For this week’s Blu-ray Monday we’re giving away a copy of The Hobbit; The Battle of the Five Armies; the epic conclusion to The Hobbit Trilogy. Director Peter Jackson will be upping the ante on the film’s sensory impact with the Blu-ray transfer, available from 20th April.
The Battle of the Five Armies is the last of three spectacular instalments in Jackson’s prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Set in Middle-Earth 60 years before events in The Lord of the Rings, the story follows the adventures of Hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman), who, at the instigation of the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen), suddenly finds himself co-opted into joining a company of 13 Dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) to help reclaim the lost kingdom of the Lonely Mountain from the clutches of Smaug the dragon (voice of Benedict Cumberbatch). In this film, Bilbo, Thorin and the other Dwarves have unintentionally released Smaug from the Lonely Mountain and endangered the residents of Lake-town. Bilbo has to make a difficult decision when Thorin puts his desire to find the royal jewel Arkenstone before his loyalty to his friends. Meanwhile, Gandalf discovers that the evil Sauron has returned, commanding a horde of Orcs to attack the Lonely Mountain. Bilbo and his friends must fight for their survival as five armies meet in battle.
The Battle of the Five Armies Blu-ray release is predictably impressive and striking; replete with laser-sharp detail, crisp edges, refined textures and revealing close-ups. The surround sound is similarly awesome. Dragons roar, fires rage, arrows fly, magic surges, swords clash, axes fall, trolls crash through walls, towers topple, buildings collapse and so much more; with highly engaging effect.
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Now that the sixth epic adventure in JRR Tolkien’s Middle Earth saga is complete, we want to know which individual film from Peter Jackson’s franchise is your favourite, and why? From the incredible Battle of Helm’s Deep in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers to the titular Battle of the Five Armies in this latest release, each film is stuffed with memorable moments. But if you had to pick just one, which would it be?
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