Blu-ray review: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' (Extended Edition) has more to love

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Back on Nov. 17, Warner Bros. released the long-awaited, extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The film adds just 20 extra minutes, but packs a lot of emotion into those minutes.

By now, most of us have seen the Hobbit movies and it can probably be agreed that Peter Jackson created amazing pieces of art. However, most of us wished for more in-depth scenes or more face time for a favorite character. With the extended edition, we get both, plus two full discs of bonus features.

A few scenes were extended with just a couple additional camera angles, but there were others that added depth to the story. We learn more about Gandalf as a bearer of the Rings of Power during his capture before being saved by Galadriel. There is also a stunning funeral scene for the dwarfs’ fallen comrades near the end of the movie where each member of the party says their tearful goodbyes to their friends.

All in all, there were at least 10 extra scenes or moments added into the film which made it flow more smoothly and beautifully. In addition to the movie, the three-disc set has the following bonus features: Filmmaker’s Commentary; New Zealand: Home of Middle-Earth – Part 3; The Appendices Part II: The Gathering Storm - the Chronicles of the Hobbit – Part 3; The Appendices Part 12: Here at Journey’s End. The scenery of New Zealand is gorgeous and Peter Jackson gives a tear-jerking goodbye to adapting Tolkien’s works.

If you really want to be floored by the cinematic beauty of this movie, this is the edition to get. More tears, more laughs, and more awe are in store for you.

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Jesse Cook

Jesse Cook is a writer living in the Southern Tier of New York state. She loves food, books, and dark fantasy in all mediums.

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