A four hour fan edit of the trilogy!
Many fans have been waiting for the theatrical version of The Battle of the Five Armies to hit online, so they can begin to re-cut and edit what many feel is an oversized version of The Hobbit by Peter Jackson!
One of the first of these edits is now available for viewing online…
A fan of both the book and the films, Tolkien Editor has re-cut these three films into a single four hour film at a resolution of 720×576 in a MP4s format, which he says is comparable to DVD quality.
Let me start by saying that I enjoy many aspects of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. Overall, however, I felt that the story was spoiled by an interminable running time, unengaging plot tangents and constant narrative filibustering. What especially saddened me was how Bilbo (the supposed protagonist of the story) was rendered absent for large portions of the final two films. Back in 2012, I had high hopes of adding The Hobbit to my annual Lord of the Rings marathon, but in its current bloated format, I simply cannot see that happening.
So, over the weekend, I decided to condense all three installments (An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of the Five Armies) into a single 4-hour feature that more closely resembled Tolkien’s original novel. Well, okay, it’s closer to 4.5 hours, but those are some long-ass credits! This new version was achieved through a series of major and minor cuts, detailed below…
You can go HERE to see this edit of the film and read more about what was removed and what was left in in this revised cut made from Peter Jackson’s trilogy.
To be honest, I would like to try my own hand at editing these films. I would still maintain a trilogy format, but I would have begun the first film with a prologue of Gandalf entering Dol Guldur and retrieving the key and map from Thrain. As much as I like his character, I would eliminate Radagast from these films altogether along with any mention or images of the tombs of the Nazgûl and the Morgul blade. I would have placed the prologue of Smaug attacking Erebor into the dinner scene at Bag End as it was in the books and would leave out any reference to the Battle of Azanulbizar at the east gate of Moria. And that just the start!
I haven’t yet had a chance to see Tolkien Editors version of the films, but plan to watch it soon! Let us know what you would keep or take out of The Hobbit trilogy if you had the chance to edit the movie!