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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies extended edition rated R

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An extended version of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies — which will play in theaters on October — will apparently be a darker vision, as the MPAA has given it an R rating.

The Classification and Rating Administration (CARA), a division of the MPAA, revealed that the Battle of the Five Armies Extended Edition will be bumped up from the original film’s PG-13 to an R. All three of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings films and their extended editions, as well as the last two The Hobbit films and their longer versions all received PG-13 ratings.

The only description given for the rating change is “some violence,” while the original Five Armies received its rating for “extended sequences of intense fantasy action violence, and frightening images.” 

The MPAA did not immediately respond to a request for further comment on the rating change.

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