Hobbit Legendary Edit: A Lord of the Rings Prequel, The

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This is an excellent fan edit with a unique approach! Like most fan edits of The Hobbit series, this edit cuts out the most ridiculous elements of the film trilogy, especially moments that don't exist in the book. What makes this fan edit unique is the approach to tone. Starting from the restructured opening, this edit works to set The Hobbit more in line with the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Hobbit book of course is far more humorous and more focused on a child audience. The films however didn't seem to know what tone they were going for. These edits fix this confusion by setting a slightly different tone from the book, but one that still works here and works considering the material on offer--the humorous moments in the movies were often the weakest elements, not translated especially well from the book. Overall, this is a fan edit worth recommending!

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The Hobbit Trilogy is very flawed.

There seems to be an infinite pool of editors interested in making it into the movie(s) that it should have been.

So much fluff was added, the resulting trilogy hardly resembled The Lord of The Rings trilogy or even the book.

The Hobbit should have been the masterpiece that The Lord of The Rings followed.

That wasn't the case. Instead we got a half hearted attempt at the story with a full hearted attempt to make a ton of money.

There have been many great Hobbit edits over the years. Likely the most edited franchise other than The Star Wars prequels.

Several edits have stood out over the years.

Spence's edit was the first one that got our attention and M4's edit was the most recent. Neither of these were masterpieces but there was a very good reason for each edit's success.

However, what was really needed was a darker and less humorous version that could be cut down to the size of a long movie. It would resemble Spence's edit but be far more serious in tone. It would require a lot of nips and tucks, a color grade and more.

Wraith has accomplished that in his Legendary Edit. Unlike any Hobbit edit before, it perfectly sets up the tone of The Lord of The Rings Trilogy.

I can't wait to see what he does with that.

This is excellent work that will be remembered. It's as close to a perfect edit of The Hobbit as we will likely experience.

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I embark on my journey of reviewing as many Middle Earth edits as I am able to obtain.

I had correspondence with Wraith earlier and he notified me that there is an updated version of this edit that fixes a few glitches.

This Hobbit edit seems to be on everyone's mind because I'm hearing about it everywhere. I know that Wraith is one of the more famous faneditors. His Godfather edits and Star Trek edits already caught my attention before this one. I haven't seen his most famous edit that won the award yet.

I love everything about Middle Earth. I always have since I was a younger.

I've have seen many of the Hobbit edits listed here and some that are not listed here like The Cardinal Cut.

Wraith's edit is the perfect way to watch The Hobbit. Especially, if you consider it a prelude to The Lord of The Rings trilogy.

There was always going to be a difference in the two trilogies because The Hobbit should have never been made into more than one movie. Everyone knew it was basically a way to make as much money as possible on a sure thing. As others mention, The Lord of The Rings was more serious, more somber and darker in tone.

Everything that the Hobbit trilogy isn't.

There have been so many good Hobbit edits, and I am going to review them. However, all of them missed this crucial chord to a large degree. To create this masterpiece required thousands of edits. Hundreds of micro cuts and years to complete.

Wraith did it! He created the perfect Hobbit edit! This is the one that will be remembered.

I can't recommend this edit enough!

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I didn’t think another Hobbit edit could impress me at this point but I was mistaken. This feels like the movie they should’ve done instead of the trilogy.

The beginning and end is what really makes this something new and special. The colorization is just the cherry on top! Very well done, can’t wait to see Wraith’s LOTR project

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I saw probably every version of the Hobbit movie(s) including theatrical and extended editions, as well as most edits out there. Wraith is the only one who first of all was able to make this feel less like a kid's movie, by cutting out all the unfunny attempts of humor.

Secondly, by removing all the unnecessary parts and well done reediting, the movie has more of a natural flow of the main story, which is captivating enough when the emphasis is put on it. It always felt clear to me that Peter Jackson (or the studio) felt the main story had to be stretched into 3 parts and other stuff on the side was just crammed into it, to reach the intended run times but also to give the fans more "original LOTR content" on screen. However this cost the movie (s) and story a lot of credibility that it already needed due the fact that the base story came from a children's book.

This edit "repairs" this by trying to create the story and give it the look and feel as it was supposed to be in order to be a standalone part of the LOTR universe that can be taken serious.

Though there were some (really small things) that I noticed or would have changed, this is just a personal taste so I will not mention them here. I rather want to thank Wraith for creating this experience for everyone who chooses to view this edit, which I highly recommend.

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