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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fitting End to an Excellent Series

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    overtheair
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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from the appendices he turns it into a Ring-sized epic while giving us background happenings that illuminate many historical references in both books.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: 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Hobbit's is Nice!

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    flashlantern
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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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Battle for 5 Stars!

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    This was a great close to the the epic Hobbit movie saga. Stunning cinematography and graphic displays, making monsters and the entire story come together! While there was some holes in the end in regards to a lack of closure in my opinion, the story itself was sound and tied up the movies themselves. The movie was filled with amazing action, monsters and more. I know that with all of the action I was wondering how they would finish up this trilogy. Also, you wonder how the main villain will be taken care of...but you have to bide your time to wait and see what happens! In the end, this is a great movie that you will love watching! Also, get ready to turn up the surround sound as this movie has some amazing sound effects too!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Liked, not loved it, but still a must-see...ONCE

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    I have seen every single LOTR and Hobbit flick, and I have loved all of them except this one. This one I only enjoyed mildly. The king was annoying as all frack, and the story was kinda weak, but still, overall, I'd say yeah, you've made through 150 hours of all the other movies in this series (Frodo's and Bilbo's respective stories), you may as well finish the lot by mucking through this last decade-long installment. Despite the INCREDIBLE INCREDIBLE OPENING DRAGON SCENE, I don't think I could watch it again. Literally, from here on in, when I watch all these flicks, I'll just mentally wrap them up with the conclusion of the dragon/town scene. Thank you, Mr. Cumberbatch!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow. Just.... Wow!

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    The end of The Hobbit Trilogy is everything that was expected, and then some. Even as the great Dragon Smaug destroys lost of Laketown, but is then killed by the bowmen, Bard. Thorin Oakenshield slowly falls into the insanity of "Dragon Sickness", and threatens war against the survivors of Laketown, and even against an army of elves, until the arrival of Azog the Defiler and his massive army of Orcs, Goblins and Bats. It then, like the title, becomes The Battle of the Five Armies (Humans, Elves, Dwarves, and Azog's two armies). The end is a bit sad, but still, an incredible way to end the Hobbit Trilogy, and it leads right into the Lord Of The Rings Trilogy. Excellent!!!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Never disappointed

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    This is the final installment of the Lord of the Rings, Hobbit series. If you are a fan of the movies (and I assume you are if you are reading this) you will not be disappointed. Not only do you get the final installment but you get it in 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD AND a digital copy. It is the reason I purchased it. I can play it anywhere I go...and when I finally up and buy a 3D capable Blu-ray player and large screen TV I will already have a collection of 3D movies to watch right off the bat. I love the extra's that are packed into these movies also. Behind the scenes stuff is great. You learn how many of the interesting things are accomplished and you see interviews with the director and cast members.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great to watch in 3D

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    I was so glad they finally decided to put these stories to film. I have NOT been disappointed by any of them. The back stories were expanded in a way that, to me, enhanced the experience over the books. Anyone who enjoys a good story and a good movie should, if they haven't already, should watch them all. I read all of the books long before they decided to make into a movie and I was a little doubtful of how well they could adapt them. By expanding to three films they were able to capture the stories much better than trying to get it all in 2 or 3 hours. You should watch all three in the Hobbit series to really understand the story. You will not be disappointed. I hope you enjoy them as much as I.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

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    J.R.R. Tolkien is one of my favorite authors for many reasons. Peter Jackson and the teams and actors that created the LOTR and Hobbit films did a fantastic job. They are among my favorite movies of all time. The production was great and the characters so very delightful. Jackson's King Kong was fun, and I have not been that impressed with his other works, but the LOTR & Hobbit films display passion and depth and captured many of the key elements that Tolkien originally included (courage, loyalty, faith, a remnant, machine vs. natural, etc) A great film for all ages, but the older and more experienced you are with life, the better you will understand what Tolkien put into his ethos and writing.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The end and probably the best one yet

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    I'm a big fan of anything J R Tolkien. The last Hobbit movie was by far my favorite out of this series, jam packed with action and great acting it was a wonderful buy. I do have to admit I'm a sucker for the ending in more ways then one, but I don't want to spoil it for you so I'll forgo the details. I was impressed with the storytelling, the acting, and the cinematography, I think they spent a lot less time doing scenery shots in this one, which was much appreciated. The special effects were well done, while I wouldn't say its the best picture of 2014, it definitely improved the series and was worth watching more than once.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Final third doesn't disappoint

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    Another elegant epic that fits right in with the first two chapters. Vast, exciting complications that are not too much for the neophyte to grasp and which probably won't disappoint the die-hard fans of the novels. The cast is still very impressive and believable. The extended versions are now rearing their heads, and i am going to try my best to ignore them. They are already long enough, thank you. But if Peter Jackson supplies commentary as he did in the longer LOTR and KING KONG sets and the extras are as spectacular as those, it'd probably be worth it. The blu ray images are superb, the way through the whole trilogy.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I thought the movie was very entertaining

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    I did not go see this in theaters as with all the others I knew there will be expanded versions on bluray. The R rated version of the movie makes a more visceral impact with the battle scenes really getting quite brutal at times but it is not over the top gore. To be honest I have seen both cuts and this is the one you want. Bluray is awesome 3d version is amazing demo worthy very very strong sense of depth. Sound is amazing very powerful . 2d version is perfect demo worthy stuff as well Have not have time to look at all the extras but it looks to be good news there as well. It worth the cash if you are a fan.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    gift

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    I purchased this for my 18 year old grandson and he loves it. The 1st salesperson I asked where it was, pointed to the area and said "over there" - At 76 I do not appreciate being treated like that. Like it was no big deal I was in to purchase anything. A young man that was helping another employee put something on a cart took time out to help me. Need more guys like him. It was not even busy in the store. The first salesperson was arranging a display and I guess it was more important then me. I had not been to Best Buy for awhile because of an incident 2 years ago. This did not impress me at all. Thank You

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Culmination of a great series

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    I should begin by stating that I love Tolkien, and Peter Jackson's rendering of it (mostly), so I'm not exactly unbiased. I also admit to loving LOTR more than The Hobbit (mostly). That being said, once tge extra and unnecessary (imo) characters are overlooked, I love this series. Martin Freeman astonishes in everything, and he inhabits Bilbo so perfectly that i can't imagine anyone ever replacing him. Likewise with Ian McKellen's Gandalf. The movie belongs to Bilbo and Thorin (Richard Armitage ), heart, soul, everything in between, and is a masterclass in character led storytelling. WATCH THE SERIES.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Hobbit Ends BIG

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    Peter Jackson now has six J.R.R. Tolkien flims as part of his filmogrpahy. I can honestly say I was dreading going back to Middle Earth yet again and do the whole HOBBIT thing (one book, three movies) but then at each release there I was watching them again. This one is spectacular in every sense of the word. The 3D is amazing. And the pace is perfect. Whenever a film gets close to the 3 hour mark you will either feel you painfully have been sitting there (a bad movie) or time flew by (a great movie). This is a great one. Ending The Hobbit tale on a grand scale.

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