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The Hobbit (1977)

Orson Bean , John Huston , Arthur Rankin Jr. , Jules Bass  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (708 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Orson Bean, John Huston, Brother Theodore, Cyril Ritchard, Richard Boone
  • Directors: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass
  • Writers: J.R.R. Tolkien, Romeo Muller
  • Producers: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass, Masaki Īzuka
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2001
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (708 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005MP59
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,504 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hobbit" on IMDb

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A wonderous animated version of J.R.R. Tolkein's classic about the magical world of Middle Earth and the adventures of lovable Bilbo Baggins. Featuring the voices of Orson Bean and John Huston. Year: 1977 Director: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr. Starring: Orson Bean, John Huston

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85 of 89 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Missing sounds... how annoying October 4, 2001
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For the first time in my life, I wish I had a VHS copy even with the DVD released. I first noticed a problem when the first spider dies in the movie, and there is no vortex sound effect. Then the entire scene in Lake Town is... muted. The arrows are silenced, the dragon roars as a mouse, and the fire, it crackles as a loud annoyance. I wish I had read the reviews online prior to purchasing, now I am stuck with a poor quality DVD. I will be buying the VHS shortly.
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344 of 383 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS DVD!!! September 18, 2001
I have grown up with this story of The Hobbit, its one of my favorites. I have always had this movie in my collection and know the lines by heart. I have bought this DVD and the DVD stinks! Warner Brothers ruined this story on DVD. How? The sound was re-mastered for the DVD and there are sound effects MISSING! They used an old copy of the soundtrack that was used on a four record set that issued in 1978. If you want the complete soundtrack I recomend you buy the VHS tape. (The older the copy the better) They have also added new sound effects and lines that are NOT in the the original soundtrack! There are also problems with their DVD's of The Lord of the Rings and The Return of the King. (See my reviews for those DVDs under there listings) If Waner Brothers really cares they will re-issue These 3 DVDs after correcting their problems. ~Rob~
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy. July 22, 2014
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My rating here reflects two things: the quality of the movie (which I would give four stars even after I took off my nostalgia blinders), and the new DVD reissue (one star).

The new DVD is just an exercise in frustration for those of us that waited years for it to happen. I should have been more wary when they unveiled the horrible kiddy-oriented cover online. Granted, this is a kids' movie, but the funky art style is a big part of the draw; the horrible rendering on the cover (that looks nothing like the movie) was just a bad move. Clean up a still from the movie itself and you'd have a much better cover than this.

But that's a minor quibble. The big sticking point for me is that I don't know what is so remastered or deluxe here. The print looks the same as the previous DVD. And worse - far worse really, and the reason I'm writing this at all - the infamous missing sound effects are still missing. It just goes to show that the people putting this out have no interest in or love for the project at all - just the money it will generate. So once again, spiders die in curiously quiet ways, swords and arrows fly without making a sound, and in many crucial moments that I remember from repeated viewings in my childhood, the only sound effect you can hear now is the cash register chiming.

I'll be returning my copy. Hope I've saved you the trouble of having to do so, too.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars wonderful movie, flawed DVD October 6, 2002
While the picture quality excells, several audio tracks are inexplicably missing. I even dug out my VHS copy and compared the two, and sure enough, there are several places in which there are missing sound effects! I can't explain it, but someone must have accidentally tossed an audio track in the bin as they remastered the sound. This DVD doesn't give me reason enough to get rid of my old VHS copy. Your best bet would be to comb online auctions or browse pawn shops for an original video release.
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81 of 93 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Here down in the valley November 22, 2001
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Currently Peter Jackson's adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's first novel, "The Hobbit" is mired down in pre-production problems. But while you wait for Middle-Earth to come to life on the silver screen, it's worth checking out Rankin-Bass' "The Hobbit," an animated kids' movie that is a fairly pleasant, moderately faithful adaptation.

Bilbo Baggins is a mild-mannered little hobbit living unobtrusively in Bag End, a conventional hobbit-hole in the comfortably boring Shire. His life is abruptly turned upside-down when the mysterious wizard Gandalf arrives, along with thirteen dwarves (who proceed to take over Bilbo's home). That evening, they reveal their reason for coming: They are seeking a "burglar" to help them retake back Lonely Mountain, a dwarf stronghold taken over by the dragon Smaug.

Whether he likes it or not, Bilbo soon ends up the burglar, and is dragged into elf palaces, goblin traps and even a fateful meeting with the grotesque froglike Gollum. The dangerous road ahead of him draws out reserves of courage and intelligence that few knew he had -- but the greatest danger comes not only from Smaug, but from the armies that congregate near his mountain.

First off: This is only a moderately faithful adaptation of Tolkien's books -- most of the essentials are here, but quite a few things are missing, including any dwarves or elves other than Elrond and the thirteen guys following Bilbo. There are some vague mentions of a dwarf army arriving and some random singing voices outside Elrond's house, but nothing more than that.

But it has the essentials -- goblins, eagles, hobbits, mountains of treasure, elves of various stripes, the grey wizard Gandalf and a town of men living on a stilted lake town. And there's plenty of humor ("MY ARMS!
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Simplified, but not bad. October 9, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I saw this movie for the first time as a pre-schooler, and loved it. Believe it or not, I actually saw this movie before I read the book. In retrospect, I realize that my mother introduced me to this movie to prepare me for the book, which she later read to me as a bedtime story. Anyway, I still like the movie, which now holds additional nostalgic value. In my opinion, this movie is a better adaptation than the other attempts to translate Tolkein's work into animation. Part of this is probably due to the fact that The Hobbit actually was a simpler book, and was made to please younger children, as well as older kids and adults. Even though the encounter with Beorn was left out, this movie is an excellent adaptation of the novel, covering all significant plot points, and making excellent use of Tolkein's songs and poetry in the soundtrack. I still think of the melodies in this film when I read the musical sections of the book. The vocal acting was done brilliantly, with Orson Bean making Bilbo simultaneously mild-mannered and courageous; John Huston giving Gandalf a vigourous personality and resonant voice to match; and Hans Conreid making Thorin suitably proud and surly. The animation, which some people call "dated" is perfectly adequate, is not so spectacular that it takes one's attention away from the story, and has a feel that I have never found outside of a Rankin-Bass film. In fact, it actually resembles a moving illustration. This film has survived the test of time, and remains an excellent way to get someone (child or adult) interested enough in Middle Earth to read the books, at which point they are firmly hooked.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
Published 16 days ago by philip crudo
5.0 out of 5 stars I remember seeing this in school and couldn't be happier that it was...
So cute for it's time. I remember seeing this in school and couldn't be happier that it was re-released on DVD. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Kikki
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Done
It's the first try ever at bringing the book to life and it's descent for showing the grand kids
Published 19 days ago by Jerry D. Bicknell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it as a child love it as an adult
Published 19 days ago by jim
5.0 out of 5 stars The best hobbit movie
This is still the best hobbit movie! I can understand if you watched for the first time as an adult or never read the book why you wouldn't like it. Read more
Published 20 days ago by thebat
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic!
Was mostly like the one I remembered as a child. As other reviewers have noted, the spider scene lacks some audio, but my kids didn't know the difference so it was ok.
Published 21 days ago by C. Burdette
5.0 out of 5 stars "There and Back Again"
I recently purchased this Deluxe Edition to replace an older worn out DVD copy and am entirely satisfied with the overall quality. Such an epic tale by J.R.R. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Bowman
4.0 out of 5 stars You CAN Go Home Again
I purchased this DVD with a great deal of apprehension. I have many fond memories of the Rankin & Bass version of The Hobbit, but had not watched it in decades as my only copy was... Read more
Published 23 days ago by B. Pohnan
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