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The Hobbit

3.9 out of 5 stars 976 customer reviews

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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

Special Features

  • Tolkien and filmmakers highlights

Product Details

  • 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 Îzuka
  • 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (976 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005MP59
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,875 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hobbit" on IMDb

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By Eric D. Musall on July 22, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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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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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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By A Customer on September 18, 2001
Format: DVD
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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I am scratching my head in confusion about this release. First of all, it isn't remastered AT ALL. It is the same exact quality and sound as the older DVD release of it, plus it still doesn't have the missing segments that others have discussed. What is so "Remastered and Deluxe Edition" about it? The extras make no sense either. There is the usual "facts and bio" nonsense and then for some reason there are three Bugs Bunny cartoons as extras that also aren't remastered and there is a loud hissing sound in the audio when they play. When I first heard about this rerelease I was so excited thinking that the animated version would finally get the royal treatment, but no. I am going to return it to Amazon and get my money back.
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This "remastered deluxe" edition has the SAME famously screwed-up soundtrack problem, with loads of missing sound effects (ones crucial to the movie's ambiance, too), as the previous DVD release. The problem that fans have been complaining about for years has not been fixed whatsoever. (Plus the new cover art is ugly and inaccurate, but I'd forgive that if they'd actually offered a real remastered edition as promised.)
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I own both the VHS and DVD versions of this movie and recently watched them both. I've read many reviews from viewers who did not recommend the DVD version of this movie because of a few missing sound effects. While I did not notice any of these issues until I read about them, I had noticed something slightly different about the movie, which I couldn't place. It wasn't a huge deal though. However, the DVD version is missing certain sound effects which were left out of the remastering such as:

-No Spider slaying vortex sound
-No dwarf complaining while in barrels
-No sound of arrows plinking off Smaug's chest
-Smaug's fire breathing at one point seems to not coordinate with the movie, as he is flying towards the town, and the fire crackles almost like static.
-Smaug does not roar at all when he is attacking Laketown, at least not until he gets shot.

Again, I did not really notice these issues until they were pointed out. What I did notice about the remastered DVD was:

-Much improved visual quality. It's like you are looking at the original artwork! There is no color distortion.
-Much, MUCH improved audio and balance. I never could make out the words of many songs until the DVD. I actually have a hard time now enjoying the audio on the VHS because many sound effects were too loud, making it hard to hear all the words, without turning up the volume. Struggling to hear everything on the VHS gave me a bit of a headache, actually.
-Do you remember the scene where Bilbo runs out of the secret passageway with his behind on fire? This part was cut out of my VHS version.

To be honest, the strengths of this movie are the wonderfully done artwork, and the wonderfully done music. Having the DVD only highlights these core parts. Although the small missing sound effects are unfortunate, I still recommend the DVD, because you will enjoy the movie more, overall.
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