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5.0 out of 5 stars Jackson does it again, 2 May 2013
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This review is from: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Many wondered how Jackson could possibly extract three films from the one book, but this first of the trilogy firmly establishes Jackson as a master craftsman.

Many purists might carp at what they view as 'extras' inserted to give the film greater length but in fact Jackson has used the appendices from the original Lord of the Rings book to add weight to the current offering. In this way, he's cunningly given us more of Tolkien, and not simply tried to make the existing translation longer.

Minutiae apart, comparisons with the original LOTR will be inevitable, and the return to Hobbiton is every bit as exciting as in the original. Freeman has captured the role of Bilbo beautifully; his typically understated acting is complemented perfectly by McKellan's larger than life wizard and - as the film progresses - much of the fun lies in spotting old friends as we meet them in the various locations throughout Middle Earth. There are changes in both the scale and scope of the locations, with many providing far greater detail than we remember, and the look of some places is more threatening - if that were possible - than in the original films.

But the end result is a triumph of film making and story telling and, with the first film already having taken more than $1bn it seems many are already convinced. Certainly worth getting, although Jackson will probably release the 'director's cut' at some point, but this production is a wonderful start for the collection.
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Initial post: 8 May 2013 16:57:49 BDT
G. Robinson says:
I've never met anyone who has read the appendicies. If these back stories were really relevent and important they would have been in the book. Tolkein understood that less is often more, unlike Jackson and Co.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2013 10:06:28 BDT
DS9 says:
It's always possible to argue the relevance of aspects of a writer's output, or to come up with reasons why something wasn't included in the original, but the simple fact is that Jackson has skilfully introduced material which is relevant to Middle Earth in the film, and I believe it's better for that.
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