Now this is my third time watching Battle of the Five Armies, First being the original release at the cinema and the second being during the EPIC marathon of all 6 of the films back to back (very fun click here to see if you could find tickets for the next one), but this time I am delving into the extended edition of the film. With an extra 20+ minutes of extra scenes the film feels alot more full. This was the shortest of the Hobbit Films so i am glad that we get more action in this action packed film.
The film itself, as i have never reviewed this for some reason, is more or less a film of the battle, which may not be as epic as the battles in LOTR's but it is still an amazing visual battle which keeps the viewer hooked all the way through. We get to see the mental decline of Oakenshield who is looking for the arkenstone, we have the build into the LOTR of the rings trilogy, the battle for the mountain and a heavily CGI'd Bill Connelly.....okay so the film isn't perfect but as a whole Battle of the Five Armies is a perfect finale to what is a great trilogy . The only part that pisses me off a little is the fact that for two films Smaug is billed as the main villain only to be taken out within the first 20 minutes of the film....even with an extended scene.
As always the Blu-Ray is packed to the gills with extra features which will please the avid collectors of the extended editions. The 3D element is AMAZING even while watching at home and the case for the set sits perfectly next to the extended editions of all 6 films.
A perfect gift for Hobbit fans this Christmas.