QuickClick: Russia Beat Hollywood in the Hobbit Race With This 1985 Adaptation
01.10.13 by Ryan
Those that lived through the Cold War between the former USSR and the United States are no doubt aware of the "space race" that occurred between the two countries. While the Apollo–Soyuz Test Project mostly settled the conflict between them, there is one area where Russia clearly was ahead: making a live-action adaptation of The Hobbit. For those critical of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (and you know who you are), you might have a change of heart after watching this seemingly made-for-TV adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's first foray into Middle-Earth. which includes a Gandalf that looks like Liberace and dwarves being captured during a dance sequence.
It's possible that trying to watch the entire movie might be a little too mch ,especially for those that can't speak Russian, so here's a few photo highlights, starting with the Liberace-Gandalf.
Here's what we think is Thorin Oakenshield, the leader of the dwarves.
For those that have a hard time telling their dwarves apart (solve that here), here's what Oakenshield looks like in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Here's the Russian Gollum, apparently caught in a net of seaweed.
And last, but not least, here's Smaug the dragon!
So which one is your favorite? We're not going to reveal our pick for the better adaptation, but let's just say that a controversy about using a higher frame rate doesn't seem quite so, well, controversial anymore.