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The Dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf have successfully escaped the Misty Mountains, and Bilbo has gained the One Ring. They all continue their journey to get the Dwarves' gold back from the Dragon, Smaug.

Starring:
Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 41 minutes
Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Christopher Lee, Richard Armitage
Director Peter Jackson
Genres Fantasy
Rental release 6 June 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 41 minutes
Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Christopher Lee, Richard Armitage
Director Peter Jackson
Genres Fantasy
Rental release 6 June 2014
Main languages English
Dubbing Italian, Chinese
Subtitles English, Italian, Chinese
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 41 minutes
Starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Christopher Lee, Richard Armitage
Director Peter Jackson
Genres Fantasy
Rental release 6 June 2014
Main languages English
Dubbing Italian, Chinese
Subtitles English, Italian, Chinese
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Dec 2013
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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 5 Jun 2014
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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70 of 92 people found the following review helpful By willcarne on 17 Mar 2014
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 22 people found the following review helpful By Rt Giles on 10 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
Why all the fuss about not following the story 100% ?

Most of the important parts of the story are here plus ALOT of bits that are only referenced in the appendixes of LOTR's. As a massive Rings and Hobbit fan (both books and films) I love Peter jackson's adaptations. Of course there are elements that are not in the book but isn't that artistic licence? If he made a mess off all the previous films I could understand people kicking off about the changes but to be honest, all the films (including this one) to date have been outstanding quality both as adaptations and as films. The attention to detail is phenomenal. People have done the same with George R.R Martins song of fire and ice series (which I have read and seen) and I feel people just want to kick off because they feel they have to because they have read the books, as long as it is done well what's the issue?!
Yes the film could have been made n two parts but I love Peter Jackson's films so I'm happy to sit through 9 hours or so as it is entertaining and isn't that what films are about???!!!!!
People should stop fussing, just because they have read the books doesn't give them license pick holes in a fantastic film trilogy/ series. But I guess you will never please everyone!
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By Ado58 on 12 May 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have always enjoyed Tolkien's The Hobbit and Peter Jackson's films are so like the books. I was however taken aback by the abrupt ending to this film. Grrrr now I have to wait for Part 3.....I want the next film NOW!!!
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