Hobbit, The: The Desolation of Smaug (Special Edition) (DVD)
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The Magical Journey Continues
As The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug begins, Thorin and his band of dwarves are a year into their journey to the Lonely Mountain. With hobbit Bilbo Baggins still in tow - but Gandalf away on a secret mission of his own - the travelers are forced to seek the aid of a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town, it will be time for the hobbit to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. He must discover the hidden entry that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon, Smaug. But what dangers still lie in wait, and will they succeed without the strength and protection of the mighty wizard Gandalf?
In his role as Legolas, Orlando Bloom performed all his own stunts.
To prepare for his role as Smaug, Benedict Cumberbatch studied iguanas and Komodo dragons at the London Zoo.
Evangeline Lilly’s character, Silvan Elf Tauriel, was created for the film. It did not appear in the Tolkien book.
The fish that were dumped into the barrels to hide Bilbo and the dwarves were real, with only a few rubber props mixed in.
An Epic Fantasy Adventure
- Based on the classic novel by J.R.R. Tolkien and directed by Peter Jackson
- Part two of the wildly successful Hobbit trilogy
- Two-disc Special Edition DVD
- Bonus material features production videos, a visit to the set and more
- Also available on Blu-ray and as Extended Editions
Meet the Cast
Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman)
Now resigned to his role of helping the dwarves with their quest, Bilbo uses the power of a magical ring he has found to try to steal the Arkenstone from Smaug.
Gandalf (Ian McKellen)
Gandalf continues to guide Bilbo and the dwarves on their journey. But when he receives a mysterious message, he must leave them on their own.
Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage)
The true heir to the throne of Erebor, Thorin endeavors to lead his band of dwarves on their quest to defeat Smaug and reclaim their kingdom.
Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch)
One of the last remaining dragons of Middle-Earth, Smaug has claimed the Lonely Mountain as his lair and jealously guards its treasure.
Legolas (Orlando Bloom)
Son of the Elvan king Thranduil and an excellent bowman, Legolas helps to save the dwarves while they are fighting off a horde of giant spiders.
Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly)
A Wood-elf, Tauriel is captain of Thranduil’s guards. She assists in capturing the dwarves, but when she meets Kili, she falls in love with him.
Bard (Luke Evans)
The last descendant of Dale, Bard helps smuggle the dwarves into Esgaroth. Bard is also the owner of a black arrow that has the ability to kill Smaug.
Kili (Aidan Turner)
Kili is one of the youngest of the 13 dwarves on the quest to defeat Smaug. During a battle he is seriously injured and is tended by Tauriel.
The Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf and 13 Dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield continue their journey to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Along the way, they encounter the skin-changer Beorn, giant Spiders of Mirkwood, Wood-elves led by Legolas, Tauriel and King Thranduil, and a mysterious man named Bard, who smuggles them into Lake-town. Finally reaching the Lonely Mountain, they face their greatest danger, the Dragon Smaug. This action-adventure movie was directed by Peter Jackson and stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Middle-earth's got its mojo back. A huge improvement on the previous installment, this takes our adventurers into uncharted territory and delivers spectacle by the ton. --Empire, Nick de Semlyen
This is a rip-snorting, barrel-riding adventure movie perfect for all ages, as they say (though it isn't for very young kids) loaded with fast-paced fight scenes, great-looking effects and enjoyable and/or scurrilous supporting characters. --Salon.com, Andrew O' Hehir
The Desolation of Smaug is, on the whole, a vast improvement over The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It's a popcorn movie (in the best sense) disguised as deep-core nerdism. --Austin Chronicle, Marc Savlov
- Aspect Ratio : 1.77:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.35 x 0.55 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : NEWL1000318107DVD
- Director : Peter Jackson
- Media Format : Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 41 minutes
- Release date : October 7, 2014
- Actors : Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom
- Subtitles: : English
- Producers : Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Carolynne Cunningham, Alan Horn, Ken Kamins
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B00HWWUQWQ
- Writers : Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Guillermo Del Toro
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,463 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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1. A LOT MORE OF DOL GULDUR. Specifically, we get to meet Thrain, Thorin's mad father. A sad twisted wreck of a dwarf, he reveals dark truths about the Necromancer (and hey, great performance!). The makeup and prosthetic effects for Thrain are just amazing. Wait till you see it. Richard Armitage also promises glimpses of a vast, bloody battle in Moria.
2. A LOT MORE OF MIRKWOOD. I was surprised and pleased to learn that two scenes from the book were actually filmed: Bilbo, Thorin and company crossing a slimy, enchanted river in Mirkwood. Contains some humor, some amazing sets, some amazing Martin Freeman acting, and a little bit of dark magic. Another sad scene contains a beautiful stag and Dwarvish target practice.
3. MORE OF BEORN'S HOUSE. And we know what that means: more of that glorious New Zealand landscape that we all love. All we know is that we see Beorn with big muscles and a bigger axe. We also get to see a whimsical scene ripped straight from Tolkien's pages, as Gandalf introduces the 13 dwarves and 1 hobbit in his care.
4. BEORN AND GANDALF. Beorn has a conversation with Gandalf about the dangers that lie ahead of the Company.
5. MORE THRANDUIL - SPECIAL FEATURES. Peter Jackson smiles upon us and gives us more Thranduil, including a conversation between father and son, and the dwarves, paraded in front of his mighty throne. Anticipate some elvish hubris and the bitemarks from Lee Pace's scenery-chewing. Note that the Thranduil scenes aren't in the Extended Edition, but in the Special Features. For more from that regal and bitter Elvenking, wait for Battle of the Five Armies.
6. MORE OF THE LONELY MOUNTAIN. The Lonely Mountain gets less lonely as Bilbo and Company explore the ruins of Smaug's desolation - Dale. Some awesome cinematography I can't believe we missed!
7. STEPHEN FRY, SCENERY CHEWER. Stephen Fry promised us last year that he would eat testicles in The Hobbit. He fulfills that promise. At the very least, he shows what a scheming conniver he is, expressing his hopes that "Old Smaug dines on dwarf for a day or two..." Poor Master of Laketown...
8. MORE EVIL ORC ARMIES. Honestly, who doesn't want to see more shots of an orc army marching to doom and a red dawn? Even if its just two or three shots, this filled me with sheer awe!
9. "THE WORLD OF MEN". Most of Laketown was a stunningly detailed set built for real, and we get to see more of the workings and tradings and the men that live there, through the eyes of a hobbit very far from home... Including a new chase scene never before seen! We also see the orcs attack the men of Laketown.
The best part of the Extended edition is it put back in some critical scenes that really should have been left in to begin with. I mean they actually explain why Thranduil is such a jackass. But they cut the needed story and exposition in favor of an extra 10 minutes of idiotic dwarves in barrels like some amusement park ride. Someone really needs to explain to Peter Jackson the difference between using a feather and using the whole damn chicken.
For Tolkien and LotR fans it is pretty much a must see in order to get to the end of it all. And the extended edition is the better cut. But if you haven't seen The Unexpected Journey this will make no sense to you. If you saw the prior movie but also read the book, this will make even less sense to you. Probably just best to forget that it has anything to do with JRR Tolkien and convince yourselves that this is the best Dungeons & Dragons movie ever made. Your soul will die a little less that way.
The Hobbit Trilogy is the best Trilogy I have seen since the original Star Wars.
Martin Freeman is amazing as Bilb and Richard Armitage does a great job as Thorin. Sir Ian Kellen is really good as Gandalf.
But I have a special place in my heart for all the Dwarves and Balboa scenes.
The spiders were as creepy as can be. And who doesn't think that Thronduil want perfect?
Legolas and Turkey were perfect additions.
But Smaug was the jewel in the crown. The effects used to give Smaug life and personality, especially Benedict Cumberbatch's voice, give Smaug legendary proportions.
Best dragon ever.
I am not a fan, at all of fantasy fiction. But the Hobbit movies are amazing.
Peter Jackson and crew did a stunning job of bringing The Hobbit to life.
I loved these films. Could the story have been told in less than 3 movies? Probably. And suffered for the abbreviation. The casting and chemistry were awesome. Didn't realize that Messrs Cumberbatch and Bennett were in the films until the credits. Should have. After all who else could possibly pull off those roles?
Many thanks to everyone who had a part in the making of the Hobbit films for a visually stunning, emotional and all around amazing interpretation of Tolkien's work. My only regret is waiting so long to watch them.
The parts that are faithful to the book are beautifully realized, and the invented portions are consistent and entertaining. As a lifelong fan of this series and all of it's attendant media, I couldn't have asked for a better representation of what my imagination has been conjuring all these years.
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Facing the elves, orcs and Smaug are a double task, when you are not so tall and yet help comes from the strangest of places