Hobbit Scandal! Preview at CinemaCon 2012 Confuses and Angers Fans
Acclaimed director Peter Jackson could not possibly have expected the fallout which followed the unveiling of 10 minutes from his highly anticipated Lord of the Rings prequel, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, at Las Vegas's CinemaCon today.
In a message that preceded the footage, Jackson explained some techie details about what fans and onlookers were about to see: the film was shot at a much higher "frame rate" than what we're used to as moviegoing audiences (48 frames-per-second as opposed to the standard 24).
This record-breaking move, Jackson claimed, would make for a more pleasant viewing experience, one that will be "much more gentle on the eyes, without the strobing or as much flicker, and much less eye strain."
Interestingly enough, the change turned out to be quite distracting judging from the reaction in the fanboy blogosphere soon afterward. E! Online reports several nonplussed reactions, including Entertainment Weekly's Anthony Breznican, who observed that the footage resembled the documentary-style footage one would normally see in a set visit, as opposed to a finished piece of industry-standard film. Others agreed, including one blogger, from BadassDigest.com, who likened The Hobbit's imagery to "a hi-def version of the 1970s I, Claudius." Yikes!
Apparently, the adjustment was also made to enhance the 3D aspect of the film, which promises to be just as dazzling as the first three films about Middle Earth. Viewers will have a chance to weigh in come December, when The Hobbit is released for the holidays.