR thus these places are much 'younger' in this story anyway.

In term's of plot, being the middle instalment I feel that this film was much more developed that An Unexpected Journey which did much for setting up the world of The Hobbit but not much for developing the plot. Of course, the big plot point that is introduced in this film is Smaug himself, a fearsome dragon who sleeps on a bed of Dwarf gold. The voice of Smaug is absolutely perfect, giving off an incredibly dangerous and evil feel and every time Smaug spoke it sent shivers down my spine. Benedict Cumberbatch has proved that even when you can't see him on screen, he's still incredibly talented.
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2 of 2 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, But Spread Thinly Again 10 Aug 2014
Format:DVD
Kinda caught between 2 & 3 stars as yes, as many reviews have already said, unlike Lord of the Rings, which spreads nicely into a trilogy, this is a shorter book & is thus being spread a little thin in each film. While this is far more energetic than the 1st film & less talky, it does go on. Not only is this book spread across 3 films rather unnecessarily, the films themselves are long too. The effects and visuals are great, but it's all a bit inferior to the magnificent Lord of the Rings trilogy. And be prepared, the final scenes with the dragon just go on forever & ever & ever to the point of wanting to fast-forward.
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4.0 out of 5 stars HOBBIT - SMAUG DVD
THIS IS A LONG FILM, WITH GREAT ACTING AND PICTURES. WITH THE USUAL OPEN ENDING AFTER 161 MINUTES ! NOT ONE FOR THE YOUNG KIDS, AS THERE ARE SCARY BADDIES AND LOTS OF SEVERED... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars really good film and special effects
Yep, we had seen the film at the cinema, and wanted to watch at our own pace, really good film and special effects. Martin was good as wee.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [DVD] [2013]
great film
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The product was as described and arrived when they said it would
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
enjoyed this movie
Published 1 day ago by ROBERT MILLAR
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Great!!
Published 1 day ago by Mr. Kenneth Otoole
5.0 out of 5 stars No Desolation here
What can one say? A feast for the eyes. The classy acting of Sir Ian and co, the wonderful backdrop of 'Middle Earth'. My only complaint ... Read more
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