A couple of weeks ago a tasty rumour surfaced that the extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies would be getting an R-rating. Well, that scrumptious rumour has now been confirmed via the official details for the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release.

The fantasy violence throughout all six Middle Earth epics have pushed the limits of a PG-13, even a full on decapitation in Fellowship of the Ring was within the boundaries of the lucrative rating. There are currently no details on what new scenes have pushed the certificate up, a more brutal depiction of the climatic battle seems like a safe bet. Well, either that or Peter Jackson was holding back on some Middle Earth loving.

Eagle-eyed Hobbit fans would have noticed the rousing speech given by Gandalf that was in the trailer, was suspiciously absent from the theatrical release. For a film set in Middle Earth, the theatrical cut of Battle of the Five Armies was a lean 140 minutes including those lengthy credits. The running time for the extended edition will clock in at 164 minutes and is officially still the shortest chapter in the Middle Earth saga. In addition to the longer version of the movie, the extended cut comes jam-packed with more than nine hours of special features. 

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition is available on HD Digital from October 20th, but Blu-ray enthusiasts will have to wait until November 17.