VIDEO: Watch The Hobbit trilogy extended cuts for the first time in cinemas

The Hobbit trilogy from director Peter Jackson is set to head back to the big screen in a new extended format this year

The Hobbit trilogy by Peter Jackson takes a rather slim novel by JRR Tolkien and expands it over three massive and epic movies.

Some of them work better than others - I really enjoyed The Battle of the Five Armies for example, but that was mostly because it featured a lot of content which wasn’t in the original book and some epic action scenes.

For those who haven’t had quite enough of The Hobbit, the ultimate fan experience is coming soon. You’ll be able to watch all three films in their extended versions for the first time in cinemas. This will also be the first time anyone, anywhere has seen the longer cut for the third film.

The event is being organised in US cinemas from October 5th. The three movies will be shown over three nights (because otherwise your brain would get a bit overwhelmed), with one confirmed schedule of October 5th, 7th and 13th.

This is partly a celebration of the trilogy reaching its conclusion and partly a way of drumming up some publicity for the extended cut of The Battle of the Five Armies which is coming to home video on the 3rd of November.

Jackson has a long history of extended cuts of the Middle Earth movies and his Lord of the Rings versions were especially excellent. There hasn’t been the same fanfare for The Hobbit flicks, mostly because they were already quite long.

It looks like Five Armies has had a huge amount of material added back in, with the extended feature running 174 minutes - that’s a full 30 minutes longer than the theatrical release.

We heard about a chariot action scene being added back in (with some complicated special effects) and more screen-time for the shape-shifting character of Beorn.

We don’t yet know if this event will be happening outside of the US but will post an update when we have news.

The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies Extended Cut is out in the US on home video on the 3rd of November and Ireland and the UK on the 16th of November 2015.

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