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So.... THE HOBBIT, anyone? (possible spoilers)

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Finally saw THE HOBBIT last night, in High Frame Rate 48fps 3D. First of all; it was real nice to return to Middle-Earth, and with an abundance of skillful effects, excitement, humour and a wonderful score it became one heck of an adventurous ride. Good acting aswell, and especially sweet to see the returning cast. However, it was impossible not to feel an overwhelming sense of “haven't I all seen this before?” but that was to be expected and not necessarily a bad thing.

 

The a/v presentation in my cinema was great. Not overly impressed with the 48fps 3D, but mostly cause I still feel that 3D distract my eyesight more than it draws me in (hence, I prefer 2D). It wasn’t bad by any means though and the High Frame Rate did create a somewhat smoother, sharper image. All that talk of nausea I simply don't get. The thing that did impress me however was the audio mix, formidable high-class! Thinking this might be a new home cinema reference once it hits Blu-ray!

 

 THE BOBBIT

 

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RE: So.... THE HOBBIT, anyone? (possible spoilers)

Is the HFR not 48 fps? I don't think you get HFR 24, its 48 or 24 not both. 

 

I saw it on Friday. I also very much enjoyed seeing Middle earth on the big screen again. I can see why it's got mixed reviews, due to pacing and gimmicks of dwarfs, but it was everything I wanted from it. 

 

 

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Naturally it was 48fps, nothing else! doh!  (OP edited)

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RE: So.... THE HOBBIT, anyone? (possible spoilers)

So was it an improvement, would you like to see more films in 48?

 

I really can't stand 3d so saw the 2d, which sadly is not available in 48, in my cinema anyway.

What did you think of the dwarfs overall?

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RE: So.... THE HOBBIT, anyone? (possible spoilers)

I enjoyed the dwarfs more that I expected to. And I personally had no issues with the pacing of the film either, as many others have reported. Yes, the film is long, but time pretty much flies by when you enjoy something.

I'll try to minimize my 3D viewing as much as I can from now on cause I don't think it does the trick for me. The problem is that in my city some movies are not always shown in both 2D and 3D (which is the case with THE HOBBIT) which robs you of choices (and I don't like that!). Anyway, yes the 48fps was a slight improvement I think, but not enough for me to fall in love with it at this point.

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RE: So.... THE HOBBIT, anyone? (possible spoilers)

It feels like I've been away from The Shire for far too long

I managed to see The Hobbit on Thurs 13th (release day) and did I enjoy it.

My favourite part was Bilbo and Gollum playing their game of riddles.

Just waiting now till April / May for the DVD / Blu Ray releases with the additional xx hours of unseen footage, the making of, the interviews etc etc etc

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Although 3 hours for only the firtst 6 chapters seems a bit much the film actually passed quite quickly.

 

My main bugbear (as with LOR) is that whoever does the screenplay thinks he can improve on the classic story and change various bits of the storyline.

Theres a reason why JRR Tolkien is one of the worlds most revered authors and the bloke is charge of the screenplay is someone we've never heard of!

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Peter Jackson! Angry

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TheCaptain wrote:

It feels like I've been away from The Shire for far too long

I managed to see The Hobbit on Thurs 13th (release day) and did I enjoy it.

My favourite part was Bilbo and Gollum playing their game of riddles.

Just waiting now till April / May for the DVD / Blu Ray releases with the additional xx hours of unseen footage, the making of, the interviews etc etc etc

I certainly hope you are right there, that it will be released in April / May. I remember the LOTR movies when they came out in cinemas December 2001, 2002 and 2003 we had to wait til august/september the following year for the individual DVD-releases. Far too long to wait!

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RE: So.... THE HOBBIT, anyone? (possible spoilers)

RickyDeg wrote:

TheCaptain wrote:

It feels like I've been away from The Shire for far too long

I managed to see The Hobbit on Thurs 13th (release day) and did I enjoy it.

My favourite part was Bilbo and Gollum playing their game of riddles.

Just waiting now till April / May for the DVD / Blu Ray releases with the additional xx hours of unseen footage, the making of, the interviews etc etc etc

I certainly hope you are right there, that it will be released in April / May. I remember the LOTR movies when they came out in cinemas December 2001, 2002 and 2003 we had to wait til august/september the following year for the individual DVD-releases. Far too long to wait!

Tongue

 

....or wait until all 3 films are released (Winter 2013 & Summer 2014) & buy the extended special edition!  Wink

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I'm with BigBoss there I will wait until the box set is released, hopefully they wont make a hash of it like TLOR where they released a non extented edition first!As for the film....Loved it! I watched it in 2D. I wanted to enjoy the cinematography and colours in its true form, without wearing glasses to darken the picture.  Having said that I will go see it again and this time opt for 3D, purely for the experience of it.

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RE: So.... THE HOBBIT, anyone? (possible spoilers)

bigboss wrote:

RickyDeg wrote:

TheCaptain wrote:

It feels like I've been away from The Shire for far too long

I managed to see The Hobbit on Thurs 13th (release day) and did I enjoy it.

My favourite part was Bilbo and Gollum playing their game of riddles.

Just waiting now till April / May for the DVD / Blu Ray releases with the additional xx hours of unseen footage, the making of, the interviews etc etc etc

I certainly hope you are right there, that it will be released in April / May. I remember the LOTR movies when they came out in cinemas December 2001, 2002 and 2003 we had to wait til august/september the following year for the individual DVD-releases. Far too long to wait!

Tongue

 

....or wait until all 3 films are released (Winter 2013 & Summer 2014) & buy the extended special edition!  Wink

If you meant getting all 3 Hobbit movies together in a box-set I think we have to wait til at least 2015, after all three have been theatrically released. Either you were joking or one of us missed something? 

Then again, Blu-ray might be passé by then. I hear Redray 4K is on it's way Wink

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RE: So.... THE HOBBIT, anyone? (possible spoilers)

duaplex wrote:

I'm with BigBoss there I will wait until the box set is released, hopefully they wont make a hash of it like TLOR where they released a non extented edition first!As for the film....Loved it! I watched it in 2D. I wanted to enjoy the cinematography and colours in its true form, without wearing glasses to darken the picture.  Having said that I will go see it again and this time opt for 3D, purely for the experience of it.

They sell millions of copies of  the theatrical edition, then they bring out the extended edition which also sells very well. As a mug who bought both sets (although the extended is worth it) I am annoyed as the next man, but given the extra revenue this tactic generated, I doubt they think they made a hash of it and will do the same again.

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Although 3 hours for only the firtst 6 chapters seems a bit much the film actually passed quite quickly.

 

My main bugbear (as with LOR) is that whoever does the screenplay thinks he can improve on the classic story and change various bits of the storyline.

Theres a reason why JRR Tolkien is one of the worlds most revered authors and the bloke is charge of the screenplay is someone we've never heard of!

Good point. As someone who've never read any of the books I don't have conflicts on that issue, I just enjoy it exactly for what it is without any point of reference. But I fully understand the frustration because it is after all an adaption. Especially if they've changed things so much that it makes no sense. From a filmmakers point of view certain changes are probably looked upon as a necessity.

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RE: So.... THE HOBBIT, anyone? (possible spoilers)

Well there has to be one, i'm completely the oppisite. I don't feel the need for the extended editions of any of the LOTR films as i think they are long enough and to be honest who would want extended versions of the Hobbit ? over all the film is rubbish! Ok i have to admit the story line was good, the effects are really nice but its destroyed the comedy characters, it completely loses its seriousness like the last 3 Star Wars films. 

It seems they have tried to hard to make it to friendly to please everyone and i'm sorry a quality film does not get respect by doing that.

Dont waist money going to Cinema and just wait till its on Blu-Ray 

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landzw wrote:
Well there has to be one, i'm completely the oppisite. I don't feel the need for the extended editions of any of the LOTR films as i think they are long enough and to be honest who would want extended versions of the Hobbit ? over all the film is rubbish! Ok i have to admit the story line was good, the effects are really nice but its destroyed the comedy characters, it completely loses its seriousness like the last 3 Star Wars films.

Errm, the book isn't particularly serious (especially not in the early chapters)

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It seems they have tried to hard to make it to friendly to please everyone and i'm sorry a quality film does not get respect by doing that.

Sounds to me more like they've stayed faithful to the tone of the early part of the book to me (for reference I've been (re)reading Tolkien for the last 30 years). It was written as a childrens book, by nature it has a lighter tone to it than LOTR.