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68 of 78 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2014
This is a far better extended edition then an unexpected journey's one.
Firstly, the design of the box is much better. The golden writing on the front is shiny rather then plain and the detail on the front and back pictures are good. When you take off the sleeve, there are some good pictures of the map of Erebor and Bilbo, Smaug and the Arkenstone.
Secondly, the extended scenes are worth nearly 27 minutes. AUJ's extended scenes were a mere 13 minutes that did not change the story whatsoever. The best scenes are perhaps the longest. After waking up at Beorn's house, Gandalf and Bilbo introduce themselves to Beorn and the dwarves follow in paris. This is a great scene because in the theatrical cut there was too little of Beorn. The next scene i loved was of more Mirkwood. Here we see the Company crossing the bridge and Thorin trying to kill a deer. The third and probably the best scene that was new is Gandalf meeting thrain (Thorin's dad) in Dol Goldur. Some of the scenes in the theatrical cut of Dol Goldur just had Gandalf, here you have Gandalf and thrain. This is emotional particularly when the scene ends.
Thirdly, the extras are even better. Nine hours of fun film making with some scenes devoted to the Battle of the Five Armies film.
In total, this is an extended edition fit to match the first two lord of the rings extended editions.
BTW, parents dont be pertubed by the 15 rating this has been given. The film itself is a 12 as it says on the actual disc and it is one of the appendices that has a 15 on the disc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 2015
Admittedly better than the first film, and the first hour or so it had me thinking, Yes, Jacko's still got the magic. But once the company got to the Mountain it seriously started to drag and I found myself nodding off. Too much dialogue between the dragon and the hobbit, and then the dragon and the dwarves, too much pointless fire-breathing and chasing around - it all looked manufactured to fill an hour of screen time. The very acting started to look not only unconvincing, but absurd. I wanted to give this 4 or 5 stars, and would have but for the last hour.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2015
Not as extended as I had hoped. Extra scenes with Beorn the bear man are good and give his character a fairer screen time but other than that I was diappointed. I had hoped to see more of the Elven KIng's realm.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I'm Not writing my review on the movie itself as this is a more personal taste and by now when you buy this you should know whether it's a good or bad movie...I'm reviewing the disc itself and performance....The picture quality was top notch and pin sharp and the soundstaging and steering first class and if you have a sound surround system you will enjoy this very much...It came with the usual UV copy to download...I can reccomend this movie for sound and vision...Cheers
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 March 2015
Though an improvement on the 1st film, it still doesn't grab you like the LOTR did, think this is to do with the fact it's all so familiar now and lost that awe factor.
More entertaining than the last one but still has too many unnecessary characters and a pointless diversion.
Doesn't take away the excellent directing and acting and overall look of the film but
fingers crossed for part 3 - think this would have worked better as 2 films though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 December 2014
Great book, film been dragged out just a little bit too much
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Having read the book I have to admit that this movie is overblown and far too long. I usually don't have a problem if movies alter things from their original source, indeed sometimes it can improve the story. But 'The Desolation Of Smaug' adds way too much needless stuff especially the frankly daft scenes involving Legolas and his ridiculous acrobatic heroics. The script is a bit corny too and I can't honestly say the acting was fantastic. I did think that Ken Stott (Balin), Luke Evans (Bard) and Martin Freeman (Bilbo) did well in their roles and were standouts.

The book 'The Hobbit' is great and this movie just has too much added on, in fact it became boring until it picked up towards the end. In my opinion Peter Jackson should have just made the story into two movies, that would have been ample. It's OK as an action flick but not great when compared to the book.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2014
This was a good movie, but it wasn't The Hobbit. When movie adaptations are made of books it's fine to change or add a little to make it work on the screen, this instalment of the series went too far. The Hobbit was a good story and The Lord of the rings was a fantasy epic. In trying to stretch the Hobbit into the epic that would justify three films they have had to change and add too much to keep the essence of the book. It would have been far better had they just left the book to be adapted more faithfully and written something completely unrelated. Jackson and his team write and make great movies and would have made a better choice in just starting with a blank slate and doing something new.
If you are unfamiliar with the book then you will enjoy this movie, if you loved the book you will be left feeling unfulfilled and unsettled by it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Just as Tolkien's books set in Middle Earth defined the modern fantasy genre in literature, these wonderful epic film adaptations of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings have set the bar for fantasy films. This extended edition DVD is worth the money. If you liked the cinema version of the film, 25 minutes of extra material just enhances the pleasure. There's some good stuff added here too; the reappearance of Thorin's long lost father, which helps flesh out the backstory, a longer scene between Kili and Tauriel which means their relationship makes a little more sense, and an expanded version of the journey through Mirkwood. I felt that all of the additional material added to the overall story, and as with the Lord of the Rings extended editions I preferred this to the cinema cut. It also makes it more of a treat at first viewing - almost like watching a new film rather than one you've seen already. Yes, it does make it longer, but I don't mind that - and it's spread over two DVDs which means there's a natural break in the middle, and I usually watch it in two parts.

As well as the extended film itself, there are a wealth of extras that will keep the geek in you happy for a very long time - nine hours in fact. There is a director's commentary - which is genuinely interesting and insightful - and then lots of 'making of' features. With a filming process as lengthy and involved as the one behind this film, this can't fail to be fascinating. The lengths that the team went to in order to make this the best film they could are quite remarkable and makes you watch it again with new eyes. It also helps you spot little details you may have missed.

If you love these films and want to immerse yourselves in them, this DVD is essential. And even if you just like the film without being an ardent fan, I'd suggest buying this over the standard version, for the sake of the extended film in itself. You don't have to watch the features, and I feel the film alone is worth the money. But the features are good too.
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