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Hobbit 2: The Desolation of Smaug [Blu-ray] [Import]
- The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (Blu-ray)
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (Blu-ray)
And so we enter the middle section of Peter Jackson's massive Hobbit trilogy, carved from the single slim volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's original adventure tale. Reluctant hobbit hero Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman, just right) is trekking away with his dwarf colleagues, all headed to the treasure-laden mountain where the mighty fire-breathing dragon Smaug resides. This being a Jacksonian roller-coaster ride, we've first got to travel through the mysterious Mirkwood forest (where giant spiders await--yipes) and then escape from a castle where the elf ruler (Lee Pace) and his son Legolas (Orlando Bloom) view the dwarfs skeptically. Jackson also invents a character here, a female elf-archer (Evangeline Lilly), a rather welcome addition of female kick-assery. The escape in oaken casks down a raging river is literally a barrel of fun--blink and you've missed three sight gags. The wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) is unfortunately elsewhere for much of the film, although of course McKellen delivers ominous one-liners like nobody's business. There's a general sense of place-holding, and the cliffhanger ending leaves no doubt that The Hobbit is meant to be seen as one long movie, with Smaug barely working as a stand-alone. And what about Smaug, that digital dragon who slithers around atop a mountain of gold coins and jewels? Benedict Cumberbatch provides the voice, and he sure does talk a lot (the film in general is quite the gabfest). Confirmed fans will have no problem with the movie's flaws (and at least the juvenile humor of An Unexpected Journey is held at bay here), although non-Tolkienites will likely be puzzled at why it's taking so long to go there and back again. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an alternate Blu-ray edition.
Top Customer Reviews
It was interesting to see Legolas (Orlando Bloom) in this film as it establishes his relationship with the dwarfs to create better story continuity. At the same time the continuity is lost as we never have that scene in LOTR when Legolas says to Gimli, "Hey, I met your father." Radagast (Sylvester McCoy) once again appears in the Hobbit, a wizard cut out of LOTR for "brevity." If only we could go back and film it all over.
The film ends at an awkward point. Most people I have talked to claimed this was better than the first installment with more action. I will admit I enjoyed the first feature better, and of all the 5 films released to date, I would rate this as the weakest. Still, if you are going to see the third film, you pretty much need to see this one in spite on any shortcomings. Yes, the weakest of the five, I still loved and rated 5 stars.
Now for the movie..WOW ! I can't find enough amazing words for it ! It turned me into a drooling geek :-) I didn't want it to end and the 3D in this movie ... out of my whole movie collection the BEST one so far! I couldn't stop grinning ear to ear while watching it. The depth of the 3D really helped me immerse myself into the scenes. The extended footage blended in so well and I would never want to waste my time with the non extended version !
Included in this set is also the extended version with the film makers commentary and a segment called "New Zealand: Home Of The Middle-Earth part 2" If you get the time watch it! You wont regret it. Also part 9 of the appendices INTO THE WILDERLAND - The Chronicles Of The Hobbit- Part 2 which features cast and crew sharing their experiences and stories during the making of the movie. Disc 5 has The Appendices Part 10 THE JOURNEY TO EREBOR giving you a glimpse at how things went from concept to creation showing off the high frame-rate 3D technology.
This 5 disc set has me geeking out so much ..I really can't say enough about it!
If you have the ability to play a 3D movie then don't hesitate on buying this one ! It truly is a MUST for our collection !
The 3D version of The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition comes with a sturdy, attractive slipcover lightly textured to simulate leather and a lenticular image of Smaug. The five BD-50 discs are housed inside a black, eco-elite keepcase with a middle panel that holds two discs on either side. The 3D version occupies two separate discs, while the 2D version is on one disc. There are two blu-ray discs for Special Features: The Appendices Part 9 and Part 10.
The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.40:1 encode. It was filmed entirely on a Red Epic Camera System, using the high frame rate of 48fps and thankfully, it translates well to the traditional frame rate of 24fps on blu-ray. The overall presentation is consistently detailed and razor sharp, exposing the tiniest flaw and imperfection in the clothing, armor, buildings and various weapons seen throughout. Individual hairs are distinct, and the textures of the fabric in the costumes are very well-defined and lifelike. Facial complexions are highly revealing as well, showing every wrinkle and pore in the faces of the cast. (4.5/5)
The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug 3D arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 MVC 1080p 2.40:1 encode. All the positive attributes in the 2D version are present. The picture is stunning and dazzling. Background activity and information pushes deep into the screen, which pull viewers into this adventure with superb dimensionality and separation, creating a wonderfully immersive viewing experience. Aside from a few minor gimmick shots, the 3D picture is all about a sense of realism. This is a reference 3D presentation. (5/5)
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