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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Blu-ray

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Extended Edition / Blu-ray + UltraViolet Warner Bros. | 2013 | 186 min | Rated PG-13 | Nov 04, 2014

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

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French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
Japanese: Dolby Digital 5.1
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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

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 4.5 out of 5.

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

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

  4.5 of 5

The Extended Edition release of The Desolation of Smaug includes three BD-50 discs: the first featuring the new 186-minute cut of the film (with no breaks or disc swaps to be had), and the other two devoted to more than ten hours of high definition bonus content. Thankfully, the quality of the AVC-encoded presentation is virtually identical to its April 2014 theatrical version counterpart.

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, the two transfers are excellent examples of the benefits high definition affords; each one 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), 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 also remarkable, 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.

Better still, artifacting, banding and other significant enemies of the crown are held at bay. There are a few negligible instances of banding and artifacting, but nothing that takes a serious toll, and nothing that will be noticed by anyone who isn't scanning the shadows, smoke and fog looking for something to overreact to. (A half-dozen unsightly, lower definition GoPro Camera shots pepper the barrel escape sequence, and irritate me every time I watch the film. But each one only appears for a split second and, again, should be laid at Jackson and Lesnie's doorstep, not Warner's.) 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

Like the theatrical version of The Desolation of Smaug, the Extended Edition features an excellent DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround track. 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 don't have a single complaint.


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