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5.0 out of 5 stars What we can expect in the EXTENDED EDITION., August 6, 2013
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Anthony L. (The centre of the universe) - See all my reviews
WHAT WILL WE SEE IN THE EXTENDED EDITION:

1. More of DALE, including the BLACK ARROWS. Director Peter Jackson mentions a previously unseen character: "Girion, who is defending [the city of] Dale using black arrows against Smaug. And the black arrows play a part in an ongoing story, for they are the one thing that can pierce the dragon's hide."

2. More king of the wood elves; THRANDUIL. Peter Jackson: "There are also issues with Thranduil. We get some of the reason why he and the dwarves had a falling out - to do with these white gems..."

3. More of HOBBITON. Producer Phillipa Boyens: "You are going to get more of Hobbiton. We always wanted to wend our way through Hobbiton, but in the end Bilbo has to run out of the door."

4. The OLD TOOK'S PARTY: In which we see a younger Gandalf meet Bilbo Baggins as a young child, convincing the wizard of the young hobbit's bravery and courage. I won't spoil it for you, but it involves a dragon and a bit... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully executed., July 1, 2015
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Eclectic Galaxie (West Chester, OH United States) - See all my reviews
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I read the book in high school and it took several tries to get far enough into it to care. The movie is the same. And then at the nearly two hour mark the camera pans back on the travelers and you get ready to hit eject and go to bed. But no, there's an hour left yet! And don't look now... but there are two more movies left to tell the story of one little novel that was the prequel to Lord of the Rings. Beautifully executed... if you're into Tolkein, fantastic. I find it hard to keep paying attention, to keep all the characters straight, and quite frankly, to care. Have the third movie sitting here but haven't found the three hours to watch it. Now what I'd really like to see is Alan Garner's _The Weirdstone of Brisingamen_ made into a movie. Whoever did the movie for _A Wrinkle in Time_ is who should do it... not JJ Abrams or Peter Jackson.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly Long Journey, December 18, 2013
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Beau Yarbrough (Between Disneyland and Las Vegas) - See all my reviews
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My first memory of my father was me sitting in his lap as he read me the first page of the Hobbit. I've read the book numerous times, own the at times ironically entertaining Rankin-Bass Hobbit cartoon and loved the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings movies. I even think that, especially in the Two Towers and Return of the King, they benefit from the extended edition.

But the first movie in the Hobbit series is hurt, quite a bit, by the decision to stretch it into three movies. Was there more than would fit into one movie? Probably; the stuff with the Necromancer was pretty crucial to explain where Gandalf kept going to, and the visuals of Erebor are great for explaining the importance of the journey to the dwarves.

But the degree to which this has been stretched and padded goes beyond just including crucial information and creating three separate narrative arcs so that the movies, in theory, can each stand on their own for viewers. The movie dawdles far too long in... Read more
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