The Extended Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Will Be R-Rated, Somehow

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Apparently, the extra twenty minutes being added to the extended DVD were where all the superviolence and nudity was hiding. Finally, the grim and gritty version of The Hobbit we were all waiting for.


The special edition is slated to be released on November 17th and will have nine hours of behind the scenes footage , twenty additional minutes of footage (bringing the runtime to 164 minutes), and an upgraded rating from PG-13 to R.

It’s pretty obvious that the new rating is going to be based on violence and not, say, a sudden influx of dwarves yelling “fuck” every few minutes. But, still, how violent are those twenty minutes? Or did Jackson go back in and add blood to the old scenes?


Guess I’ll have to wait until November to find out.

Just kidding. You could not pay me to sit through The Hobbit again. Much less an extended version. Life is too short.

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I’m waiting for the Shortened Edition, which will rework the three films into a tighter and more true-to-the-Hobbit narrative.

More seriously i’d be happy if they added something to the Battle in Dul Guldur. I felt that that section had a lot of potential to show us something which is hinted at in the books but which we never get the full story of. But the actual scenes in the film kind of fell flat. I guess i’d imaged the showdown between the Greatest of the Wizards (and Radagast), the wielders of the Three Elven Rings, and Sauron and all his Ringwraiths would have involved more magic and less hitting of said ringwraiths with sticks. When they put Saruman’s “leave Sauron to me” line in the trailer I figured it would presage the greatest magical duel ever filmed, not be the last we saw of either of them.