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3ways to watch the Hobbit...


Apr 26 2014, 2:08am

Post #1 of 12 (767 views)
3ways to watch the Hobbit... Can't Post

I've seen AUJ and DOS multiple times and in different formats and they all offer a different watching experience that I like...

Reg 24 fps/bluray:
pros: high resolution and continuity with LOtR films
cons: it lacks the special effects that were purposefully shot with 3d in mind... Eg the special effects of Gandalf entrance in Goblin Town...

3d 24 fps/bluray:
pros: 3d intention remains and has that cinematic feel of normal 24fps
cons: motion is blurry and for many this causes eye strain and possible headache

3d hfr 48fps
pros: My favorite way to watch the Hobbit, No blur or strobing effect makes the action really work and 3d intention on effects remain and the CGI looks insane.
cons: you really do lose the cinematic feel, has the soap opera effect eg Inside Bards house. It's almost like you are watching a play...

Tol Eressea

Apr 26 2014, 3:28am

Post #2 of 12 (338 views)
i prefer the standard bluray version, i don't like soap opera middle-earth! [In reply to] Can't Post


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Apr 26 2014, 3:58am

Post #3 of 12 (328 views)
48 FPS [In reply to] Can't Post

I saw AUJ in both old school 2D (first), and in the trifecta 3D IMAX 48FPS (second). I'd say it came out a tie for me. I'm not sure it benefited much from 48 FPS.

But DOS, which I saw in 48 FPS only, I'm glad I did. Being the thrill-ride that it was, plus Smaug in close-up detailed glory, lent itself to HFR quite well indeed. It seemed like I could almost reach out and touch those scales. I doubt a 2D or 24FPS viewing would have measured up, for me.

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Apr 26 2014, 6:24am

Post #4 of 12 (301 views)
On AUJ.. [In reply to] Can't Post

On AUJ, the most emotional response I had when watching the oldschol 2D version.

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Tol Eressea

Apr 26 2014, 12:21pm

Post #5 of 12 (226 views)
Yup, agreed... [In reply to] Can't Post

Tried all three versions with AUJ, and it wasn't until I returned to 2D 24fps that I felt I had actually returned to M-e again...

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Apr 26 2014, 4:01pm

Post #6 of 12 (177 views)
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I can't tell the difference.


Apr 26 2014, 4:12pm

Post #7 of 12 (181 views)
I loved the HFR 3D in DoS... [In reply to] Can't Post

That was one of my favourite bits :p


Apr 26 2014, 4:16pm

Post #8 of 12 (174 views)
I've still yet to see either in 48 FPS [In reply to] Can't Post

BoFA will be my last chance I suppose.

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Apr 26 2014, 4:16pm

Post #9 of 12 (172 views)
Agree. [In reply to] Can't Post

The best 3D movie i have ever seen.Great functionality of the HFR technique.Smile

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Apr 26 2014, 4:56pm

Post #10 of 12 (164 views)
I saw it at 48 [In reply to] Can't Post

Went with two people - one who was looking forward to the 48fps and my partner, who has no interest in tech stuff and didn't know about the frame rate change. We all reacted negatively. I had to see it again in 2D 24fps before I really enjoyed it. My partner didn't want to see DOS, as she hadn't liked AUJ. I had to play AUJ on BluRay to her, - she really enjoyed it, so agreed to see DOS in 2D 24fps at our local - and enjoyed that too. Despite what some say, there are people who do have a genuinely bad reaction to 48fps - it's nothing to do with expectations (my partner wasn't even aware of the frame rate change) - just the way the brain processes information.

I did regret not going back and seeing DOS in 3D, just in case. But I've no real interest in 48fps any more.

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Apr 26 2014, 11:09pm

Post #11 of 12 (142 views)
48fps is my choice [In reply to] Can't Post

I saw both movies that way and loved it - especially how easy it made it to follow the action without eyestrain and blur. But the quality of the projection/calibration seems to vary somewhat from theater to theater, I've found.


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Apr 27 2014, 4:40pm

Post #12 of 12 (103 views)
calibration.. [In reply to] Can't Post

Oh yes.

Saw DOS in two different cinemas in 3d HFR format; one was stunning every hair could be seen, there was a clear difference between the 48fps and the standard HD format. The other, was well, what can I say, I hardly noticed the HFR at all, in facts parts were blurry although, I should have known better the bad HFR viewing was in a cinema my film buff brother in law refuses to use thanks to it's fuzzy screening and lack of screen calibration ( he has actually had refunds from said cinema due to his bad experiences with screen issues)


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