Like most people, I was disappointed with the theatrical releases of The Hobbit. The pieces and performances were there, but the format felt off- I always felt it was a mistake trying to mirror the LOTR trilogy with much lighter, more whimsical material- it either needed an entirely new direction, or an entirely different format.
The films really dragged for me, and while some fanedits improved this slightly, none nailed it (including the film cut here). However, re-cutting the films into hour long episodes if a fantastic idea that fixes a lot of these issues and makes the content a lot more enjoyable as a whole.
DonKamillo's edting is excellent- the cuts are more or less seamless, each episode moves with pace and intention and nothing that's been removed is missed. The episodes end perfectly, giving the narrative time to breath and the audience time to digest everything. As a miniseries, with the cuts DonKamillo has made, The Hobbit finally works as a companion piece to the Lord of the Rings movies.
Holy crap. This edit was beautiful, one of [if not] the best I've seen, alongside Scott Pilgrim vs. the Editor.
I was not a fan of The Hobbit when it came out. I'm 17 now, so I was 10 when then, and a fan of Lord of the Rings. Not a huge fan as I didn't really appreciate things that much back then, but I certainly was entertained by the series. Nothing particularly stood out to me as 'bad' in these films, they were just boring and a little stretched out for my liking. I saw the first one and didn't like it all too much. The second one was better, I really enjoyed Smaug hanging out in the gold, and the stuff with the elves. Never got around to seeing the third one, or rewatching the first two, even after buying the 6-film Middle Earth collection a few years ago (when I became more interested in film, and the Lord of the Rings series).
A little after getting into fanedits earlier this year, I decided that I'd like to try out The Hobbit again. I debated between this edit, and the Original Two-Film structure for my first endeavor, and this one was what I decided on, as there is more cut and the miniseries format lends itself to keeping my attention span.
Anyways, enough about myself. This edit was phenomenal! I can't give very good specifics as I'm not all too familiar with the source content, but I never got bored during the edit, and each episode wrapped up perfectly as it's own narrative. This edit turned me from a [presumed] Hobbit hater, to an actual fan of the series, and debating where I rank it amongst the rest of the Middle Earth set.
I noted a few small issues in editing, not with audio but with visual transitions, most likely just due to the source material available (there was one crossfade from a tracking shot on I think Thorin's head to a landscape, and just the speed/context of the fade was a little strange). Additionally, while, again, I'm not familiar with the source and it could be in there already, there was a few moments where dialogue was cut kind of awkwardly. Not so much that it took me out of the moment, but I felt that some stuff cut messed up the pacing - although I'm sure it successfully "Anti-Cringed" it. (For example, when Bard stands up to Smaug, Smaug doesn't see nor hear him, but somehow notices him immediately and starts speaking to him). However, editing still gets a 10/10 because the % I'd give it would round up anyways...
This edit was extremely well done, and I'm super interested in checking out The Last Jedi - Anti-Cringe Cut now.
Ah... DonKamillo, DonKamillo, DonKamillo - you f***in' genius you!
I too watched the Mini-series and you have, to quote the Oracle... 'Polished a Turd', and made the overkill of the 'original' Hobbit, at the very least, now worth watching and in bite sized pieces too.
The 'whole' now hangs together something like properly, it flows and it bobs up and down [like those awful barrels in the water!] and you now [whisper it!] care about the story and its inhabitants.
Having said all that - I still prefer the book!!! :D
Well done and THANKS, you wizard !!
I watched the Miniseries version of this edit and I must say that DonKamillo you are an absolute genius. Watching in this format allows for the narrative to be restructured entirely by simply adding an intro and an outro. Genius.
I have watched almost all of the edits on this site and I have never found one that left me fully satisfied. Your edit came as close to that as I think I'm going to get without simply making my own; a feat I'm not sure I'm skilled enough to attempt.
Your editing was absolutely superb, there were a few cuts that I wish you hadn't made, and a few I wish you had (the Goblin king song) but overall this is by far my favorite edit.
I think you should explore the idea of making an episode 4.5 that contains the Dor Guldur subplot as an optional episode for those who care about why Gandalf dipped out for half of the series, I've found that to be the most jarring thing in many of the edits on here (and yes I know he does it in the book) so this isn't something I hold against yours.
My biggest complaint, surprisingly, was Azog being 100% gone. I think keeping him in as the orc commander would have been fine, he just doesn't need the back story PJ gave him.
Thanks for hooking me up, I'll be watching this edit for many years to come!