After the very long journey for Peter Jackson, his The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will hit theaters next week. Review have been mixed on this one, especially with the Lord Of the Rings director's use of 48p making a very different theater experience for everyone. Some new clips have hit along with a rather lengthy featurette special for hardcore Hobbit fans. People are already complaining that he's giving too much away with this one, but these sound like the same people that are complaining about his using the new technology. They might want to get used to it since James Cameron is already saying that he wants to use it for his next Avatar. There's also a few new images from the film to check out below.
Then of course, some reports hit that the new format was making theater goers puke to which Warner Bros quickly issues the statement below.
“We have been screening the full-length HFR 3D presentation of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY extensively and feedback has been extremely positive, with none of thousands who have seen the film projected in this format expressing any of the issues described by two anonymous sources in media reports. We share the filmmakers’ belief that by offering filmgoers the additional choice of HFR 3D, alongside traditional viewing formats, they have an opportunity to be part of a groundbreaking advancement in the moviegoing experience and we look forward to having audiences everywhere share in this new way of storytelling.”
We got to check it out, and yes at first you have to adjust yourself to the new format, but it's certainly not that difficult. It reminded me of the first time you saw a plasma or HDTV and felt like you could just reach in and touch everything. Well this goes even further and shows everything in amazing detail. We've grown accustomed to seeing film in the other format with characters in the background getting a little fuzzy, but now everything can be seen clearly.
I have noticed that there doesn't seem to be as much excitement over this film (aside from hardcore Hobbit fans) so I'm curious to see how it does at the box office next week. Having the Star Trek Into Darkness preview should help draw in that crowd, but you know that clip will wind up online either the day of or that night so Trekkie fans will know where to find it if they don't feel like having a Hobbit night.
It's a long movie so get the enormous bag of popcorn and time your soda drinking because you'll surely have to take a bathroom break if you suck it down too quickly.
[callout title=The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movie Synopsis]“The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, which was long ago conquered by the dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakensheild. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers.
Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever … Gollum.
Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum’s “precious” ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities … A simple, gold ring that is tied to the fate of all Middle-earth in ways Bilbo cannot begin to know.
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Aidan Turner, Dean O’Gorman, Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Peter Hambleton, William Kircher, James Nesbitt, Stephen Hunter, Christopher Lee, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mikael Persbrandt, Lee Pace, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett, Sylvester McCoy, Jeffrey Thomas, Mike Mizrahi, Bret McKenzie, Ryan Gage, Barry Humphries, Conan Stevens, and John Bell.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released December 14 in 2D, 3D, IMAX and 3D 48 frames per second.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be released on December 13, 2013 in 2D, 3D, IMAX and 3D 48 frames per second.