Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) epic journey concludes with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and the epic hits Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on March 24 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. It’s a bummer director Peter Jacksonwill never film J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterpieceThe Silmarillion, but considering The Lord of the Rings trilogy and now The Hobbit installments are part of our rich cinematic history, who’s complaining?
With The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, Bilbo, Gandalf the Grey and a group of heroic dwarves (led by Richard Armitage as the morally conflicted Thorin Oakenshield) ready themselves for a final stand against the forces of evil.
The great news is that all versions of the film will contain the same special features, which means 2-Disc DVD Special Edition owners won’t be left out in the cold.
The extras found on the discs include “The Last Goodbye” music video and the four featurettes “Recruiting the Five Armies,” “Completing Middle-earth,” “The Last Goodbye: Behind the Scenes,” and “New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth, Part 3.”
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was the number one film over the holiday weekend, as it took in $56.2 million. Coming in a distant second was Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb with $17.3 million, followed by the critically panned musical Annie ($16.3 million). Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
The Hobbit – $56.2 million
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb – A disappointing weekend, as the film’s budget is estimated at $127 million. $17.3 million.
Annie – A solid debut with $16.3 million, as its estimated budget is $65 million.
Exodus: Gods and Kings – $8.1 million this weekend, and an unspectacular $38.7 million domestically in its two weeks of release.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (opening December 17) is director Peter Jackson’s third and final installment of Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) heroic quest against darkness and the evil dragon known as Smaug (voiced by Freeman’s Sherlock Holmes compatriot Benedict Cumberbatch).
Although J.R.R. Tolkien’s undertaking of Middle Earth towers above the fray with its sheer ambition, much of its resonance originates from the simple theme that each individual, no matter how big or small, can be the hero of their own story. In the quote below, Benedict Cumberbatch talks about Tolkien’s idea of heroism?
“With Tolkien you get the feeling it’s about proving that you don’t have to seem heroic. Heroic actions can come from small people. It’s about levels of sacrifice and that’s what is truly heroic – the small deed or the big deed done by the small person.”
To hear Benedict Cumberbatch talk about the “epic odyssey” that surrounds The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, click on the media bar below: