M4's The Hobbit Book Edit

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Absolutely accomplishes what it sets out to do, by reducing the bloated Hobbit trilogy to an enjoyable length by cutting out non-sourced sections, and does so with visual enhancements that bring the end product much closer to something worthy of sitting next to the best versions of the LOTR films -- the Red Book cuts, for my money. However, unlike those which are necessarily more episodic in nature, cutting down the Hobbit films to just novel beats has the effective of causing the pacing to be somewhat lopsided and anticlimatic as others have noted. Characters' relationships feel undeveloped one moment and then fully formed the next, with the actual growth missing, and sections of information missing but referred back to in a few places (mostly to do with the Elvish enclaves and their politicking).

A technical marvel, but there may be other versions of the Hobbit that provide a slightly more organic viewing experience. (I've got about a half-dozen to hand so my work is cut out for me...)
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An excellent edit that removes the bloated indulgence of Peter Jackson's trilogy and brings it closer to the book. My only complaint is that since so much of Bard's family and Tauriel & Legolas was cut out, Smaug's defeat ended up happening so quickly it was jarring and felt anticlimactic.

Overall I highly, highly recommend.

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While i prefer it has a trilogy I still get enjoyment out of this

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Had been looking for a 3-in-1 edit of The Hobbit first. For 2 main reasons, 1. it's not a story that requires 3 3hr movies. The 77 animated film (which i grew up with and love) told basically the full story in 90 mins. All i need is the story that is told in the book. 2. Peter Jackson seems to like to make stuff up that he thinks will be cool or funny, or maybe it's studio involvement doing that, but when something that comes in in both LoTR or The Hobbit that isn't out of the books, things get pretty eye rolly. This was less prevalent for the LoTR seriese, but for The Hobbit, this happened so much i had to tap out after the 2nd movie. Tried watching the 3rd at some point, but couldn't wrap my mind around how they decided to put what should have been the climax for the last movie into the beginning of the 3rd.

All that said, from what i had seen of the films, i had to believe there is 1 good movie between them. It's acted well, and most scenes are accurate enough. There isn't stuff missing, just too much added, and a lot of subplots that kill the pacing, and kind of screw up character development in cases.

Anyway. This edit corrects all those issues. The cuts are seemless. Even when i know where a terrible scene should have been, it was cut out so cleanly it just made it more apparent that there was no reason for it. The biggest example is the transition from part 2 to part 3 that blends together and corrects a major flow problem with the original. Watching this with someone who had never seen the films, and they did not know when it actually transitioned into the 3rd film. The transition from 1 to 2 is not so smooth, but that is a problem of the source, since part 2 does not pickup cleanly where the first left off. This is worked around by using an "Intermission" screen. Which while i tend to dislike this even when part of the original movie, and this did take me out of the feeling that i was just watching a single movie, it did end up being a good pause point for us to stop and grab some food, so i guess it does actually end up working out, lol. For the most part i could just forget i was even watching an edited version of the films, and just enjoy it as single story and just one big epic journey.

The only things that threw me were:
- the previously mentioned intermission, which was actually a good thing, and i don't think there would have been a good way to transition otherwise
- A mention of radagast who doesn't appear (maybe this matches the book, but just stood out since i realized he was cut). Though to the edits credit it wasn't till way later that i realize that he never showed up.
- and a single shot of Evangeline Lilly that stands out. her plotline was thankfully removed, but a quick flash of her stands out knowing she was originally in it. Might have also stood out less if she was a less recognizable actress. It seem like that quick shot could have maybe have been edit omit the shot of here.

All in all this is a great edit. I'm sure anyone not being aware that this was originally 3 movies, would not have know it wasn't just one movie. Everyone who watched this version with me thoroughly enjoyed it. Those that had seen the originals, had the same feelings about it that i did (that they were not worth watching mostly, but found this version to be solid)

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This is the first fanedit I've ever watched and it was a great experience. I watched it with two friends and they also enjoyed it. We all agreed it felt much more true to the book and it was amazing how much superfluous stuff was able to be taken out without harming the movies at all.

We also appreciated the high quality of the encoding. Even though we were watching it with a projector, we didn't notice any low quality compression.

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