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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Donation Bonus

The Battle of the Five Armies may only have been about 50 pages in J.R.R. Tolkien's novel The Hobbit but it is the focus of Peter Jackson's third and final Hobbit film.  It's elves and humans versus dwarves and orcs, with a few special surprises thrown in!  How does the Battle of Five Armies compare to the Battle for Middle Earth in Return of the King, and were three films warranted to tell the story from one novel?  Thanks to your donation to Now Playing you can listen and find out as Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie complete their Lord of the Rings Bonus Retrospective Series!​The Battle of the Five Armies may only have been about 50 pages in J.R.R. Tolkien's novel The Hobbit but it is the focus of Peter Jackson's third and final Hobbit film.  It's elves and humans versus dwarves and orcs, with a few special surprises thrown in!  ​How does the Battle of Five Armies compare to the Battle for Middle Earth in Return of the King, and were three films warranted to tell the story from one novel?  DONATE TO SUPPORT NOW PLAYING and you can listen and find out as Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie complete their Lord of the Rings Bonus Retrospective Series!

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Donation Bonus

​He is fire...he is death...he is Smaug, the titular dragon in Peter Jackson's second Hobbit film.  How can a halfling and some dwarfs battle such a mighty beast? How much of the movie passes before they get there? And how many characters from the original Lord of the Rings trilogy will appear along the way? Donate and support Now Playing you can hear Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart discuss all this and more in this review of The Desolation of Smaug as they prepare for next week's new release -- Battle of the Five Armies!  

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Donation Bonus

The Lord of the Rings trilogy was a critical success, a box office hit, and Return of the King even took home Oscar gold, so it was anything but unexpected when Warner Bros. announced the series would continue with The Hobbit.  Yet the film was delayed. Guillermo del Toro was announced as the director and then stepped down.  Original trilogy director Peter Jackson returned to again make these new films, and then the series was expanded from two to three movies based on J.R.R. Tolkien's one novel.  And the film was filmed and, in some areas, released in the cutting edge, and controversial, 48 frames per second speed.  But how was the film?  Donate to support Now Playing and you can join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart as they give an overview of the film's lengthy production and review The Hobbit -- An Unexpected Journey!

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The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) - Donation Bonus

After three years Lord of the Rings fans finally had their epic conclude with Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Now Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob conclude their review of Jackson's original Rings trilogy. With huge battles and Frodo's personal battle of wills with the ring, this was Jackson's most ambitious film in the trilogy, and it took home plenty of Oscar gold. But will it also take home recommends from the Now Playing hosts? If you make a pledge in support of our show you can now listen and find out!

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The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Donation Bonus

Though the fellowship is broken the war of Middle Earth continues on in Peter Jackson's second Lord of the Rings? film -- The Two Towers. Our heroes separated this film follows three parallel stories of heroism, and introduces new heroes and villains, including Gollum who may be either or both! There is also more action, including the intense battle at Helm's Deep. How does this middle chapter compare to the first, and does the fellowship of the podcast remain united in their views? If you make a pledge and support Now Playing Podcast you can listen to find out!

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring - Donation Bonus

It was considered a risky move. New Line Cinemas put up the money for not just one, but three Lord of the Rings movies. All three were filmed simultaneously in a single fourteen month shoot in New Zealand, directed by Peter Jackson, a proven director but not one with a blockbuster history. If the films had not been successful it was likely New Line would have gone under. Yet the gamble paid off! The first film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was a massive hit that not only minted that first trilogy but would also lead to a second Middle Earth film trilogy adapting J.R.R. Tolkien's earlier novel The Hobbit. Is that first Lord of the Rings film as good as its reputation, and can any movie do justice to Tolkien's original prose? Thanks to your donation you can join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob and find out!

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The Return of the King (1980) - Donation Bonus

Despite the title, Rankin/Bass' adaptation of The Return of the King is not the conclusion to 1978's animated Lord of the Rings film. Attempting to be a direct sequel to 1977's animated The Hobbit, this ABC network television special brings back the character designs and voice cast from that first show. Can the story of The Return of the King be told without the previous two volumes, or does this work as an unofficial conclusion to Ralph Bakshi's Lord of the Rings? If you make a Platinum donation to Now Playing podcast you can listen and find out!

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The Lord of the Rings (1978) - Donation Bonus

Peter Jackson's adaptation of Lord of the Rings runs over 9 hours, or 12 hours for the extended cuts. By contrast, in 1978 Ralph Bakshi's animated adaptation claimed to tell the saga in just over two hours. In truth, this theatrical cartoon adapts half of J.R.R. Tolkien's best-selling saga, and left audiences anticipating a conclusion that would never come. Can almost two novels be told in two hours? If you make a Platinum donation to Now Playing podcast you can listen and find out!

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The Hobbit (1977) - Donation Bonus

It took forty years for J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth saga to reach screens. Despite the mass popularity of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books, only a short feature had been realized. Finally, in 1977, the animation studio Rankin/Bass brought the story of Bilbo Baggins to TV audiences everywhere with their animated adaptation of The Hobbit. Now Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob watch and review this NBC prime-time special as the first volume in a trilogy of animated Middle Earth films. Make a Platinum level donation to Now Playing and you can hear it now!

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