The Hobbit Trilogy         Collection 4K

           review by Bobby Blakey

Love them or hate them there is no denying that Peter Jacksons Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies were massive hits. Jackson brought the world of J. R. R. Tolkien’s world to epic life garnering numerous Academy Awards for the Lord of the Rings films. Now Warner Bros is bringing the entire series to 4K Ultra for the first time in two separate collections the Lord of The Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit Trilogy.

The Hobbit Trilogy follows Bilbo Baggins who is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever ... Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities ... A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

 

I know this isn’t the popular opinion, but I actually prefer this trilogy over the Lord of the Rings. I know they are a stretched out story from a small element of the books so may not be capturing the magic of the books, but I just found them more entertaining. It helps that in the world of Warhammer I always played with dwarves so the overabundance of dwarves made me happy over a bunch of hobbits. I also found their adventures to just be more fun along with the dark elements whereas Rings were just a downer most of the time when it wasn’t just too slow. While this one has a lighter visual tone it is still yet another brilliant piece of visual filmmaking.

 

These new transfers further enhance the viewing experience to make them even more epic than they already are. Fans of the franchise will no doubt love these new collections bringing them the chance to see the films the way they need to be seen. Whether you are a hardcore fan or just a moderate one like myself, these are a must have for any movie collection. This collection features all three films in the trilogy in both theatrical and extended versions.

 

Grab your copy of The Hobbit Trilogy when it hits 4K Ultra for the first time on December 1st from Warner Bros Home Entertainment.

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