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Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [Blu-ray] [Import]

Martin Freeman , Ian McKellen , Peter Jackson    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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A fellow named Bilbo Baggins lives in the Shire--but perhaps you've made his acquaintance already? If you're familiar with J.R.R. Tolkien's epic Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the films that Peter Jackson wrought from them, of course you have. And here is Bilbo, played again by Ian Holm, shuffling about his hobbit hole and recalling a grand adventure from his past, when he left the Shire with a wizard and some dwarves and found a certain ring and a very peculiar creature named Gollum. This is The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which Jackson and his LOTR crew have expanded on from Tolkien's 1937 novel. And boy, have they expanded: this 169-minute escapade is merely the first of three separate movies made from that one book, and it gets the young Bilbo (played by Martin Freeman) only a little ways into his grand trek. Many loud, garish battles and chases fill the time, along with some (it pains one to say it) fairly tedious adolescent-level humor. Jackson tends to dally with scenes that might have been more effective in half the time, and the bumptious dwarves are some of the least charming characters in the Tolkieniad. Thank goodness, there's Gollum (played, as before, by the digitally transformed Andy Serkis), who shares a riddle-trading scene with Bilbo that sends genuine shivers up the spine. Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf, and a few other LOTR folk make cameos, but the more An Unexpected Journey goes on, the less you sense the magic afoot. Despite the fun moments, this feels like a prologue for the actual movie, which is still to come. (Originally released on many screens in 3-D, the film was also showcased in some theaters in a pioneering format that increased the clarity of the image--or made it look like a soap opera, depending on your receptiveness to the flat, frictionless technology.) --Robert Horton

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first chapter in Peter Jackson’s new epic trilogy set in Middle-Earth 60 years before J.R.R. Toklien’s The Lord of the Rings saga. Follow Bilbo Baggins as he’s swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them through treacherous lands swarming with Trolls, Goblins, Orcs and deadly Wargs. They must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature Gollum who will change his life forever. Alone with Gollum on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers guile and courage that surprise him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities, tied to the fate of all Middle-Earth. Several key talent members from The Lord of the Rings trilogy reprise their roles, along with exciting new cast members.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful

This Extended Edition of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey finally arrives on blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.40:1 encode. Filmed entirely on a Red Epic camera system, this transfer is pristine and images are razor-sharp, like every leaf in treetops, every blade of grass and every pebble on the road with resounding clarity. The costumes of each character shows every thread and stitching with extraordinary definition, and individual hairs in the beards are very distinct. Close-ups reveal pores, wrinkles and negligible blemishes with lifelike textures. This transfer also displays a dazzlingly bold and colourful palette, even if the cinematography seems to favour the teal & orange aesthetic. Primaries are richly saturated and animated while a healthy assortment of secondary hues fills the screen with warmth and energy. A crisp, brilliant contrast allows for extraordinary visibility in the distance, exposing the tiniest objects in the background and the fine lines of various rock formations scattered throughout the New Zealand landscape. Black levels are true and inky, penetrating deep into the screen with luxurious gradations, while shadow details remain plain and sharply delineated. (5/5)


Peter Jackson's return to Middle-earth comes with a DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless mix is reference quality with a mid-range that is amazingly extensive and broad, exhibiting the smallest detail with superb, crystal-clear clarity. The tiny pops and sizzles of crackling fire are perfectly audible, and distant, individual droplets of water while in Gollum's cave crash unto rocks with accurate, realistic definition.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Longer cut, less pacing. Nov. 29 2013
By Simon Bergeron TOP 1000 REVIEWER
When The Lord of the Rings extended editions came out, the added minutes were most welcome. Besides, Tolkien wrote the books with these details in mind. And that's the problem with The Hobbit: Most of the details are merely glimpsed at. It was Jackson and company who ultimately decided on the dialogs (when none was available), gave character designs and such. The main problem is that it makes The Hobbit feel like a rehash of The Lord of the Rings (Fellowship) on many occasions, but with far less charm than what was intended. Peter Jackson's direction seems to be on automatic pilot and it does feel like Guillermo Del Toro would have been a better choice of a director.

It's nevertheless fun to be back to Middle-Earth and enjoy seeing a younger Bilbo Baggins and seeing such fresh new designs on dwarves when Gimli seemed to have firmly established the look and talk. Special effects are aplenty here so eye candy is there at all turns. But the main feast remains (to me at least) the "Riddles in the Dark" section where Bilbo meets Gollum, whose antics and reactions are as simple, complex, enjoyable and hateful at the same time. Another great painstaking work has been done to put much plot devices to hint at things to come in Lord of the Rings, and so characters and dialogs that didn't happen in the original novel are here to convey it all. Christopher Lee (92 years of age at time of writing this) is still giving his all to the portrayal of Saruman.

As this is a Peter Jackson special edition, much has been given to the buyer. Over 9 hours of un-rehashed special features await and no one is coy about what happened when Del Toro decided to quit, how long it took, the struggles during production.
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89 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There WILL be an extended edition of this movie! Feb. 8 2013
By Kevin Deluca TOP 500 REVIEWER
I want to keep this brief...

I saw the movie with my wife, we both liked it, and like many others we did think it went a little on the long side.

That being said, you should be aware before ordering this movie that there is an extended version of the movie planned for release in late 2013 on time to promote the theatrical release of the 2nd Hobbit movie.

Will an extended version of a movie many thought was too long be an improvement? I don't have an answer to that question, but I personally plan to hold out and wait for the extended edition to see for myself.

Update, August 3, 2013: The extended version is now available for pre-order!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystical and Adventurous Journey Dec 15 2012
By Stella Carrier TOP 100 REVIEWER
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is a unique film that appears to obviously stir the concept of benevolent forces colliding with malevolent elements. "Ian Mckellen" returns in the pivotal role of Gandalf the Grey. He persuasively plays the wizard who strives to foster unity among Bilbo Baggins and the company of dwarves. Cate Blanchett (Elizabeth, Ponyo,Hanna) and Hugo Weaving (the Matrix films, Captain America, Cloud Atlas) also play important roles with the characters of Galadriel and Elrond. The artistic detail of the orcs and goblins are done in a one of a kind fashion, but I admit that they also remind me a little of some of the villain characters from my husband's World of Warcraft computer game. Many of the characters played an integral part to the plot of this film. However, two of my personal favorite characters were that of Bilbo Baggins (played by Martin Freeman) and Thorin Oakenshield (played by Richard Armitage). They both seem to be two sides of the same spiritual coin and challenge each other in way that brings out their spiritual growth. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is great for those who enjoyed any of the Lord Rings trilogies or like fantasy movies.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sad disappointment
My expectations for the Hobbit were high following Peter Jackson's wonderful presentation of Lord of the Rings, which was undoubtedly a truly awesome achievement both in terms of... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Ben Oboe
5.0 out of 5 stars Un must
Le Seigneur des Anneaux et Le Hobbit sont des chefs-d'oeuvre épiques autant du côté visuel que de l'action et de l'histoire.
Published 10 days ago by sunsuperman
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you!
It's always a pleasure to preorder a series lower than the market! The quality was really great and the shipping really fast.

Thank you again!
Published 11 days ago by Chuck
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought this for the special features - was NOT disappointed!
I bought this extended edition of the Hobbit for the main purpose of watching the special features. Because to me, the making of the movies is just as interesting, if not more so,... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Michael Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie
Stuck to the story line very well from the book. I hope the next movie is just as well done as this one was. Waiting patiently for it on DVD
Published 21 days ago by suzanne burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome way to start a trilogy!
I haven't had a chance to see this in 3d yet but the blue-ray edition was terrific, now just to get my Oppo 3D player...
Published 21 days ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth waiting for.
Disk2 of special features & 18 blogs by Peter Jackson were even better than the movie, with expanations & visual photo shots of New Zealand.
Published 24 days ago by Marion G. Craig
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic
This classic story is part one of where it all began. (Why didn't they make this movie before The Lord of the Rings trilogy?). Read more
Published 24 days ago by Sandy S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Epic
Can't go wrong with a Peter Jackson movie, who delivers the same sort of Lord of the Rings style to the precursor book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Deborah Quaile
3.0 out of 5 stars I made a mistake
I had thought I ordered the complete 3 volume set of The Hobbit but I got just the first volume. It was my mistake the other volumes are not even available at this time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jdf
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