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Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition release date revealed

The Extended Edition of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies will be released on 16 November in the UK and 17 November in the USA. It will also be available early on Digital HD from 20 October.

The Extended Edition will include 20 minutes extra footage not part of the theatrical release, which clocked in at 2 hours and 24 minutes, along with 9 hours special features.

New Material

New scenes likely to appear include a “chariot race” and a funeral sequence featuring speeches from Gandalf. According to Richard Armitage,

They spent a lot of time and money building a chariot and the computer graphics in that sequence are really special. I think Balin is driving the chariot and Dwalin is on the back firing off weapons, and Kili and Fili are hanging off the side of it. I think that whole sequence is a three and half-minute chase so there’s quite a lot of footage.

More speculation on “A Tolkienist’s Perspective” blog.

Warner Bros. Press Release

The adventures of Bilbo Baggins come to an epic conclusion when “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, is released as an Extended Edition on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. A production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), the extended cut of the final film in The Hobbit Trilogy includes 20 minutes of extra footage and more than 9 hours of bonus features that will complete every Hobbit fan’s collection. The film, the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on November 17 and will be available early on Digital HD on October 20.

In addition, The Hobbit Trilogy Extended Edition will also be available, featuring the extended editions of all three films in The Hobbit Trilogy – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition will be available as a 3-disc Blu-ray set ($35.99 SRP); and a 5-disc DVD set ($34.99 SRP). The Blu-ray and DVD include a digital version of the movie on Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” via purchase from digital retailers.

The nine plus hours of new special features boasts audio commentary with Peter Jackson, the film’s director/producer/screenwriter, and Philippa Boyens, co-producer/screenwriter, as well as The Appendices, a multi-part documentary focusing on various aspects of the film and the Trilogy.

The Hobbit Trilogy Extended Edition will be available as a 9-disc Blu-ray set ($99.98 SRP); and a 15-disc DVD set ($78.92 SRP). The Blu-ray and DVD Trilogy sets include digital versions of the movies on Digital HD with UltraViolet. Fans can also own The Hobbit Trilogy Extended Edition via purchase from digital retailers.

About the Author: Daniel Helen

Daniel is an Officer without Portfolio and Trustee of The Tolkien Society. Elected in 2014, he is mainly responsible for the Society’s digital operations, including this website.


  • LOTR_Nerd_3791

    Can’t wait, I was very disappointed that Thorin’s funeral was not in the theatrical cut. I also hope they add more scenes of the return journey like when Bilbo digs up the chest in the troll hoard.

  • goldomenso

    We need more Beorn!

    • AJ Thompson

      Whole-heartidly seconded.

      • Robert Jones

        And thirded

        • Mr. OGT

          And n-ed

  • Rose Paul

    What happens to Tauriel? Did Legolas ask his father to take her back after Thranduil had banished her? Is it possible she went to Lorien? I guess the world will never know.

    • Joe Namath

      Tauriel came back to my village where I gave her a dirty sanchez.
      I also held her ears while she tossed my salad.

  • AJ Thompson

    I cannot wait for the final-final chapter of the Extended Edition Behind-the-Scenes featurettes that are always concluded. Seriously the best looks behind the curtain anyone out there has offered I feel, but I’m biased about the material as well. Whatever, though, can’t wait for November now. 🙂 Hope they do a Hobbit EE boxed set Collector’s Edition, or something.

  • rsk

    But when is it coming to the us?

    • te

      Did you not read the article? It literally tells you the answer.

  • Paul Pisano

    will they ever make a sequel to the lord of the rings.

    • Probably not.

    • Boddicea

      It would have to be totally made up because Tolkien tried and abandoned a continuation after LOTR.

      • Thomas Scott Roberts

        He only got about a chapter or so into A NEW SHADOW. (The title now sounds like a STAR WARS film.)
        The story was going to be set in the fourth age, after Aragorn’s reign, and concern the rise of a cult of evil. Tolkien decided it was looking like a detective story/potboiler, and wasn’t worth continuing.

    • Chris John

      It is very unlikely that we will ever see anything further of Tolkien’s works on the silver screen. Thanks to Peter Jackson, the Tolkien Estate was thoroughly disgusted with the way LOTR was made. Christopher Tolkien is quoted as saying something to the effect that they have made the books into movies for 15 – 25 year olds. In fact, the Tolkien Estate tried to block the production of The Hobbit but lost the legal battle. There is so much more of the Middle Earth legendarium that could’ve been brought to film, too. The Silmarillion could’ve been produced in a series much like Game of Thrones for HBO or one of the other pay channels. But, that will never happen. Under British law, a copyright survives for 70 years after the owner’s death. Tolkien died in 1973. However, Christopher Tolkien would be considered an “author” of many of his father’s works since he literally pieced together the Silmarillion and other works from his father’s notes, manuscripts and other writings. Since Christopher Tolkien is still alive and well, those copyrights will remain in place for 70 years after his death. So, unless someone can convince him or his heirs to license or sell the Silmarillion or some other work, nothing more from Tolkien is going to be made into film anytime soon. It’s a shame too. Because The Tales of Hurin and other works could be something to behold on screen if they were placed in the right hands. Its too bad PJ and friends didn’t have the vision to realize that Tolkien’s Middle Earth could’ve been a spectacular cinematic record of one of the most brilliant stories of the 20th century.

  • Chad Christensen

    Why are they releasing this as a rated R film?

    • ur mem

      because they’ve added blood to the final battle. lots of it apparently

  • Michael Haines

    I wish they would remake the Lord of the Rings and include members of the Hobbit trilogy who survived like Beorn, Tariel, Thranduil, and Radagast.

  • ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    There’s not enough Thorin. Therefore there is less majesty. There needs more majesty in the movies.

  • Ancalagon

    This movie trilogy was a disappointment for me, but is the extended edition worth it ? Do you even see the funeral of Thorin ?