Here’s a nice surprise for fans of The Hobbit trilogy: The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition will be going out with a bang. A big, scary bang.
For the first time in the history of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings film series, one of the movies has received an ‘R’ rating from the MPAA.
The high rating — preventing anyone under the age of 17 from seeing the film in theaters without a parent or guardian — has been awarded to The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ Extended Edition for “some violence.”
The Battle of the Five Armies’ theatrical release was rated PG-13. The Extended Edition of the movie has an extra 30 minutes of material, so something(s) in that extra half-hour of story must’ve pushed the film into the higher rating. Our only clue from the MPAA is that it’s violence-related, so it probably has something to do with that “battle of the five armies.”
This higher rating may be a way to entice people to come into theaters to check out the final film. Remember when the title of the final Hobbit movie was “There and Back Again”? The studio changed the title to something much more interesting: A Battle! With Five Armies!
Despite The Hobbit finale opening in theaters last December, the Extended Edition has yet to be released to the public. But that’s about to change.
As we reported earlier this week, The Hobbit trilogy’s Extended Editions will be returning to theaters this October. The Battle of the Five Armies will then hit Blu-ray in November.
And then a “Hobbit Extended Edition box set” will surely arrive later in the year. Or next year in time for Christmas 2016.
And then a “Middle Earth Extended Edition box set” will surely arrive the year after that.
And then… Peter Jackson announces he’s adapting The Silmarillion?