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Bought the Blu-ray thinking it was working in Canada. But no!!! I did not open the Blu-ray and something was broken already inside. I tried to return it. The only way to return it is to pay shipping…60$ Canadian wow!!! So yeah I lost 40$…
I bought this for someone who is an avid fan of Lord of the Rings but he was disappointed by the amount of battle scenes. just how many battles can you cram into one movie. The special effects were innovative and clever but for the squeamish seeing heads roll in slow-mo can be off-putting for some.
After the initial logo and tinkley sound disks 2 and 3 failed to click forward to the menu. I had to eject and reload a couple of times before they worked. As for the film, it went on and on and I had difficulty connecting it to the book. A brilliant production but I'd rather read the book.
Item review: I purchased the standard DVD box set and received 3 DVDs in separate standard plastic cases, these three are then put inside a cardboard box which is quite nice. The discs are of good quality and I see no difference between this item and buying the discs separately, except for the price and the little cardboard box. Buying all three is a nice bundle and gives good value for money. Also included is an "ultraviolet" code so you can download the trilogy and watch it.
Some people complain about this trilogy, saying: "How can they make 3 movies from one little book, when they made 3 from the huge book that was LOTR?" Well, there are 2 ways to look at that. One is that yes, three movies is too much. The story moves fairly slowly and could have shown more progression. The other way of looking at it is that there are things shown in this movie that are not in "The Hobbit", but in other parts of Tolkien's universe. And that these need telling, knowing what we now know. Beorn, the spiders, the elves, the orcs, the Necromancer, the dragon quest - everything gets some time on the screen. As you should know, Tolkien wrote "The hobbit" long before LOTR and so this story of The necromancer was only mentioned in passing. It was just a little side quest for Gandalf, as he needed to be away from the dwarves so they could fend for themselves. After LOTR, though, we know that this litte side quest was actually a very important point in the long-term struggle against Sauron's evil. Some might say it would be an oversight to omit that from this story; it is for that reason it is given more time on the screen. Another good thing about turning this story into a whole trilogy is that each little gets told without rushing through it. The filmmakers can take their time with individual scenes.
On the other hand, though: the films are almost 2,5 hours long. Why? I have no idea. Each could have been made shorter, as much of the content is drawn out by silly slow-motion scenes accompanied by moving violin/choir music, as if every ten minutes, the filmmakers are trying to say that "this is an important part in the story". Too many of those turn the whole thing into a cliché. Slow-motion, guys roaring while fighting nasty orcs, sunlight shining over beautiful scenery, again while more moving violin music fills the air. Honestly, in the end you just want to laugh.
In short, I think that if you enjoyed the extended editions of LOTR you will like the fact that The Hobbit has also been made a trilogy. If you think those were too long-winded, chances are you will be bored by this.
I give the first film a grade 3/6, the second 4/6 and the third 3/6. Frankly, "The hobbit" not as good as it's hyped up to be.