Extended Battle Of The Five Armies Gets An R-Rated Release

Credit: New Line Cinema
Credit: New Line Cinema

Remember last year when we all got beside ourselves with the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies?  Well stand by for another wave of all that glitters being gold.

Peter Jackson’s epic final defining chapter in his trilogy will be re-released briefly in certain cinemas in October in the extended and R-Rated format.

Wait, The Hobbit R Rated??? Did they shoot some nude scenes and add in a few choice swear words? Will fans of Luke Evans and Richard Armitage finally get a fan-fic turned into screen reality? No, according to the various press releases the shift from the original PG-13 rating to an R comes from the extra violence in the added 20 minute run time.

Warner Bros announced earlier in the week that both the 2D and 3D Blu-ray/Digital HD combo packs will be available to buy November 17th after the film’s extended cut has a theatrical release. It will also contain over nine hours of special features such as behind the scenes footage and no doubt a good glimpse into the magic that is the Weta Workshop. At least I hope so.

As for the theatrical release, as we reported a few weeks ago, Fathom Entertainment was taking the helm of the special presentations and they are slated to take place in October.

The post on the site read: “Fathom Events and Warner Bros. are partnering to present the extended editions of all three Hobbit movies. Shown over three nights, the epic Peter Jackson trilogy will be the first time the extended editions have ever been released in theatres. Also included will be an exclusive introduction by director Peter Jackson. First night showing starts Monday, October 5th, 2015, at 7:30pm local. Tickets will be regular admission for each movie.”

However, the more than nine hour marathon is only for the US based fans, and the rest of us will just have to go buy them and watch them in our comfy lounge rooms, where we can pause it to go on bathroom breaks and make a small meal.

Oh, misty eye of the mountain below keep careful watch of my brothers’ souls…

Jacie Anderson
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