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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug [2 Discs] [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [DVD] [2013]

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    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4599 out of 4683)

    Special Features


    • Peter Jackson invites you to the set:
    • experience the film's challenges and demands, and journey alongside the director into Mirkwood, Lake-town and Dale as the movie's most intense, pivotal scenes are created.
    • Production videos: go behind the scenes as the film is shot and scored.
    • New Zealand: home of Middle-Earth, part 2

    Synopsis


    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
    Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage), his mighty band of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), and wise wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) embark on a crusade to reclaim Erebor from the vicious dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) in this sweeping fantasy adventure that picks up where the events of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey left off. Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) once again directs from a screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Ian McKellen
      Ian McKellen - Gandalf
    • Martin Freeman
      Martin Freeman - Bilbo Baggins
    • Richard Armitage
      Richard Armitage - Thorin Oakenshield
    • Benedict Cumberbatch
      Benedict Cumberbatch - Smaug
    • Evangeline Lilly
      Evangeline Lilly - Tauriel



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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      It's the vuisuals

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      Erick
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      As with the previous "An Unexpected Journey," the 2.40:1 1080p MVC 3D picture is true to Director Peter Jackson and Cinematographer Andrew Lesnie’s magical visualizations in every nuanced detail. For this second release, "The Desolation Of Smaug" is much darker and oppressive. While more visually challenging, both the 2D and 3D encodings are flawless! While every parameter of quality is precisely executed—color fidelity, contrast, and black levels—it is the 3D application that draws the audience completely into the image and storytelling. The 3D was captured with a total of 17 Red Epic digital cameras locked into 3Reality Digital mirror system rigs and other custom rigs, and monitored in 3D as it was being made. The sense of depth, dimensionality, and perspective is astonishingly successful, though, relatively restrained from screen-puncturing gimmicks. Spatial relationships of people and objects against vast landscapes and distant horizons is striking. Characterizations are incredibly realistic, with convincing shapely volume depiction's and spatial interplays. Whether during quieter scenes or rambunctious battle scenes, the sense of depth and scale is absolutely realistic. The feeling conveyed is one of “you are there” as an invisible observer. As was the case in the last release, occasionally, a sword, fluttering bird, or swinging ax extends out of the screen, but still this negative parallax view never is a distraction. Throughout the viewing experience the integrity of the 3D is never compromised. As for the elements comprising the picture, color fidelity is exceptional, with lush Shire greens, glowing browns and oranges, blue skies, blazing flames, lifelike fleshtones, and complexly deep blacks providing the imaginative stylization. Contrast is excellent, with solid blacks and natural shadow detail evidenced throughout. Resolution and clarity is exceptional as well, no doubt due to the original master photography captured at 48 frames per second at 5K resolution. The human eye sees 60 frames per second, so 48 frames gives the viewer more of what they would actually see in the real world. Fine detail is evident in facial features, creatures, hair, costumes, and objects. Such nuanced resolution enhances the sense of realism and transport to the worlds of Middle-earth. The imagery is impressively pristine, without artifacts such as ringing, aliasing, macroblocking, banding, noise, and crosstalk. This is without reservation one of the finest 3D native presentations to be experienced. Jackson has ensured optimum quality of presentation by spreading the storytelling over two Blu-ray Discs™. This is a true reference-quality picture and a MUST HAVE for one's Blu-ray Disc library.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      An exciting return to Middle Earth

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      Oakenshield26
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      If you liked "An Unexpected Journey," then you are sure to like "The Desolation of Smaug." The performances are very good all the way around: Ian McKellan in his usual fantastic best as Gandalf, Richard Armitage as the intense and courageous Thorin Oakenshield, and of course Martin Freeman as The Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins. I especially liked seeing Freeman as Bilbo in a brief but dramatic scene where we get to see him contend with the seductive lure of "The One Ring" after almost losing it. The rest of the cast does a great job also, from Orlando Bloom's reprisal as Legolas, to the many dwarfs in Thorin's band, to newcomer Angeline Lilly. Tolkein purists who would like to literally see the novel "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" on the screen may be disappointed. This is Peter Jackson's version of "The Hobbit," and it does deviate from the book on quite a few occassions. I personally liked the changes, but then again, I am not quite so married to the book. The tone of the movie is a bit more lighthearted than "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy was, just like the previous movie. Some may not like this, but I think that it is justified, because the book it is based on was originaly meant as a children's book, unlike The Lord of the Rings. Even so, Jackson seems to have made a movie that is darker than the source material, and has sort of split the difference between the tone of the book and the tone of the the Lord of the Rings trilogy. This set is great - it comes with four formats of the movie, including Blu-Ray 3D. If you are lucky enough to own a 3D TV and a 3D Blu-Ray player, then you are in for a real treat. The 3D in this movie is very good, with decent depth of field. The sound and image quality is just as you would hope for, too. If you are thinking about getting this, then just do it!

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Stellar Release of an Engaging Sequel

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      Thom
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      MOVIE: While An Unexpected Journey dragged along awkwardly for nearly three hours, The Desolation of Smaug speeds ahead at a breakneck pace, without glossing over nor dwelling too much on anything. The story has much of the same faults as the first movie, but remains strong and considerably more engaging than its predecessor. The best thing I will say about this movie, though, is that it is FUN. This movie is a blast to watch, whether it's because of an unexpected character beat or one of the film's many swiftly-helmed action sequences, this movie is enthralling from start to finish. VIDEO: Perfect. Colors are vivid and convincing, contrast is accurate, definition is stellar, and no compression issues are to be seen. The barrel ride scene uses a few shots from a GoPro camera, which are lower in resolution than the RED cameras that shot the rest of the movie. So, know that the look of those shots is not the result of a poor transfer, but the source material. And personally, I adore those shots. AUDIO: The Lord of the Rings trilogy made for some incredible audio experiences, from the DVD's standard DTS tracks to the Blu-rays DTS-HD MA tracks. And The Desolation of Smaug's DTS-HD MA 7.1 track just builds onto that perfect reputation. The soundstage is very well realized, the rear speakers in constant and aggressive use. The LFE output is hefty and loud, but controlled and tight. Fidelity is phenomenal, and pans are convincing. Dialogue is never lost, and is always pronounced and discernible. FEATURES: Like the first movie, the theatrical release comes only with some Production Diaries.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Nearly perfect set for a good-but-not-perfect film

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      cac237
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      I have to make this rather minute point right away: They did something particularly right with this release the theatrical edition didn't. On the disc split with the 3D version, they put it at the RIGHT SPOT in the extended edition; the theatrical edition had it cut off very suddenly. That said, on to the main review. Yes, I'm a Tolkien fan, and yes, I believe the stretching to three movies was a bit BOLD. Anyway, having now seen the third (and theatrically it's good, but I'm waiting for the EE on that one big time), I can say the second in my opinion is the best, and the EE of this one really fleshed it out more. Once again, it's still bold how the book is being stretched out, but speaking as a Tolkien fan, I like getting all the Middle Earth I can get. Anyway, the 3D presentation is suberb. There are plenty of moments where you're sucked in without too many gimmicky moments. The shining moments are when Smaug himself is on screen. The audio still doesn't disappoint - and why would it? The extras are right on par with the other extended editions. Regardless of the varying opinions of the movies, there's no denying the extent of how deep they go into the making of the Middle Earth movies. You're going to need some serious caffeine and free time to get through all this! Bottom line, if you liked the movie, you'll probably want this set. I suppose you needed another general, valid reason to get it. ***BTW, Best Buy, if you're reading this, last year there was a 3D only edition of Unexpected Journey. I'm wondering why you didn't get one this year?

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Viewer's Cut Beats Director's - Skip the She-Elf

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      Marcello
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      Loved the trilogy. Was dismayed to hear that slight children's delight, The Hobbit, was being extended into 3 installments. Rightfully so. Despite a great job of casting, the add-ins were interminable in the theater - especially in Part 2... I spent most of the time worrying about what abomination was going to happen next. Worst parts were suffering through every scene with the She-Elf (and sadly, Legolas) - particularly the cuts back and forth establishing a romance with the injured Kili while the rest of the crew were running from Smaug. Did anyone care? I think we wanted to see the confrontation with the dragon. Talk about killing the momentum. It all reads as a cheap shot to build sympathy for a big tear jerker moment when the inevitable occurs in the third installment... Which I have no idea how Jackson will manage to stretch into a feature -other than through an extended animated battle scene... Which brings us to the cartooned-out Orcs. Remember theUruk-hai in the trilogy.? Yeah. No comparison. Bet the new battles won't measure up either. Anyhow - at least when you own the DVD you can skip over the filler and make a decent film of it and enjoy Freeman's and Cumberbatch's pitch-perfect interpretations. Hence the 4-stars. But Jackson? What a shame. (OK, What was with that scheme to gild the dragon?Looked cool, but hokey as heck. And can you believe there's actually an extended version?) Only recommended if you promise to make your own cuts. Liberally.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Peter Jackson is THE director for big-screen epics

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      StillBuysCDs
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      While the first "Hobbit" film in this latest trilogy from director Peter Jackson took its sweet time getting things moving, this one does away with the singing and kitchen antics that slowed down "An Unexpected Journey" and follows the adventures of Bilbo, Gandalf, and company on their way to an exciting encounter with the dragon Smaug. The action sequences are spectacular and visually innovative, so much better than the latest works from Michael Bay, George Lucas, etc...especially an attack by giant spiders in a forest and a great chase in wine barrels along a raging river. Nice to see Evangeline Lilly of LOST playing an elf warrior, along with returning favorite Legolas (Orlando Bloom) who really steals the scenes he's in dispatching Orcs and other villains with Matrix-like flair (only not in slo-mo "bullet time!"). Smaug is awesomely rendered, animated, and voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Really looking forward to the next movie, which should conclude this trilogy with great spectacle just as "Return of the Kind" did with the earlier LOTR trilogy. Bravo, Peter Jackson! Movies like this are what Blu-ray was made for. Enjoy in your home theater...

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Extended versions are a must for any Hobbit fan!

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      sloopy69
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      Just like with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Hobbit movies are released on DVD/BluRay as the theatrical versions and then months later released again with extended versions. Result is that the fans of these wonderful movies are faced with buying the original releases and then having to repurchase them again in order to have the extended versions. It would be wonderful if the movie industry would release both versions with the initial release and let the fans decide which version they preferred so as to only have to buy them once. Regardless, I am thrilled to have the extended version and I have found that with each extended version, there are wonderful additions to the films that merit the cost and time of watching a longer version of these movies. Clever marketing without a doubt. I am now looking forward to the last of this trilogy although i know it will be released as the others with the original theatrical and then at a later date the extended version. Oh well, what are we going to do except buy them both because no Hobbit or LOR fan is going to wait. Strongly recommend these movies!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Makes the case for a second great trilogy

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      TolkienFan
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      I loved the LOTR series and the extended editions so much more. The theatrical versions of the Hobbit films left me scratching my head more with each release. While they had some good to great moments in them and are visually stunning, overall they seemed more of an inconsistent mess of story. My mind changed when i revisited them on Blu in their extended versions. While the films still have some storytelling and pacing issues, the edits and added scenes allow the films to breathe unlike their theatrical versions. Bilbo becomes more of a central figure in the story and we have more quiet moments to balance out the action. They feel better paced overall and a great addition to the LOTR trilogy. I think in time people will look to the 6 films in Jackson's filmography as quite a cinematic achievement in its breadth and scope. One last thing, the actually Battle of the Five armies is an amazing smorgasbord of choreography, storytelling and visual gory fun. You can tell that Peter Jackson and the crew had a lot of fun putting it together.

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