DurhamSKywriter - The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies DVD/Blu-ray review – RELEASE DATE MARCH 24, the last in Peter Jackson’s Middle-earth movies will be available for you to take home. (It’s been available in digital version in many countries since March 3rd; but from Tuesday you can get your hands on a ‘hard’ copy.)
Let’s talk first about the picture quality of the film. I watched the Blu-ray version, and marvelled again at the beauty of home video these days. Every detail of that stunning Lake-town set, and that incredible, terrifying dragon, was clear to see. (Even some of the details we perhaps don’t want to see – such as the too obviously repeated figures in the various armies – stood out!) Moments in the extras, where clips from The Lord of the Rings trilogy are juxtaposed with parts of The Hobbit films, showed just how very far home video release has come in a decade. This is a beautiful film, and well worth seeing in such gorgeous definition.
By now, though, you’ve seen the movie, and you know what parts you do or don’t like! (I’m still baffled by ‘Japanese horror movie’ Galadriel, and can’t help wondering if she’s just there by way of a ‘nose-thumbing’ to all the fans who hated ‘nuclear Galadriel’….!) Suffice to say, the film looks stunning and has all the ups and downs it had on the big screen. Let’s move on to talk about the EXTRAS in this Combo pack.
The included special features are not extensive – there is nothing of the length and depth which we find on the Extended Edition home video releases – but they are interesting, charming and insightful; worthy ‘gems’ to be enjoyed by fans.
The disk with the movie also includes ‘New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth, Part 3′. This is an attractive vignette which stands (as Martin Freeman points out!) as a wonderful advertisement for New Zealand tourism, highlighting that amazing scenery we’ve all come to know and love.