Great Job, Internet!: Read This: Making Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy was an utter nightmare

The behind-the-scenes featurettes included on DVDs and Blu-rays are usually little more than promotional fluff, an opportunity for cast and crew members to compliment one another on a job well done and maybe swap some innocuous backstage stories. The Verge‘s Bryan Bishop, however, has found what he calls “the most honest promotional video of all time” on the Blu-ray for Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. Bishop has used this discovery as the basis for an editorial bluntly titled “The Hobbit Movies Were Awful, And Now We Know Why.” For those who found Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy to be bloated, disjointed, and unrewarding to follow, it turns out that the movies were no more fun to make than they were to watch. The astonishingly candid Five Armies featurette fully acknowledges the stress, chaos, and lack of planning that made the second Tolkien trilogy such …

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