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Jan 6 2013, 1:22pm

Post #1 of 14 (723 views)
Questions that need answering Can't Post

The day is saw the hobbit will live on in my mind till I die. Being a huge fan of the books and the movies, I was brimming with excitement and anticipation as I went to the theater on the release date. But, Alas!-I was struck by a bolt of lightning when they said that there where some technical errors and the film would only be shown three days later (only theater in a 100km radius to show the film). I had waited for at least five years for these movies to be released, regularly following all the video blogs and news surrounding them. I was gobsmacked at that moment and I returned home and watched some LOTR in silence to ease the pain. However, fate had another path in store for me. My friend called me in the evening and said that the problem had been fixed. I immediately went to the theater, saw the move and boy did I love it!! Since then, I have seen the movie 2 more times.
3D:2 times
2D: 1 time (preferred this more)
Do you have a story to tell? How many times have you seen the film? In which format? And which one did you prefer?

Sam: Trust a Brandybuck and a Took.
Merry: What? That was just a detour, a shortcut.
Sam: Shortcut to what?
Pippin: Mushrooms!

(This post was edited by peace1993 on Jan 6 2013, 1:24pm)


Jan 6 2013, 2:13pm

Post #2 of 14 (368 views)
Saw it 2D 24fps with friends and was underwhelmed... [In reply to] Can't Post

...as were my friends - bored is a better word from their perspective - And they're LotR (book) fans too! My brother said "coulda been longer" and everyone laughed in agreement. No-one really said much more about it.

Second time saw it in 4K 48fps 3D with my girlfriend (she came to the 24fps one too) and my parents (also LotR fans). Parents didn't seem too impressed. Mum said "it was lovely" which I thought was an odd response? Me and my girlfriend (who happened to get amazing seats) were blown away. She doesn't like 3D films, says they're "too 3D" but when we came out she said to me "that was the most amazing thing I've ever seen". And she wants to see it again! It was like a different movie, there were parts where I honestly remember thinking "it's like I'm IN Middle-earth" the eagles at the end looked like they were in the room with us! I don't understand why people don't like it??

Anyway, I'm planning to take the same friends to see the 48fps version soon (which is expensive and a long way to travel). But it's honestly a far superior experience to the (slightly odd-looking?) 2D experience and well worth the expense. Heart

(This post was edited by QuackingTroll on Jan 6 2013, 2:15pm)

Morok Cloudkeeper

Jan 6 2013, 3:13pm

Post #3 of 14 (321 views)
Well I think it would be an exaggeration to say that anyone would feel like they were in the movie [In reply to] Can't Post

I mean I did feel more immersed. But not in any way to the point that I could say that it was like being part of the movie. Maybe if I sit a little bit closer to the screen. The first time I saw it I was forced to look a little bit down to the screen. But i always thought that you should look a little bit up to the screen, those are the best seats in my opinion. Say, where did you sit?

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle.

(This post was edited by Morok Cloudkeeper on Jan 6 2013, 3:15pm)


Jan 6 2013, 3:22pm

Post #4 of 14 (292 views)
I think that's rediculous... [In reply to] Can't Post

You don't need to be able to smell or feel anything to get the sensation that you could reach-out and touch it. Obviously to be a part of it, it would need to be interactive. But then it's a game not a movie. I was only making the point it looked incredibly life-like. And I think people mistook this level of realism for a stagey/soap-opera aesthetic. But to me, this is just closed-minded. It looked different, yes. But it also looked incredibly life-like. and if you just accept it as that and get into the story it becomes extremely immersive - I'm not exaggerating.

(This post was edited by QuackingTroll on Jan 6 2013, 3:24pm)

Mr. Arkenstone (isaac)
Tol Eressea

Jan 6 2013, 3:32pm

Post #5 of 14 (273 views)
4th time in 3d [In reply to] Can't Post

It is the best 3D I have seen

The flagon with the dragon has the brew that is true!

Morok Cloudkeeper

Jan 6 2013, 3:51pm

Post #6 of 14 (252 views)
Yes, that's true, it does look a lot more lifelike [In reply to] Can't Post


Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle.


Jan 6 2013, 3:57pm

Post #7 of 14 (246 views)
PJ (or Andrew Lesnie?) really knows how to frame a shot to look good in 3D // [In reply to] Can't Post


(This post was edited by QuackingTroll on Jan 6 2013, 4:01pm)

Mr. Arkenstone (isaac)
Tol Eressea

Jan 6 2013, 4:12pm

Post #8 of 14 (230 views)
I guess so [In reply to] Can't Post

It all had sense once I saw it in 3D, it was natural to the film, I haven“t seen it in 48fps, but I feel the films was meant to be seen in 48fps, once you get it you understand a lot of things I guess , as I did with regular 3D, I will look forward for the 48 fps, because I feel I am one of those who is gonna enjoy it

The flagon with the dragon has the brew that is true!


Jan 6 2013, 5:12pm

Post #9 of 14 (207 views)
Agree with your girlfriend... [In reply to] Can't Post

... I was so dissapointed by Avatar back then and will never understand how anyone could say that this film looked anything but ugly.

I was almost certain I would feel about Middle-earth-3D the same way.

But I could not believe my eyes.

The eagle-scene is imho the most beautiful thing I ever saw at the movies. I cannot do anything else but fanboying when I think about that scene in HFR 3D!


Jan 6 2013, 6:17pm

Post #10 of 14 (198 views)
Where you sit does make a difference [In reply to] Can't Post

The first time I watched the film I was towards the side of the cinema and I thought the film looked quite amateurish.

The second time I was in the centre of the cinema and it looked SO much better. Loved it.


Jan 6 2013, 7:16pm

Post #11 of 14 (178 views)
3 times in HFR "REAL 3D" [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm still not sure that 3D adds all that much, but I keep going back so I guess you could say I'm a fan! And I'm going back again on Monday to the same format, if it's still available in my local theatres.

I was not excited about the movie after my first viewing, but I've liked it more and more since then and honestly I can't wait to go back. Every time I pick up more subtleties - there are so many! I need grammaboodawg's geeky observation list; in the interim I'll have to scan through this board to get everyone else's bits and pieces they picked up during their own viewings, so I can unlock more depth from the movie.

I think we are very lucky to have Peter Jackson at the helm of these movies. This is The Hobbit, yes, but one enriched by Jackson & Co's knowledge and devotion to Tolkien's Middle Earth, making it far more than a child's tale and an absolutely incredible experience for Tolkien fans. Like me!

I'm off to hum Misty Mountains while looking at tomorrow's movie schedule!

The Shire

Jan 6 2013, 9:25pm

Post #12 of 14 (154 views)
The movie was quite an unexpected journey for me... [In reply to] Can't Post

... because my mum called me when I was still at school, and told me she might get tickets for this evening. It was the December 12, one day before the premiere here in Germany, and i thought I had to wait at least one week before I would see the movie. When we arrived at the cinema, I was even more surprised when I read on my ticket: "3D: HFR Der Hobbit 1" (it also says 12.12.12 Shocked). Up to that point I knew of no cinema reachable in less than 2 hours travel time that showed the Hobbit in HFR 3D. Actually, It's quite hard to find a cinema showing it in 2D now Crazy. For some unknown reason, I seemed to be the only one not noticing the 48 fps. The 3D effects were brilliant, compared to Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and Narnia 3 (which were both not really great films btw). The prologue was literally breathtaking. Most of what followed was either great or magnificent, and i really enjoyed the movie, but there was something inexplicable about this movie that hindered me from enjoying it as much as LotR. It could be the HFR, but to find out I first have to find a cinema showing it in 2D 24 fps.
Regardless of all unpleasant and distracting things, it was still by far the best movie I have ever watched in cinema. I went to see it again 10 days later, in the same format and cinema (This cinema has 415 seats, which is quite a lot for someone who had until then only been in cinema halls with about 200 seats). I may go and watch it another time, but I am still searching for the right format.
(If something I wrote here seems silly or just doesn't make sense, just ignore it Wink)

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by..."
-- Robert Frost --


Jan 7 2013, 3:23am

Post #13 of 14 (117 views)
I loved it. [In reply to] Can't Post

I've seen it 4 times. One of the best movies I've ever seen. Can't wait till part 2, can't wait to buy the DVD, can't wait until the EE comes out!

Really great movie!

''We are very dangerous over short distances''



Jan 7 2013, 3:25am

Post #14 of 14 (122 views)
Hear Hear!! // [In reply to] Can't Post

In Reply To
I've seen it 4 times. One of the best movies I've ever seen. Can't wait till part 2, can't wait to buy the DVD, can't wait until the EE comes out!

Really great movie!


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