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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Gets Another Pristine Trailer

Orlando Bloom

One of the great joys in life is pushing play on a new trailer and cranking the video quality up as high as it’ll go. But with this three-minute Desolation of Smaug trailer, I barely dare. Even in 720p, everything looks so crisp and beautiful and oh-jeez-we’re-almost-at-the-end-of-all-these-movies-ish. Legolas’s eyes? THAT blue. Smaug, a.k.a. “Smowg”? SO big. The beast around the 2:18 mark, bounding out of the woods so quickly I can’t even pause and get a good look? HORRIFIC. And that was all in 720p — who hath the courage to bump straight up to 1080p, with December 13 and actual shiny cinema screens looming so near?