Well, I saw the film, and I enjoyed it. There are characters who don’t appear in LOTR that don’t really have resolutions to their stories, so I regretted that a little, but maybe the extended edition will touch on that. Also, I feel the film lacks the punch of Revenge of the Sith and Return of the King, which really are great finales, but “Battle” doesn’t disappoint. Lots of it is straight from the book, and it’s quite fun to see pure Tolkien on the big screen. I’d say the characters the film focuses on in order are: Thorin, Bilbo, Bard, Gandalf, Azog and Thranduil, with the rest (including Legolas, Tauriel, and Bolg) getting less screen-time. The story is a bit drawn out, but there aren’t too many slow spots. Billy Boyd’s closing number is very pretty and a nice way to end this second journey.
Still, I miss that high from seeing The Return of the King for the first time and kind of wish this was more in the ballpark. At least I have LOTR on Blu-ray so I can reminisce. And when I watch both trilogies back to back, it will all end with ROTK.
So this is quite the exciting week, since the extended edition of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug came out on Blu-ray and DVD and there’s a new trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
I just watched DOS EE and thought it was great. The most notable additions focus on Thrain, and and while I think it was wise to exclude them from the theatrical cut, it’s good to have them in the extended edition. It’s nice to fill in that space between Thror and Thorin.
The trailer for the next film is pretty standard stuff, but there’s no reason for Warner Bros. to reinvent the wheel.
My newest book is available for Kindle and Nook! It’s all about The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies. Find out more (and read a sample chapter) at TheOneRing.net.
Well, here it is. They used Billy Boyd’s song from The Return of the King, which is a good choice. Overall, a good tease:
The third Hobbit movie has a new name: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Personally, I always thought “There and Back Again” was a little silly as a title for one of the movies (it works better as a title for the entire adventure, and even then Tolkien only throws it in there as a joke) and I’m surprised it took them this long to change it – but pleased. I think we can say that by and large, they hit a home-run in naming all three films.
I’m still working on settling in my new house and also have a Hobbit book project in the pipeline for later this year – so I apologize for not being very active here!
We’ve been asked at TheOneRing.net to avoid showing this leaked photo of Beorn from the upcoming Hobbit movie. But this ain’t TheOneRing.net, so here you go:
From my good friend Larry at TheOneRing.net:
Fans anxious for word on the “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition,” can officially check off calendar dates. Warner Bros. has released the dates when it will release what is expected to be a monster in home video sales. In the U.S. Tuesday, Nov., 5 is the street date available for the film with its 13 extra minutes of footage edited and scored directly into the film. That means customers can walk in and buy it off the shelf or, as more often is the case with big title releases, look for it from home delivery after buying it online or pick it up from the outlet where they have placed a pre-order. Those purchasing a digital download can have it much sooner, October 22nd (likely a world-wide availability date.) International street dates vary, but it is believed Nov. 4 is the date for the U.K.
U.S. consumers will have three options with different suggest retails price:
* 5-disc Blu-ray 3D set ($54.98) (includes a non-3D Blu-ray version)
* 3-disc Blu-ray ($35.99)
* 5-disc DVD ($34.99)
In a press release from Warner Bros., Peter Jackson said of the new edition:
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