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I had a blurry HFR 3D viewing the other day, after three great viewings.
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Jan 10 2013, 6:17pm

Post #26 of 31 (96 views)
I think it's a difference in our eyes and brains, not the projecting equipment. [In reply to] Can't Post

I've only seen it in HFR once, but when I did, I agree it was very, very clear. The picture was pristine. No blurriness at all!

That being said, I couldn't fully adjust to it even after two and a half hours! I loved the clarity, but my eyes/brain kept telling me that it looked fake. The costums looked fake. The props looked fake. Even the dirt looked fake.

I'm thinking of going to see it in HFR again soon and really hope that the "fake" feeling will be gone, because I really want to be able to enjoy the incredible picture. I will say that the 2D version seemed very blurry after having watched the HFR version, at least in the first half hour before I got used to it. Perhaps I've tainted myself such that I can never fully enjoy a movie at either 24 fps or 48 fps ever again!

all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us...

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Jan 10 2013, 6:18pm

Post #27 of 31 (92 views)
I'm really glad that you liked it. [In reply to] Can't Post

I loved the HFR version.

I too am not a huge fan of 3D... some presentations I have enjoyed... Avatar and Prometheus. Others not so much.

But the HFR version of The Hobbit is awesome and well worth the viewing.

I saw it on a massive screen and I've NEVER seen anything like it. It was overwhelming in a good sense.

Many of the complaints I have read, I simply did not experience. It DID take a bit to get used to because I am so used to the shutter speed/frame rate of traditional film making, and I generally knew what the new look was going to be in HFR already... haha!

But after about 20 minutes in... I got completely sucked and never looked back.

I think that 2D 24fps is wonderful and I enjoyed it just as much.

Personally, I am excited to live in a world where I can view a movie in multiple formats and have different experiences.


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(This post was edited by Owain on Jan 10 2013, 6:19pm)


Jan 10 2013, 7:08pm

Post #28 of 31 (97 views)
It really must vary from theatre to theatre. [In reply to] Can't Post

I've loved the HFR format all three times that I've seen it now, but I definitely noticed a difference in the first two screenings versus the final one. The clarity was so good the third time around that I barely had any issues with Azog's CGI. In fact he looked stupendously, hideously present! Shocked

'I do not know what is happening. The reason of my waking mind tells me that great evil has befallen and we stand at the end of days. But my heart says nay; and all my limbs are light, and a hope and joy are come to me that no reason can deny. Eowyn, Eowyn, White Lady of Rohan, in this hour I do not believe that any darkness will endure!' And he stooped and kissed her brow.

Lucky Luke

Jan 10 2013, 10:16pm

Post #29 of 31 (64 views)
Similar experience [In reply to] Can't Post

I really disliked my first experience with HFR (at the midnight screening) but really loved it two weeks later. This bipolar experience was weird! Had the same question, wondered if the cinema had fine-tuned something. Or could it be that I got used to the new format? HFR is really a personal experience : in the same projection, my girlfriend saw acceleration effects and I did not.

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Jan 10 2013, 10:47pm

Post #30 of 31 (55 views)
I had three great experiences before a bad one, [In reply to] Can't Post

so for me, at least, it wasn't a matter of getting used to it. And I never saw the acceleration that others have mentioned.

I think it's a mix of individual perspective, as modified by the specific theater/equipment/staff.


Jan 10 2013, 10:55pm

Post #31 of 31 (56 views)
the acceleration is surely a personal perception [In reply to] Can't Post

My husband's first comment upon leaving the movie was that it seemed really speeded up. (and he hasn't not read one bit of Hobbit fan conversations!)

I didn't have the same perception at all and didn't when I saw it in HFR for a second time yesterday.

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