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Six new clips from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and reactions to 48fps screenings

Dec. 4, 2012by: Paul Shirey

If the numerous trailers, TV spots, featurettes, and making-of's weren't enough for you, today we have six new clips from THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, which feature a smattering of all the things you have come to know and love from Peter Jackson's Middle-Earth saga.  Orcs, beasts, dwarves, elfs, and of course, Gollum, are all jammed into these six clips, making them a much better offering than your standard movie clips.  It's a healthy dose of Hobbit, for sure, and potentially enough to tide you over for the next ten days.  Maybe.

On the flip side, the review embargo has been lifted and they're flooding in from all over with decidedly mixed reactions, particularly on the 48 frames-per-second showings, which caused much controversy when samples were screened to audiences in August.  It seems that not much has changed and that the doubled frame rate has not left an impression that harkens a new era in cinama, but rather one we may not want to continue.  Scroll past the clips to see the reactions...

Get your Hobbit On:

Movieline editor Jen Yamato:

"It felt like watching daytime soaps in HD, terrible BBC broadcasts, or 'Faerie Tale Theater' circa 1985, only in amazingly sharp clarity and with hobbits." 

Jordan Hoffman at ScreenCrush:

"When people run, they look like they are on the 'Benny Hill Show,'" Hoffman wrote, adding that the 48 fps "isn't a case of good or bad; it's an aesthetic choice."

Peter DeBruge for Variety:

"Everything takes on an overblown, artificial quality in which the phoniness of the sets and costumes becomes obvious, while well-lit areas bleed into their surroundings, like watching a high-end home movie."

Neala Johnson for Herald Sun:

At first, it’s distracting – somehow everything looks TOO real. From the wizard Gandalf’s wrinkles to the rolling green meadows of Hobbiton, everything is brighter, crisper, as eye-poppingly colourful as kids’ TV. Where the format comes into its own is in intense, action-packed territory. An Unexpected Journey’s battle sequences are especially striking – such scenes are often just a murky blur of flying limbs and blades; here you can see for miles through the skirmishes, right down to the last mud-splattered, club-wielding orc.”

Rodrigo Perez for The Playlist:

"[T]he last two acts of 'The Hobbit' are simply a non-stop action-adventure rollercoaster that is just as engaging and winning as anything in the director's previous trilogy," said Perez. "As epic, grandiose, and emotionally appealing as the previous pictures, 'The Hobbit' doesn't stray far from the mold, but it's a thrilling ride that's one of the most enjoyable, exciting and engaging tentpoles of the year."

So, the 48fps screenings seem to be about personal preference.  I think it will continue to divide audiences and won't likely be the next coming of film.  If the reviews were universally across the board in favor of the format then it'd be another story.  There are tons of reviews out there and most seem to suggest that the film is an entertaining ride for LOTR fans, but, as Bilbo stated in FELLOWSHIP, it may be "sort of stretched. Like butter scraped over too much bread."

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY opens on December 14, 2012.

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Extra Tidbit: Have the reactions to 48fps swayed you for or against the format? Which are you planning to see it in?

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2:56AM on 12/05/2012
In any case, I'm still going to see this. I'm not sure if the theater here is showing it in the new format or not, but regardless, I'll be there.....that's all I do know. :)
In any case, I'm still going to see this. I'm not sure if the theater here is showing it in the new format or not, but regardless, I'll be there.....that's all I do know. :)
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8:24PM on 12/04/2012

Hmmm...

I'll be the judge of 3D as well as the 48 fps format.
I'll be the judge of 3D as well as the 48 fps format.
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3:31PM on 12/04/2012
"This video is private"?? I'm kind of leery of the 48fps, but if the 3D is okay, I still want to take another trip back to Middle Earth.
"This video is private"?? I'm kind of leery of the 48fps, but if the 3D is okay, I still want to take another trip back to Middle Earth.
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3:30PM on 12/04/2012
All of the videos are private.
All of the videos are private.
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1:26PM on 12/04/2012

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1:16PM on 12/04/2012

Face the Future

Do you know what all this whining about 48fps sounds like? Like all the whining I heard when hi-def TV was introduced ten years ago. "It's too sharp! It's too detailed! It's too colorful! I don't WANT to see detail, I want the fuzzy 'cinematic' look that I'm used to with DVD!" Which was EXACTLY the same whining I heard when DVD was introduced as an alternative to VHS. Within ten more years, we will have an at-home format that will be at least twice the resolution of Bluray, if not more. And
Do you know what all this whining about 48fps sounds like? Like all the whining I heard when hi-def TV was introduced ten years ago. "It's too sharp! It's too detailed! It's too colorful! I don't WANT to see detail, I want the fuzzy 'cinematic' look that I'm used to with DVD!" Which was EXACTLY the same whining I heard when DVD was introduced as an alternative to VHS. Within ten more years, we will have an at-home format that will be at least twice the resolution of Bluray, if not more. And we'll wonder how we ever tolerated Bluray as a viewing choice. Everyone here tends to review movies BEFORE they see them, based on "feel", and "instinct", and God knows what. Here's an idea. GO SEE THE MOVIE FIRST, and GO SEE it in 48fps at some point. Then make your judgment.
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2:50PM on 12/04/2012
Nicely said, Pops.
Nicely said, Pops.
6:31PM on 12/04/2012
Spying on me, eh? By the way, your avatar sucks.
Spying on me, eh? By the way, your avatar sucks.
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12:53PM on 12/04/2012
High frame rates annoy the shit out of me, so I'm sticking with 24. But hey, to each their own.
High frame rates annoy the shit out of me, so I'm sticking with 24. But hey, to each their own.
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12:06PM on 12/04/2012
One thing I have learned is don't always trust what some critics say. Some are so attached to the backsides of certain studio advertising execs that you would swear was a scene from the movie human centipede.
One thing I have learned is don't always trust what some critics say. Some are so attached to the backsides of certain studio advertising execs that you would swear was a scene from the movie human centipede.
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12:03PM on 12/04/2012

No Choice

Well the podunk theater in my area wouldn't be able to show it in 48fps, but for my first viewing I would not have seen it in that anyway. Just hope they don't show it here in gastly 3D don't care if ti was filmed in 3D, it still blows.
May have to take an over 100 mile trek to see it IMAX or 48fps after its initial release, but honestly think 48fps will flop as a format.
Well the podunk theater in my area wouldn't be able to show it in 48fps, but for my first viewing I would not have seen it in that anyway. Just hope they don't show it here in gastly 3D don't care if ti was filmed in 3D, it still blows.
May have to take an over 100 mile trek to see it IMAX or 48fps after its initial release, but honestly think 48fps will flop as a format.
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12:02PM on 12/04/2012

I get get behind the 48 frames

I have 120 hrz TV and I'm used to the motion enhancers that comes with those TVs, so I can see myself getting acclimated pretty quickly with the 48 frames of The Hobbit

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I have 120 hrz TV and I'm used to the motion enhancers that comes with those TVs, so I can see myself getting acclimated pretty quickly with the 48 frames of The Hobbit

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4:07PM on 12/04/2012
And I hope you know that you are not supposed to let the 120hrz "on" when watching most things on tv and never ever when watching movies.
And I hope you know that you are not supposed to let the 120hrz "on" when watching most things on tv and never ever when watching movies.
12:02PM on 12/04/2012
I will likely see the movie in standard 24 FPS format then if the movie turns out good enough to warrant a second viewing, then I'll give the 48 FPS a look.
I will likely see the movie in standard 24 FPS format then if the movie turns out good enough to warrant a second viewing, then I'll give the 48 FPS a look.
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