Saw it today in the Theater.
Not available even for pre-order yet, but you can find a "let you know when it's available" link here:
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Blu-Ray)
Okay, I can get that showing some of the stuff that was alluded to but "off
stage" in the original, or alluded to as backstory from the LOTR might
be interesting. I can get that the walking and walking and walking
through Mirkwood might not play well on the screen and the reasons for
compressing it. I can even see compressing Bilbo's three trips down the hole to the Dragon's lair into one as making a certain cinematic sense.
But where did that romantic subplot come from?
Still and all, I liked this one better than the first. The two big
battles--on the river and under the mountain--weren't as outrageous as
"falling with style" in the first one (if you saw it, you know what I
mean), but they were still pretty over the top. Elves still appear to
come from Krypton. There was a "fuzziness" in the image details of the
first one that bothered me and was absent here.
All in all it was a fun way to spend a few hours.