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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid entry.

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    There's a lot to like in Battle of 5 Armies, as it's probably the strongest entry in the Hobbit series... That said, it (and the others in The Hobbit series) just don't measure up to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Featuring plenty of battles, a return to a beautifully rendered world, and top-notch special effects, it's only real flaw is a disconnect with the characters that just didn't exist in LotR. Certainly, there's some characters here that you'll enjoy, but where LotR seemed to be flowing with tons of characters you quickly grew attached to, the same cannot be said for The Hobbit. One also has to be disappointed in the dwarf/ elf "forbidden love" that is so incredibly forced, the movie itself never seems to take it seriously. Even if the extended version somehow made it "better" the whole thing was laughable, at best. The 2 characters involved seem ready to leave their entire races to be together, yet there's never a moment between the two that makes it seem they ever fell in love. It was hard to swallow throughout the other films, and 5 Armies never fixes this. I cringed every time the 2 actors shared scenes, not because they were bad actors or didn't make me believe they had feelings for one another, but I could just never buy into the fact that these were living characters that fell in love and not just actors playing the role because it was written that way. Now, I wish I could give more info on the differences between the standard edition and this extended edition (Bot5A earned an R-rating in its extended format, a first in either series, but I don't recall any scenes in Bot5A that stood out as any more excessive than any other of the films) but, I learned a long time ago, beginning with King Kong and the Fellowship of the Ring, that Peter Jackson consistently offers better movies in his extended versions- at times, cutting scenes that I felt were excellent (but didn't really add to the story, per se) and added wonderful fan service to the viewers, all in the name of saving time. Taken as a whole, they may be added scenes of fights that don't forward the plot, but they most definitely add action to the, well, action-centric films. I've given it a 4* rating, only because it deserves a rounding up from what I think is a 3 1/2* film. If you're a fan of Middle-Earth, there's absolutely no reason not to add this to your collection, especially in its complete version. While I may never enjoy the Hobbit movies as much as the Lord of the Ring films, I'm glad these were made, and glad they're a part of my collection. As a fantasy/ sci-fi/ horror buff, these will be some of the first "grown up" films I introduce my kid to as he gets older. They're safe, overall, and very "cool". Comparatively, where the second trilogy of Star Wars fell almost completely flat, the Hobbit avoids that same measure of failure.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    The Battle of Five Armies extended

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    Epman
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    Some will argue these already bloated movies don't need more filler, but I always enjoy the added scenes. This "prequel trilogy" is definitely not as good as 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy, but there is definitely fun to be had here. There's an extended chariot scene on a frozen river with the wargs and the mountain goats that gets kind of gory, with the wargs getting splattered by the chariots, but I still think for it to get an R rating there could of been more blood, at least the big battle with Thorin and Azog could've been a bit more visceral. The picture quality, 3d quality, and sound quality is on par with the theatrical bluray, which are all excellent. There's hours of bonus features, which I myself have not gone through. The biggest problem with this set his the very high asking price of 45 dollars. That's a lot of coin for a movie release, so I can't wholeheartedly recommend that people run out and buy it. I bought mine on the first week when it was on sale for about 35 dollars, which was a little steep, but so far, that's the cheapest I've seen it. If the rating would allow it. I would give it 3.5 stars I will mark it as a recommend, but at a better price point.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Action draws you in

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    I did not prepare for this movie by re-watching the prior 2 films... MISTAKE - I really think you need that context fresh in your mind to enjoy this; it is, after all, the climax. I did not like the first third of this film because the others simply weren't fresh in my mind. Once the battle starts I couldn't help but get into the film. My criticism was too much CGI...WAYYYYYYY to much CGI... the orcs that were actors made up looked and moved 100X better than the mo-cap guys. There were some scenes that I couldn't abide such as a battle scene with Sauruman, Galadrial, Gandalf and Elrond fighting the ring wraiths and Sauron X Men style - which must have been made up... I can't conceive of this scene ever having been in any appendix materials connected to anything Tolkein ever wrote... over all I enjoyed the film despite myself. I am hoping that a second viewing in context fixes my problem with act one and/or that the Extended Cut is an uptick from this... that being said the only extended edition that was not an improvement over the theatrical cut IMO was Desolation Of Smaug.... I will also say that I am starting to question if Peter Jackson has anything left in the tank... Hobbit is OK overall but not even close to LOTR... AND his style is getting to be dated. We shall see.....

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great movie and good 3D

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    Overall I thought the movie was great but I'm not going to say much about the movie plot since you can find that info anywhere else. Instead I'll talk about the 3D experience, which was about the same as I expected it to be. If you have seen the other two Hobbit movies its pretty much the same in terms of 3D/video/sound quality. I found that while the Hobbit movies had great 3D the movies were just too long and the glasses and minor ghosting (which is in most movies) started to get a little annoying. It wasn't enough that it would distract you from the movie, because it's pretty engaging, but just keep in mind that it will probably happen to you. I think I still like The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug better, only because of the plot, but this a great ending to the six film franchise. Note: If you are a huge Hobbit/Lord of the Rings fan make sure to stick around for the credits to hear a song by Pippin/Billy Boyd. It's a great song and the music video on Youtube is an awesome look back at the cast from all of the movies. PS: I really hate that these movies do not come with a iTunes digital copy but such is life.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fitting End to an Excellent Series

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    Peter Jackson has done us an excellent service by bringing Professor Tolkien's Middle Earth to life. The writing loses none of Mr. Tolkien's tone, the photography varies from very good to breathtaking, the characters and monsters look about as a reader visualized them (mostly, anyway), and the cg characters are faithful to their descriptions. The actors all give performances at a very high level indeed. One forgets that they're actors and sees the characters themselves. A viewer goes from saying "well acted" about the actor to saying "well done" about the character. Where Mr. Jackson trumps the Ring cycle is the Hobbit. In taking a small (but fine) young reader's book and adding extra-textual material from the appendices he turns it into a Ring-sized epic while giving us background happenings that illuminate many historical references in both books. Throughout all this, he maintains the same high standard from beginning to end. This is a series that's truly faithful to the original source. Professor Tolkien would surely have given it an A. Well done, indeed!

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    A fitting end to a mediocre trilogy.

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    The Hobbit Trilogy has been a mixed bag. Mostly overstuffed, overly stylized, but with some fun scenes. Peter Jackson is barely able to keep his needlessly sprawling story together. It would literally take less time to read The Hobbit than to watch these three films. This final film is nothing more than a protracted battle sequence to wrap the three films up. It's thrilling at times, but it's mostly tedious. Bilbo as a character takes a backseat to all the action in the film and that's kind of a shame seeing how this series was supposed to be about his journey. Somewhere along the line, PJ forgot That The Hobbit in question was Bilbo and that these movies were supposed to be his story. He was clearly more interested in making a Lord of the Rings prequel than an adaptation of The Hobbit. All that said, none of these movies are without their moments and can be enjoyed for what they are.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It ain't the book but...

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    MacDubhgal
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    Many complained about the liberties Peter Jackson took with the telling of this story. I view the films and the book as separate entities. The Films, as made, were well crafted, beautifully filmed, and reverent if not entirely representative of the original Hobbit story. This disc faithfully reproduces the theatrical experience of Peter Jackson's film. The extras are well presented and thoughtful. Loved the book. Loved the Jackson Trilogy too, for shared and different reasons. Divorce yourself from the need for the film to "be" the book, and you have a fun, well shot and well written series of fantasy movies that should entertain and expand on your experience of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth, but with a new perspective. No reason folks can;t enjoy and love both the film AND the book... This doesn't need to be an "either/or" situation! Final review? Great image quality. Nice extras. I always love seeing the extended scenes and think they add to the viewing experience.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Complete the Journey, ONE LAST TIME.

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    Consumers and fans of LOTR may divide themselves from Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy as the series, containing fun characters, epic-scaled visuals and a interesting take on J.R.R. Tolkien's classic children's book does suffer from bloated lengths, focus on side stories and appendices and over-reliance on computer generated effects. However, if you respect The Hobbit trilogy as entertaining films, the last film, "Battle of the Five Armies" is "your precious" to collect. From the opening scene of Smaug's attack on Laketown to the titular final battle, leading up to "Fellowship of the Ring", the film is presented in 2:43 Screen Ration with brilliant picture quality (Though you will be warned that it will reveal obviousness in the CGI-heavy scenes), a stellar soundtrack mix combining Howard Shore's score with mix of battle sequences. The extra supplement will leave a lot for consumers to desire, but a DVD and UV copy is included with purchase.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing movie/series, great packaging!

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    As crazy as this sounds, I did not see any of the Hobbit movies in the theater. I am so busy with life that movie theater trips rarely make it into my schedule. When I do have the time for movies, I usually go out and buy them and watch them in the comfort of my own home. Anyways, I have all three of the Hobbit movies in Steelbook Blu-ray edition. I love Steelbooks, and all three of these editions for The Hobbit match. This edition came with the Blu-ray with the movie on it, another Blu-ray with special features, and then the DVD version on a separate disc. I do not recommend anyone settle watching this movie on DVD. Even on my 40 inch Sony LED, the difference from DVD to Blu-ray is astonishing played on my Xbox One. I can only imagine how great this was in theaters. One day soon I will upgrade to a 4k set so I can't wait to re watch all these on possibly 60 incher 4k screen! Peter Jackson never fails though! 5 stars all around!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Hobbit

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    What can be said about The Hobbit:Battle of the Five Armies. In my opinion the best of the three films.(there all really good) The culmination of the all the armies coming together in one epic battle. The graphics are outstanding, the color is amazing on Blu-Ray. So much to list is very difficult. The audio mix could probably get me kicked out of my apartment. I will say if your a fan of Peter Jackson's Hobbit Trilogy the Extended version will not let you down. I personally have loved all the scenes put back in. Just like the first two films it adds to the richness of the story.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The definitive cut of the Final Chapter

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    The Extended Edition is truly the definitive version of The Battle of the Five Armies, and a welcome improvement over the already entertaining, but incomplete feeling theatrical cut. The battle in question is given a greatly needed extension, so now all sides get equal screentime (with a few new interesting orc troops added to the fray) and it just feels more fleshed out. Everything in the movie has more time to breathe and it still flows perfectly. The final chapters of the appendices on the last 2 discs of the set are very informative and a beautiful and bittersweet farewell (try not to tear up during the tribute to the late and great cinematographer Andrew Leslie, I dare you) to the Middle Earth Saga, which remains one of the finest fantasy stories to be put on screen. For any fan of the Middle Earth Saga, this release is absolutely a must-own!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Little Disappointed...

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    As the last in "The Hobbit" trilogy, I had high hopes and expectations of greatness associated with "Return of the King". It seams the issues with each of those movies is exactly the opposite of the other. Director Peter Jackson was criticized for having too many "false" endings in "Return of the King". Jackson made a complete 180 and hardly had any ending at all, leaving many plot lines unresolved. Not that this ruins the movie, but it does catch the viewer off guard when the battle ends and the credits roll. I hope that Jackson is hoping to resolve these holes in the extended edition, but we will have to wait and see. This is a well made film with lots of action. If you are looking for epic battle scenes, you won't be disappointed! But if you are looking for more substance in a film, look elsewhere, at least until the extended edition comes out...

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hobbit's is Nice!

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    Yes, yes, yes, I know there are people out there who really were offended by Peter Jackson's creative input on The Hobbit (whether it be the first movie or the last). Legions thought Jackson a heretic! When The Hobbit & Lord of The Rings became an "in" thing in the 50's & 60's, the general public couldn't understand the stories much less all the names of characters & places that would be so pivotal to the beat of the story. Some didn't know what the phrase "Frodo Lives!" meant as found scrawled on the most amazing places from subways to rest rooms to sidewalks! I can't really defend Jackson, but I can say he took a chance to make The Hobbit storyline more interesting to a broader audience thus gaining new readership and a deeper appreciation of all things Tolkien. To that I say "Bravo, Peter Jackson!"

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Extended Edition is a Must Watch

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    Despite being a Hobbit fan, I was disappointed in the theatrical release of the final installment, The Battle Of 5 Armies. The battle itself seemed incomplete, the trailer included scenes that were not missing and a few other parts of the movie were generally lacking within the theatrical release. However, the extended edition bridges all these gaps for me and I really had little to complain about so I highly suggest getting it. The battle was the most effected in a positive way by the extended edition. I surly enjoyed the extra scenes of Gandolf in Dol Guldur as well as Galadriel. My only complaint (with both theatrical and extended editions) is that all the main characters such as Azog, Bolg, Dain and his Dwarf army and Thranduil's Elfin army should have been actual human beings instead of CGI.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    great movie

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    Surprisingly so I enjoyed "The Battle of The Five Mountain." I must say after seeing the first of this overly long Trilogy and them purchasing the second of the three, it has only been now that I have seen the third. In Peter Jackson's endeavor to turn "The Hobbit" into an overly long 9-hour Trilogy, so much extraneous blather had been added that I was so very much disappointed. There was also so very, very many parts including those ridiculous amusement park ride chase scenes that were as I said, ridiculous. I understand that such silly stuff was added for those who have never read the books and those who never will, at the expense of the stories. The good thing is that the books won't be affected by the films.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

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    I LOVED the LOTR Trilogy. I was really looking forward to the Hobbit Trilogy. I knew fairly early that this one would not measure up (for me) to the LOTR, but I wanted to see it through and thought that it might redeem itself by the end. Battle of the Five Armies was the weakest entry in any of the series and a disappointing entry in a disappointing trilogy. I bought the first one, felt like I had to buy the second one and REALLY didn't want to have an incomplete set by not buying the third one. I was wrong and I wished that I hadn't purchased it. I might watch this trilogy one more time ever, whereas I look forward to watching the LOTR trilogy many more times.Don't NOT watch this movie because of this review, but don't feel like you have to purchase the movie.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Last Hobbit

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    The movie picks up just before when the last left off. Of course you have to see the others to appreciate the end. A lot of action and story all rolled up in the final episode of the Hobbit stories. Nicely fits itself between the 2nd Hobbit and 1st Lord of the Rings stories. I think it was well done. It is beautiful and you can see the growth of the director and his teams in techniques; it would be greatly felt if you were to do a marathon back to back and indeed went from the last Hobbit to the first LOTR movies. Those that felt so ground breaking and amazing when they first came out feel a little rough now in comparison. They are all great and should be appreciated for the stories they tell and the worlds they create as were the books they are based on.

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Ultraviolet Digital Copy is worthless

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    I only buy Blu-Ray movies if it includes a Digital Copy on I-tunes. This movie's Digital Copy is only for Ultraviolet. I do have an Ultraviolet account, but it was extremely confusing to set up. Some of the movies I have purchased through Best Buy that had an Ultraviolet Digital Copy never worked. Currently, only my Sony 3D Blu-Ray player supports Ultraviolet and when I stream the movies, they are in very poor SD quality. 720p or worse. . Apple TV and Google Play do not support Ultraviolet. Giving someone an Ultraviolet Digital Download is like saying "Free Beer! (If you can find the bar)". And when you do find the bar, the beer is warm and flat. Not having an I-tunes digital download is a deal breaker for me.

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    A Weak Conclusion

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    This is, without a doubt, the weakest movie in the Middle-earth franchise. Would've been better served sticking to the original plan of splitting the book into two three-hour films. Those who pick up the book after having seen these movies will wonder at times if it's even the same piece of fiction. Azog, the primary antagonist in the trilogy, was mentioned only once in all of Tolkien's work. I don't recall the Necromancer even existing in the original book; he may have simply been a way for Peter Jackson to put Sauron (the Middle-earth Big Bad from the Lord of the Rings) in the film. Here's hoping that the Extended Edition adds enough to at least bring this film up to the level of the first Hobbit movie.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Well...at least it's over?

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    The completionist in me forced me to get this. I have the first two and didn't love them --though I did like two more than one--so I figured I'd get this too. My children want to see it and it's fair less intense at home than in the theater. Much of the criticism of the first two Hobbit films can be made here as well: it looks like a painting, the effects are incredible and it goes on way, way too long. I enjoy owning films like this, particularly in this format, so that my children and I can "skip around" to watch the parts we really want to see (i.e. the dragon death, etc) over and over again. The Blu-ray itself is beautiful. I haven't checked out the extra features on this one yet, but I'm sure they're as good as all the rest.

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