revealed the cover art and release date for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition home video release as November 17th with an early digital HD release on October 20. It also verified that the additional 20 minutes of footage was enough to cause the film to get an R-rating. Really though if parents were okay with their kids seeing the PG-13 theatrical cut, it is doubtful there is anything anymore violent that should cause concern as the MPAA's rating system is really more of a numbers game than anything. As in literally if see X acts of violence then its PG-13 but X+1 makes it an R. It doesn't mean the additional stuff is "more" violent, it just means that there are more scenes of the same level of violence which for an hour plus long battle sequence shouldn't be a surprise for anyone.
Back to the Blu-ray and DVD release, the real reason (to me) to be interested isn't so much the additional footage but the sadly final parts to The Appendices which are quite simply the greatest movie behind the scenes documentary ever created and really all 12 parts over all six extended edition movies should be a must see for any film student or just really big film fan. In addition a box set of The Hobbit Extended Edition will also be released on the same day. Currently only the regular Blu-ray edition with Digital HD copy is available for pre-order on Amazon.