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Book Title: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Official Movie Guide|
The author of the book: Brian Sibley
Edition: Turtleback Books
Date of issue: November 11th 2014
Format files: PDF
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ISBN 13: 9780606358842
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I have seen some reviews of this book that castigated it (or the author) for the fact that it's more about "Desolation of Smaug" than it is about "The Battle of the Five Armies". While it is true that it covers the earlier movie more than the one mentioned on the cover, this is due, I'm sure, to the fact that this book had to be written and printed long before the title movie was completed. In fact, if this book and its predecessors are correct, Peter Jackson and crew were still working on "The Battle of the Five Armies" while I wrote this review on December 15 (the movie premiered the next day for American audiences and went into wide release on the 17th).
This "deficiency" should not have surprised the readers who have been following these books by Brian Sibley since their inception two years ago. The "Offical Movie Guide" for "An Unexpected Journey" dealt mainly with the pre-production details of the movie(s) and all that led into them getting made. The Guide for "Desolation of Smaug" dealt mostly with the actual making of "An Unexpected Journey". So it was only to be expected that this book would deal as much or more with "Desolation of Smaug" as with "Battle", not just because the movie wasn't finished, yet, but also because the filmmakers didn't want to give away too many of their secrets before us film-goers could get into the theater.
All that being said ... I enjoyed this book as much as the previous two volumes. The pictures and artwork are phenomenal and the text--even if it doesn't have quite as much about "Battle" specifically as I would like--has given me a lot of insight into the making of these films and the people who make them.
What we really need, I suppose, is for Brian Sibley to write (and release, maybe next year when the Extended Edition comes out on Blu-Ray & DVD?) a fourth volume, one that answers all our questions about "Battle" as well as wrapping up the creation of all these films and their subsequent home versions.
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Read information about the authorBrian Sibley is an English author who has written over 100 hours of radio drama and has written and presented hundreds of radio documentaries, features and weekly programmes.
In 1981, he co-wrote BBC Radio 4's adaptation of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings with Michael Bakewell, and has also adapted C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia and Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast for Radio 4, for which he received a Sony Radio Award in 1985.
As a broadcaster, he was a contributor to and then regular presenter of the former BBC Radio 4 arts programme Kaleidoscope and the BBC World Service arts magazine, Meridian. He also presented the Radio 4 film programme, Talking Pictures and chaired the radio panel games Break A Leg and Screen Test, and presented several seasons of the BBC television programme, First Light.
The Daily Telegraph radio critic, Gillian Reynolds gave him the accolade "magician of the airwaves".