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Old 03-25-2013, 09:31 AM  
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Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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First reports from a footage leak.

http://the-hobbit-movie.com/2013/03/...of-the-dragon/

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The first footage of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug has been revealed at yesterday’s live internet broadcast, although few firm conclusions can be drawn. The subject is certainly sensitive to Warner Bros. with several videos around the web having been withdrawn by Monday morning due to breaches of the Terms & Conditions attached to the production.

It’s OK to tell what happened though and we can report that the footage ends thus, with Thorin declaring:

“We are the dwarves of Erebor. We have come to reclaim our homeland.”

No surprise there then. The trailer finishes on some sound effects that are unmistakably like a dragon, but of course there was no sign of Smaug himself anywhere. I do not think anyone actually expected that, so what did become clearer?

Alongside some moody shots of Gandalf and Radagast in a mausoleum of a cavern, we begin to learn more about Benedict Cumberbatch’s other character in the movie, at least by implication we do anyway, with Gandalf asking why the sword Glamdring, “got out into the world,” only to discover that there’s much more to it than meets the eye, all of which is meant to tie into the Necromancer storyline.

Peter Jackson appeared very aware of the potential problems with the middle film of any trilogy, responding to one fan’s question with:

“It is complicated to do a middle film, but the advantage is … we have multiple story lines … and we can start following multiple characters.”

Sounds enticing, as making a middle film into anything but a filler with untied endings and ragged beginnings can be a problem. Perhaps we will see a few complete stories within the overall arc; who knows? It is now almost legendary that enough footage has been shot to complete several movies.

More will undoubtedly be drip fed us over the coming months and as Jackson revealed this video release ought to be considered first in a series of blogs about the film. First mystery up, doubtless awaiting further examination later is Gandalf saying:

“These tombs were opened from the inside.”

That’s a little mystery that Gandalf is exploring in The Desolation of Smaug, according to Peter Jackson at the event. He also said that Mirkwood is the scariest land they’ll explore in the movie and described Thranduil’s kingdom using concept art. Cinemablend reported that:

“This looked like that same creepy forest but with some castle-like structure in there. The realm itself is underground, but there’s light filtering in– We want it to be grand, like a cathedral. But this is not Rivendell. This is not the friendly land of elves that we’re used to in these movies. Jed recalls his time spent as a dwarf, held prisoner in Thranduil’s kingdom.”

The approach used in this teaser follows the pattern of previous production video blogs, so you will have recognised the strategy by now no doubt. It looks like we can anticipate a steady ramping up of the pressure from now onwards until the finished trailer is put on general release.
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:32 PM   #151
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Just bought the tix. 8:00 p.m. tonight. Looking forward to it. Thor 2 was really good, I thought, and I have high hopes for The Hobbit as well.

Smaug should really be worth it all by himself!
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:36 PM   #152
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Just bought the tix. 8:00 p.m. tonight. Looking forward to it. Thor 2 was really good, I thought, and I have high hopes for The Hobbit as well.

Smaug should really be worth it all by himself!
In all honesty, the film was sort of drull until Smaug (Cumberbatch) entered the film which was worth the wait.
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:50 PM   #153
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Just got home from seeing it in the HFR 3D...I actually liked the HFR better this time round. The picture was not overwhelmingly sharp like the last one, I think Peter Jackson may have dialed down the sharpness, and it worked beautifully. Smaug was awesome. Not going to say too much more, but it is certainly an excellent piece of work.
He did do this to different degrees for each specific scene so it looked less abrasive for those who are not used to seeing HFR. Played with the video quite a bit between the two films to get more of that film vs video quality.
So he spent a lot of time adjusting scenes individually and said his biggest asset of the video editing tools he had was something called ProMist .
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:55 PM   #154
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He did do this to different degrees for each specific scene so it looked less abrasive for those who are not used to seeing HFR. Played with the video quite a bit between the two films to get more of that film vs video quality.
So he spent a lot of time adjusting scenes individually and said his biggest asset of the video editing tools he had was something called ProMist .
Well, he was certainly successful in that regard. I debated on whether to see the HFR this time around, but decided to give it one more go. Much better presentation this time around.
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:57 PM   #155
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Well, he was certainly successful in that regard. I debated on whether to see the HFR this time around, but decided to give it one more go. Much better presentation this time around.

I'm seeing hFR for the first time at tonight's showing. Figured I'd give it a shot. Mostly, though, it was just the best time for me in terms of giving me a chance to get home, scarf down some dinner and get to the theater and not be late so we get lousy seats, and still have the movie end at a reasonable time for the kids bedtime...
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Old 12-13-2013, 02:24 PM   #156
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I'm seeing hFR for the first time at tonight's showing. Figured I'd give it a shot. Mostly, though, it was just the best time for me in terms of giving me a chance to get home, scarf down some dinner and get to the theater and not be late so we get lousy seats, and still have the movie end at a reasonable time for the kids bedtime...
That's why I love IMAX and some AMC theaters that let you preselect your seats. I'll gladly put off seeing a movie a day or 2 that's going to be packed if I can just go online and pick a time that works for me and select my seats on reserve.

So much better than showing up 45 minutes before the show to stand in line compared to parking 10 minutes before the show, stroll in, hit the head and take a wizz, maybe grab a drink or something at concessions, and plop down a couple of minutes before the coming attractions start to roll.
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Old 12-13-2013, 02:30 PM   #158
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That's why I love IMAX and some AMC theaters that let you preselect your seats. I'll gladly put off seeing a movie a day or 2 that's going to be packed if I can just go online and pick a time that works for me and select my seats on reserve.

So much better than showing up 45 minutes before the show to stand in line compared to parking 10 minutes before the show, stroll in, hit the head and take a wizz, maybe grab a drink or something at concessions, and plop down a couple of minutes before the coming attractions start to roll.
Reserved seating rocks. No having to show up 45 minutes early on opening weekend. You just walk right in 2 minutes before the movie starts....or you can even wait 10 or 15 minutes and skip the trailers if you prefer.
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Just walked in from the 3d movie. Was very good, though

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Yup Great movie and i agree with your spoiler.
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