The Hobbit [Deluxe Edition] [DVD] [1977]

  • SKU: 6131643
  • Release Date: 07/22/2014
  • Rating: NR
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8 out of 8)

Special Features


  • Tolkien and filmmaker highlights (vintage featurette)
  • Bonus cartoons
  • Knight-mare hare
  • Knighty knight bugs
  • Rabbit hood

Synopsis


The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien's classic book about the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins and his unexpected adventures came to life in this animated, televised adaptation by Rankin-Bass Productions. Enthusiasts of Tolkien's lengthy and more demanding Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as adult readers of The Hobbit, may be disappointed by this somewhat simplified adaptation of the book, though children and first-time readers of Tolkien will appreciate its whimsical introduction to the fictional world of Middle Earth. As the story goes, "In a hole in the ground, there lived a Hobbit...." Bilbo Baggins would much rather relax in his comfy hobbit-hole or take long walks in the Shire than have adventures. After all, "adventures make one late for dinner." Unfortunately, Gandalf the Wizard shows up one day with other plans for Bilbo. Gandalf introduces Bilbo to a rag-tag band of dwarves whose leader, Thorin Oakensheild, asks Bilbo for help in recovering his family's treasure from the fire-breathing dragon Smaug. Bilbo meekly accepts the offer, and soon finds himself on a long journey through Mirkwood forest, to Smaug's dark lair in the Lonely Mountain. Along the way, the unlikely band is captured and nearly eaten by trolls, shackled and prodded by goblins, tied-up in webs and hung from trees by giant spiders, and finally imprisoned by the swarthy, distrustful woodland elves of Mirkwood. With keen hobbit-wits and a magic ring he finds in the goblin caves, Bilbo manages to free the band on several occasions and helps them recover their lost inheritance. Understandably, much detail was omitted from Tolkien's novel to fit this made-for-TV adaptation -- most notably the story of the group's encounter with Beorn the shape shifter, and the somewhat complex issue of the Arkenstone, a legendary gem which Bilbo steals from Smaug's treasure-trove unbeknownst to the dwarves. Rankin-Bass Productions made another foray into Middle Earth several years later with The Return of the King, picking up where animator Ralph Bakshi left his unfinished adaptation of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. ~ Anthony Reed, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Otto Preminger
    Otto Preminger - Elf King
  • Don Messick
    Don Messick - Balin
  • John Huston
    John Huston - Gandalf the Grey
  • Cyril Ritchard
    Cyril Ritchard
  • John Stephenson
    John Stephenson - Dori



Overall customer rating

4.5
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Beloved Cartoon Classic, Missing Layer of Audio

    Posted
    kevman79

    Great animated film. The only thing that prevents me from giving this product a 5-star rating is that the disc is missing a layer of audio in certain scenes, and as a result entire sound effects have been completely removed from the picture. This is no doubt a digital mastering error which should be corrected and re-issued.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding

    Posted
    Anonymous

    By far some of the best folk/fantasy musical score in any movie and to me rivals the Lord of the Rings soundtracks. Fitting animation style, a great story, everyone of any age will enjoy this timeless classic. Actually, this animated movie captures more of the feel from Tolkien more so than the live action movies.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Animated Hobbit DVD

    Posted
    Mary
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    I have been searching local stores for this animated copy of the Hobbit DVD for a while. I finally found a copy from a reputable buyer for a good cost.It came extremely fast and the shipping was free for elite members!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Made Grandma happy

    Posted
    mowawarrior
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    My grandmother and I used to watch this on VHS quite often, but those tapes did not last the test of time. This is a good substitute, although the audio is not the greatest. I'm very satisfied still.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic

    Posted
    Bakerman
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    This is an excellent telling of the story. I actually like it better then the trilogy that was created because this follows the book closer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Had to have it

    Posted
    1WayneOne1
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    I have been looking for these for quite a while, glad I found them!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    a classic now available on DVD

    Posted
    1philsfan
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    It's great to be able to watch an old favorite on DVD.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very Good

    Posted
    CallawayMan

    This was a great movie that everyone in the family will enjoy!!

    I would recommend this to a friend


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