As is usual with the release of any blockbuster movie franchise, so it is with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. We have a look here at what is currently on offer, now that the spin-off season is in full swing.
For the gamers among us there is the new Hobbit free-to-play tactical tie-in game newly made available two days ago on browsers and Facebook. Titled The Hobbit: Armies of the Third Age, the game is a Warner Bros. Interactive release in partnership with Kingdoms of Camelot developer Kabam. Players battle alongside the starring characters, including Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf and Thorin Oakenshield. Players team up with other players online to control armies of Dwarves, Elves and Orcs in a battle waging across the landscape of Middle-earth. The game is available in both Facebook and browsers.
This is the advertising video.
“Director Peter Jackson has a powerful connection to this material, and it’s even more gorgeous than the first time he took on J.R.R. Tolkein’s world. All of the talk about frame speed doesn’t seem to matter as much when watching it at home (though maybe that’s different on the 3D Blu-ray; I just have a regular old HD TV and Blu-ray player, so that option is closed to me). But what bothers me about the film, and this Blu-ray release too, is that it just feels like a naked grab for money.”
I guess the only way to find out is to have a look yourself. The one thing the DVD does is give access to the Smaug trailer ahead of its release, but the extras, a seven-minute New Zealand travelog and Jackson’s 10 ‘vlogs’ about the making of the film, are already available online. To me, the point of a DVD is to buy it so that you can watch it later and recreate the cinema experience to some extent. I seldom watch the extras in any case.
We look forward to the general release of the Smaug trailer in due course…