M4's The Hobbit Book Edit

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This is the definitive way to experience the Hobbit films..

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- These films have SO MUCH GARBAGE compared to the original trilogy. This edit fixes the f*** out of that problem. As the Hobbit trilogy stood before this, I considered it unwatchable. I cannot stress enough how much of a difference cutting the garbage out makes. I cannot fathom how much time this must have taken. The amount that needed to be done and how much it improves the films is a testament to the author of this edit and those who assisted them.
- Changes to color-grading improves multiple scenes, but for me are difficult to notice without side-by-side comparisons. That said, I like the changes I did notice.

Dislikes:
- no 4k version with lossless surround
- The Goblin King (any scene with him is terrible). His CG is so poor, along with the goblins being laughable (the ones in Moria weren't). I cannot think of a fix for this as it is pretty central to major plot points in the film. Probably the only way to maybe(?) fix this would be have a team of VFX artists completely redo all of it. Unlikely and pretty much out of the edit author's control. It's a shame these enemies to be feared have been turned into slapstick morons. It really makes the dwarves' situation feel...well...not like they are about to be killed. I know the musical number is in the book, but god, I hate it.
- Bard uses his regular bow to shoot at the dragon when he has demonstrated he clearly knows only a black arrow can pierce Smaug
- Bard is not shown carrying the arrow when running to the tower (he is not wearing any clothing that could conceal an arrow that size, so adding the arrow in (potentially into his quiver?) with VFX would be a great boon - otherwise it simply teleports there when he needs it.

Other than these points this edit is incredible and even with these mostly minor detractions it is the best version of the films bar none. The improvements made to these films bring them much more in line with the original LOTR trilogy, which is the biggest compliment I can give. Before, I would never consider rewatching the Hobbit trilogy. This edit means it will join the LOTR trilogy in my library as part of the experience.

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Owner's reply February 23, 2024

Thank you! There is lossless sound on the ISO version. I've been asked for 4k, but I wouldn't hold it against an editor it's expensive and time consuming to switch. Also for black arrows, remember that I removed all discussion of it so Bard never demonstrates that it would be the *only* weapon, the normal bow shots build tension

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You gotta love the amount of passion creators put in these projects.

The result is a polished, better looking and MUCH better paced version of The Hobbit. Trimming down a bloated trilogy to what it should've been, one single great movie.

The color correction was a nice surprise, making scenes look a lot more natural and comfy.

The visual effects made to correct inconsistencies are the cherry on top.

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Amazing edit, and the version I will always re-watch. Great pacing and incredible editing. Having loved the short book I also was disappointed with Jackson's long movies; it was amazing to watch this book adaption.

Also appreciated watching this in 1080p with DTS HD - amazing video and audio quality!

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I will keep this short and sweet since I have lengthy posts on Reddit about this edit already. I loved LOTR and all extended. I couldn't stand the rubbish and bloat that filled Hobbit. The M4 edit truly felt like a proper book telling and part of the Jackson original three before the studios got greedy and turned it into three movies. Funny since they wanted the original three LOTR to be two because they were so worried about losing money then.

It's is simply fantastic and the only edit (version) I show my 5 sons. Also, yes, I own all the version available for the Hobbit as I am a collector and supporter of films as well.

There are a few others out there with high ratings but this is my favorite. Well done!

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This edit is fantastic. My 13 year old daughter and I read the book together, and she was very excited to watch the movie. My wife loved the Lord of the Rings, but hadn't seen the Hobbit films yet. I chose to show them this edit because it was shorter and followed the book better. They both love the Book Edit and thought it was a great movie!

The cuts were very well done and the movie flows very smoothly. It was cut to follow the book, and as a bonus, a lot of the extra-silly and unbelievable scenes were cut as well. The narrative works well, and I don't think the movie suffers from anything that was cut. This is my go-to edit of the Hobbit.

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