The Hobbit 2: Extended Edition
Middle- earth spread
Release Date: OUT NOW!
2013 | 12 | Steelbook Blu- ray 3D/ Blu- ray 3D/ DVD Director: Peter Jackson Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Evangeline Lilly, Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt, Aidan Turner It’s a Peter Jackson Middle- earth film, so you know the drill: moments of cinematic beauty, impeccable casting and astonishing production design versus CG overload, over- the- top action and lowbrow humour. If you hated all the singing in An Unexpected Journey you’ll probably prefer The Desolation Of Smaug, though it struggles even more not to feel like an episodic road movie.
This time it’s not a simple case of “x minutes have been added” – some ( brief ) moments have actually been cut, and others digitally altered. The result is about 18 minutes longer, but feels like a lot more. The main additions are a much extended journey through Mirkwood ( with two key moments reinstated), and an impressive fight between Gandalf and mad dwarf Thráin at Dol Guldur. There are also some very amusing extra scenes featuring the Master of Lake- Town and Alfrid – including the sight of Stephen Fry eating testicles!
An excellent commentary from Jackson and co- writer Philippa Boyens, plus the usual massive list of “Appendices”, totalling nearly 10 hours of making- of footage. Unlike the extras on the first film, though ( which felt like a coherent “biography of a movie”) the material here is rather randomly assembled, overlong in places and occasionally repetitive. But you do get exciting glimpses of filming for The Battle Of The Five Armies. Dave Golder
According to a schedule you see at one point, Eva Green auditioned for a role in the movie – presumably Tauriel.
Always believe in your soul, Bilbo.