Peter Jackson on Why You Should See THE HOBBIT: AN EXPECTED JOURNEY in 48fps IMAX 3D

     December 14, 2012


I love seeing movies in IMAX.  It’s absolutely my favorite way to see a movie as there is nothing like the huge IMAX screen and booming surround sound.  In addition, whenever I ask a director about IMAX, their face lights up and they always say it’s their preferred format for audiences to see their movie.

And Peter Jackson feels the same way about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, especially in 48fps (high frame rate).  In the clip you can see after the jump, Jackson says you should see The Hobbit in this new format “because it will give you a immersive sense of reality like taking the screen away and you’re looking into a window into the real world.  48fps in IMAX is the ultimate way to see this film.”  Hit the jump for more.

Since 48fps is a brand new format, not every IMAX theater has the capability.  You can click here for more information and a list of theatres.

In addition, select showings of The Hobbit in 48fps will also be showing the first 9 minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness!  So if you have the option, choose a theater that lets you see it in 48fps and also has the footage. Here’s the list of theaters showing the Star Trek footage.

Here’s my video blog recap of the footage and below is Jackson talking about IMAX.



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  • Smirking_Revenge

    No it doesn’t. It looks horrible and looks cheap and cheesy.

  • gov

    my local theater offers 1) HFR RealD 3D and 2) IMAX 3D.

    They do not offer “HFR IMAX 3D”

    It seems that if you want to try the HFR then you don’t get the IMAX. What’s that about?

    NOTE: They have the “real” imax. 70 mm…curved screen, etc. Perhaps that fact is a limiting factor? I’ve heard that real imax theaters cant show films over a certain running time.

    This is the Cinemark at Pittsburgh Mills.

    • Goldenchest

      Real imax theatres use actual 70mm film, which is HUGE. So obviously that would pose size limitations. IMAX films must be less than 170 minutes long. Doubling the frame rate would reduce that to 85 minutes, which is obviously not enough for The Hobbit.

      This is one of the rare cases where it is preferable to see the movie in a “fake” digital IMAX, which does not share the limitations that film does. Besides, none of the movie was filmed with actual IMAX cameras, so there is really no added benefit in watching it in a 70mm IMAX.

  • Robert C. Wilson

    not true. many Imax theaters in California, where I live, are showing The Hobbit in HFR IMAX 3d. the IMAX theaters that are not showing in HFR 3d are not neccessarily the “true” IMAX theaters with the curved screens and whatnot. maybe there are just not enough screens to program in your area.

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  • exel

    dont listen to all this haters i just went to see the movie hobbit in imax 3d and it looks great all u haters stop hatting great movie dont miss out the movie is2 long but the action picks up after 45 min 2 an hour still is a great movie great 3d and its better than just watching it regular so go watch it in imax 3d u wont regret it

  • D. McHugh

    I agree with excel. I saw the move in 24-standard first and then 49fps 3D (no IMAX). Don’t listen to the haters and armchair experts. Ugh. I can’t stand people who think they can do everything better, yet have never left their living room to attempt anything. The Hobbit is a great film, clearly the best one I’ve seen all years….especially after the Prometheus debacle. Yes, the movie is a bit slow to start, but once it gets going; it doesn’t stop. That would be my only complaint. Jackson did a fine job raising the stakes of a children’s book so that it would appeal to adult audiences, as well. I don’t know what the haters were expecting…an out-of-body experience, an orgasmic experience? You have to remember that we’ve all SEEN Jackson’s Middle Earth before. There’s nothing like seeing it for the first time in Fellowship, but you can’t see something for the FIRST time…a second time. You can’t unring a bell. Having said that, The Hobbit doesn’t hold any visual surprises. We’ve all seen Rivendell, Orcs, Elves and so on. The Hobbit has plenty of action and a great story, no doubt, but it’s really about returning to a place you haven’t been in years to see dear friends you haven’t seen in a long time. THAT’S what Hobbit is about. Back to 24 vs. 48fps….I don’t get all the complaints about motion sickness. I saw 2 brief moments where quick camerawork created a whip effect on screen, but they went by fast and were very short. Yes, it was different to look at, but I was amazed at how it only took me to several minutes to adjust to the high level of clarity. I don’t understand people. They’re buying they SUPER clear, high-resolution TV’s with extra-sharp Blu-Ray discs to play on them and yet….they want the muddy look of film in the theater. Makes no sense. The Hobbit in 48fps looks gorgeous and it will always be known as the 48fps trailblazer. Just watch what James Cameron does with it. It’s only going to get better. Most importantly…I not only enjoyed the visual clarity of the 48fps better….but I found that I enjoyed the STORY better in 48. It was just an overall better experience in 48. DEFINITELY see it in 48, if you can catch it in your area.

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