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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack) (2014)

Ian McKellen , Martin Freeman , Peter Jackson  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,854 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom
  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Writers: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Guillermo Del Toro, Philippa Boyens
  • Producers: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Carolynne Cunningham, Alan Horn, Ken Kamins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Ultraviolet, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2014
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: April 8, 2016 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 161 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,854 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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1,946 of 2,117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Desolation of Smaug: One Tolkienian's Perspective February 26, 2014
I have read absolutely everything that JRR Tolkien has ever written, and consider myself a Tolkien fanatic. This is my perspective on The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. Please stick with me to the end, and I'll try not to lose you. Let's begin. So...if The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was Peter Jackson giving the purists their dues with a relatively straightforward and book-faithful film, then THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG is Peter Jackson saying: "You've had your fun. Now stand back and watch what I can do."

And the ride he takes us on is absolutely exhilarating. SMAUG is darker, moodier, and more mature than any Middle Earth film we've seen thus far. Evil hangs over our heroes like a black pall (literally). Beset on all sides by revenge-seeking orcs, wargs, terrifying spiders, pale creepy-crawlies, double-crossing elves, treacherous humans, a growing Evil in a ruined Elvish citadel, and a huge, vain, fire-breathing dragon...both the heroes and the audience are plunged into a terrifyingly new world. And there's a lot of new stuff to feast your eyes on along the way.

Castwise, Tauriel is a welcome female addition to the gang, played with charisma and spunk by Evangeline Lilly. Lee Pace's regal and scheming elf-king Thranduil is absolutely astounding, delivering a tour-de-force in a few minutes of screentime. Luke Evans could not be better as Bard, simultaneously grim and noble. But of course, the real draw here is Benedict Cumberbatch, wearing two very villainous hats.
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363 of 414 people found the following review helpful
First off, I have no trouble admitting this movie is not perfect: I think the editing could have been tighter; I would have preferred a bit more focus on Bilbo's part of the story; and the filmmakers' determination to ignore all laws of physics, (especially in the 'molten gold' sequence), is truly impressive.

So, now that that's out of the way: I ADORED this film! Flaws and all, I loved it, and after watching three times in theater, found I only loved it more.

Yes, it strays from the book, and embellishes the story left and right; the thing is, those embellishments come from Jackson and co.'s deep love of the material, and their desire to spend just as long in Middle-earth as they possibly can. They LOVE this world, and it shows. They want to show us everything, and bring to life details the books only hinted at. Even when they make choices I wouldn't have made, I'm grateful to them for bringing this world to life so richly.

The cast is uniformly stellar. Martin Freeman, in particular, IS Bilbo Baggins, and every moment he's onscreen is a joy. I was one of those who initially doubted Richard Armitage could pull off Thorin, (so much older in the books), but he has won me over completely. I've really come to love all the dwarves, in fact, and to appreciate them as individual characters, which is frankly something the book never actually managed. (Special shout-out here for James Nesbitt, who's charm as Bofur never fails to make me grin!)

And then there's Tauriel, played be Evangeline Lilly. Her character was controversial, but why? No, Tauriel was not in the book.
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275 of 332 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Installment 2 Illustrates Old Adage January 5, 2014
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is an excellent, fast paced, action packed film that was absolutely fabulous eye candy in IMAX 3D; and yet Peter Jackson still takes time to deliver excellent character development and back story, which was well appreciated by this viewer even if some of the story line is original to Jackson's movie. This installment is also more reminiscent of Jackson's LOTR trilogy with the welcome return of the elves as a major part of the story line. I can highly recommend the second film to anyone who appreciates Jackson's deferential approach to Tolkien. However after reading perhaps the hundredth review from fellow readers who still appear not to have noticed, I feel compelled also to point out that all movies based on books are highly abridged versions of the original literary work. The old adage "a picture is worth a thousand words" should be instantly apparent as the reason for this difference before the opening credits are finished rolling. As vastly different art forms books and movies are by necessity presented in a way that will best connect with their particular audience; so why incessantly complain that there are differences between them? In the Desolation of Smaug the art of effective movie making is once again aptly illustrated by Jackson and underscored by Philipa's skillful transformation of the book into a screen play that can still do J.R.R. Tolkien's vision justice. And when a few frames of a movie can chew through twenty or more pages of a book, deviations from the original source material are to be expected in order to maintain pacing and give certain characters enough dialogue to cast leading actors of the caliber required for such an epic film. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome movie, and fantastic in 3D
Published 10 hours ago by PixlPshr
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie. kinda sucks there is a cliff hanger ...
Good movie. kinda sucks there is a cliff hanger a the end, but it is a 3 part series, so its to be expected
Published 12 hours ago by Bloomy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this film
Published 19 hours ago by Richard Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Can't wait for the next one
Published 23 hours ago by The bull
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a pretty good movie
This is a pretty good movie, if one judges a movie by special effects, amounts of action that keep the story moving, and so on. It bears virtually no relation to the book, however. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Patrick S. Fodor
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I really wanted to like this more, but the gratuitous Legolas scenes got to be downright annoying.
Published 1 day ago by Pepper Hollingsworth
1.0 out of 5 stars Skip it !
Boring !!! Hated it ! Save your money ,Yawn !!!
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars My late husband and our "new-readers" children enjoyed the Tolkien...
My late husband and our "new-readers" children enjoyed the Tolkien books around the fireplace in the winter when they were little in the 70s and we'd thrill to the idea of... Read more
Published 1 day ago by LadyShopper
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Met my Hobbit fix.
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Possible Extended Edition Release?
Very likely. I can assume they will release the extended cut but they wouldn't advertise it this early. I'm not going to buy Desolation of Smaug right now because I'm going to wait for the extended cut. Honestly, I think the extended cuts of Lord of the Rings and Hobbit are much better than the... Read More
Mar 1, 2014 by Harris Banneck |  See all 15 posts
Why buy from Amazon and wait two days til delivery..
Amazon offers release day delivery.
Apr 5, 2014 by M. Graham |  See all 3 posts
widescreen or fullscreen?
Widescreen. The only movies that come out in full screen anymore are much older movies that were filmed that way in the olden days. For example, films from the 40's.
May 17, 2014 by Lotte |  See all 2 posts
What audio languages are included in the blu ray?
I have the same question, and what about subtitles?
8 days ago by Bernardino Figueredo Gimenez |  See all 2 posts
19.96 at wlmart
Another instance where Amazon failed to price match. No more pre-orders for me......
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Why exclude iTunes from the digital download? Be the first to reply
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