First off I agree that there is a lot in this movie that wasn't present in the book, but people must remember that this is the movie..not the book! It has to appeal not only to those of us who read and love The Lord Of The Rings/The Hobbit books but to those whom have never laid hands on a J.R.R. Tolkien masterpiece. What Peter Jackson has done is amazing and the fact that even with the changes made compared to the book has drawn many people young and old to the beloved books is a bonus in my eyes. It is VERY rare to see a movie made based on a book that doesn't have changes of some sort.
Now for the movie..WOW ! I can't find enough amazing words for it ! It turned me into a drooling geek :-) I didn't want it to end and the 3D in this movie ... out of my whole movie collection the BEST one so far! I couldn't stop grinning ear to ear while watching it. The depth of the 3D really helped me immerse myself into the scenes. The extended footage blended in so well and I would never want to waste my time with the non extended version !
Included in this set is also the extended version with the film makers commentary and a segment called "New Zealand: Home Of The Middle-Earth part 2" If you get the time watch it! You wont regret it. Also part 9 of the appendices INTO THE WILDERLAND - The Chronicles Of The Hobbit- Part 2 which features cast and crew sharing their experiences and stories during the making of the movie. Disc 5 has The Appendices Part 10 THE JOURNEY TO EREBOR giving you a glimpse at how things went from concept to creation showing off the high frame-rate 3D technology.
This 5 disc set has me geeking out so much ..I really can't say enough about it!
If you have the ability to play a 3D movie then don't hesitate on buying this one ! It truly is a MUST for our collection !
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