DVD review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson returns to the Shire for an epic retelling of the first bit of Tolkien’s earlier book.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Warner Home Video, £21.99

What we said: “This is a Hobbit cobbled together 
by an obsession with technological ingenuity at the expense of storytelling. It doesn’t just reproduce every cough and spit of the original story, but pads out the journey to a slow plod. Any hint of battle in Tolkien’s book gets drawn out into an extended rammy, including an encounter with mountain trolls, battles with Orcs and a face-off between two mountains that come alive and bash the living shale out of each other.”

Extras: New Zealand: Home of Middle Earth, video blogs.