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‘A noble quest, to reclaim a homeland, and slay a dragon’ – this plot synopsis, helpfully uttered by elven king Thranduil in the second instalment in the Hobbit trilogy, suggests there’s a straightforward A-to-b quality to this fantasy sequel.
Peter Jackson’s film is certainly a marked improvement on its predecessor. Rather than relying on a lengthy prefix and interminable exposition and singing in The Shire, The Desolation of Smaug gets going straight away. Purists will still have quibbles about changes or additions to the text but few could deny how thrilling the film is, whether it’s seeing Beorn evocatively realised, shuddering through a genuinely creepy sequence involving the spiders of Mirkwood, or bouncing along in a seemingly Donkey Kong-inspired Barrels Out Of Bond scene.
The action is splendidly developed, the design (as with all of Jackson’s Middle Earth epics) sumptuous and the principal cast excel themselves, with »
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Dean O’Gorman, Aidan Turner, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow, Adam Brown, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Sylvestor McCoy, Mikael Persbrandt
Running Time: 161 minutes
Extras: New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth Part 2, Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug: Trailer 1 & Trailer 2, Live Event: In the Cutting Room, Production Video 11: Introduction to Pick-Ups Shooting, Production Video 12: Recap of Pick-Ups, Part 1, Production Video 13: Recap of Pick-Ups Part 2, Production Video 14: Music Scoring-Scoring the Desolation of Smaug in Wellington, Peter Jackson invites you to the set, Lego Hobbit Game Trailer, Kingdoms of Middle Earth Trailer, Ed Sheeran – I See Fire Music Video
Splitting The Hobbit into a series of three films always seemed like a bit of a stretch to most, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The guys over at Wired have a behind the scenes look at the thrilling barrel chase in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug. Although the sequence was just seven minutes long, there was an estimated 91 hours of film recorded, be it CGI or live action....
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
The film sees Ian McKellen returning as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The cast also features Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, »
- Gary Collinson
We posted a motion poster for you last week that gave some of the details of the Blu-ray/DVD release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but now, thanks to the lovely folks at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, we have the full deets for you, including info on the very cool limited collector’s edition packaging, and some enticing clips to remind you of the awesomeness of the movie:
Trailer: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Available April 8
Clip: The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug – You Have No Right: Available April 8
Clip: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – It Is Our Fight: Available April 8
Clip: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Your World Will Burn: Available April 8
Clip: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – I Found Something: Available April 8
Clip: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Into the Barrels: Available April 8
Continue The Epic Adventure When “The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, »
- Erin Willard
If you don’t give and get spring baskets of goodies every year, maybe it’s time to start a new tradition, because Warner Bros. has announced that The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released as a 3D Blu-ray + Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Combo Pack on April 8, and nothing says “Happy Spring!” like dwarves and dragons.
To celebrate, Warner Bros Online has released this very cool 30-second motion poster:
Motion Poster: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – Blu-ray Release
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is available 4/8/14 on 3D Blu-Ray at the WB Shop http://bit.ly/GetTheHobbitTDOS
The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring.
Isn’t that description adorable? Ooo, a magical ring, I wonder what that’s all about?!
- Erin Willard
**Final artwork Tbc**
The adventure continues in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug and we’ve got all the details for the Home Entertainment that’s set for a UK release on April 7th!
Adventures abound as Bilbo, Gandalf and the Company of Dwarves continue their Quest through Middle-earth in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), arriving onto Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and digital download on 7 April from Warner Home Entertainment.The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug the second in a trilogy of films adapting the endearingly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, is directed by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, who also produces together with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh.
Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Benedict Cumberbatch, »
- Dan Bullock
News Den Of Geek 14 Feb 2014 - 11:03
A micropilot for The Minister Of Chance film project, starring Paul McGann and Tim McInnnerny, debuts today. Details here...
Producer Clare Eden and writer/director Dan Freeman are the brains behind the wonderful The Minister Of Chance audio series, an unofficial spin-off from Doctor Who that's built a real fanbase. A few months ago, the pair began fundraising for a film version of The Minister Of Chance, and today, they're presented a micropilot of it. We invited Clare to say a few words about it...
We are delighted to have finally completed a micropilot for the award-winning podcast series The Minister Of Chance. The short film - based on The Prologue - stars Paul McGann and Tim McInnerny and has been entirely funded by our now international fanbase. Today, the Minister Moguls who financed the film by buying a variety of perks will join the online premiere, »
(L-r) John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli, Erich Bergen as Bob Gaudio, Vincent Piazza as Tommy DeVito and Michael Lomenda as Nick Massi in Warner Bros. Pictures’ musical “Jersey Boys, ” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Warner Bros. Pictures has released their slate of films for 2014. Along with each movie’s synopsis and photos, you will find Hobbits, dolphins, legos, Godzilla as well as the latest info and first image of Clint Eastwood’s take on the musical Jersey Boys.
The cinematic lineup hosts a bevy of A-listers for fans of Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe, Colin Farrell, Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Bryan Cranston, Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine, Kevin Spacey, and Christoph Waltz.
Further on down the cinematic »
- Michelle McCue
8 items from 2014
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