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The Hobbit DOS Visual Companion & Official Movie Guide


Nov 17 2013, 11:18pm

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The Hobbit DOS Visual Companion & Official Movie Guide Can't Post

Hey there,

Got those two bad boys 4 days ago and read quite a bit of it. I have the previous ones for AUJ and I gotta say these are pretty disappointing. It kind of feels a lot like they're holding back by fear of spoiling. Lot of retread stuff from AUJ (like retelling what happened in the first movie), very little new info about The Desolation Of Smaug.

Blurry promo pictures or trailer caps (that, I can't understand, how they can cheap out like this), pretty much stuff that we've all seen for a while.

The character profiles in the movie guide bring nothing new to the table, it's still pleasant to read but it really feels lazy overall, especially when I'm just in the middle of watching the superb bonuses from the extended edition.

I think this could be a thread where we can post impressions on the books, and make it a bit more visible.

Blunt the knives, bend them forks, smash the bottles and burn the corks.

That's what Bilbo Baggins hates !

(This post was edited by Jax_Teller on Nov 17 2013, 11:19pm)


Nov 17 2013, 11:32pm

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But the illustrations look clear enough to me, and I'm finding both books full of new material. Beorn, for a start, Bard, Thranduil, Mirkwood.... that's all new.

Remember that the books must have been written months before any of the recent promotional material, trailers, sneak peeks and so on. The books got there first.


Nov 18 2013, 1:05am

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Guess for me these kinds of books will be mementos/souvenirs that I will look through occasionally long after the movie is over, but for NOW they are so nice to have to tide me over. Will wait for the WETA books/Movie guide until DOS comes out. Was very pleased with the Visual Companion - being a Thorin/dwarve fan OF COURSE I was happy with the included beautiful pictures of Thorin and the thoughtful, intelligent intro by RA.

Plus nice new images of the dwarves - as a costume junky was staring in fascination at the Nori etc. wearing some sort of robes w. leather and studding - and there's a head shot of Fili where I swear he is wearing the outfit in the banner which I am rabidly curious about. Not an elf fan but nice pictures and write-ups on the elves + everyone else and descriptions of the lands that will be traveled and Laketown.

The one blurry image I can think of has the group looking toward the sun or something - that was mildly annoying but no big deal. The other thing is at times the printing was heavily saturated on some pages - my VC has an ink smell and Gollum's eyes are glowing blue! Best thing is it is a balanced treatment of all, brings new viewers up to speed with enough for AUJ fans IMO. It's all just enough to provide an enjoyable comfort level without ruining the movie for me.

I DID NOT want a big fat clear image of Smaug before the film, and after DOS is released bet Smaug images will be everywhere anyway, like an icon.

Unlike the 2 "kiddie" books - forget which one it was but think it said too much, and won't even open those now until after I see the film. But they are for kids anyway - think I picked these up just for the artwork, which I thought was nice. Anyway I was good with my purchases - am expecting a lot from the Movie Guide but so far have been able to see books in person, so will know what I am buying. Besides, I keep a raft of images on my computer to drool over. It would be nice one day if some sort of collector book is published $$$ that is crammed with movie stills, just to have - sometimes it's just nice to flip through images.


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