The Hobbit

The Hobbit

The Desolation of Smaug

DVD - 2014
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Bilbo Baggins continues on in his journey with the wizard Gandalf and thirteen dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, on an epic quest to reclaim their lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.
Publisher: [United States] : Warner Bros., 2014
Edition: Special edition
Branch Call Number: DVD HOB
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (161 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Desolation of Smaug

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swyckl
Nov 23, 2017

I liked this Sci-Fi DVD. It is not appropriate for children. There is a lot of violence. I like the whole series. I like the whole series for "The Hobbit" and "The Lord Of The Rings". I recommend watching "The Hobbit" first.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 07, 2017

A man named Bilbo Baggins went on an adventure with Thorin Oakenshield and his company of dwarves as well as a wizard named Gandalf. This story comes before The Lord of The Rings, so I would recommend reading this before that. Bilbo and company go to a place called the Lonely Mountain and they work together to try to get rid of the Dragon that lives in that mountain called Smaug. It is a very dangerous journey and Smaug lays asleep in a pile of treasure which originally belonged to Thorin’s grandfather Thrór. The most precious item out of the whole treasure is called Arkenstone. Bilbo’s nickname is The Thief and Thorin makes a deal with him. He says if he can go into the Lonely Mountain and steal the Arkenstone itself, he will give him a third of the treasure. Bilbo agrees, and their adventure to the Desolation of Smaug begins.
- @redninam of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The Hobbit series has fallen prey to the new trend of splitting up one book into multiple movies. As such the movies tend to drag on, and this one is no different. I know that it would have been hard to include all of the detail that made the Hobbit what it was, but three movies was too much. This movie is filled with many flashy scenes that try to capture, or regain your attention, but that is very hard to do if your audience has already fallen asleep. As part of the Lord of the Rings series many people are obligated to go and see this movie, because it is part of something that they love, and that is probably the only thing that made this movie any money. Overall I could have done without this entire movie and only split the book into two movies, if you split it up at all. 1 out of 5 stars.
- @sweaterz of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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oluja
Jan 03, 2017

Great movie, close enough to the book. The only bias is the presence of this Tauriel of ours... she doesn't belong... period. But, in the 2010ies you cannot make a movie without having some strong female characters I guess... even if it doesn't make sense -see the new Ghostbusters :( - now I'll be waiting for the male version of Pollyanna.

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dprodrig
Dec 20, 2016

Honestly, I could have done without this entire movie. Sure, it was full of flash scenes, but made the whole thing seem unbearably long and tedious. I hope the third is better, as I quite liked the first one a lot more than the desolation of Smaug.

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Tabaqui
Oct 03, 2016

First of all, I am a total LOTR geek, so please excuse my enthusiasm about this. Anyway, I mostly liked the movie. Sure, the dwarves act like they have no sense half the time (except Balin) and the timeline is majorly condensed, but the stunning visuals and epic fight scenes make up for that. Legolas makes sense, since he would have been around at that time. I like his addition, since he is awesome and an amazing fighter, but I CANNOT AND WILL NOT ACCEPT TAURIEL!!! She is basically a one-dimensional character added for the love triangle. Don't even get me started on that. It ruins what would otherwise be a great movie! Anyone who has ever read the book knows exactly which dwarf dies! Plus, since Tauriel is not in LOTR, we never get closure on her story. She just drops off the face of Middle-Earth. (Pun intended.) Bad choice of character addition, Peter Jackson. Besides that, I thought the movie was quite well done. The barrel scene is hilarious. :) Also, the scenes at Dol Guldor added some detail that helped the story along. Galadriel did get a little weird... However, I just cannot get past the addition of a character who did not fit with the story, and ruined some other characters for me. Still, it was fun to watch. And 22950006357453, good point. The title is worded oddly.

DO NOT WATCH IT if you have read the book! It is NOT like the book at all!
First off: DO NOT combine Jackson (Lord of the Rings, Kong) and Del Toro (Pacific Rim)! both brilliant directors, but this is what happens when one takes over and finishes what the other had started!
Second: Legolas does NOT live anywhere near those woods. he is from the Woodland Relm. Sure its nice to see Orlando Bloom again but not if it totally kills the movie! (by the way, who the **** was the red head elf? Legolas's GF? HE DOESN'T HAVE ONE!)
Third: You cant turn one book into a trilogy. Lord of the rings was a trilogy because it was three books. But The Hobbit (or There and Back Again) was one book. So obviously it should be one movie.

If you want a good version, watch the Rankin Bass version.

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jesus_freak2
Apr 11, 2016

Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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karatemaster
Nov 09, 2015

Better than the first. Action-packed, character developed and the elves are back!! :)
The acting is good and the plot is thoroughly written. Terrible cliffhanger at the end through.....

Superior to AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, which I found almost unwatchable, THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG is redeemed, almost, by the dragon in the title. Unfortunately the scenes with Smaug don't come until the end of the film. Until then it is all dwarfs, elves and orcs fighting it out in digitally enhanced green screen splendor.

AladarNyc Mar 31, 2015

Having seen the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I can't get excited about the Hobbit series. It's been all done and seemingly seen before. If you are a fan of the book I'm sure you'll enjoy this.

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green_owl_504
Aug 28, 2017

green_owl_504 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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Tabaqui
Oct 03, 2016

Tabaqui thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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burgundy_goat_17
Mar 10, 2015

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iluvtea
Mar 08, 2015

iluvtea thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Tamuril2341
Jan 31, 2015

Tamuril2341 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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picklepepper26
Nov 06, 2014

picklepepper26 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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sichengwang
Sep 14, 2014

sichengwang thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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JihadiConservative
Jul 25, 2014

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

7Liberty7 Jun 12, 2014

7Liberty7 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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nattb
Jun 06, 2014

nattb thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Tabaqui
Oct 09, 2016

Legolas: "Do not think I won't kill you, dwarf. It would be my pleasure."

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Tamuril2341
Dec 27, 2014

" Something made of gold....."
-Smaug

"Do not think I want to kill you dwarf. It would be my pleasure"
- Legolas (Orlando Bloom)

aaa5756 Jun 30, 2014

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

7Liberty7 May 26, 2014

SMAUG: "It's gold, it's...preciousss!"

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asquishynerd
May 24, 2014

She walks in starlight.....

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Monolith
May 20, 2014

Bard the Bowman: "The Lord of Silver Fountains... The King of Carven Stone... The King Beneath the Mountain... shall come into his own... And the bells shall ring in gladness... at the Mountain King's return... But all shall fail in sadness... and the Lake will shine and burn..."

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Emily_J_Black
May 19, 2014

"You care about them? Good. Then you can watch them die." ~Smaug.

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Medina12
May 17, 2014

Thranduil: Do not talk to me of dragon fire! I know its wrath and ruin. I have faced the great serpents of the North. I warned your grandfather of what his greed would summon, but he would not listen. You are just like him. Stay here if you will and rot, 100 years is a mere blink in the life of an elf, I'm patient, I can wait.

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jimg2000
May 13, 2014

Legolas: It is not our fight.

Tauriel: [reluctant] It is our fight. It will not end here. With every victory this evil will grow. If your father has his way, we will do nothing. We will hide within our walls, live our lives away from the light and let darkness descend. Are we are not part of this world? Tell me, Mellon, when did we let evil become stronger than us?

Lots more quotes from IMDb.

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Tinuviel246
Apr 22, 2014

Smaug: "I am fire,I am.....DEATH!"

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picklepepper26
May 01, 2015

Violence: Lots of it. Brutal killing. Brutal fighting. Not good for little kids. It's rated PG-13 for a reason.

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Tamuril2341
Feb 04, 2015

Other: Love story

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Tamuril2341
Feb 04, 2015

Violence: Lots of fighting......ugly orc faces

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JihadiConservative
Jul 25, 2014

Violence: Fighting with no blood. Nowhere near as violent as lotr.

7Liberty7 Jun 12, 2014

Violence: Several fighting scenes including one with dwarves, elves, and giant spiders, and another with dwarves, elves and orcs. There is one at Laketown which involves orcs and Bard's children (for a few moments) that might frighten young children.

7Liberty7 Jun 12, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The giant spiders, Orcs, Smaug, the part with Sauron, and the fighting scenes have a high likelihood to frighten young children.

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ganz50
Mar 17, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: includes lots of frightening and intense scenes

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7Liberty7 Jun 12, 2014

After escaping death from the Orcs and giant Spiders and imprisonment from the Elves, Bilbo Baggins and the 13 dwarves are smuggled into Laketown. From there 9 of the dwarves make it to the Misty Mountains where they manage to awake and provoke Smaug.

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