Remember how Peter Jackson was filming both Hobbit movies — all three of ’em now, I guess — in a twice-normal-rate 48 frames per second? And that when the footage was shown at Cinemacon, it looked like shit? Well, there’s good news and bad news about this footage; I’ll let Variety deliver both. First the good:
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.
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. … 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.