The Hobbit is in theaters, but you can get Lord of the Rings on your iPhone or iPad now

The first of the three (!!) movies adapter J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit has just hit movie theaters, the book written before, and taking place before, The Lord of the Rings. I'm going to see An Unexpected Journey tomorrow night, but I've spent the last few nights re-watching The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and the Return of the King as prep work -- on my Apple TV.

Yes, the story has been rejiggered, the closeups are repetitive, some of the cuts are awkward, but I was surprised how much better Weta's more organic special effects have held up than some of the more plastic special effects of other companies, and how the moments that work, really, really work.

My guess is that the Hobbit will be more dramatically indulgent (3 movies!) and technically turbulent than LotR. I'm not a big fan of 3D, and I've never experienced 48fps, but I look forward to it and hope it's more Fellowship and less King Kong.

If you've seen The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, jump into our movie forum and share your review. If you want to check out, or just catch up, on the Lord of the Rings trilogy, you can do so right on your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Apple TV, or Mac.

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Rene Ritchie

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The Hobbit is in theaters, but you can get Lord of the Rings on your iPhone or iPad now


I've seen it this evening and I loved everything about it: the story (much more detailled: the were able to do it because the movie is a wooping 2h30h long), the special effects are simply amazing and you learn to love Bilbo (I wasn't very found of the actor at first but he grows on you)... Some music from the LOTR is used to give us some explanation on the "where did it come from" events: remember that the movie happends before the LOTR...

Living in the same suburb that played host to most of the fiming and post productionof these movies - I should have seen this by now... but I haven't. What I'm intrigued by is that Rene did his prep work on an iPad mini from the main page, but then on Apple TV after the page jump... that was unexpected!