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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray

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Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Warner Bros. | 2013 | 161 min | Rated PG-13 | Apr 08, 2014

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Blu-ray)
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French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

 (2013)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray delivers stunning video and reference-quality audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

After bringing "The Lord of the Rings" to the screen, Oscar winners Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh once again, return to Middle Earth where the dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug.

For more about The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray release, see the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Martin Freeman, Luke Evans, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage
Director: Peter Jackson

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Similar to the palette shift that occurs when moving from The Fellowship of the Ring to The Two Towers, The Desolation of Smaug is a much darker, bleaker film than An Unexpected Journey. The same goes for Warner's 1080p/AVC-encoded video presentation. Shadows are greedier, the cloak of night more oppressive, delineation less forgiving, and crush a bit more of a nuisance than before. Even so, it remains an excellent transfer, rich in detail, lovely to behold, and utterly faithful to Jackson and cinematographer Andrew Lesnie's dramatic digital color grading. Skintones are perfectly saturated (or desaturated, as is typically the case here), black levels are satisfying (albeit a touch muted in Mirkwood and Erebor), and contrast is spot on, with very little in the way of distractions. (The few that do arise trace back to the filmmakers and/or the FX.) Clarity is remarkable too, with crisp edges free from aliasing and ringing, refined textures that capture every last subtlety of the film's production design and costumes, and a pleasing veneer of grain that doesn't hinder the image in any way. Moreover, artifacting, banding and other significant enemies of the crown are held at bay. (A half-dozen unsightly, lower definition GoPro Camera shots unfortunately pepper the barrel escape sequence, but each one only appears for a split second and, again, is attributable to Jackson and Lesnie, not Warner's encoding efforts.) All told, The Desolation of Smaug is gorgeous. Jackson's rabid fans will be rewarded for their allegiance.


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

There was a small but vocal minority of audiophiles who expressed concern over An Unexpected Journey's lossless audio mix because its low-end output wasn't all it could be. I admittedly didn't notice anything amiss at the time of my review, and still find it difficult to discern any shortcoming when revisiting the first film's Blu-ray release. Did I encounter any such issue with Desolation of Smaug? No, although those who pore over specs and bitrates may find the same problem here. So why even bring it up? I too want the best that a studio can deliver, so bravo to those who uncover these sorts of things. It's important to know. I just wonder how much of the offending issue is actually perceptible to the human ear and how much is driven by the power of tech-spec suggestion.

But I digress. Having listened to Warner's DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround track multiple times (it's even playing as I write), I have yet to find a single fault. It excels in every area. Dialogue is intelligible, believably grounded in Jackson's Middle-earth, and meticulously prioritized. It doesn't have to compete with the many, many action scenes that threaten to overwhelm it at any given moment, nor does it suffer or struggle when rivers rage, dragons roar or castles crumble. Dynamics are terrific too, and the LFE channel bolsters each element that requires its aid, granting everything from Beorn's rampages to the windstorm of Smaug's leathery wings tremendous weight and presence. The rear speakers are just as prepared for any challenge Jackson presents. The skittering of Mirkwood spiders. A fluttering sea of butterflies atop a deadly forest canopy. The lapping of water in Laketown. The angry tendrils that hiss and screech at Gandalf's light shield. The shower of gold coins that rain down whenever Smaug explodes from his nest. The flames that fill the halls of Erebor when the beast attacks. Directionality is exceptionally precise, pans are wonderfully transparent, and the soundfield is as immersive as I could have hoped for. I'm more than satisfied with the results.


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