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

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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