Opening Today: “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” (12/2/2013)

Poster - The Hobbit - The Desolation of Smaug - 2013

Hey there my friends and traveler’s to the fantasy world of Middle Earth, today is the day that the second chapter of “The Hobbit Trilogy” opens up in theaters everywhere. As with the first chapter “An Unexpected Journey” the film was produced and directed by Peter Jackson, the man behind the incredibly successful “Lord Of The Rings” trilogy. I loved those films and happily added them to my collection when they became available. Now you might remember that I had some reservations about the single book story being expanded into three films but oh well. Believe it or not I have not yet seen the first chapter and by the looks of it, I think I will be waiting for all three to be out so I can binge on them like I do with any number of series on Netflix. Are you excited about the story so far? How fast will you see it? I welcome all comments but please don’t put any spoilers in for those who hate that stuff.

The Cast: (partial outside of main)
Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins: The titular “Hobbit”
Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey
Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug The Dragon and the Necromancer
Lee Pace as Thranduilrs
Orlando Bloom as Legolas
Evangeline Lilly as Tauriel
Luke Evans as Bard the Bowman
Mikael Persbrandt as Beornse
Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown
Craig Hall as Galion
Stephen Fry as Master of Lake-town
Ryan Gage as Alfrid
John Bell as Bain, Son of Bard
Manu Bennett as Azog: An Orc
Conan Stevens as Bolg: An Orc
Ben Mitchell as Narzug

The Company of Dwarves
Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield
Graham McTavish as Dwalin
Ken Stott as Balin
Aidan Turner as Kíli
Dean O’Gorman as Fíli
Mark Hadlow as Dori
Jed Brophy as Nori
Adam Brown as Ori
John Callen as Óin
Peter Hambleton as Glóin
William Kircher as Bifur
James Nesbitt as Bofur
Stephen Hunter as Bombur

The first part of the trilogy is available on standard edition DVD and of course Blu-ray so depending on how you enjoy your films let that be your guide as to what you purchase for your collection. I’ve also embedded the code to let you rent the film via the Amazon.com service and with Blockbuster closing up shop once and for all, its nice to have an additional option. Oh yeah, I also added something for the whole batch of books that these films come from. Check it out.

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