[Blu-Ray Review] ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ is magnificent and far surpasses its predecessor; own the 3D & 2D Blu-ray Combo Packs, 2-Disc DVD, and Digital HD on April 8, 2014 from Warner Bros. Entertainment

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2D) [Blu-Ray]

Director: Peter Jackson

Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage

Release Date: Own it on Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo pack, Blu-ray Combo pack, 2-disc DVD special edition, and 2014 Digital HD on April 8th 2014

A Review By: Kevin Lovell

Film Rating: 10/10
Disc Rating: 9.5/10

Synopsis:

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

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‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ continues the tale of hobbit Bilbo Baggins as he along with the ever powerful wizard Gandalf accompany thirteen dwarves in their quest to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Before they can do this however, they must first retrieve a unique item which just happens to be guarded by the terrifying dragon Smaug. Fans of Peter Jackson’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy are certain to have a wonderful time and while I absolutely loved the first chapter ‘An Unexpected Journey’ I would say that ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ far surpasses it in every way.

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Peter Jackson once again does a magnificent job of bringing Middle Earth to life and every aspect of this film is filmmaking perfection. The detail of each rock and statue, to the differences in height are all so amazingly detailed and perfected. The way the truly breathtaking landscapes are captured could not be more mesmerizing. The cast in its entirety all do a wonderful job in their respective roles as well, Martin Freeman continuing to do an impressive job in the role of Bilbo, Ian Mckellan is as wonderful as always in the role of Gandalf. Orlando Bloom also returns to the role of Legolas with a noteworthy entrance to the character for the saga in what is almost certainly one of the best scenes in the film as well.

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ is another breathtaking, action packed and all out enjoyable entry from Peter Jackson and without question the best entry chapter yet in ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy. Fellow fans of the series will certainly want to pick up a copy of this fantastic Blu-Ray release to hold you over until the Extended Edition hits later this year. For those who haven’t seen it yet and might be questionable on checking it out, I urge you to reconsider because I think most will be thrilled at just how great this movie is, even if you weren’t crazy about ‘An Unexpected Journey’ I think you’ll still be quite impressed with ‘The Desolation of Smaug.’

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VIDEO:

The Blu-Ray release of ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.4:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. This is one absolutely gorgeous high definition video presentation and one of the best I’ve seen this year so far. The colors and detail of every mountain and character could not be more sharp and glistening; while I couldn’t notice any faults within, which is quite impressive in a film with this much fast pasted and incredibly detailed activity and landscapes throughout. This video presentation most certainly gets top marks and should have fans pretty excited.

AUDIO:

The Blu-Ray release features an absolutely phenomenal lossless 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless soundtrack is flooded with activity throughout most of the films runtime and there always seemed to be noises of some sort making their way throughout all seven channels on a regular basis. The perfection of the channel placement could not be more spot on and when the action really gets going crazy it really puts a smile on your face and don’t be too surprised when the whole room starts shaking because the bass really kicks into full gear in sequences. Fans and audiophiles alike should be absolutely thrilled with this lossless multichannel soundtrack.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

The Blu-Ray release of ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ features a pretty impressive collection of informative and interesting bonus content, most of which can be found on the second Blu-Ray disc which is dedicated solely to the special features. The first disc with the film contains the relatively short featurette (just over seven minutes) ‘New Zealand: Home of Middle-Earth, Part 2’ while the second disc contains a featurette in which you are invited to the set and are given the opportunity to see how things operated on a daily basis during the making of the trilogy, as well as a set of Production Videos, and for those wondering, these two featurette’s clock in around forty minutes each (give or take a few minutes). Also included are three trailers for the film in addition to other ‘Hobbit’ related trailers.

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*Please note that the above images are taken from the Blu-Ray and resized. They additionally will suffer quality loss as a result of .jpg compression. Larger versions of each image can be viewed by clicking on the image. All images and content included on this Blu-Ray release are the property of their respective owners.

Film Rating: 10/10
Disc Rating: 9.5/10

Own “THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG” Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo pack, Blu-ray Combo pack, 2-disc DVD special edition, and Digital HD on 4/8 from Warner Bros Entertainment.

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