Skip to comments.Blu-ray review: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ (Extended Edition) has more to love
Posted on 01/02/2016 9:49:39 PM PST by Perdogg
Back on Nov. 17, Warner Bros. released the long-awaited, extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The film adds just 20 extra minutes, but packs a lot of emotion into those minutes.
By now, most of us have seen the Hobbit movies and it can probably be agreed that Peter Jackson created amazing pieces of art. However, most of us wished for more in-depth scenes or more face time for a favorite character. With the extended edition, we get both, plus two full discs of bonus features.
A few scenes were extended with just a couple additional camera angles, but there were others that added depth to the story. We learn more about Gandalf as a bearer of the Rings of Power during his capture before being saved by Galadriel. There is also a stunning funeral scene for the dwarfsâ fallen comrades near the end of the movie where each member of the party says their tearful goodbyes to their friends.
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This whole thing was bloated into a disaster.
The last thing it needs is more footage.
I hated the Hobbit movies. During the last one I walked out of the movie theater.
thank you for sharing.
Could have been a fantastic movie if produced in the 1950s by the same talent that made The Ten Commandments and Forbidden Planet.
By "lot of emotion" they mean another long boring drawn out battle between 1000s of CGI characters.
The Hobbit wasn’t published until 1937 and the baby boomers didn’t really discover it until the 60s, ‘70s thinking Gandalf and Bilbo were blowing dope.
I sometimes find it funny to read the complaints about “changes” between the Hobbit movies and books. Aside from much of the added stuff in the Hobbit movies actually being mined from the LOTR Appendices and (in some cases) the Lost Tales and Silmarillion (except of course Azog surviving the battle at Moria et cetera and no mention of the Balrog as in the other Tolkein material), I wonder why people don’t react the same way to the drastic changes between the book version of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” (in which the Wicked Witch of the West is a minor character that appears in only one chapter) and the movie version (silver slippers changed to ruby, the experience changed to a dream, Glinda being changed to the Good Witch of the North whereas she is the witch of the South in the book, etc.)
Do you mean Bolg instead of Balrog? Bolg is mentioned.
I want a version where Thorin Oakenshield doesn’t die. That was one hot dwarf.
The extended battle scenes are much more interesting and the funeral of Thorin, Kili, and Fili should have been included in the theatrical version.
I think Richard Armitage should be the next James Bond.
I don’t think the Wizard of Oz had the following that LOTR does. Most LOTR fans view The Hobbit in about the same context it was presented: as a short prelude primarily for children. Making an epic movie trilogy out of it seems a bit unnecessary.
“Could have been a fantastic movie if produced in the 1950s by the same talent that made The Ten Commandments and Forbidden Planet.”
Robby the Robot saying “Let my Hobbits go!” ?
Sorry, it’s late.
“I hated the Hobbit movies. During the last one I walked out of the movie theater.”
Saw the first one. Walked out of the second one. Don’t even know how many were made after that. After all, if you’ve once seen gazillions of Orcs chopped into OrcBurger, then you’ve seen ‘em all chopped into OrcBurger.
It is a children's book or at least a young adults book. A true following of the book without all the added nonsense including a stupid chase when the dwarfs escaped the wood elves including the kind of gymnastics and that would make Olga Korbut blush was more embarrassing than artful.
There probably aren’t any objections because so few people even know there was a book.
When at last the battle was won, the Dwarves that were left gathered in Azanulbizar. They took the head of Azog and thrust into its mouth the purse of small money, and then they set it on a stake. But no feast nor song was there that night; for their dead were beyond the count of grief. Barely half of their number, it is said, could still stand or had hope of healing.And of course, from that follows the narrative of Balins attempt to retake Moria, which was discovered by the Fellowship of the Ring to have been a failure.
Nonetheless, in the morning Thráin stood before them. He had one eye blinded beyond cure, and he was halt with a leg-wound; but he said: Good! We have the victory. Khazad-dûm is ours!
But they answered: Durins Heir you may be, but even with one eye you should see clearer. We fought this war for vengeance, and vengeance we have taken. But it is not sweet. If this is victory, then our hands are too small to hold it.
And those who were not of Durins Folk said also: Khazad-dûm was not our Fathers house. What is it to us, unless a hope of treasure? But now, if we must go without the rewards and the weregilds that are owed to us, the sooner we return to our own lands the better pleased we shall be.
Then Thráin turned to Dáin, and said: But surely my own kin will not desert me? No, said Dáin. You are the father of our Folk, and we have bled for you, and will again. But we will not enter Khazad-dûm. You will not enter Khazad-dûm. Only I have looked through the shadow of the Gate. Beyond the shadow it waits for you still: Durins Bane. The world must change and some other power than ours must come before Durins Folk walk again in Moria.
I should actually add that Durin’s Bane was not known to be a Balrog until the Fellowship encountered it. It was identified by such in the book by Legolas, rather than Gandalf.
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