Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ Debuts in 48FPS – Will the Future Be in HFR?

In darkened movie theaters last Friday morning, November 30th, history was made. New Line/Warner Bros screened one of the very first movies shot in 48FPS 3D – Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first part in a trilogy based on the J.R.R Tolkien classic – to critics nationwide who were anxiously waiting to see it. I sat Friday morning inside the Dolby screening room in New York City, quietly, patiently waiting with a scattering of other members of the press around me for this landmark screening to begin. Would anyone like it? Would the person next to me get nauseous from HFR? Would the whole 48FPS experience be a revelation or a disaster? We were all about to find out. In a hole in the ground there lived… The events leading up to this screening have been memorable, which is why it was such an odd and quiet morning, …

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