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Any chance we'll see a Blu-ray release of The Hobbit 1977?
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Aug 18 2013, 10:42am

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There isn't much chance of us disagreeing. [In reply to] Can't Post

Unless we're talking about PJ's interpretation and characterisation of Legolas. WinkAngelic


Aug 18 2013, 11:01am

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You're just jealous of his wig.... ;-) // [In reply to] Can't Post



Aug 18 2013, 12:31pm

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Just found a cool trailer mash-up [In reply to] Can't Post

Going a bit off topic, but it's my thread, I can do what I want!!

Someone's put the cartoon visuals to the sound of the DoS trailer:

(This post was edited by QuackingTroll on Aug 18 2013, 12:31pm)


Aug 18 2013, 3:56pm

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Re: 1980 Rankin/ Bass RotK [In reply to] Can't Post

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Or Buying even?

All I know about it is the Orcs randomly burst into song after capturing Frodo and Sam.

I know this is mostly OT, but I've never seen the film and really enjoy the other two cartoons, so I was wondering if anyone could shed some light and offer advice on the film.

How does it match up to the production values and tone of the '77 Hobbit?

I'm not sure I'd be willing to sit through it on youtube on my poor quality rather slow laptop, but I've never seen it going cheaper than a tenner on Amazon.

It's worth a look. It is a ninety-minute adaptation so a lot of stuff was cut out (there's no Legolas, no Gimli, Aragorn is barely in it and has maybe three lines, etc.) but they're pretty faithful to the material that is used and I liked Orson Bean and Roddy McDowell as Frodo and Sam. Faramir isn't in the show but you can see a black-haired guy riding next to Eowyn at the end of the movie who many think is probably supposed to be him.

Just be warned that yes, there are songs, and once you hear 'Where There's a Whip There's a Way' it'll be stuck in your brain cells forever.


Aug 18 2013, 7:53pm

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Limitations of budget and time [In reply to] Can't Post

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With its short running time, cheap animation and rather less well known history I'm not sure it would benefit from a high quality upgrade-and there probably wouldn't be any interesting special features (the main reasons I buy Blu Rays-such as the Alien Anthology or Apocalyps Now)

The Rankin/Bass The Hobbit was made for a 90-minute time-slot on commercial television, which limited it to its 72-minute runtime. I always felt thet the film would have benefitted from a two-hour slot and a budget that would allow for expanding it to aroound 90 to 100 minutes. If nothing else, the Arkenstone, and the plot-point of Thorin's anger over Bilbo finding it and giving it up to Bard and the Elvenking, could have been included. Perhaps Beorn could have been restored to the story as well. And there is the Wood-elves' feast, which gets mentioned but not seen.

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

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