The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
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The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain, first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of ingenuity and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
©2013 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY and THE HOBBIT, names of the characters, items, events and places therein are trademarks of The Saul Zaentz Company d/b/a Middle-earth Enterprises under license to New Line Productions, Inc. All rights reserved.
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1. More of DALE, including the BLACK ARROWS. Director Peter Jackson mentions a previously unseen character: "Girion, who is defending [the city of] Dale using black arrows against Smaug. And the black arrows play a part in an ongoing story, for they are the one thing that can pierce the dragon's hide."
2. More king of the wood elves; THRANDUIL. Peter Jackson: "There are also issues with Thranduil. We get some of the reason why he and the dwarves had a falling out - to do with these white gems..."
3. More of HOBBITON. Producer Phillipa Boyens: "You are going to get more of Hobbiton. We always wanted to wend our way through Hobbiton, but in the end Bilbo has to run out of the door."
4. The OLD TOOK'S PARTY: In which we see a younger Gandalf meet Bilbo Baggins as a young child, convincing the wizard of the young hobbit's bravery and courage. I won't spoil it for you, but it involves a dragon and a bit of magic.
5. Dwarf antics at RIVENDELL. Peter Jackson: "You are going to get some serious Dwarvish disrespect of the elves at Rivendell." Bofur leads the troupe in a rowdy chorus of "The Man in the Moon", a classic Tolkien pub-song.
6. The SONG of the GOBLIN KING. Producer Fran Walsh: "You are going to get more Goblin Town, and the Great Goblin singing his song. It is a great song, but it was just another delay in terms of moving the story along." Peter Jackson: "A number one hit from the Goblin King. Barry Humphries is going to rise up the charts!"
Well, all looking good on these fronts! The roads lead ever on and on...
So if you already have the LOTR set then getting this movie is a no brainer and be prepared to enjoy a new journey though with a different cast of characters though expect to see at least two from the previous trilogy show up.
I know we all want to look at this movie separate from LOTRs, but we can't. We want to buy the extended because the extra footage from LOTRs made LOTRs a better movie. This extended version of The Hobbit does not make it a better movie. It doesn't make it a bad movie. It's pretty much the same with 30 extra minutes. I did not feel the story was expanded in a better way and I did not feel the characters were explained in more detail. The pacing felt a little slower because of the extra 30 minutes. There is a lot more singing in this version, I will say that. It has two more musical numbers in it which makes that four songs in total. If you didn't read the book then the songs will mean nothing, but fans of the book will love more of the songs. It began to feel like a musical though.
If you are on the fence about whether or not to buy the extended or the theatrical it all depends on if you don't mind watching 30 minutes more of this movie.
If you already own the theatrical version I would recommend renting the extended first and seeing how you like it. I will recommend if you have a 3D TV or plan to get one in the future then get this version. The 3D is amazing. I actually like the 3D on the blu-ray more than I did in the theater.
I had the other Blu-ray version of this movie which included the production diaries. This version does not include those. They do include many great documentaries on the production of the movie, but I miss having the production diaries. There are about 9 hours of documentaries. I had trouble getting back to the main menu of the features. Once I selected Play All I could not go back to the beginning from the remote. I had to start the disc over again.