Barliman's Chat A little earlier today, Hall of Fire took a detour into movie-land to pull apart the brand-new trailer for The Battle of the Five Armies.

If you missed the discussion, or found the messy first hour very frustrating (sorry about that, it was unusually difficult to direct discussion), then here’s the log from the final two once we got a system going and started analysing what Peter Jackson put in front of us scene by scene.

Hope you find it illuminating.

Oh, and usual warning for movie spoilers over the page!


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vlcsnap-2014-11-07-05h46m53s225 YouTube recently enabled High Frame Rate (HFR) playback supporting 60 frames per second and the new Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies trailer is the first to take advantage of High Frame Rate. Click to watch the video, and when it starts click on the gear in the lower right and choose 1080p60.

Peter Jackson famously filmed the entire Hobbit trilogy in HFR, and every film has been available in theaters in this unique smooth format.

Gamers used to 60fps love it, cinephiles loathe the change from standard film 24 fps. Fans are growing accustomed to the new HFR smooth movie — and for good reason as many other filmmakers including James Cameron plan to utilize this enhanced film format. Continue reading “Watch The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer in silky smooth HFR!”

Well, the trailer is here! And I think we can all agree that it was well worth the wait. Quickly, here are twelve moments from it that really knocked our socks off!

The usual warning for spoilers, speculation and analysis goes here.




Number 1. Dwalin: “Bilbo is right, you can not see what you’ve become.” Continue reading “12 definitive moments from the trailer for The Hobbit: the Battle of the Five Armies”

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THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES Moments ago, the final trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies went live on the internet.

Two minutes and thirty-three seconds of highly wound tension and the promise of a gripping finale, with loads and loads going on. The best line? There are a few contenders, but I just love Chris Lee saying: Continue reading “The final trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is here!”

Galadriel and Gandalf at Dol Guldur.
Galadriel and Gandalf at Dol Guldur.
Crebain from Dunland bring us these little teasers of what we can expect from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer.

If you are waiting to see the trailer, be aware these are major trailer spoilers: do not read below. Continue reading “Spies bring us teasers from The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer”