Here, here! You elves, dwarves, wizards, and orcs gather around the nearest flat screen television, for it is time to exalt and rejoice the DVD release of director Peter Jackson’s latest endeavor, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first installment of another brewing trilogy.
Middle-earth geeks and fan-boys can plead fealty to this collector’s item. Featuring over 130 minutes of production videos, the DVD gives an insider look at the process of creating a film of this grand scale. From the graphics to the actor’s motivations for their roles, the interviews and insights allows an even more in-depth understanding of Jackson’s visceral creation.
Most fanatics will tell you that it’s the feeling of being immersed in Tolkien’s world that gives the franchise its hard-earned edge. If a viewer totally lets go, allowing the reality of Middle Earth to blanket their logic, then they get the mileage of the experience. Magic exists. Danger is imminent. And this one-true ring really holds the key to salvation.
Bilbo Baggins, as played by Martin Freeman
“The fantasy that I don't really like is where nothing is realistic and nothing feels particularly real,” explains Jackson, who shot the film in 48 frames per second, a groundbreaking format. This unconventional method gave the movie sharpness that, when screened in 3D, has color and detail, which is fantastical to the un-evolved eye. “My belief and certainly the way that I shoot these movies is that you're in a fantastic escapist adventure, but there's a lot of humanity and a lot of emotion.” Humanity and emotion, that ironically enough, is instilled in characters alien to the real world.
Here's Gollum doing his best version of Puss In Boot's pa-kyut eyes
Though the protagonist, titular Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, uncle to LOTR’s Frodo, is at first a creature of cowardice, he learns to conquer his crippling insecurities. Sequestered by the wizard Gandalf, together with a band of mischievous dwarves, they set out to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the fiery dragon, Smaug. It is during this expedition that he encounters the notorious Gollum, whose “precious” falls into the hands of the misguided hero.