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The Hobbit [M4 Book Edit 2021] [4 Hours]

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As for the discussion on the battle of Ravenhill, I like it the way it is in my cut. I get both of your guy's points - ever since I released the edit I've always had a few people wishing it was longer with the sequence showing them arrive to Ravenhill, while I also had people wishing it was shorter and most of the duels were just entirely skipped over. Then there's the group who likes it in the middle ground, like me. I think working in the "Misty Mountains" rescored segment is great in tying the whole film together back to the start, as well as paying homage to the way Bilbo acted in the book (after all, this is a book cut), and then of course the action is action I think it's worth it to show the duels on screen for emotional weight, tension, and because the audience might be let down without it.
Would be cool if you could release all the three versions of it 😉

I agree, for a book cut this is probably as close as it can be. I liked the timing Bilbo uses the Ring, and not fight in the city. I just personally didn't like Bilbo running away to Raven Hill. He could just put the Ring on and disappear, appearing later at an appropriate moment (the knockout would probably be hard to show if done like this, maybe one could just show him waking up).

For my non book cut edited version he uses the Ring at that spot but we don't see him invisible, he just disappears. Then he appears at a later point to see Thorin riding up the Hill, and later uses the Ring again (out of screen, but wee see him pop out of invisibility) to go warn the dwarves).
 

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Yeah unfortunately I won't be tweaking the battle with alternate versions to cater to differing opinions, the final vision I am set on (which you can hear more about it in the audio commentary). Now while I did consider an alternate ending with a shorter battle years ago (even more like the book), I scrapped it because it rarely works unless you actually read the novel.

Though if someone one day accomplishes the same goals in a better way then I'll be very curious-Bilbo running away, no Legolas/no war goats, abbreviated Ravenhill etc.
 

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I appreciate that. In the end it's always about your own vision and what you want from the edit. It's your edit after all!
 

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And that’s not to say that the way I did it in mine is the best way, it’s just what I like. So long as it *works* then I think that’s what matters most in a fan edit, even if you’d have liked for it to work a different way.

But man I do miss editing this project :’) very fun indeed
 

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Yeah unfortunately I won't be tweaking the battle with alternate versions to cater to differing opinions, the final vision I am set on (which you can hear more about it in the audio commentary). Now while I did consider an alternate ending with a shorter battle years ago (even more like the book), I scrapped it because it rarely works unless you actually read the novel.

Though if someone one day accomplishes the same goals in a better way then I'll be very curious-Bilbo running away, no Legolas/no war goats, abbreviated Ravenhill etc.
"which you can hear about more in the audio commentary"

...which I did, being one of those nerds who listened to the entire editor commentary 😅

I understand you being happy with the final product. I agree, it's impossible to satisfy everyone, and looking at the bigger picture, what you've been able to accomplish with your cuts, given the material you had to work with, is beyond impressive. I think it would be foolish to allow 1 or 2 nitpicks to ruin the overall enjoyment of an excellent fan edit, whether yours or anyone elses. My new head cannon is that an eagle dropped Orcrist from the sky off screen, and that's how he got it back 😄
 

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It always felt cheap that the movie was released as three movies, a common happening of the time. The book was one of my all time favorites growing up. I’d love to see this. I’m sure it’s closer to how I really would have liked to see it.
 
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