The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Final Preview

Posted by Grey Saturday, December 15, 2012

The wait is over. Welcome back to Middle-earth to kick off An Unexpected Journey into intrigue, adventure, and mystery with Academy Award-winning film-maker Peter Jackson in "The Hobbit," the new prequel trilogy of arguably one of the most successful film franchises of all time. The Daily Zombies takes a final look at The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. 

2012 has been an incredible year in cinema. We have witnessed the impossible when Marvel Studios' The Avengers assembled on screen to smash the box office records, Christian Bale taking on the cowl of Batman one last time in The Dark Knight Rises to conclude Christopher Nolan's epic Dark Knight Trilogy, the concluding chapter of the god-awful Twilight film series, Looper, Rian Johnson's amazing take on time-traveling, Ang Lee's astounding return-to-form in The Life of Pi, the genre-twisting horror film The Cabin in the Woods by Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon, Skyfall, the 23rd 007 film that further revolutionized the James Bond film franchise, and later this month, Quentin Tarantino's Spaghetti Western, Django Unchained.

And as one of the true finale to cap off this exhilarating year in cinema, along came The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. 

We have covered the film back when it was still known to be a two-part film series until it was later announced this year as a full-fledged trilogy. Serving as the first part of Peter Jackson's prequel to his critically acclaimed Lord of the Rings trilogy, An Unexpected Journey has been released on December 14, with the second part, The Desolation of Smaug, set to be released a year later on December 13, 2013 and the concluding chapter, There and Back Again releasing on July 18, 2014. 

While the particular subject on further extension of what is obviously a novella that is less darker than Lord of The Ring" being a particular focal point of contention between fans of both the original 1937 novel of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkien as well as the LOTR film series, the debate later shifted toward the controversial High Frame Rate (HFR) employed that many opined to be too excessive even for the trained eyes. Nevertheless, there is never a shadow of a doubt that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is one of most highly anticipated films in years and after nine years since our last visit to the Middle-earth in The Return of The King. the release of the film itself is truly an occasion worth savouring.

Taking place sixty years before the events of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit chronicles the adventures of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, and the Company of Thirteen Dwarves lead by Thorin Oakenshield as they embarked on a journey across Middle-earth to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from Smaug the dragon. 

And now, without further ado, hit the jump to check out the trailers, featurettes, set images as well as the posters released for the film.

Here, a fan took the efforts to painstakingly assembled the footage from all the trailers, TV spots and all other imaginable marketing materials and released this incredible special trailer running at 7 minutes. 

And here's a 13-minute special featuring tons of footage and interviews from the cast.

For more videos from the film, check out the official Hobbit YouTube channel for every single trailer, TV spots, as well as an intriguing production video blog series

Courtesy of Cinemacardo, we have our first glimpse at Elijah Wood returning as Frodo Baggins. Since this is pre-LOTR Frodo, one might be amazed by how Wood looked exactly like he was when he was nineteen (when making the first film). The truth is despite Wood's incredible baby-face, the FX team made some digital touch-up on him in order to look the part.

From 2014's The Hobbit: There and Back Again, here's your first look at Luke Evans' Bard the Bowman, and another famous archer himself, Orlando Bloom, back in his role as Legolas, the Elf, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

Warner Bros. Pictures has also released the official image of the second film in the series, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

And 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 McKellan) and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor.

And here's a gallery of official set images from the film.

And here's a collection of all the posters released thus far.

The character poster set.

A cool Japanese poster.

The IMAX posters series.

In commemoration of the release of the film, the New Zealand Post has released special stamps and coins for the film.

Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

"The Hobbit" follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.

Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum.

Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.

The Hobbit Trilogy, starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving and Andy Serkis, will be released in three parts, with "An Unexpected Journey" released on December 14th, 2012, "The Desolation of Smaug" a year later on December 13, 2013 and "There and Back Again" on July 18, 2014.


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