33 New High-Resolution Images from THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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Warner Bros. has released a large batch of high-resolution images from director Peter Jackson’s second film in his The Hobbit trilogy.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventures of Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the band of dwarves as they move forward on their quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, all the while Gandalf (Ian McKellen) investigates a disturbing presence that may be returning to Middle Earth.  Smaug introduces a host of new characters like Bard (Luke Evans), the Master of Lake-town (Stephen Fry), and the elves Thranduil (Lee Pace) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lily), but the film also sees the return of Lord of the Rings favorite Legolas (Orlando Bloom).  Moreover, Benedict Cumberbatch brings to life the titular dragon Smaug in what’s sure to be one intense confrontation.

Hit the jump to peruse the new high-resolution images.  The film also stars Richard Armitage, Sylvester McCoy, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Graham McTavish, Michael Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, Ken Stott, and Aidan TurnerThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th.

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Here’s the official synopsis for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:

The second in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventure of the title character Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.




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  • Nomis1700

    Great batch! So excited for this!!

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      • The Flobbit

        Go eat sandpaper.

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  • mattinacan

    it really is too bad peter jackson gave up on miniatures, costumes and practical sets and turned the hobbit into basically a cartoon

    • Brian Long

      Sounds like what people said about putting sound in movies. Then moving to color movies. Then … well you get the point I hope.

      • mattinacan

        that’s not even close to the same thing

    • The Flobbit

      Too bad you are a sorry, ignorant sod.

    • laportez

      Considering Lord of the Rings was heavily dependent on miniature sets and costumes, and considering also that The Hobbit is a solid 100 times visually improved, it’s not such a bad thing. Plus, there are still PLENTY of costumes, miniatures and hand crafted sets. Watch behind the scenes.

      • HobbitKing

        Wait, you seriously think the visuals are IMPROVED from Lord of the Rings? REALLY? Sure, the CGI looks better in places (especially for Gollum), but the movies are filled so much to the brim with it, everything looks so fake. It doesn’t feel like the same world as LotR at ALL.

    • Arwen

      Oh my god, have you even watched any of the behind the scenes videos? Apparently not, because it seems that you don’t have ANY IDEA of how many costumes, weapons, prosthetics and other work was done for these movies! And they also did a lot of location shooting, a great part was filmed outdoors.

      I just don’t understand the ones who think The Hobbit should’ve been filmed exactly like the LOTR, which was over a decade ago! I’m sorry, but if everyone was like you, we’d still be living like people did in the 1400th century. No progress, no inventions, nothing new. Amazing things, creatures and locations can nowadays be made digitally, which is nothing but something amazing! I have a HUGE respect for those directors and other people working in the movie industry (and elsewhere too) who are not afraid to invent and try out new things and new technics. Those who want to stay in time, be my guest. But we will move forward.

  • Lance

    Jackson’s biggest mistake was to become enamored with long running times. The Hobbit is not The Lord of the Rings, and yet he’s trying to make the Hobbit movies as “big” and “epic” as his earlier films. A mistake.

    • Brian Long

      I LOVE long running times. What do you want everything over in five minutes??? I’m so grateful he put in extra content to prolong my pleasure. Why don’t you go read the movie summary on Wikipedia and don’t go to the theater. Otherwise, STFU!!!

      • Iago

        Well said!

      • The Flobbit

        Long running times make things worthwhile.

      • AManWithAKilt

        What an over-simplification. How do you get from 3 hours to five minutes? This isn’t a case of MTV generation ADD, this is a case of the length of the story versus how long the movie was made. Lord of Rings worked at 3-4 hrs per movie because there was so much material. The Hobbit has significantly less material to work from. Please, tell me how much the story in King Kong needed that dinosaur stampede, or all the character development for side characters that goes nowhere (one dies and one literally disappears after the second act). How about the Wargs chasing Radagast (who is riding a sled driven by bunnies, no less)? How does that service the story?

        I love long running times when there is a reason to have long running times. Making movies means knowing when to cut and streamline as well as expand.

      • Brian Long

        Personally I enjoyed KK. I’m seeing a monster movie – what’s wrong with the extra monster scene (stampede)? You sound like you know a lot more than Peter Jackson. Can you list the billion dollar movies you’ve made? No? STFU mmkay?

      • Brian Long

        Personally I enjoyed KK. I’m seeing a monster movie – what’s wrong with the extra monster scene (stampede)? You sound like you know a lot more than Peter Jackson. Can you list the billion dollar movies you’ve made? No? STFU mmkay?

      • AManWithAKilt

        So no one can critique a billion dollar movie unless they’ve made a billion dollar movie? By that same logic no one can like or dislike any movie unless they’ve made a movie of similar budget and popularity.

        Let’s see, what else?

        1) I’m not arguing with Peter Jackson, I’m arguing with you. There’s no contest that he has more experience than I do.

        2) I’ve enjoyed every Peter Jackson movie he’s made: including King Kong, The Hobbit, even the low budget movies he made when he was starting out. However, that doesn’t mean I am blind to his shortcomings.

        3) You’re right I have not made a billion dollar movie. I have made a few short films, though. One of which was bloated beyond belief. So I know what bloat looks like.

      • AManWithAKilt

        So no one can critique a billion dollar movie unless they’ve made a billion dollar movie? By that same logic no one can like or dislike any movie unless they’ve made a movie of similar budget and popularity.

        Let’s see, what else?

        1) I’m not arguing with Peter Jackson, I’m arguing with you. There’s no contest that he has more experience than I do.

        2) I’ve enjoyed every Peter Jackson movie he’s made: including King Kong, The Hobbit, even the low budget movies he made when he was starting out. However, that doesn’t mean I am blind to his shortcomings.

        3) You’re right I have not made a billion dollar movie. I have made a few short films, though. One of which was bloated beyond belief. So I know what bloat looks like.

      • Brian Long

        Alright well I’m glad you are critiquing with experience which you must admit it’s rare on the internet. but If it’s LOTR I guess I’m ok with bloat. :oP for example I loved the really drawn out ending to the original trilogy.felt satisfying after such an epic journey.

      • HobbitKing

        Yeah, because you need to have actually made a blockbuster film in order to criticize one. /s

        What a stupid thing to say.

      • Brian Long

        Yes, you fucking moron, you do need to “know what you’re talking about.” Can you criticize a brain surgeon for making an incision you don’t agree with? No? Right. STFU troll.

      • Brian Long

        Yes, you fucking moron, you do need to “know what you’re talking about.” Can you criticize a brain surgeon for making an incision you don’t agree with? No? Right. STFU troll.

      • HobbitKing

        You people get so butthurt over the smallest criticisms.

      • Brian Long

        Keep your personal life out of this.

    • Gojiro

      The studio heads are really angry because the first one under preformed at the Box Office. It was so sad see The Hobbit turned into a long boring film that didn’t even make over $1 billion. Oh, wait. My bad: http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=hobbit.htm

      Now there’s two more films coming out that will make $1 billion each and all three films together probably cost $400 million to make. I wonder how long it takes to count to $3 billion minus $400 million?

      • Lance

        That is a terrible justification for bloat. And you can’t count on the next two films making over a billion dollars each. I’m not saying they won’t, but it’s stupid to count on it as a future fact.

        The Star Wars prequels all made money too. The Phantom Menace more than the rest. Yet are those movies also masterpieces? No.

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  • sense11

    The more i watch The Hobbit AUJ the more I love it,

    only a couple of weeks to go until a new adventure :)

  • yetas Gregory

    wow!!! that is the process of making flim!!
    so funny ,
    I like they floating on the river!!

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  • ʝoe ßloggs

    Peter Jackson seems to have gained weight again. Must have been a stressful shoot.

    • Lekkiboy

      Always thought he looked weird when he lost weight. I think its one of those cases where the extra weight sits better on a person.

  • Iago

    The Master of Laketown looks exactly like my uncle.

  • The Flobbit

    This will be FREAKING AWESOME! Count me in the theatres!

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  • Dheep’

    Will be seeing the second & third ,but not real enthusiastic about them. Not memorable like the 1st three. 1st Hobbit was way too busy and dislike the Un – Cinematic look they have introduced.

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  • Brian Long

    By the way, I recommend the extended edition of the Hobbit bluray. It has an extra 16 minutes of footage, a lot of it is critical to the plot and I wish they left it in the original (for example the part about the rift between the elves and the dwarves). Good show!

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