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Posted February 19, 2014 12:21 AM by Webmaster

Warner 90th AnniversaryWarner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially announced the 2D, 3D and Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of the theatrical cut of filmmaker Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, starring Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt and Orlando Bloom, Mikael Persbrandt, Sylvester McCoy, Aidan Turner, Dean O'Gorman, Graham McTavish, Adam Brown, Peter Hambleton, John Callen, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, William Kircher, Stephen Hunter, Ryan Gage, John Bell, Manu Bennett and Lawrence Makoare. The sequel to An Unexpected Journey arrives on Blu-ray on April 8th.

Synopsis: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (McKellan) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Armitage), on an epic quest to reclaim the Lonely Mountain and the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. Having survived the beginning of their unexpected journey, the Company travels East, encountering along the way skin-changer Beorn and a swarm of giant spiders in the treacherous forest of Mirkwood. After escaping capture by the dangerous Wood-elves, the Dwarves journey to Lake-town, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all–a creature more terrifying than any other; one which will test not only the depth of their courage but the limits of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself: the dragon Smaug (Cumberbatch).

The film will be available via a Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, a Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, and a standard Blu-ray Combo Pack. The Limited Collector's Edition Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack includes two Gates of Erebor replica bookends from the Noble Collection, and only 25,000 will be available in the U.S.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround. Special features include:
  • Peter Jackson Invites You to the Set – Experience the film's challenges and demands, and journey alongside the director into Mirkwood, Lake-town and Dale as the movie's most intense, pivotal scenes are created:
    • In the Company of the Hobbit
    • All in a Day's Work
  • Production Videos – Watch as the production comes to life as Peter Jackson gives you an inside look at the making of The Desolation of Smaug
  • New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth, Part 2 – Travel with Peter Jackson and his team across the stunning locations of New Zealand transformed by the filmmakers into Middle-earth
  • Music Video – "I See Fire" by Ed Sheeran; the beautiful theme song from the film is illuminated with this intimate music video




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mishal
  Feb 19, 2014
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As usual, I have to wait for the Extended edition.

Kaiju
  Feb 19, 2014
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I still haven't seen this movie yet... might just wait for the next one to be released.

The Bluray King
  Feb 19, 2014
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I enjoyed this one.Alot more the the first tho the first one still was cool.But i can not wait for the last one the second one left off at one hell of a wtf moment but still was enjoyable if you ask me.day 1 for me 3D version just because i own the first one in 3D .

Risahawkeye
  Feb 19, 2014
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Wonder if another Digibook will be released. I may bite on that one as I did the first. Still waiting for a box set though. Bookends are nice and tempting. ^^*

rafaelsalguero
  Feb 19, 2014
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I want a Digibook to match with the 1st movie

ozzsoad
  Feb 19, 2014
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Loved this one just like I loved the last one. Will be getting the 3D theatrical so that when the extended cut comes out I have access to both. That'll do, at least until the 4K 48fps versions come.

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MrClarke
  Feb 19, 2014
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Me and my wife went to see this in theaters. I was asleep within 20 minutes. I was just really tired from work and I just konked out. I'll be picking it up Day 1 just so I can actually see it.

KaineKinetic
  Feb 19, 2014
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I hope Wal*Mart has a DigiBook to match the first one!

bam777
  Feb 19, 2014
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I'm not sure if I should buy that box set or not. I wasn't expecting them to release that set with the Theatrical Cut. I'm hoping they release the same set with the Extended Edition 3D Blu-ray so I can hold off and get that edition with the extra special features and box set goodies.

rollinwith26s
  Feb 19, 2014
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Sorry Hobbit, I have a date with Audrey Hepburn that day!

Eny-
  Feb 19, 2014
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Will pick up the 3D version of this and the last movie and wait out for a boxset of the Extended versions.

BobbyMcGee
  Feb 19, 2014
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I understand people's frustration with the eventual extended edition in the fall but I am a big fan of these films so the double dip (so to speak) does not bother me. Will get the 3D version of the theatrical cut on release day.

JimDiGriz
  Feb 19, 2014
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Waiting for the Extended one as usual...

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honeylatte
  Feb 19, 2014
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i'll also grab the 3D version for now...and wait for some extended edition set when all the movies are out
mdking
  Feb 19, 2014
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ill just get the extended 3D 5 disc set edition

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BluBrown
  Feb 19, 2014
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I'll pick up the collector's edition to match my Lord of the Rings bookends

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Rhylliam
  Feb 19, 2014
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Odd that a box set is coming out with the theatrical. Only came out for the extended version of the first Hobbit. Anyways, if there's a digibook, I'm there! Gotta match up with the first one on my shelf.

L.J.
  Feb 19, 2014
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I'll be going for the 2d version.
mredman
  Feb 19, 2014
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Have they even said there will be an extended version. I know there was one for the first but have they said there will be one for smaug as well ?

pixarforlife
  Feb 19, 2014
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FINALLY!!! Day 1.
Top Dollar
  Feb 19, 2014
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I don't mind waiting another 2 years (2016) for the inevitable Middle Earth Extended Edition boxset which will surely have all the the bells and whistles and correct color timing (hopefully!).

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mport5150
  Feb 19, 2014
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I will bite if it's cheap enough......I am waiting to buy the extended box set....

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Dellamorte13
  Feb 19, 2014
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I guess I am the only one who didn't like the extended edition of the first Hobbit film. I think I'm alone on liking the first one more than this one too. For LotR I LOVE the EEs!
Still, I'll get this version day one and be fine with that.
MoulinBlu
  Feb 19, 2014
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Sorry Warner. Not to imply any remote lack of interest, but I'm holding out for the extended edition this time as well. Last time I impatiently bought the first release, figuring I'd watch it at least once, but never did, before selling it when the EE came out. I won't be doing that again, especially with a couple hundred movies sitting on my shelf, unopened.

Evilaviator
  Feb 19, 2014
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Waiting for the super duper 3d extended director's cut collectors edition.

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obriensg1
  Feb 19, 2014
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I won't wait for extended edition because I won't buy those until they are in a trilogy pack. I felt both Hobbit films dragged a bit, though I enjoyed them (Smaug more than Journey). Therefore I'm in no hurry to see extended versions. I'll leave that as a treat for when they are all out.
dawnofdave
  Feb 19, 2014
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Is it just me of does the standard blu-ray artwork look more in line with the extended edtion artwork for An Unexpected Journey? Now I'm wondering what the extended artwork will look like for this one...

SixSpeedSamurai
  Feb 19, 2014
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3D Extended

jimbo87400
  Feb 19, 2014
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Have to wait and see what comes out in regards to the "exclusive editions" relating to the various chain stores out there. I did Best Buy for Unexpected Journey since it came with a bonus disc but would be more interested in a steelbook this time around. Fail that, then a digibook would be second choice. Of course I will also purchase the extended edition coming out later this year. I wish they had provided some hinting details on that too...oh well.

lobo81865
  Feb 19, 2014
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Just like a lot of you, I'll wait for the extended version again.
d6a4s5
  Feb 19, 2014
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Damnit! Why do they have to break their own mold by putting out a Limited Collector's Edition before the Extended Edition?! Now I have to drop more money on that one for the collectible bookends and probably drop more money after that on whatever Collector's Edition they have for the EE when that one comes out? You tricky bastards, you!

Dreambo
  Feb 19, 2014
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Aren't you used to re-buying the LTR's packages???? Not used to it from the first go around? Thank the Lord they didn't make us wait for the DTS version...they gave us a break on that..Ha-Ha...Money..Money...and MO Money

Taygan315
  Feb 19, 2014
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I'm liking the limited edition 3D set with the books ends. May want to pick that one up.....we'll see.
Regardless, day 1 blind buy for me!!
Taikero
  Feb 19, 2014
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Great, now I have to decide whether I *must* own the bookends or simply wait for the extended edition as usual. Drat.
Caesu
  Feb 19, 2014
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Im in for the double dip. I kind of enjoy having 2 takes of the movie. The Theatrical and Extended as a choice to watch.
Mr.Briggs
  Feb 19, 2014
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As with the last one I'll be buying the 3D of both this & the extendeds for all the features.

Ray_Rogers
  Feb 19, 2014
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3D for both Theatrical & Extended Editions for me.
targetearth
  Feb 19, 2014
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Steele book?

4EverJohnnyBoy
  Feb 19, 2014
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Anyone else notice the pricing and/or links are reversed for the 2D/3D editions? Lol I was psyched to see the 3D listed at a $32 price point, only to click the Amazon link and see it is actually $40 price point that was listed here on the bluray site as the 2D edition. Just pointing it out, the prices on both will drop by release day anyway :-)

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Ken Brown
  Feb 19, 2014
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It's fixed now

CobraComander
  Feb 19, 2014
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Waiting for Extended Edition

Tom Servo
  Feb 19, 2014
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Because I KNOW everyone cares what I'm buying and not buying..............(pause for sarcasm to sink in)...................................................I'll get the WalMart exclusive digi-book (they better have one or else), and then the 3d extended later.

Spencer_Kain92
  Feb 19, 2014
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Yes day one I loved it!
Wolvie
  Feb 19, 2014
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With so many variants and retailer exclusives these days, especially for a blockbuster like the Tolkien series, it's helpful to know what's out there. I'm a fan of the digibooks but the 3D combo packs take priority for me. In a perfect world, they'd release a 3D digibook, LOL. Will likely grab the 3D theatrical edition now, and hold off until the 3D EE boxset is released for all 3 movies. I can wait

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JJ
  Feb 19, 2014
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Getting tired of waiting for the EE, but alas - I REFUSE to double dip on this one. And I triple dipped on the first one like a Baboon.

robocop35
  Feb 19, 2014
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I am waiting intill the last one comes out (2016 or sooner).

Atreyu
  Feb 19, 2014
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Will wait for extended 3D.

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Wdm81
  Feb 19, 2014
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After Buying the first and extended releases for all LOTR films and the first Hobbit, i've finally clued in and will wait for the extended cut of this one
llcruize
  Feb 19, 2014
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I will wait for the EE like I did for the first one. I saw this one in the 43fps format. I really loved how it looked. It will be an adjustment to see it only in 1080p

Suburban Sensei
  Feb 19, 2014
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Tired of double dipping, so I will wait for the extended and just redbox this when it comes out to tide me over.

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davidthenikonuser
  Feb 19, 2014
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@Sopranogl

How can the Dragon look "fake as fuck" when Dragons aren't real in the first place? :P

true.harv
  Feb 19, 2014
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I'm dumb enough to buy this plus the EE cut later on

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prkprkprk
  Feb 19, 2014
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Will be buying the 3D version of the theatrical cut and the extended cut. I like having both cuts available to me in 3D.
ElDuderino2112
  Feb 19, 2014
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I want to wait for the extended cut, but I'm definitely going to be picking this up for those sweet book ends.

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nathanp
  Feb 20, 2014
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I'll be getting the extended trilogy and not one release before that.

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Gardenofstone10
  Feb 20, 2014
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I'm with the above poster...I'll wait for a complete trilogy extended.

Sai
  Feb 20, 2014
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I hope they won't neuter the bass like they did the first one.

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repete66211
  Feb 20, 2014
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Smaug=Smeagol=Jar Jar Binks

IMO CGI cartoons with barely-intelligible voices should see very limited screen time. I liked the movie except when Smaug was on screen. This version was much better than the first installment, which had a bit of an Ewok feel to it.

Also, a philosophizing dragon is about as eye-rolling as a philosophizing drug cartel leader (cf. The Counselor).
Alexxx1994
  Feb 20, 2014
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I really enjoyed seeing this in 3D in theaters, and I will definitely pick this one up on blu-ray 3D... When the extended edition is released in the fall. To quote Thranduil "I am patient, I can wait."

PeterTHX
  Feb 20, 2014
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I wish Warner would use the new Dolby TrueHD 96kHz process with this film, especially since it was an Atmos mix.
Phonecia Taylor
  Feb 20, 2014
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Day one purchase for me. I'm sick of waiting for extended edition. I'll buy both and enjoy them! To hell with the 3D version.

kopkiwi
  Feb 20, 2014
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repete66211

The heck you smoking dude? Smaug was brilliant, voice was perfectly cast. Captivating, entrenching. The lot.
PretyHateMachin
  Feb 20, 2014
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I have never purchased a theatrical release of any of the Middle-Earth movies, and I am not about to start now! In fact, I don't think I have ever watched a theatrical version of these movies on DVD or Blu-ray!

maidenbrain
  Feb 21, 2014
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Loved the movie. But Ditto d6a4s5, 'cause there's no way my wife will let me get away with not getting both collector's sets...unless I fail to mention that this one exists. Hmm.

hostelmovies
  Feb 21, 2014
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This is a very good movie! But... I'm poor and will wait for the Extended to grace the shelves. I'll give it a rental first.

martymagicman
  Feb 22, 2014
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Waiting For Godot?
No, Waiting for extended edition....
reidw
  Feb 22, 2014
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It was asked here already but not answered. Has Jackson confirmed that there is going to be an extended edition? I haven't heard anything.

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nathanp
  Feb 22, 2014
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reidw - Jackson probably hasn't confirmed it but of course there will be an extended version, they just don't want to mention it yet so they can sell this movie again in November then again when the theatrical trilogy comes out and once again when the the extended trilogy comes out, but wait, then yet AGAIN when all 6 movies are released in an extended edition.

Cancerebro
  Feb 23, 2014
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I haven't even got the first one yet. I'm waiting for the extended trilogy box set.
Gannet
  Feb 24, 2014
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This movie does not need an extension.

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MikaLove
  Feb 24, 2014
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LOL @ the gift set which is in "0 collections"! Cuz who de fuk would waste their money on a set like that with the obvious 3D EE gift set around the corner?! WB are fucking n00bz. I hope they lose a lot of money! For what they've done with other movies and editions, of course.

I*heart*Criterion
  Feb 25, 2014
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Waiting for the Criterion edition!

lupinskitten
  Feb 26, 2014
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Waiting for the EE.
reidw
  Feb 26, 2014
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There was a reason for the extra material in the Lord Of the Rings. Without it several important and popular moments from the books such as the gifts from Galadriel would never have been seen on the screen. I still wish Jackson could have included Tom Bombadil and Goldberry in his work but oh well. With The Hobbit that is not the case. The additions do flesh out the story but they weren't part of the original work. They're contrived extra scenes designed to get fans to buy a second time. I'm not As gannet says, "this film does not need an extension". There's no artistic/literary point to having one.

thephantomcat
  Feb 26, 2014
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I'm sick of rushing out to get my 3D movies hoping local retailers don't sell out. Anyone know any online retailers who can guarantee release day delivery?

Archangel25
  Mar 02, 2014
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I will wait for the Extended Edition.

Lino11
  Mar 03, 2014
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I'm waiting too.
usps03
  Mar 04, 2014
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Saw this one in 3DHFR and thought is looked horrible, too real like a TV soap opera kind of clarity/quality. But, saw it again in 3D 24fps and was visually satisfied! Can't wait to watch this on blu-ray on my sony HMZ-T1!!


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