News By Jan. 21, 2015 4:26 pm
The Hobbit: The Tolkien Edit gives trilogy a much-needed trimming | News |

When The Hobbit film trilogy began, the big question hovering over the entire production was “Is it really a good idea to turn a short children’s book into three three-hour movies?” Now, as Peter Jackson’s second epic Middle-earth series comes to a close, it turns out the answer was a resounding “no,” but one fan has provided a look at the more restrained movie that might have been with The Hobbit: The Tolkien Edit.

The fan film combines An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug, and The Battle of The Five Armies into a single four and a half hour movie that aims to be a more accurate adaption of the original Hobbit novel. That means cutting added subplots like the Tauriel-Legolas-Kili love triangle, focusing more on the hobbit Bilbo Baggins himself, trimming various superfluous bloated battle sequences, and removing scenes designed to tie the story closer to the events of The Lord of the Rings. The Tolkien Editor’s blog further details the changes and the rationale behind them. There interested viewers can find the torrent for the 2GB cut of the film, and with enough support, there may also soon be a higher-resolution 6GB cut as well.

This wouldn’t be the first time disgruntled fans with editing chops have attempted to fix a botched nerd movie. In the wake of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, tons of “phantom edits” emerged attempting to make the film less disappointing. Actor Topher Grace allegedly re-edited the entire prequel trilogy, just like this Tolkien Editor, into a single, better movie to show to friends. Granted, with the final Hobbit film still in theaters, one has to wonder the legality of using its footage in this new version. If the idea of watching a leaner, meaner Hobbit movie is too tempting to pass up, though, now you at least have the option.

Now read: Cast of The Hobbit reads The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins

The Hobbit: The Tolkien Edit gives trilogy a much-needed trimming | News |


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