The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition to be rated R

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According the specs of the forthcoming Blu-ray and DVD for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the film will be rated R, a surprising rating for any Tolkien-inspired adaptation. This was the rumor a few weeks back and is now official via a press release from the studio, so it will be interesting to see what pushed the MPAA to hit the film with an R-rating. The previous two films in the trilogy as well as the three films in The Lord of the Rings trilogy never warranted more than a PG-13 rating for their extended editions.

The extended cut of The Battle of the Five Armies will include an additional 20 minutes of film and bonus features totaling more than 9 hours in a 3-disc Blu-ray collection and a 5-disc DVD collection. It will be available in stores on November 17th, with a Digital HD version available early on October 20th. The bonus features include the following:

  • Commentary with Peter Jackson (Director/Producer/Screenwriter) and Philippa Boyens (Co-Producer/Screenwriter)
  • The Appendices – The Appendices Parts XI and XII, a showcase of a chronological history of the filming of The Battle of the Five Armies, documenting the work done on set through the three shooting blocks and in the world of its digital effects.
  • New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth – Part 3

In additional to the final film of the trilogy being available in an extended cut, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group is also releasing the entire trilogy in an extended cut, which will be available the same day in a 9-disc collection for Blu-ray and a 15-disc collection for DVD.

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