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SnevaH Yerg

Aug 1 2013, 3:14am

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The Running Time Defense

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The only part that's a letdown for me is the lack of extra commentary tracks...

As for the 13 minutes, I think it's enough for a film that was already quite long and covering the first six chapters of a short book. It's amazing that so many are complaining about a lack of extended footage when all I heard, when the movie came out, was how unnecessarily long the film was.

Just 13 minutes of extra footage and a single commentary track is quite enough to justify my original intention, after the still-unresolved Fellowship of the Ring EE debacle of The Green Tint, to wait for the full Middle-earth Extended Edition set of both trilogies after The Hobbit trilogy completes its run. I'll not waste my money now on anything less.

That might be different if there were figurines included like in the LOTR EE sets. I might buy it with that extra value. But I believe folks who are disappointed will chalk this up to a WB who just doesn't care about or understand their fans as much as New Line did.

Now, as for the running time defense of mediocrity:

Upon looking at various running times for all the LOTR and The Hobbit EEs, I see LOTR was 200, 214, and 240 minutes respectively. The Hobbit EE is 184 minutes. The point that The Hobbit AUJ was already long enough to accommodate only 13 minutes extra instead of 25, which would total 196, less than any of the LOTR films, is too weak to be credible. The abrupt change from the 25-minute expectation sourced by Jackson himself is, I think, why WB is in the spotlight again for a treatment that is inferior to New Line's LOTR efforts. I got the collectible figurines in all my LOTR EE boxes. I hope there will be such a thing offered for The Hobbit films, but I, and apparently others, have a lack of faith in WB to deliver what fans want.

(This post was edited by JWPlatt on Aug 1 2013, 3:17am)

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