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Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - The Precious Edition, The
Faneditor Name:
Genre:
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Original Release Date:
2014
Original Running Time:
164 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
111 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
The edit is made entirely from the idea of making it a good movie. Book accuracy is thrown out of the window if a cut is simply more clean
without it. We have a plethora of incredible book accurate cuts, but I miss some of the added drama Peter Jackson sometimes correctly added.
Intention:
To challenge myself, and to complete the circle. There are now 6 Precious Editions.
Other Sources:
Poster created by reddit user Max Beech Creative
Special Thanks:
Special thanks to all the other Hobbit faneditors for inspiring me.

Special thanks to chipbayless for his feedback, and pushing me to make this as good as can be. The edit would have not been as creative without the input! Went really in depth in feedback and previews and came up with extremely good ideas which were a pain in the ass to realise, but completely worth the trouble.

Special thanks to GarStazi for being my personal quality control manager for this edit.
Release Information:
Blu-ray
Editing Details:
What I aim to do is:

Cut humor that's excessive. Cut action that's excessive.
Keep humor that's cute.
If there is a scene with cringe and good quality (and there are a ton of those), remove the cringe,
but keep the quality. This helps pacing and storytelling.
Cuts and Additions:
Added a nice film grain layer, which does not affect highlights as proper film grain should.

New opening, with narration. This cuts to the title screen in dramatic fashion. This new opening helps the audience buy Thorin's turn to madness. Thorin is already in the mountain for days the moment the movie starts.

Cut a lot here, easily the most cringe in the entire trilogy is in this film

Cut Tauriel and Legolas from the opening, obviously. We now see the dwarfs sail away with guilt in their eyes when they leave the humans in their agony.

Removed Alfrid being a coward. He now slowly becomes more heroic and is not seen again.

With some dialogue manipulation we now see Legolas investigate Gundabad after the orcs attacked the elves in the last film. This sets up Bolg as a nameless Orc captain.

Heavily cut around the war to make more sense, and remove the overly comical and overly gruesome parts of it. I don't believe there is a single scene that hasn't been cut here.

Removed a lot shots of Azog shouting commands, and instead we let the visuals do the talking for the most part. Horn blows, flags wave, orcs attack. That's all we need to know.

Again: tons of micro-cuts.

Completely re-edited the ravenhill sequence. Legolas goes against his father's will and goes to Thorin anyway, Tauriel is not involved here. No dialogue, I let their gaze do the talking.

The whole sequence of Bilbo and Legolas following the dwarfs is moved around, to make it more believeable that they can reach the dwarfs as fast as they do.

The sequence of Kili getting killed is unalterered. The fight that ensues is utterly different from the original film. It's not quite perfect in the sense that Fili getting killed by Bolg ( Now nameless orc captain ) is a bit unceremoniously, but it's still a clean cut.

Nameless orc captain kills Fili, Legolas kills orc captain wit Thorin's help and throws Orcrest to Thorin. Bilbo get's knocked out and we get a dream sequence that (hopefully) adds to the emotional impact of Thorin's death.

Yes. We completely cut the actual fight between Azog and Thorin on ice, instead we hear their fight in the distance during the dream sequence. We already have seen them duke it out quite a bit, and the previous fight is simply far more engaging.

Captain obvious: Tauriel does not mourn the dwarf.

Some micro cuts I cannot all name here were made to keep the film as properly paced, and engaging as I could make it.
Faneditor Name:
Genre:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2014
Original Running Time:
164 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
111 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
The edit is made entirely from the idea of making it a good movie. Book accuracy is thrown out of the window if a cut is simply more clean
without it. We have a plethora of incredible book accurate cuts, but I miss some of the added drama Peter Jackson sometimes correctly added.
Intention:
To challenge myself, and to complete the circle. There are now 6 Precious Editions.
Other Sources:
Poster created by reddit user Max Beech Creative
Special Thanks:
Special thanks to all the other Hobbit faneditors for inspiring me.

Special thanks to chipbayless for his feedback, and pushing me to make this as good as can be. The edit would have not been as creative without the input! Went really in depth in feedback and previews and came up with extremely good ideas which were a pain in the ass to realise, but completely worth the trouble.

Special thanks to GarStazi for being my personal quality control manager for this edit.
Release Information:
Blu-ray
Editing Details:
What I aim to do is:

Cut humor that's excessive. Cut action that's excessive.
Keep humor that's cute.
If there is a scene with cringe and good quality (and there are a ton of those), remove the cringe,
but keep the quality. This helps pacing and storytelling.
Cuts and Additions:
Added a nice film grain layer, which does not affect highlights as proper film grain should.

New opening, with narration. This cuts to the title screen in dramatic fashion. This new opening helps the audience buy Thorin's turn to madness. Thorin is already in the mountain for days the moment the movie starts.

Cut a lot here, easily the most cringe in the entire trilogy is in this film

Cut Tauriel and Legolas from the opening, obviously. We now see the dwarfs sail away with guilt in their eyes when they leave the humans in their agony.

Removed Alfrid being a coward. He now slowly becomes more heroic and is not seen again.

With some dialogue manipulation we now see Legolas investigate Gundabad after the orcs attacked the elves in the last film. This sets up Bolg as a nameless Orc captain.

Heavily cut around the war to make more sense, and remove the overly comical and overly gruesome parts of it. I don't believe there is a single scene that hasn't been cut here.

Removed a lot shots of Azog shouting commands, and instead we let the visuals do the talking for the most part. Horn blows, flags wave, orcs attack. That's all we need to know.

Again: tons of micro-cuts.

Completely re-edited the ravenhill sequence. Legolas goes against his father's will and goes to Thorin anyway, Tauriel is not involved here. No dialogue, I let their gaze do the talking.

The whole sequence of Bilbo and Legolas following the dwarfs is moved around, to make it more believeable that they can reach the dwarfs as fast as they do.

The sequence of Kili getting killed is unalterered. The fight that ensues is utterly different from the original film. It's not quite perfect in the sense that Fili getting killed by Bolg ( Now nameless orc captain ) is a bit unceremoniously, but it's still a clean cut.

Nameless orc captain kills Fili, Legolas kills orc captain wit Thorin's help and throws Orcrest to Thorin. Bilbo get's knocked out and we get a dream sequence that (hopefully) adds to the emotional impact of Thorin's death.

Yes. We completely cut the actual fight between Azog and Thorin on ice, instead we hear their fight in the distance during the dream sequence. We already have seen them duke it out quite a bit, and the previous fight is simply far more engaging.

Captain obvious: Tauriel does not mourn the dwarf.

Some micro cuts I cannot all name here were made to keep the film as properly paced, and engaging as I could make it.
Cover art by Chipbayless (VIEW IN GALLERY HERE)

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After a great narration prologue, the film starts in a very interesting way, with Lake-town’s inhabitant reeling from the destruction. It’s a really effective editing choice.

Great editing throughout the Battle, the cringe and nonsensical moments were all removed, while maintaining the cohesiveness and flow of the battle.

I actually didn’t think I would like the removal of the fight between Azog and Thorin, but was the original fight really enjoyable in the first place? It’s full of cringe and goofy moments that are hard to watch, and it’s hard to remove these while still showing the movements of the fight. It was risky editing the fight like this, but it actually works. And is faithful to the books, ofc.

Overall, the entire battle sequence, with its several turns, twists, and crazy action, is much tighter and flows much better.
As a side note, if Gandalf had asked the Eagles to kill Smaug, the dragon wouldn’t have a chance…

Congrats for all this work! I’ve seen a few edits of The Hobbit, including 3-to-1 film and 3-to-2 films edits. In terms of maintaining the original 3-film structure while improving pretty much all there is to improve, this is my go-to version.


Disclaimer: I’ve watched DonkeyKonga’s trilogy before release, and made a few (minor) suggestions to the author that ended in the final version. My review is not changed by that, though.

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No edit could fix this one, but this cut does its best to try. Jackson himself stated, in the making ofs, he had no plan what to film when he shot the battle scenes and you see and feel it in every moment. Instead of focusing on Thorin and his descend into madness, the recovery from which comes quite quickly and unconvincing. You have a SW prequelesque battle with two parties showing up out of nowhere, unnoticed. What makes it even harder, because the "good" guys spend half the movie being assholes and try to kill each other for what amounts to no reson at all. You end up not really invested in or rooting for them, you just wait until its all over. And ask yourself if the UN can get involved in middle earth, maybe they have greater succes there.
Still DK did his best with quite a lot of skill to at least make this mess bearable and in that he succeeded.

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Me after watching DonkeyKonga Hobbit edits "My Precious"

Just finished watching this one hour ago and much like my Desolation of Smaug review this is my definitive cut of Battle of Five Armies everything once again works wonderfully editing transitions from the prologue foreshadowing Thorin's sickness and continuing right where movie 2 ends showing the fallout of Smaug on lake town. Great editing throughout the battle everything is streamlined and tighter without all those ridiculous eyerolling moments (Legolas walking on falling bricks) but I was really surprised at the fight between Azog and Thorin and how it was handled. Some may miss the fight but I actually like this choice cause the fight itself was one of those ridiculous moments and Azogs death was a forgone conclusion that didn't need to be dragged out and it is closer to the book this way.
I am glad you kept the Gandalf cleaning his pipe scene with Bilbo some people don't like it but I always see a lot being said all without a word in that scene. Keeping the original ending was a good call, some think it should end with Bilbo and Gandalf parting ways but having it end as it did in theaters perfectly closes the Hobbit story while foreshadowing Rings.

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