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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.
-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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A lot better quality then I remember. This quirky musical interpretation is not for everyone, but for me it brings back fond memories.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Brings back great memories of when I was a kid and stayed true to the original story unlike the garbage Peter Jackson made.Published 12 days ago by Louis Frasche
It's a great version of one of my favorite movies growing up. This version of the Hobbit is very much a product of its time, as well as the Rankin/Bass Studios. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Stephen Schonewolf
I remember watching this as a kid I loved it so I was so happy to see it on DVD my kids loved it to they love how smog looks like a cat to them great moviePublished 1 month ago by Autumn
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