The Desolation of Smaug: Extended Edition Review

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The expanded vision of the second installment bolsters Middle-earth’s richness and reinstates Peter Jackson’s masterful filmmaking that spans a 6-film saga.

As a theatrical release, The Desolation of Smaug was a significant improvement from the occasionally slow-moving sequences (which I personally find no objection to) in An Unexpected Journey.The Desolation of Smaug EE DVD

But whilst the first Extended Edition release (with a total of 13 minutes of extra footage) felt more like a financial (as well as traditional) move for fans (though I find the Hobbiton sequences the most appropriate), The Desolation of Smaug’s 25 minutes of new scenes marks a massive improvement in the scope of the two Extended Editions.

I can here formally extend my gratitude to Peter Jackson for re-recognizing the meaning of an Extended Edition – following the success of the format with The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Continue reading “The Desolation of Smaug: Extended Edition Review”

News from Middle-Earth

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The Hobbit marketing machine seems to be gearing up and making a final push before The Battle of the Five Armies hits our screens in just over 2 months.

With a hail of new updates, we take a quick look at what has been going on in the past few weeks – and what we can expect in the very near future. Continue reading “News from Middle-Earth”

Rumours of Thráin …

**Warning: possible minor spoilers from The Hobbit**

> Who is this Thráin?

You know, that crazy dwarf – king-to-be character – which was supposed to make an appearance in The Desolation of Smaug – but clearly didn’t.

Upon seeing the first two films in The Hobbit trilogy, Thráin II (son of Thrór, father of Thorin Oakenshield) appears to be a rather key ingredient in the whole narrative – despite his lack of Thráin IIparticipation in the story.
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Expect ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ this December … plus, DOS EE!

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Peter Jackson announces Hobbit 3’s altered title

Forget The Hobbit: Into the Fire; the third film will be renamed The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – states Peter Jackson on his Facebook page, here.

In the mind-blowing statement, Jackson discusses how he and his team arrived at such a significant alteration: Continue reading “Expect ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ this December … plus, DOS EE!”

Life? Excuses? Procrastination?

“All of them at once”, said Bilbo.

– On the ridiculously lengthy time in writing that massive The Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Trilogy review …

If you still remember, the last time I posted the first part from The Fellowship of the Ring review (November, 2013 – oh my!), I promised I’d continue working on the rest.

And in truth I did.

For a while …
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Dragons vs Wyverns: The Question of Smaug

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– No ‘The Hobbit’ spoilers

I love dragons. They’re simply the most fascinating creatures in any mythology or fantasy story – capable of breathing fire and roaming the skies (among other things). Modern-day narratives seem to place these beings on the good side, and whilst still intriguing, I rather  prefer the good-old evil and nasty creatures from European literature.
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