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Thanksgiving is here and Amazon.com's Black Friday holiday sales are in full swing with the biggest discounts you'll see all year in Blu-ray films, Blu-ray TV boxsets and console game sales. Below are the best bargains on offer so far in those categories.
This posting will be updated each day between now and Cyber Monday on December 1st with the best deals on the e-tailer. As usual the 'Hot Daily Deals' section points out the must-see biggest bargains to be had today - the kind that sell out quickly and are only available for a very limited time so keep an eye on it.
Please note that Dark Horizons will earn a very small referral fee when readers purchase something on Amazon through one of the links below. Said fee helps contribute towards the site's running costs. We only do this type of sale once a year so if »
- Garth Franklin
Warner Bros. has released three new The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies images online. The film concludes the Hobbit saga as five armies descend upon the Lonely Mountain in order to claim its now unguarded treasure, and it also acts as as prelude to Jackson’s other J.R.R. Tolkein trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. Because The Desolation of Smaug ended in an action cliffhanger (as opposed to the previous movies, which ended in walking cliffhangers), I assume Tbotfa will begin with Smaug raining down fire on Lake-town. The movie is supposed to end with a 45-minute battle sequence, and I guess that's the only way to go when your first set piece is a dragon destroying an entire town. Hit the jump to check out The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies images. The film stars Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, »
- Matt Goldberg
Here's a festive gift we can open a wee bit early: BBC Radio 4 has confirmed that its six-part Good Omens adaptation will start on Monday the 22nd of December at 11pm, running throughout the Christmas week and culminating with an hour-long episode on Saturday the 27th of December (presumably just after tea).
Geek radio drama doyen Dirk Maggs (The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Neverwhere) has adapted Gaiman and Pratchett's 1990 comic apocalypse novel for the airwaves. Maggs and producer Heather Larmour have amassed an impressive cast for the series, led by Mark Heap and Peter Serafinowicz as angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley respectively. Those two are joined by Colin Morgan, Josie Lawrence, Paterson Joseph, Clive Russell, Phil Davis, Louise Brealey and more. Think of it as a geek Christmas selection box, »
Andy Serkis is best known for his performance-capture appearances as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit trilogies and as Caesar in the Planet of the Apes franchise. But, nowadays he is very busy at his new studio called The Imaginarium where new digital and performance capture technologies are developed. In an exclusive interview with Empire, he offered some details about his work in the newest Marvel film, Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Read his comments below:
“We did some work on Ultron. On the development of Ultron before James Spader came on board. In terms of movement styles: was he gonna be human-like? Was he going to be robot-like? So we worked with a bunch of different people, from body-popping experts to dancers, to this guy called Neil who’s nearly eight feet tall...”
He also spoke about the work he did with Mark Ruffalo to bring The Hulk to life. »
- Munir Abedrabbo
It’s been thirteen years since Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) first left Bag End in director Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring. Since then, the two Middle-earth trilogies have banked countless Oscar nominations, and have accumulated enough box office gold that comparisons to Smaug’s treasure are not out of realm of modest.
With The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hitting theatres on December 17, we got a tad nostalgic about all those sneaky little hobbitses. Our time in Middle-earth has regrettably come to an end, but in the words of Mr. Frodo: “I am glad you are here with me. Here at the end of all things.”
If you get a little weepy whenever Samwise Gamgee (Sean Astin) gives a speech – like we do – get your tissues ready for our supercut of some of our favourite Middle-earth moments.
- Sasha James
As we gear up for our final trip to Middle-earth with Peter Jackson, a new ‘Legacy’ trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has arrived online, which brings together footage from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, along with the two previous Hobbit movies and the upcoming final chapter. Check it out below…
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard »
- Gary Collinson
In just a couple of weeks, the final chapter in Peter Jackson's epic journeys to Middle Earth will hit theaters. Some fans will be thanking Sauron that the series is over while the majority will be bittersweet in knowing that the Lord Of The Rings big screen tale is complete (assuming he doesn't decide to make The Silmarillion). in anticipation of these final weeks, a new trailer has been released that cuts together highlights from The Lord Of The Rings and the first two Hobbit films before »
- Alex Maidy
The defining chapter in the The Hobbit trilogy is just weeks out. To celebrate the release of Battle of The Five Armies in theaters this December, Warner Bros. has released a new Legacy trailer. Explore Middle-earth, and relive your favorite moments from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit with this exciting and heartfelt montage from all six films.
This holiday season, The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
Will any of them make it out alive?
Take a trip back to where it all began, and watch as all of your favorite moments are collected in one place. »
There are plenty of good deals going down or about to go down ahead of Black Friday, and a great deal is now available for Lord of the Rings fans. Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day is The Lord of the Rings: Extended Editions for $29.99, which is 75% off the Msrp. This is probably the best deal you'll find on this set for a very long time, and even if you have the Extended Editions on DVD, the transfers are top-notch. If you've thought about getting this set, today's the day to pull the trigger. Click here to buy. Remember, Gold Box Deals expire at the end of the day. [Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running. Thank you for reading and supporting Collider.]
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- Matt Goldberg
A couple of new 2014 Amazon early Black Friday deals have popped up in the Blu-ray space and both are definitely worth taking note of. One in particular has been so popular that it has skyrocketed up into second place of Amazon's Blu-ray bestsellers chart in no time flat.
That deal is for Bryan Singer's wildly popular and extremely entertaining X-Men: Days of Future Past on Blu-ray. This single-disc release typically sells for between $15 and $20 at Amazon.com. For today at least it's going for $9.99, and that includes free shipping for Amazon Prime members.
Visit the X-Men: Days of Future Past Blu-ray Black Friday deal at Amazon.
The second Amazon Black Friday early bird deal revolves around The Lord of the Rings, and I don't mean only the film trilogy from Peter Jackson. Amazon is using their Gold Box Deal of the Day to promote a Lotr media bundle that »
Every year Amazon puts the extended Blu-ray edition of the Lord of the Rings trilogy on sale during Black Friday Deals Week and this year is no different in that respect, though it is a little different in that they are bundling it with even more J.R.R. Tolkien goodies for fans of Middle Earth. Along with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which includes the extended Blu-ray editions of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, you can buy bundles that also include all four books, including "The Hobbit" as well as either the PS4 or Xbox One edition of the Shadow of Mordor video game. I've included the links below along with a selection of other deals on more Blu-rays, Blu-ray players, televisions, soundbars and more! The »
- Brad Brevet
The latest extended international TV spot for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies revisits The Lord of the Rings and ties the whole Middle Earth saga together in one wonderfully nostalgic trailer. Of course, it also offers up some more footage from the upcoming epic final film in the franchise. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is set to be released on December 17th. »
- Joey Paur
Andy Serkis is best known for his motion capture roles, such as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Kong in King Kong and Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Most recently, Serkis has been brought on board Avengers: Age of Ultron to help the cast with motion capture through his studio Imaginarium. Serkis also has a live action role in the film, with speculation suggesting that he is playing the Black Panther villain Ulysses Klaw, but his main responsibility was working with James Spader and Mark Ruffalo on their motion capture work as Ultron and The Hulk.
“We did some work on Ultron,” Serkis tells Empire with regards to Imaginarium’s involvement with Age of Ultron. “On the development of Ultron before James Spader came on board. In terms of movement styles: was he gonna be human-like? »
- Thomas Roach
While the Hobbit prequel trilogy hasn’t quite disappointed on the same level that Star Wars managed, it has been rather unspectacular. A slow and unenthusiastic start with An Unexpected Journey was followed up by the better, if somewhat silly, The Desolation Of Smaug last year with the finale coming on 12th December.
Although the magic of the original trio may be missing in the two films so far, as a result of poorer scripts, too much CGI and strange story choices, there is no denying that Peter Jackson is a master at world building. The Lord Of The Rings trilogy was renowned for such creation, with massive amounts of detail being thrown into miniscule details that often couldn’t even be seen without pausing the film and looking very closely.
For example, if you pause during an orc battle scene you will notice the numerous varieties of helmets, »
- Sean Lunt
Werewolves should never mess with a blind Vietnam veteran.
Here’s the synopsis:
Crescent Bay is not the ideal place to spend one's golden years, especially since the once-idyllic retirement community has been beset by a series of deadly animal attacks from the ominous forest surrounding it. When grizzled war veteran Ambrose McKinley (Nick Damici) is forced into moving there by his yuppie son Will (Ethan Embry), the residents immediately take offense to Ambrose's abrasive personality. But that take-no-prisoners attitude may be just what Ambrose needs to survive as it becomes clear that the attacks are being caused by creatures that are neither animal nor man, and that the tight-knit community of Crescent Bay is hiding something truly sinister in its midst...
Latino-Review had »
- Gig Patta
'The Last Goodbye' will run over the end credits of the final film in the trilogy.
Watch a trailer for the film here. »
Last month, we reported that actor/singer Billy Boyd, who played Peregrin Took in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, is singing the end credits song for The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. While the song itself debuted last week, Warner Bros.' WaterTower Music has released an official music video.
This four and a half minute video features plenty of footage from director Peter Jackson's final Hobbit adventure, along with Billy Boyd signing and playing guitar in the recording booth. The actor/musician co-wrote the song with filmmakers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Billy Boyd had this to say about how they wanted to say goodbye to audiences with this song.
"We had to get the song just right, to send the audience out of the movie theater in the most perfect way we could. But I don't »
Good, original crime thrillers can be extremely difficult to come by. For ever Goodfellas or Fargo, there are quite a few efforts that end up falling a bit flat, giving viewers a definite “been there, done that” feeling. When original crime films do come, it’s typically out of nowhere and a lasting effort that ends up acheiving some form of cult status. The Angus Sampson-led crime thriller/comedy, The Mule, is just that kind of film, one that pulls you into its web and gives its audience a suspenseful and comical look at one bad situation.
The Mule‘s plot is not only somewhat original, but one that will keep you on edge and well,..almost throwing up at times, with the film’s protagonist, Ray, making the mistake of agreeing to hide a kilo of heroin in his stomach and transporting it back to Australia. The idea »
- Jerry Smith
For the upcoming epic action-adventure Exodus: Gods And Kings, acclaimed director Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator) has recruited three-time Academy Award nominee Alberto Iglesias to compose the film score. The soundtrack will be from Sony Classical digitally on December 9 and on CD on December 16.
20th Century Fox releases Exodus: Gods And Kings in theaters everywhere on December 12.
When it came to the music for his visually stunning movie, Ridley Scott has opted as much for delicate arrangements as orchestral bombast – a noteworthy decision considering the truly monumental production. Strings, choir, featured soloists and soulful vocals complement Iglesias’ trademark composing style in this breathtaking score.
Iglesias provides the biblical material a historic yet modern feel. Given the challenge of maintaining the upper hand in such a large project, the highly versatile Iglesias skillfully masters the gap between subtle emotion and martial brutality.
The recording of Exodus: Gods And Kings took »
- Michelle McCue
We may have already heard the song that The Lord of the Rings alum Billy Boyd performed for the end-credits scene in the upcoming Middle Earth saga capper, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, but now, courtesy of EW, the song has been put to video.
The video features footage of Boyd performing the song in the studio, juxtaposed against footage from the entire six-film saga and even some behind-the-scenes footage. Check it out below:
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is set for release on December 12th in the UK and December 17th in North America, with a cast that includes Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, with Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, John Bell, Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage, »
- James Garcia
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