The Hobbit: The Faithful Edit

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Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2012, 2013, 2014
Original Running Time:
542 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
186 minutes
Time Cut:
356 minutes
Available in HD?
Synopsis:
I read "The Hobbit" back in 1937 when it---wait no that's not right. I watched The Hobbit trilogy before I read the book, and I thought they were okay. Then I read the book... that's when I thought to myself: "Yeah, the movies messed up." So I had the idea to learn editing in one week, and do what no one had done by cutting the trilogy into one movie that captured the feel of the book as best as was possible. Along this journey, I found out about a billion others had done this... huh. I finished the edit in October of 2020, and it was... well, it sucked. It was four hours long (I hated that), the quality was horrible, and it just didn't capture my vision. So after 2½ years and many revisions, re-edits, and re-releases, I have finally completed the edit to what I believe is my favorite Hobbit edit. And it is what I call, a Faithful Edit... eh?

I would say this one is different from others that I've seen because of its ultra-fast-paced editing. I tried to make it breathe at times, but it is really quick to everything in order to get as much as possible in under 3 hours. I failed, but 3hrs 6min ain't bad! I also was trying to keep it as PG as I could. The book could have very easily been made into a PG film, and I feel that that fits better, so I tried my best to make this PG... not including the burps and farts.
Intention:
I decided to make this very original edit (hey! it was original to me) because I wanted to capture the feeling of the book. I wanted it to be lighthearted, as PG as I could get it, as short as I could get it, and to be as faithful to the J.R.R. Tolkien's novel as I could make it. Though, keep in mind, I also wanted to make this an enjoyable experience for those who had never seen the trilogy. I had a few people I tested this on; they said it just felt like a movie... a good movie. I feel that I have succeeded.
Special Thanks:
Special thanks to Artisdead for fixing the poster I had for this film. It looks awesome, thank you! And I also thank Artisdead for helping me through this maze of a website, at least for newcomers.
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
-Condensed and cut most of the original trilogy.
-Quickened the pace.
-Cut most of what you would expect: Gandalf's side quest, Azog's side quest, Radagast's side quest, and all the "He's Back" crap.
-Pretty much every scene has a bit trimmed off of it. This is a ton of little things, like cutting down the 2 1/2 minutes to show Bilbo going to Kili and Fili, finding out ponies are gone, and then seeing a light to 20 seconds. More "Show don't tell," and "less is more." 20 seconds of Bilbo walking isn't needed.
-Cut the prologue.
-An Unexpected Party sequence is heavily trimmed, and the adventure begins at about the 20-minute mark.
-Added a few extended scenes like the "It feels like magic" scene before they enter Rivendell, and the scene where Bofur thinks Bilbo is leaving from The Battle of the Five Armies.
-Cut a significant amount of the action to keep it more faithful to the children's side of the "children's novel." Basically, I tried to keep it as PG as I could.
-Made most long scenes and sequences to be more "get to the point" and fewer burps and farts in the middle. Not that extra fun bits aren't in there, they are, like any movie.
-Cut the battle part of Battle of the Five Armies to a few minutes, making Bilbo get knocked out right after Thorin turns good again and starts battling. Bilbo wakes up, the eagles are there, Kili and Fili are dead, and Thorin is dying. No fight scene for Thorin... sorry.
-Tried to keep the whole edit more light-hearted, with less pointless action, but enough to get the idea across.
-Of course, Tauriel, Legolas, and the whole love triangle is cut.
-Kept the movie as faithful to the novel as possible, and let a few things slide because it's an adaptation, not the book, and so I treated it as such.
-Changed the coloring. In the movies it always looks like a sheet of green was added, I did my best to remove that. I also made the gold in the Smaug scene look more like the actual gold color.
-No Prologue or flashbacks. Entirely (save Fire and Water and some BOTFA) from Bilbo's point of view..
-The songs in Bilbo's house are still there.
-The troll battle is heavily trimmed, the focus is more on the outsmarting of the troll and quieter parts of the sequence.
-No Radagast rabbit chase scene and those orcs.
-No white council or any Sauron is back stuff.
-The orcs on the wargs are never shown, save maybe the background sometimes.
-I know it's in the books, but the extended introduction of the dwarves to Beorn is cut.
-The spider action scene is there, but the elves don't fight in it, and Bilbo fighting a bug is cut.
-In the barrel sequence, I cut the orc action scene, but I did keep the gate closing and Kili getting shot by an arrow. Only I made it look like Legolas shot Kili.
-The dwarves in Laketown is heavily trimmed. Keeping only three scenes in Laketwon. In fact, Laketown is only there for the dwarves to go in, and is never shown again until Smaug attacks it.
-Alfred is cut, with only two appearances and two lines in the movie.
-The dwarves never give up at Erabor. The very long scene is trimmed slightly, but the dwarves never leave. Even in the book they stay the night.
-Unlike most edits, I did keep a little Dwarf and Smaug action because some of it is pretty dang awesome. The quiet scenes before Smaug attacks and when you don't know where he is seems to be taken right out of the chapter "Not at Home," only this time Smaug is actually still in the mountain. The dwarves don't do anything goofy, and Smaug doesn't get doused in gold. The whole scene only lasts a few minutes.
-Bard's son doesn't show up to help kill Smaug.
-Thorin's dragon sickness does stay. It's hard to keep it, but it only makes sense to keep it and go all in.
-The battle part of BOTFA is very heavily trimmed. Kili, Fili, and Thorin aren't shown their death battles. Thorin gets into battle, Bilbo gets knocked out, Bilbo wakes up and finds Thorin dying, Thorin dies. The funeral scene shows Fili and Kili dead.
-The ending is like the rest of the movie, little things are trimmed out, but the meat is there.
Trailer


The Beginning


Example of little things cut to make it go faster


Color Correction


Dwarfs fighting Smaug


Barrel Scene

Faneditor Name:
Genre:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
2012, 2013, 2014
Original Running Time:
542 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
186 minutes
Time Cut:
356 minutes
Available in HD?
Synopsis:
I read "The Hobbit" back in 1937 when it---wait no that's not right. I watched The Hobbit trilogy before I read the book, and I thought they were okay. Then I read the book... that's when I thought to myself: "Yeah, the movies messed up." So I had the idea to learn editing in one week, and do what no one had done by cutting the trilogy into one movie that captured the feel of the book as best as was possible. Along this journey, I found out about a billion others had done this... huh. I finished the edit in October of 2020, and it was... well, it sucked. It was four hours long (I hated that), the quality was horrible, and it just didn't capture my vision. So after 2½ years and many revisions, re-edits, and re-releases, I have finally completed the edit to what I believe is my favorite Hobbit edit. And it is what I call, a Faithful Edit... eh?

I would say this one is different from others that I've seen because of its ultra-fast-paced editing. I tried to make it breathe at times, but it is really quick to everything in order to get as much as possible in under 3 hours. I failed, but 3hrs 6min ain't bad! I also was trying to keep it as PG as I could. The book could have very easily been made into a PG film, and I feel that that fits better, so I tried my best to make this PG... not including the burps and farts.
Intention:
I decided to make this very original edit (hey! it was original to me) because I wanted to capture the feeling of the book. I wanted it to be lighthearted, as PG as I could get it, as short as I could get it, and to be as faithful to the J.R.R. Tolkien's novel as I could make it. Though, keep in mind, I also wanted to make this an enjoyable experience for those who had never seen the trilogy. I had a few people I tested this on; they said it just felt like a movie... a good movie. I feel that I have succeeded.
Special Thanks:
Special thanks to Artisdead for fixing the poster I had for this film. It looks awesome, thank you! And I also thank Artisdead for helping me through this maze of a website, at least for newcomers.
Release Information:
Digital
Cuts and Additions:
-Condensed and cut most of the original trilogy.
-Quickened the pace.
-Cut most of what you would expect: Gandalf's side quest, Azog's side quest, Radagast's side quest, and all the "He's Back" crap.
-Pretty much every scene has a bit trimmed off of it. This is a ton of little things, like cutting down the 2 1/2 minutes to show Bilbo going to Kili and Fili, finding out ponies are gone, and then seeing a light to 20 seconds. More "Show don't tell," and "less is more." 20 seconds of Bilbo walking isn't needed.
-Cut the prologue.
-An Unexpected Party sequence is heavily trimmed, and the adventure begins at about the 20-minute mark.
-Added a few extended scenes like the "It feels like magic" scene before they enter Rivendell, and the scene where Bofur thinks Bilbo is leaving from The Battle of the Five Armies.
-Cut a significant amount of the action to keep it more faithful to the children's side of the "children's novel." Basically, I tried to keep it as PG as I could.
-Made most long scenes and sequences to be more "get to the point" and fewer burps and farts in the middle. Not that extra fun bits aren't in there, they are, like any movie.
-Cut the battle part of Battle of the Five Armies to a few minutes, making Bilbo get knocked out right after Thorin turns good again and starts battling. Bilbo wakes up, the eagles are there, Kili and Fili are dead, and Thorin is dying. No fight scene for Thorin... sorry.
-Tried to keep the whole edit more light-hearted, with less pointless action, but enough to get the idea across.
-Of course, Tauriel, Legolas, and the whole love triangle is cut.
-Kept the movie as faithful to the novel as possible, and let a few things slide because it's an adaptation, not the book, and so I treated it as such.
-Changed the coloring. In the movies it always looks like a sheet of green was added, I did my best to remove that. I also made the gold in the Smaug scene look more like the actual gold color.
-No Prologue or flashbacks. Entirely (save Fire and Water and some BOTFA) from Bilbo's point of view..
-The songs in Bilbo's house are still there.
-The troll battle is heavily trimmed, the focus is more on the outsmarting of the troll and quieter parts of the sequence.
-No Radagast rabbit chase scene and those orcs.
-No white council or any Sauron is back stuff.
-The orcs on the wargs are never shown, save maybe the background sometimes.
-I know it's in the books, but the extended introduction of the dwarves to Beorn is cut.
-The spider action scene is there, but the elves don't fight in it, and Bilbo fighting a bug is cut.
-In the barrel sequence, I cut the orc action scene, but I did keep the gate closing and Kili getting shot by an arrow. Only I made it look like Legolas shot Kili.
-The dwarves in Laketown is heavily trimmed. Keeping only three scenes in Laketwon. In fact, Laketown is only there for the dwarves to go in, and is never shown again until Smaug attacks it.
-Alfred is cut, with only two appearances and two lines in the movie.
-The dwarves never give up at Erabor. The very long scene is trimmed slightly, but the dwarves never leave. Even in the book they stay the night.
-Unlike most edits, I did keep a little Dwarf and Smaug action because some of it is pretty dang awesome. The quiet scenes before Smaug attacks and when you don't know where he is seems to be taken right out of the chapter "Not at Home," only this time Smaug is actually still in the mountain. The dwarves don't do anything goofy, and Smaug doesn't get doused in gold. The whole scene only lasts a few minutes.
-Bard's son doesn't show up to help kill Smaug.
-Thorin's dragon sickness does stay. It's hard to keep it, but it only makes sense to keep it and go all in.
-The battle part of BOTFA is very heavily trimmed. Kili, Fili, and Thorin aren't shown their death battles. Thorin gets into battle, Bilbo gets knocked out, Bilbo wakes up and finds Thorin dying, Thorin dies. The funeral scene shows Fili and Kili dead.
-The ending is like the rest of the movie, little things are trimmed out, but the meat is there.
Trailer


The Beginning


Example of little things cut to make it go faster


Color Correction


Dwarfs fighting Smaug


Barrel Scene

User reviews

2 reviews
Overall rating
 
8.1
Audio/Video Quality
 
8.5(2)
Audio Editing
 
7.0(2)
Visual Editing
 
7.0(2)
Narrative
 
9.5(2)
Enjoyment
 
9.0(2)
Overall rating
 
8.6
Audio/Video Quality
 
8.0
Audio Editing
 
9.0
Visual Editing
 
7.0
Narrative
 
10.0
Enjoyment
 
10.0
Unbelieveable. At times quite panto. It gains a sense of old school theatrical cinema in the vein of the classic epics. Instead of shots being too expensive, they being too excessive here but still the distillation of effort turns out the same effect. Certainly any shorter and it will be unfaithful to the stature of The Hobbit, even. One believes this extremely cleverly done edit has faith in the fullness of the fans' aptitude for suspension of disbelief. Nay; the imagination of those who love a good adventure.

Will be cool to see some production end refinments and maybe even a Blu-ray!!

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Overall rating
 
7.5
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9.0
Audio Editing
 
5.0
Visual Editing
 
7.0
Narrative
 
9.0
Enjoyment
 
8.0
I like a lot, I had just one issue with some audio cut here and there.

But this is the Hobbit version I will watch from this point.

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