The Battle of The Five Armies Extended Edition Review!

Thorin chargeAn Extended Cut that fixes many issues but remains slightly inconsistent

Here it is folks! The long-awaited review of the extended edition of The Battle of the Five Armies is here.

Don’t expect a long discussion for now; just a quick look at each extended scene.

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The Gaffer’s Elite: Characters

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Ranking all things Middle-earth

Last week we discussed some of the most remarkable sets and locations from the Middle-earth saga. This week, we’ll be looking at the characters.

This was naturally tricky, so I’ve decided not to rank these in the usual way. Rather than assigning numbers, I decided to select 3 characters from each trilogy and briefly explain the reasons why I find them appealing

As with the other posts, it does not mean that those unmentioned characters are not my favourite; but to keep this post brief and maintain the sanity of you the readers, I’ve limited by list to a total of 6.

I’ve made one exception and omitted Gandalf from both trilogies. Let’s face it. These films wouldn’t be the same without the contribution of Ian Mckellan’s stellar performance. Considering he’s in all 6 films, I’ve decided to leave him out. Nothing against Gandalf, at all. Again, it’s all about brevity (… and sanity). Continue reading

The Gaffer’s Elite! Songs

The Gaffer (updated)Ranking all things Middle-earth

Welcome to another installment of the Gaffer’s Elite. Last week we outlined the top cinematic battles from Middle-earth. This time, we’ll be looking at the songs.

I have had to limit myself by listing only appropriately termed songs. As much as they are beautiful, no melodies featured as background music in the films have been named – perhaps for another post …

These are songs specifically characterised by being vocal compositions sung by a character or an ensemble during the films.

Now if only they’d recorded the Elves singing “O Tra la la lally…”

**Updated: Includes Éowyn’s Lament. Big thumbs up to Denzel Caragos for jogging my memory!**

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The Hobbit: BOTFA Full Review!

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Scene by scene analysis of ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’

Warning: Spoilers ahead

Having just seen the last film for a third time, I think I am prepared to tackle the pleasurable, if arduous, task of writing an in-depth review.

I have roughly followed the soundtrack listing of each scene to keep a consistent and chronological structure to the writing.

Suffice to say, this is quite a lengthy review …

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The Battle of the Five Armies Teaser: My Reactions

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We’ve had just under a week to savour it and now, here are my thoughts on the teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies …

Overall impressions?

Moving, emotional, sweeping and epic. Continue reading

Do your Middle-earth discs freeze?

Freeze Middle-earth Discs

For clarity’s sake, I’ll ask that again …

Do your Middle-earth discs freeze?

“Freeze” as in: stop; pause; halt; momentarily cease to function; 1 frame turns into 10 frames or more?

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There and Back Again: The Shortest Middle-earth film?

Legolas and Bard TABAPerhaps the most intriguing point Richard Armitage made in a recent interview during the Empire Awards ceremony last week, was that the third film will most likely be shorter than the rest.

A shocking statement for some, no doubt!

I was taken aback as well by this comment; but after a while I tried to consider the reasons for this – if it turns out to be true.
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