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December Empire (Smaug) - Worth getting?

tripecac
Rivendell

Nov 30 2013, 4:08am

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December Empire (Smaug) - Worth getting? Can't Post

The December edition of Empire, with the Desolation of Smaug feature, came out a while ago. I'm in NZ so I won't see it here for another couple months or so. I can order it from Amazon, however.

What I'm wondering is if the Empire article adds anything substantial which is not covered in the Official Movie Guide by Brian Sibley. (I also have the Visual Companion, the Annual/Almanac, and the upcoming Weta book(s)).

In other words, is the Empire DoS magazine worth hunting down?

Thanks!


DanielLB
Immortal


Nov 30 2013, 10:28am

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It depends what you want it for. [In reply to] Can't Post

If you just want a hard copy of it, then try and get it. But if you want to just learn about the spoilers and snippets given in the magazine, then your best bet is just to check out these two threads: here and here.

Those two threads cover all the important information in the magazine.

Smile



Glorfindela
Valinor


Nov 30 2013, 2:14pm

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I think Empire magazine is always worth getting when it comes to the ME films [In reply to] Can't Post

They have a very nice choice of covers, for a start (Thorin for me), and the articles are generally pretty good. However, I don't think it contains anything substantial, especially if you already have those books.

Empire magazine's coverage of DoS is certainly better than Total Film's coverage my copy of that magazine has gone for recycling. Unimpressed


tripecac
Rivendell

Nov 30 2013, 4:28pm

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Not for the spoilers [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm actually trying to avoid spoilers this time around, so don't intend to read the magazine (or the books) until after I've been DoS.

I'm also not that interested in artwork/photos... The books I have, plus the inevitable extended edition extras will be enough eye candy! :)

So, what I'm after is information that remains interesting (and unique) even after I've seen the movie and read the other books.

I liked the Empire mag for An Unexpected Journey (though it took forever to find it). I don't know about unique info, but it was attractively laid out, and the "holographic" cover is cool. There were tons of pages devoted to AUJ in it, though. I get the impression that the DoS issue isn't as Hobbit-centric. Do you know how many pages are for DoS?


Glorfindela
Valinor


Nov 30 2013, 5:04pm

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There are 12 pages altogether about DoS in Empire magazine [In reply to] Can't Post

The covers, though not holographic, are rather nice. The Thorin one has silver lettering and border, and I think the one with the Bilbo cover may have the same elements in gold.

I'm really surprised that the magazine is not released at more or less the same time in NZ as it is in the UK.


(This post was edited by Glorfindela on Nov 30 2013, 5:05pm)


tripecac
Rivendell

Nov 30 2013, 5:16pm

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NZ is 2 months behind [In reply to] Can't Post

Here in NZ the issue on the shelves now is Thor, which is October.


Otaku-sempai
Half-elven


Nov 30 2013, 8:54pm

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I still have not seen the new issue in the WNY area [In reply to] Can't Post

Our nearest Barnes and Noble still has the November issue on the shelf.

'There are older and fouler things than Orcs in the deep places of the world.' - Gandalf the Grey, The Fellowship of the Ring


Kim
Valinor


Nov 30 2013, 9:36pm

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Same here in WA [In reply to] Can't Post

I checked B&N again today and they still don't have the Dec issues out. Will keep checking...I got a B&N gift card for my birthday, so I'm determined to use it for this!

 
 

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