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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent film, must see!

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    Great actors and special effects. I thoroughly enjoyed this flic. Couldn't wait to pick up this Blu-ray Disc. I'll watch this many times.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great addition to the LOTR Trilogy

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    Be aware that the Ultra Violet copy can not be redeemed on Itunes. That was my only bad experience with this purchase. Other than that, Good movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    An amazing movie!

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    I saw this in the theater, but the extended bits make the movie even better. The bonus features are incredible as well!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Roads go ever, ever on…

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    “All good stories deserve embellishment,” Gandalf The Grey (Ian McKellen) tells Bilbo (Martin Freeman) before the latter has even left the snug, leathery comfort of his Bag End armchair and embarked on his Unexpected Journey. There is no way this line, a pithy conclusion to a tall tale of Bilbo’s Tookish grandfather (beheads goblin, invents golf), could have been written unknowingly. The Hobbit is a good story. And embellishment, controversially for some, has been the order of Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermo Del Toro’s adaptation — both narratively (An Unexpected Journey is now a trilogy opener rather than part one of two) and visually; this sunnier, 60-years-younger Middle-earth was digitally shot at double the frame rate of the three earlier movies which concerned this mythic realm’s difficult autumn years. To begin with the first form of embellishment is to immediately address the concern that Jackson and co.’s Hobbit may be a painful inflation of a slim, bedtime storybook, as opposed to The Lord Of The Rings’ leaner interpretation of a vast fantasy-historical epic. Team Jackson looks outside the novel’s narrative (which, while quicker than Rings, is still rich in detail and packed with incident) to the Tolkienverse yonder, and unashamedly treats The Hobbit as a prequel in which the return of Sauron The Deceiver is foreshadowed ominously. Yet the cutaways to guano-faced nature-wizard Radagast The Brown (Sylvester McCoy) nursing hedgehogs, going boss-eyed and rabbit-sledging to creepy ruined forts do feel of limited relevance to the main quest. Beyond Gandalf expressing to a sceptical Saruman (Christopher Lee) his fear that dwarf economy-hoarding wyrm Smaug could come into play as a fiery WMD for “the enemy”, the threads concerning the White Council, the Necromancer and aforementioned fort Dol Guldur— all direct prequel material — have yet to be firmly twined with Bilbo’s relatively modest adventure. He may find the One Ring here, but for now its connection to Sauron is known only by us and Howard Shore’s string section. Even so, this particular trek to a mountain has been smartly remoulded — the final destination’s always a mountain, this one Lonely rather than Doomed. It is well-paced, bringing in chief antagonist Azog (Manu Bennett), the albino orc-lord barely in the book, who from the start is hunting the “dwarf scum”, soon giving the quest frantic chase movie impetus. Existing set-pieces have been thoughtfully redrafted, so don’t expect the encounter with the trolls (a cockney Three Stooges) to play out as it does in the novel. And new sequences have been added, such as a skirmish with warg-mounted orcs on Rivendell’s borders. The Goblin Town diversion comes replete with Jacksonian grace notes, featuring a neat swinging gantry gag that references King Kong — although he doesn’t let these set-pieces breathe as freely as those in either Rings or Kong. While it’s good to see Gandalf get stuck in like never before, this is no Moria. And despite the running time, there is still the occasional sense that Jackson is rushing, underpinned by the fact that, for all their elaborate individuality, the dwarves remain somewhat amorphous, with only Thorin (an impressive Richard Armitage), Balin (Ken Stott), Bofur (James Nesbitt) and Fili/Kili (Dean O’Gorman/Aidan Turner) given any special attention. Still, thanks to an Ian Holm-presented prologue, we’re in no doubt as to the significance of their mission. This isn’t just a treasure hunt: this is a desperate gambit to reclaim a homeland for a people who have suffered a generation of bitter diaspora. There is an appeal to the way Tolkien’s book begins small, seemingly trivial — Bilbo the reluctant burglar off on a perilous jaunt — then rises out into something so huge that five armies roll up to the ultimate fracas. But it is appropriate to Jackson’s cinematic rendition of Middle-earth that we should swiftly understand Thorin’s position (part Aragorn, part Boromir) in its weighty narrative history. This comes not only via the prologue, in which we witness the full glory of Erebor and its nuking by malevolent bat-lizard Smaug (of whom there are glimpses), but also an impressive flashback to Thorin’s hard-fought, albeit temporary, triumph over Azog on the slopes outside Moria. One question raised by the book is: why precisely did Bilbo, a homely fellow and appreciator of simple comforts, agree to head off into such danger? And why didn’t he bail when the going got extreme? These are ingeniously addressed, and in fact form the arc of An Unexpected Journey. The Hobbit Episode I is the story of how Bilbo commits to adventure, how he realises his motive. And Team Jackson’s answer is elegantly simple, a fine-brushed masterstroke of scripting: the creature who just wants to go back home discovers that what he’s doing here is helping these homeless dwarves reclaim theirs. It’s a concept sold flawlessly by Martin Freeman, perfect casting for the fusty halfling. There really is no other character like Bilbo in Tolkien’s chronicles, and he is arguably this saga’s strongest: a proper, decent, everyday sort of chap (if a little on the conservative side) whose resourcefulness is drawn from a deep well of inner strength. Not as beleaguered as Frodo, nor as acquiescent as Samwise, nor as comical as Merry and/or Pippin. “I’m not a hero or a warrior,” Bilbo asserts. He’s us. And Freeman encapsulates that throughout, without mugging or winking. His Bilbo does take his predicament seriously, and while this is the jauntiest — at times silliest, at times funniest, certainly the most child-friendly — Middle-earth movie yet, Freeman remains its emotional lodestone. The most powerful moment comes during the Riddles In The Dark incident, which briefly brings back Andy Serkis’ Gollum, the other arguably strongest character in the saga. It is a joy and a thrill to once more see mo-cap master Serkis owning the role, and to have the celebrated encounter brilliantly re-envisioned through the prism of the Sméagol/Gollum split personality. However, the true punch of poignancy comes at that most pivotal of moments: when Bilbo, invisibly standing over Gollum with sword at his throat, exercises mercy. Jackson holds on Freeman’s face. This isn’t just Tim-from-The Office or Watson in pointy ears, but an actor at the height of his prowess finding every layer to a character it now seems he was born to play. So what, finally, of that other embellishment, the history-making visual treatment? 48 frames per second is, as they say, something else. And you can take that both ways. On the one hand, the crispness of detail is almost overwhelming, whether you’re noticing the seam down the back of Gandalf’s hat, or repulsed by the scabby goitre dangling from the Great Goblin’s (Barry Humphries) hideously distended face. On the other, there’s something about the lack of grain and motion blur that oddly makes the movie feel less epic — it’s so immediate and intimate that the distance between seat and screen is all but removed. This may make you feel more thrillingly part of the action, or it may diminish the spectacle and unflatteringly highlight the film’s more set-bound nature. Something to bear in mind when deciding if you’re going to seek out the upgraded experience

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Surprising better than LoTR for me

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    I was surprised that I liked this movie so much having somewhat low expectations after watching LoTR. Yes, I know that a lot of people thought that LoTR was better, but I did not care for the Orcs in that movie and the over emphasis on evil and battles. I am actually not a great fan of dragons either, but one that talks made it a good villain for the dwarfs. The story and all of the characters are quite complicated and I found the overall plot, that is the need for the Dwarfs to retake their homeland back from the dragon to be interesting. I didn't realize that Gandolf had such a big role as well as the Elves. I liked how they all came to help the Dwarfs. Anyhow, The Hobbit is about a Hobbit who unexpectedly comes to help the Dwarfs get their homeland back on the urging of Gandolf. On blu-ray, the movie is a visual feast and on sale I couldn't resist. I think it also has a lot of replay value and so I look forward to watching it (and trying to understand all of its facets) again.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Don't be fooled by BB "extras"

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    Just a heads up for anyone expecting something special by buying this special release exclusively at Best Buy: The "extras", which consist of special packaging (lenticular image of Bilbo and Gollum on the slipcase), and the exclusive special feature are both not worth it, for different reasons. First, the slipcase. Hey Best Buy, if you are going to advertise special packaging which includes a fairly nice lenticular image on the outside of the case, then please use a price tag that comes off easily, instead of the one you did use which leaves all the sticky residue. I know, I know: No big deal right? Well, if it was a throw-away slipcase I would agree, but don't advertise special packaging that requires me to get out the Goo Gone just to try and keep it looking nice. Secondly, (and more importantly), the one extra special feature that you get, "A Hobbit's Tale Part 1: The Journey Begins" is not on the disc, and instead you have to register at CinemaNow and watch it online. Not very user-friendly. Thanks for reading.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Lost the delightfulness of the book

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    A hobbit is recruited by a Wizard to help 13 dwarves take back their home in The Lonely Mountain after it was taken from them by a dragon. I like how they transferred the story from the book, and I like how Peter Jackson has fleshed out Bilbo's reasoning for sticking with the dwarves. But one thing I missed from the book was the pure childish delight that crops up throughout the book. Even dire moments in the book were tinged with delight, but most of those disappeared in the movie. I don't mind the extra plot added from The Silmarillion. Afterall, Peter Jackson has to parse The Hobbit into part of the Lord of the Rings and foreshadow the events to come, something Tolkien didn't have to do. As for the extra 13 minutes making this the Extended Edition, they really don't add anything to the story, unlike the Extended Editions of the Lord of the Rings movies.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great start to The Hobbit saga!

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    Finally, we get the first part of The Hobbit! I was thrilled when I found out that Peter Jackson would be returning to direct this trilogy. That would ensure that it would fit in seamlessly with The Lord of the Rings to complete the greatest movie series ever. Of course, The Hobbit was a medium-sized book, only about 300 pages. So how did Jackson get 3 movies out of that? Well, by bringing in material from other works such as The Silmarillion. While purists may think this ruins the movie, I think it adds some great side-stories. The Hobbit is a little more light-hearted than LOTR, so those who didn't like the darkness of LOTR may like this better. It's a fun tale with great special effects. The casting is great, and Martin Freeman was an excellent choice for the young Bilbo. Having many of the original cast members reprise their roles from LOTR was wonderful. I can't wait for the next 2 parts of this wonderful movie!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Extended content is great.

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    I love the extended version of the Hobbit and all 3 of The Lord of the rings movies. It gives you a much deeper story. I do realize that they have to shorten them a bit for theaters but this is how they should be.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Tasty Hobbitses

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    I heard that they were going to make The Hobbit a long time ago. I waited patiently and finally it's here. I don't even go to the movies anymore because home theater is so good nowadays, but I went to see this in the 24fps presentation. I'm not big on increasing fps because I don't like movies to have a "soap opera/reality show look" to them. So about the blu ray: It came out QUICK! It came out even while it was still playing in some theaters. I am still used to the olden days when I had to wait 2-3 years for a movie to come out on VHS. Even though I know there will be a extended version released in November, I still bought this version and I'm not complaining like some whiners. The transfer is great, the sound is great, the BB exclusive packaging is a little disappointing. I thought that Gollum would be the cover art for the case ( I pre-ordered online). Instead, he is only on the outer sleeve and no matter how well you take care of your stuff, the sleeve always suffers some damage. Gollum is in 3D though and if you tilt the sleeve from side to side, you can see Bilbo (same picture as the case cover art) as well. It's like the special edition version of ID4 on VHS. Writing a review for this movie is a little redundant. I mean, who ISN'T gonna buy this? It's a great movie and an ultimate escape! Read the book if you haven't!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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    The Hobbit follows the quest of Bilbo Baggins (the hobbit) who is coerced into an adventure that he had not imagined, nor wished to partake in initially, signing a contract as a burglar to win a share of the gold treasure guarded by the dragon, Smaug. Bilbo's adventure takes him from the rural surroundings of his home into more sinister territory and into battle with Orcs, Trolls, and Goblins. The story is an episodic quest for Bilbo, his dwarf companions, and Gandalf the Grey wizard, in which many different situations and creatures are encountered. As a result of the adventure, Bilbo earns a new level of maturity, competence, and wisdom with an amazing story to tell to his nephew, Frodo. This is an excellent adaptation of the novel, with the expected variations on the theme for the film, and a fitting precursor to the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Plot was inaccurate but movie was excellent.

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    Part two of the Tolkien book The Hobbit was as big and exciting as the first movie, and seemed kind of like Indiana Jones meets The Hobbit. The special effects were expansive and on a par with other movies like Pirates of the Caribbean. All of the visual details were excellent because it was shot with special digital equipment, yet in such a way that it had a film like look. My one big gripe, and this goes for the Lord of the Rings series as well, is that important things were left our and/or characters and events were inserted that were never in the book. Maybe I'm just being a purist, but following the plot accurately is important to me. From a technical viewpoint, though, it was excellent. The packaging of my blu-ray set was in good shape and properly held the discs. Everything worked perfectly.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing behind the scenes extras

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    First off, I'm a huge Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fan, and have read the books, and own all extended versions of the movie. The movie is great. Great acting, writing, everything is beautiful, and the extended scenes (for the most part) are definitely worth it if you're like me and just don't want to leave Middle Earth. But the best part has been the behind the scenes documentaries. There's about 9 hours, spread between two discs, that cover the shooting of the movie in the first part, and then the more background stuff like casting and characters in the second (it's continuing on the tradition of Appendices from the extended versions of the LOTR trilogy, with Appendices 7 and 8 for this). The only downside, for me, was the Goblintown scene. It was my only letdown when I saw it in theaters, and the extended scene in Goblintown doesn't help. It was keeping with the book (which is a children's book) with the Great Goblin singing his song, but the song and dance was really out of place for both the world and scene that is being played out. As well as parts like the Great Goblin looking at the bottom of a candlestick that Nori stole from Rivendell and reading "Made in Rivendell, second age. Bah, couldn't even give it away," and tossing it over his shoulder. It is a pretty weak point in the film, but overall, it doesn't diminish it too much, for me anyway, which is why I still give it a 5* rating.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    bought this and the desolation of smaug for my wif

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    Another great start to another great trilogy by Peter Jackson. This was part of my wife's Christmas present. I was trying to surprise her with the Sherlock series from BBC, but they did not have all the seasons. Luckily, they had this movie and the desolation of smaug. My wife loves Martin Freeman as an actor, at least that's what she tells me, so I surprised her with this and having seen the film in theaters the year before, she was gladly excited to receive both movies. My wife says that martin freeman reminds her of our son, and the title of this movie is closely related to the unexpected journey that our son has presented us with. It was awesome at the theatres, but it will be just as awesome at home watching it with our son when he's older.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    A Nice Beginning

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    A nice beginning to the Tolkien world and prequel to the Lord Of the Rings Trilogy. There is a nice blend of humor, drama, and action which will appeal to young and old alike. While I do not believe it captured the heart of audiences in quite the same way as the LOTR movies, it still successfully maintains the imagination, vision and scope of the previous movies. The director, Peter Jackson, takes a few liberties with the story line which die hard Tolkien fans, may or may not like. Personally I have mixed feelings. Some of the changes were quite good (e.g. The additon of the Orc Chieftain, Azog and the back story thereof) and other changes were not to my liking (e.g. The overall handling of the Great Goblin King's character and the time spent in the Misty Mountains. Also the part in the movie where the Dwarves, Gandalf, and Bibo Baggins were trapped in the pine trees). The latter changes were quite different from the book. All in all, it is a very good adaptation of the book and overall entertaining and enjoyable movie. My critisms are few. As a young lad, I grew up loving the books and now as an adult I am able to enjoy the movies with my children. I look forward to the upcoming continuation of The Hobbit saga. Cheers, Lord Juggernaut

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great movie with excellent 3D

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    "The Hobbit" is undeniably beautiful to look at, and not just because of the meticulously crafted world Jackson and WETA created. The 3D nearly is perfect -- there are very few overt pop-outs and the depth seemed like an ideal representation of reality; not too deep and yet deep enough to remind me of its extra advantage over 2D. This is one of the first 3D films I've seen ("Hugo" is another) where the extra dimension drew me in and added to the experience and immersion, rather than detracting.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    As good or better than Lord of the Rings

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    3D made this movie even better than it would have been in Bluray/HD! Just like Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is a wonderful movie for everyone! The characters, plot and action are superb; and with 3D filming, you are virtually alongside the characters, experiencing everything as they do. The realism is breath-taking!!! It left me spell-bound and eager for more!!! The worst part about The Hobbit is having to wait for the next one to hit the shelves! I can hardly wait!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Presentation for a Subpar Film!

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    The HOBBIT movies aren't enormously favored, due to their bloated runtime and unnecessary material, but there's no denying New Line and Peter Jackson's penchant for excess isn't a good thing when it concerns their Blu-Ray work. With an extensive amount of bonus material, three discs worth (a so-so commentary on Disc 1 with information that ultimately can be gleamed from featurettes; set-specific behind the scenes videos clocking in at 4 hrs on Disc 2; and subject-specific videos on Disc 3), there's quite the wealth of making of material. Overall, the bonus features and movies may not be as fun and intricate as the LOTR trilogy, but for interested parties and fans of THE HOBBIT, this is a no brainer in Blu-Ray excellence.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie, Great 3D Picture, Great Sound

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    I liked the movie. They did a great job selecting the actor who played Bilbo and of course the scenery is awesome (as with all the Hobbit movies). I also think they did a great job on the sound. Dialog is clear and the soundtrack is very dynamic. Watching it in 3D is good, not Avatar 3D good, but still really enjoyable and a much better story than Avatar. I watched it in 3D at 48 fps in the theater which kind of looked fake to me sometimes. I think I preferred the 3D Blu Ray version a little more even though it made my 55" HDTV seem way to small. If you are a fan of the other movies in the series you should like this one. Also as extras they included some pretty interesting video blogs from Mr. Jackson on this Blu Ray.....if you are into that sort of thing.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great blu ray, meh movie

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    Nobody second guesses the TLC Peter JAckson puts into these extended editions. And I absolutely love that they kept the same exact tone/menus of the flawless LOTR EE editions even if they were 10 years ago (the golden age of DVD production really. The exhaustive nature of this release is really a throw back and it would probably take you about 2 days of undivided attention to consume everything on this blu ray. But the movie itself? Weak. Hobbit does not need to be 3 movies. Didnt even need to be 2. It oozes of cash grab and paper thin on narrative content. Tons of hot air. Only reason I think this movie is slightly better than the next 2 Hobbits is because Martin Freeman is amazing as usual and this is the most Bilbo centric movie of the trilogy before it all becomes a convoluted mess and Bilbo gets lost in the mix.

    I would recommend this to a friend