The Hobbit

The Hobbit

An Unexpected Journey

DVD - 2013
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The first chapter in Peter Jackson's new epic trilogy set in Middle Earth 60 years before J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the rings saga. Follow Bilbo Baggins as he's swept into a quest to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached by the wizard Gandalf, Bilbo joins a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior Thorin Oakenshield. Along the way they face many dangers; Bilbo meets Gollum and takes possession of the 'One ring.' Includes bonus features.

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10000mefest
Nov 09, 2020

Lord of the Rings backstory. Great effects and an engaging adventure. The first in the Hobbit Trilogy.

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 07, 2020

Gorgeous cinematography and a great cast of quirky characters. Loved seeing this adaptation of one of my all-time favorite books.

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DUVIDL
Aug 27, 2020

THE HOBBIT was NOT written as a prequel to LOTR . It came into being when, after looking at the seventy-fifth essay booklet with nothing but blank pages (that Professor Tolkien was trying to grade for an essay test), Tolkien found himself writing "Down in a hole there lived a Hobbit." " Hm," said he. "That`s interesting . I wonder what the bloody hell a 'hobbit' is?", then proceeded to keep writing to find out. It was a 'one-off' children`s book he didn`t think anyone else but his children would be interested in. When pressured to write another book, he found, as he wrote LOTR, THE HOBBIT was becoming a prequel - which meant it needed extensive rewriting. Tolkien made copious notes to do so, but died before he could. Peter Jackson is using those notes. So this IS Tolkien. For the record, which makes the better scene: the Stone giants, off in the distance, glimpsed in the passing (as in the book), or the Thunder Battle as staged by P.J. in the film? I know what I think Professor Tolkien (who detested how the Flower Children and 'tolkienists' took all the fun out of his books) would have said: "HUZZAH! At last SOMEONE who is not trying to turn my stories into a humorless religion!" ENJOY!

This was a surprisingly really well done movie! I say surprisingly because I’ve heard from many others that The Hobbit is boring, drags onto long and the characters suck, but so far that is definitely not the case. The characters all seem to have different personalities and there personalities can be explained like Bilbo has never been away from home before so no wonder he’s scared at first compared to Gandalf that has explored many places. All of the actors did a truly great job and it was cool that all of the places the hobbit is filmed in are real places in New Zealand. Also, it was exciting to see Gandalf actually do wizard stuff!! In this movie he can actually do stuff cooler than destroying a bridge a lava monster is on and producing a bright light that blinds people as he can set stuff on fire or summon other creatures to get him help. What annoys me though is that somehow in Lord of the Rings Gandalf apparently gets more powerful even though compared to in The Hobbit he can barely do anything. Plus, the griffins would have helped a lot in Lord of the Rings even though then it would have been a good movie. The only problem with The Hobbit it seems is that they didn’t make it coincide with Lord of the Rings. The movie has adventures though and cool battles. Character development is also shown. Furthermore, it is cool that each creature such as elves, hobbits, dwarves and wizards all have personality traits different from one another. Overall great movie, highly recommend to others!!

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young_librarian
Jul 30, 2020

While it is highly debated whether the Hobbit movies are good or bad, I find that they bring me so much joy to watch. This first installment in particular is simply a fun ride. If you are a purist and love the Hobbit for what it is, then these movies may not be for you. I choose to love both the written form of the Hobbit as well as these visual reenactments. While some may have complaints, I find this movie to be incredibly enjoyable. Great soundtrack, actors, and cinematography.

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bethurston
Mar 21, 2020

An Unexpected Journey is the 1st part of The Hobbit trilogy. The Hobbit was 1 book written as a prequel before the 3 books of The Lord of the Rings. This movie set's the tone of the whole series, while introducing several major character's. It's nice the technology finally exists to turn these books into believable films. Been waiting a long time, so not too picky, just enjoying that they are solid movies at all. Basically, it's been worth the wait.

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Reading_Right
Sep 08, 2018

Good production quality, acting, & effects, but the 3 film series is almost 7.5 hours of non-stop fighting, and though it's done pretty well, it's the just the same thing, over, and over, and over (and over). After a while, since you know exactly how the fight scenes will go, and progress (with all the Follywood clichés, e.g. NOTHING will kill the main bad guys until the end, and certain people are "sacrificed" regardless), the circumstances each confrontation takes place in, just become a blur, with the same responses and 'clichéic' dialog. In fact, some of the arguments/disagreements/conflicts within the group seem very manufactured, and are just done over & over, after they've been resolved. More time could be spent on the story, and the whole thing done in half the time.
I also feel that the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy does this to a certain degree, but there is much more regarding the story, and some change ups.

A great opening, that starts to drag on toward the end. I for one welcome the many additions Jackson made, but he spends a little too much time on some of them.

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technic11
Sep 02, 2018

Its okay I guess.
LOTR is way better!

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madmax011
May 30, 2018

Loved it!!! :-)

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Jul 26, 2014

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Jul 23, 2014

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Tabaqui
May 11, 2017

Bilbo: Uh... no, no, not... not that one, he... he's infected!
William Troll: You what?
Bilbo Baggins: Yes, he's got worms in his... tubes.
Tom Troll: Ooh! [Tom throws down Bombur in disgust]
Bilbo Baggins: In-in fact, they all have. They're infested with parasites, it's a terrible business, I wouldn't risk it, I really wouldn't.
Oin: Parasites? Did he say parasites?
Kili: Yeah, we don't have parasites. You have parasites!
[Thorin kicks Kili, and the dwarves realize what Bilbo is doing]
Oin: I've got parasites as big as my arm!
Kili: Mine are the biggest parasites, I've got huge parasites!

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Tabaqui
Sep 30, 2016

Thorin (to Bilbo) "I'm sorry I doubted you."
Bilbo: "I would have doubted me too."

We must away 'ere break of day
to seek our lost enchanted gold

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sofa2001
Jul 23, 2014

Fili: "Fili." Kili: "And Kili" Fili and Kili: "At your service." Kili: "You must be Mr. Boggins." Bilbo: "No. You've got the wrong house."

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UnbreakableValour
Jan 20, 2014

Bilbo: "I do believe the worst is behind us."

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Monolith
Jul 30, 2013

Thorin Oakenshield: "Where did you go, if I may ask?" Gandalf: "To look ahead." Thorin Oakenshield: "And what brought you back?" Gandalf: "Looking behind."

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Monolith
Jul 30, 2013

Gollum (crawling away from Bilbo, who's pointing Sting at him): "It's got an elfish blade, but it's not an elfs... Not an elfs, no... What is it, precious?!? WHAT IS IT?!?" Bilbo Baggins: "My name... is Bilbo Baggins." Gollum: "...Bagginses? ...What is a 'Bagginses', precious?"

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Monolith
Jul 30, 2013

Great Goblin (singing): "Bones will be shattered, necks will be wrung! You'll be beaten and battered, from racks you'll be hung! You will die down here, and never be found... down in the deep of Goblin Town!"

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Monolith
Jul 30, 2013

Gandalf (gazing upon the horizon): "Erebor... The Lonely Mountain... the last of the great dwarf kingdoms of Middle Earth..." Thorin Oakenshield: "...Our home..." Balin: "A raven! The birds are returning to the mountain!" Gandalf: "That, my dear boy, is a thrush!" Thorin Oakenshield: "Well, we'll take it as a sign. A good omen." Bilbo Baggins: "You're right. I do believe the worst is behind us." (Camera follows the thrush to The Lonely Mountain, where it noisily pecks at a nut... stirring... Smaug...)

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Love_Legolas_111
Jun 17, 2013

Gandalf (to Trolls):"The Dawn take you all!" Trolls:"Who's that?" "No idea." "Can we eat him too?" (Gandalf strikes rock and the light of dawn turns them to stone)

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sofa2001
Jul 23, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Really intense fighting, and at least one beheading!

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Not as bad as the LOTR, surprisingly, but the orcs are still kind of scary for younger children. Keep in mind it is rated PG-13!

btmslt May 17, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Battle scenes between the Dwarf party and Orcs and trolls.

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Its sortta intense but nothing compared to LOTR

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JihadiConservative
Apr 11, 2013

Violence: some violence. not as bad as LORD

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sofa2001
Jul 23, 2014

Bilbo Baggins hates adventures, but finds himself battling orcs, escaping from Wargs, and on a journey to reclaim the lost kingdom of Erebor.

btmslt May 17, 2013

An adventure through Middle earth on which Dwarfs, a Wizard and a lone Hobbit battle with Orcs and Trolls on their way to recapture the Dwarf homeland in the Mountain.

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