Here's our in-depth look at the technology, the limitations and frustrations, and the wonderful moments that make up the The Hobbit on 4K Blu-ray release!
Here is our extended look at the new 4K UHD Blu-ray release of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Is it the ultimate holiday gift for the movie buff in your family?
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Somewhere between a natural continuation of the story arc kicked off by the previous “proper” entry of a franchise and a complete and total retconning of the same lies X-Men: Days of Future Past. It’s a stronger film than its immediate and proper predecessor, but thanks to some time travelling and convenient plotting, it essentially undoes most of the plot elements that didn’t work the last time out.
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug isn’t necessarily better or worse than its predecessor, but more like an inverse of all of An Unexpected Journey’s positives and negatives. Instead of an opening hour that sets things up in excruciating detail and a final two hours of exciting story, Smaug has a pretty entertaining, fast paced and swiftly moving opening 100 minutes before giving into repetitive indulgence that exists for no reason except to drag the story out over three movies.
While dividing Tolkien's most childish and thinnest material into three films seems like a strange decision, Peter Jackson makes it mostly work with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which still manages to be a lot of fun. That new high-frame rate 3D? Not so much.
We talk to the lucky actor to get the high profile role of Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson's kick off to The Hobbit trilogy, British actor Richard Armitage about working with Jackson, being on set in Middle Earth while being a huge Tolkien fan, and Andy Serkis asking the actor to go the extra mile for gritty realism.