Watch 8 Minutes Of The Hobbit Entirely From Promo Material
Studio marketing departments don’t work hard enough? Now fans have to slave away on massive trailer reels splicing together all of the footage that exists for a movie we haven’t yet seen in theaters yet? Grated, when we’re talking about a movie like Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit, this nearly-eight-minute montage of every TV spot and trailer likely is a labor opf love. If you are running out of ways to kill time before Jackson brings audiences back to The Shire, here’s a feature that will brighten your day.
As is explained on the YouTube page for this video project, the composer used “all The Hobbit: Unexpected Journey trailers and TV spots, including: Announcement trailer, Announcement trailer (G), Trailer 1, TV Spot 1 - 7, UK 1 minute TV spot, Japanese 1 minute TV Spot.” That’s beyond comprehensive. They then re-ordered the clips into a sequence that they believe will be followed in the first Hobbit film. Given the fact that there exists a book fans can follow, that part probably wasn’t quite as difficult as you might assume.
This montage points out a problem that surfaced back when a fan “re-created” Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man using only promotional materials. Namely, do studio marketing departments show audiences too much in hopes of luring them into theaters? There’s an awful lot of Hobbit footage here: Enough to splice together an eight-minute reel. Obviously, Jackson has a LOT more than that. He has three Hobbit movies in the pipeline. But it begs the question – Are we seeing too much footage from anticipated blockbusters? Or are lengthy TV spots and trailers just part of the business nowadays? The Hobbit opens in theaters on Dec. 14.
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