Originally Posted by idfnl
I really hope the hobbit comes out in 2D. I'd prefer to wait for vid to see it if it doesnt.
Warner Bros. is convinced that high-frame-rate movies are the next big thing -- but they're keeping the first HFR release fairly small.
According to source familiar with Warner's release plans for Peter Jackson's first "Hobbit," the HFR version will go out to only select locations, perhaps not even into all major cities.
People who have seen much of the film in 48 frames-per-second 3D tell Variety the picture now looks vastly better than the test footage shown this April at CinemaCon, which had not yet undergone post-production polishing and got a mixed reception from exhibitors.
But the studio still wants to protect the format by going into a limited release for the HFR version, hoping to test the marketplace and expand the HFR release for the second and third installments -- provided auds are enthusiastic. As of now, there are still no theaters ready for HFR projection, though some require only a software upgrade that will be ready in September. Warners is satisfied with the pace of efforts to ready theaters for HFR.
Originally Posted by otc
To be fair, that's actually a problem with the framerates used in traditional movies. We are trained to think wide horizontal pans should stutter slightly and that action should look the way it does on film. Using a higher framerate is a good thing--it works better with our eyes and makes things look smoother and closer to they actually are. Unfortunately, we have also been trained to associate that effect with video cameras and soap operas.
Until we get used to it, it is going to look off, but unlike 3D, I think this trend is definitely for the better.
To be honest, I never had an issue with strobing - or am so used to it that I don't care. I truly hate watching a great old movie on Blue Ray and a 1080p LED which makes the whole thing look like it was shot by the BBC in 1974. There's a lot of dead DPs rolling in their graves.