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Hobbit, The: The Battle of the Five Armies - 2014

New Line Cinema/MGM/Wingnut Films - 144 minutes(Theatrical); 174 minutes(Extended)

DVD (single disc) UPC # 794043164477(US); 9398711545196(NZ); 5051892186346(UK)
2D Blu-ray + DVD (3 disc) UPC# 794043165016(US); 9398711545189(NZ); 5051892186353(UK); 5051890290670(DE); (CA)
3D Blu-ray + 2D Blu-ray + DVD (5 disc) UPC# 794043164507(US); 9398711545981(NZ); 5051892193108 (UK); 5051890290700(DE); 794043164507(CA-no DVD)
DVD Trilogy (3 disc) UPC # 883929460762(US); 9398711546698(NZ); 5051892186841(UK)
2D Blu-ray + DVD Trilogy (9 disc) UPC# 883929460755(US); 9398711546681(NZ); 5051892186858(UK-Blu-ray only); (DE); (CA)
3D Blu-ray + 2D Blu-ray + DVD Trilogy (13 disc) UPC# 883929467648(US); 9398711546681(NZ); 5051892188487 (UK- no DVD); 5051890290700(DE); 883929467808 (CA)


Principal Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt, Ken Stott, Graham McTavish, William Kircher, 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, Mikael Persbrandt, Sylvester McCoy, Cate Blanchett, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, John Bell, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee.

Principal Filmmakers: Peter Jackson, Director; Producers: Carolynne Cunningham, Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Zane Weiner; Screenplay: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo Del Toro from the J.R.R. Tolkien novel; Original Music: Howard Shore; Director of Photography: Andrew Lesnie; Film Editing: Jabez Olssen; Production Design: Dan Hennah; Supervising Art Director: Simon Bright; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent; Costume Design: Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor; Makeup & Hair Supervisor: Rick Findlater; Prosthetics Supervisor: Tami Lane; Special Effects Supervisor: Robert Gillies, Phil McLaren; Senior Visual Effects Supervisor: Joe Letteri.

Censor Rating: PG-13 - Review Rating: B+

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
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Having reclaimed their homeland from the dragon Smaug, the company of dwarves have unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo attempts to make him see reason. Unseen by all but Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain. As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide to unite or be destroyed. The future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance. [Part three of the Trilogy]



The Theatrical Release

There are three package disc sets being offered of the theatrical version of the film from U.S. and Canadian sources on 24 April 2015. All three contain a DVD of the film and a second disc of extras that contain: Recruting the Five Armies, Completing Middle-earth, The Last Goodbye: Behind the Scenes, The Last Goodbye Music Video, New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth (part 3). The box contains a sheet with the code for accessing the "Ultraviolet" copy of the film for use on a mobile device.

The DVD only version is a 2-disc set, whereas the 2D Blu-ray offering is a 3-disc set (2- BD, 1-DVD) and the 3D Blu-ray offering is a 5-disc set (3-BD, 2-DVD). All versions display the feature film in 2.35:1 format (anamorphic) with 5.1 surround language soundtracks in English, French, Spanish. The Blu-ray versions have a DTS-HD 7.1 Master English soundtrack. After those basics come the additions and variations. The US and CA versions also have English, French and Spanish subtitle options with the feature film. The 2-disc DVD set is selling for $15-20us; The 3-disc set is selling for $20-30us; the 5-disc set sells for $27-40us.

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The Extended Release

August 2015 Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced that the Extended Edition release is scheduled for 17 November 2015. There will be a 2D 3-disc package and a 3D 5-disc package. The feature will contain 30 addition minutes and unlike the theatrical edition, has been rated R. There are over nine hours of extras including Appendices Parts XI and XII that showcase a chronological history of the filming, documenting the work done on-set through the three shooting blocks and in the world of its digital effects. The extras also contain Part 3 of 'The Home of Middle-earth'. The box contains a sheet with the code for accessing the "Ultraviolet" copy of the film for use on a mobile device.

The 2D Blu-ray Extended Edition organisation is as follows:
Disc 1 - Feature - 174 minutes + 'New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth - Part 3'- short (6:07) + Trailers (3 versions)
Optional audio commentary track by Peter jackson and Philippa Boyens
Disc 2 - Appendices: Part 11 - The Gathering Storm - The Chronicles of The Hobbit - Part 3 (4:52:49 in 14 parts)
- Opening (3:46)
01. In the Dungions of the Necromancer (30:08)
02. Fire and Water (30:02)
03. Under the Shadow of the Mountains (18:03)
04. In the Wake of the Dragon (27:28)
05. The Gathering of the Clouds (30:10)
06. Many Partings (30:02)
07. The Clouds Burst (29:49)
08. A Last Desperate Stand (30:12)
09. Out from the Gate (30:10)
10. The Last Stage (34:05)
11. Credits (04:03)

Disc 3 - Appendices: Part 12 - Here at Journeys End (5:00:14)
Beneath the Thunder: Forging a Battle of Five Armies (01:30:00)
01. A Master Plan Long in the Making (30:18)
02. On the Front Lines of a Virtual Battlefield (30:08)
03. Turning the Tide (29:49)
The Peoples and Denizens of Middle-Earth (01:28:08)
01. Tauriel: Daughter of the Forest (27:55)
02. Thranduil: The King of Wood and Stone (30:17)
03. Iain Ironfoot: Lord of the Iron Hills (30:16)
Realms of the Third Age: From the City of Dale to the Halls of Erebor (01:30:28)
01. Dale: The City of Men (30:18)
02. Dol Guldur: The Hill of Sorcery (30:14)
03. Erebor: The Lonely Mountain (30:16)
Farewell, Friends! (32:56)
Bonus Features (21:40)
01. Butt-numb-a-thon 2011 Greeting (11:43)
02. "Rivers of Gold" Music Video (04:32)
03. The Real Adam Brown (05:25)
Andrew Lesnie Remembered (05:47)
Credits (05:09)



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