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Hobbit, The: The Desolation of Smaug - 2013

New Line Cinema/MGM/Wingnut Films - 161 minutes(Theatrical); 216 minutes (Extended Edition)

DVD UPC/EAN # 794043161032(US); 9325336193709(NZ); 5051892164214(UK)

2D Blu-ray + DVD UPC/EAN # 794043161056(US); 9325336193723(NZ); 5051892164146(UK); 5051890226648(DE); 0883929401352(CA)

3D Blu-ray + 2D Blu-ray + DVD UPC/EAN # 794043165030(US); 9325336189733(NZ); 5051892164177(UK); 5051890226662(DE); 0883929402052(CA)

4K Trilogy UPC/EAN #5051890322593(DE); 883929716487(US); 9398700050144(AU/NZ); 5051892230070(UK); 5051891177666(IT); 883929704729(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, Lawrence Makoare.

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: Andy McLaren; Set Decoration: Ra Vincent; Costume Design: Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor; Makeup & Hair Supervisor: Rick Findlater; Prosthetics Supervisor: Tami Lane; Special Effects Supervisor: Wily Tyight; Senior Visual Effects Supervisor: Joe Letteri.

Censor Rating: PG-13 - Review Rating: A-

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
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The company of dwarves, with Hobbit Bilbo Baggins and The Wizard Gandalf, continue their quest, encountering along the way skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant spiders in the forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the Wood-elves, the company journeys to Lake-town and finally to the Lonely Mountain, where they must face a creature more terrifying than any other - The Dragon Smaug. [Part two of the Trilogy]

The Theatrical Release

There are three package disc sets being offered of the theatrical version of the film. All three contain a DVD of the film and a second disc of extras that contain: Peter Jackson Invites You to The Set (41 minutes total), 4 production videos (37 minutes total), the featurette 'New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth', Part 2 (7 minutes), three Desolation of Smaug trailers, three promos for An Unexpected Journey: Extended Edition and The Hobbit Lego and Kingdoms of Middle Earth video games. The extras disc has spoken English only, but subtitle options of: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese. Except for the trailers, the extras are displayed 1.78:1 with a 2.0 DD soundtrack; the trailers are displayed 2.35:1 with 5.1 surround audio. 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 and Portuguese. However 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.

The UK release, in addition to English, contains spoken tracks in Italian and Chinese. It also contains subtitles in English, Dutch, French, Italian and Chinese. A German spoken language version with subtitles in English, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Polish was also released. Details on these various country releases is forthcoming.

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The Extended Release

As of November 2014, there are three extended edition disc sets being offered - a dvd 5-disc version, a 2D Blu-ray 3-disc version and a 3D Blu-ray 5-disc version. All three also contain a code used to redeem a digital download for tablets, smartphones, etc. This "Ultraviolet" copy is a standard definition, extended edition, copy of the feature only. For further details about Ultraviolet go to All feature presentations are 2.38:1, with the Appendices and other extras presented 1.78:1. The US Blu-ray videos are all-region 1080p with English DTS-HD Master 7.1 or French DD 5.1 or Portuguese DD 5.1 or DD 5.1 Japanese spoken options. The DVD version spoken English is DD 5.1. All three versions include an optional feature commentary track with Peter Jackson and Philippa Boyens, in English. There are no subtitle options with the commentary, but you can run the feature subtitles while listening to the commentary. Subtitles options include: English, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Thai. The UK offerings contain the following subtitle options: English, French, German, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish.

The 3D Blu-ray extended edition set includes the feature split between two discs, plus one disc containing the complete feature in 2D, plus the 2D Appendices and extras on the remaining two discs. The 2D Blu-ray extended edition set includes everything included in the 3D set except the two discs containing the 3D version of the feature. The DVD set has the feature split between two discs, plus the Appendices and extras on the remaining three discs.

The organisational nature of the nine+ hours of Appendices and other extras is where some confusion can occur, given that the same material that is contained on two Blu-ray discs are spread over three discs with the DVD offering.

The 2d Blu-ray package organisation is as follows:
Disc 1 - Feature - 216 minutes + 'New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth - Part 2'- short (7:11)
Disc 2 - Appendices: Part 9 - Into the Wilderland: The Chronicles of The Hobbit - Part 2 (5:00:26 in 14 parts)
01. Opening (3:22)
02. A Warm Welcome (29:23)
03. Business of the State (15:24)
04. Shelter on the Long Lake (20:19)
05. In the Halls of the Elvenking (29:17)
06. Flies and spider (29:43)
07. Queer Lodgings (27:02)
08. On the Doorstep (18:28)
09. Inside Information (26:12)
10. Down the Swift Dark Stream (15:42)
11. Barrels Out of Bond (30:05)
12. A Chance Meeting (20:37)
13. Erebor Rekindled (27:59)
14. Into the Fire (7:58)
15. Credits (3:26)
Disc 3 - Appendices: Part 10 - The Journey to Erebor (5:07:42)
01. Summoning Smaug: Last of the Fire-Drakes (01:16:31)
02. The Last and First Dragon (26:36)
03. Conversations with Smaug (24:50)
04. Into the Dragon's Lair (25:36)
05. The Peoples and Denizens of Middle-Earth (01:11:48)
06. Beorn: The Shape-Shifter (25:08)
07. The Spawn of Ungoliant (16:49)
08. The Men of Lake-town (30:17)
09. Realms of the Third Age: From Beorn's House to Lake-town (29:55)
10. Beorn's House (26:40)
11. Mirkwood Forest (17:00)
12. The Woodland Realm (21:05)
13. Lake-town (29:55)
14. The Music of The Hobbit (01:00:54)
15. Overture: Music of the Wilderland (21:36)
16. 1st Movement: The World of Men (20:25)
17. 2nd Movement: In the Halls of Erebor (19:14)
18. Credits (4:22)

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2014 - Behind the Voice Actors Awards - Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Feature Film - Benedict Cumberbatch

2014 - Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films: Best Production Design - Dan Hennah

2014 - CinEuphoria Awards: Best Costume Design - Bob Buck, Lesley Burkes-Harding, Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor; Best Art Direction - Dan Hennah, Ra Vincent

2014 - Empire Awards (UK): Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy; Best Male Newcomer - Aidan Turner

2014 - Hollywood Music In Media Awards - Best Original Score - Si-Fi/Fantasy Film - Howard Shore

2014 - MTV Movie Awards: Best Fight: Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly vs. Orcs

2014 - Visual Effects Society: Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture - Eric Reynolds, David Clayton, Myriam Catrin, Guillaume François for 'Smaug'.

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