December 14, 2012
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in Teal and Orange
It was amazing, the most immersive and visually satisfying moving I've ever seen. (RealD 3D HFR in a Cinemark XD.)
48fps (aka "HFR") takes a couple minutes to get used to. At first it looks like the action is sped up, like 1.5x normal speed. It also has a bit of a soap opera look, I was thinking in my head "These are just dudes in costumes walking around in a set, this looks too lifelike." But after a moment, I realized that maybe this was actually footage of real dwarves; as if a Nature documentary team had somehow found their way into Middle Earth and recorded what they saw. Then, The Hobbit became the most immersive film I've ever seen.
This is coupled with the 3D, extending the feeling that you're looking not into a movie set but into a real place. Though, because the 3D matches your natural stereo vision, it means there's only one place in the picture you can look without eye strain; in some shots it was unclear where that place was.
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