Announcing the long-awaited Extended Edition
It’s been known for a while now, but we can finally confirm that the extended edition of The Battle of the Five Armies will be released on November 17.
The gates of these long-kept details have been burst open and have confirmed some information on what we can except with this final release from The Hobbit trilogy.
First up, the most important aspect is the running time. The Extended Cut will be R rated and will bring in an extra 20 minutes to the final film, for a total duration of 2 hours 43 minutes. Not bad, but still slightly disappointing.
As expected, this release will be available as a digital download from October 20, as well as in DVD and Blu-ray format. This is without mentioning the plethora of other possibilities, such as the steelbook edition, the giftbook edition and others.
Apart from the film itself, the release will feature also the beloved extra discs with over 9 hours of special features.
The contents are as follows:
- Commentary with Peter Jackson, Director/Producer/Screenwriter and Philippa Boyens, Co-Producer/Screenwriter
- The Appendices – The Appendices Parts XI and XII showcase a chronological history of the filming of The Battle of the Five Armies, documenting the work done on set chronologically through the three shooting blocks and in the world of its digital effects.
- New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth – Part 3
Furthermore, Warner Bros. have confirmed the release of The Hobbit Trilogy Extended Edition which will include a whopping 9-disc Blu-ray set and a 15-disc DVD set.
After almost 8 years since I began collecting The Lord of the Rings extended editions, I can finally get the missing piece of the puzzle and settle on the standard DVD box set.
I do not own Blu-ray sets of any of The Hobbit films, but I have the box set for The Lord of the Rings; so I’m certainly getting my hands on the Blu-ray box set for this trilogy too.
It feels like Christmas already. I simply cannot wait to revisit Middle-earth and be surprised by the new and extended scenes as well as plunge into the equally-astounding behind-the-scenes material.
Finally, my life will be complete.
Which sets will YOU be acquiring this November?