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'The Hobbit' at 48 fps induces migraines, barfing

Planning on lining up to see The Hobbit when it comes out later this month? Get popcorn—the bag could come in handy. Audiences who've been granted an early look at Peter Jackson's film have left feeling nauseous, headachy, and dizzy. The culprit, posits The Guardian, is Jackson's decision to test out new 48-frames-per-second technology. The brain of a typical moviegoer is accustomed to half that speed, but the 24 fps that our eyes know and love is being dumped by directors like Jackson and James Cameron in favour of the 48 fps technology because it gives their films a sharper clarity and the ability to improve the look of 3D. While both Cameron and Jackson are big proponents of these technological advances, audiences may not share their enthusiasm. At least not yet... but maybe after they've had a Gravol.

The Guardian spoke to several moviegoers who've seen the film and had some tips for future audiences: "You have to hold your stomach down and let your eyes pop at first to adjust," advised one. "This is not for wimps," he warned. "My eyes cannot take everything in, it's dizzying. Now I have a migraine," said another fan. "I left loving the movie but feeling sick," said a third. Clearly, this is not a film for those of us with wimpy eyes, stomachs, and brains—but a little tummy trouble isn't going to keep LOTR devotees out of the theatres.

Some critics, however, have not been as forgiving as fans. Here's Movieline's reviewer describing his 48 fps Hobbit experience: "It didn't take a few minutes of adjusting to get used to it; even two hours and 40 minutes later my brain was rejecting the look of it. 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. The 48 fps had me imagining how gorgeous everything might look in 24 fps," he added. Um, burn?

Yet Jackson won't be deterred: "Ultimately, it [48fps] is different in a positive way, especially for 3D, especially for epic films and films that are trying to immerse the viewer in the experience of a story,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. But critics say that 48 fps does just the opposite. They complain that the technology makes The Hobbit look "too real" and that the veneer of fantasy that a film set in Middle Earth should have is missing because of the film's 48 fps hyper-reality.

And then there's the barfing. I don't think anyone who had planned on seeing the film will be put off by a little barfing—they just might not bring a date.

by Anonymousreply 1712/07/2012

I can swear I read this same article a year ago.

by Anonymousreply 112/05/2012

[quote]'The Hobbit' induces migraines, barfing

So does every movie starring Adam Sandler, Madonna or Pauly Shore. What's your point?

by Anonymousreply 212/05/2012

[quote]You have to hold your stomach down and let your eyes pop at first to adjust,

Oh sure. No prob.

by Anonymousreply 312/05/2012

[quote]I can swear I read this same article a year ago.

Review from Comic Con.

by Anonymousreply 412/05/2012

I threw up in my popcorn bag, during the giant spiders scene. Thank God my bag was empty!

I do suggest a barf bag, but the film is superb.

by Anonymousreply 512/05/2012

I've got a Puke-0-Phobia, but I really want to see the movie. Dammit.

by Anonymousreply 612/05/2012

I'm actually sort of excited to see this now, just for the sight of people barfing and running up and down the aisles with nausea.

by Anonymousreply 712/05/2012

R7...I saw quite a few people running to the bathroom to go throw-up. Don't get me wrong, the movie is wonderful, but the advanced 3-D effects look too real at times.

by Anonymousreply 812/05/2012

Sorry, OP, but this is indeed old news. I first heard it early this year.

by Anonymousreply 912/05/2012

When, r9?

by Anonymousreply 1012/07/2012

Most of those prancing pony women are grossly overweight so a little bulimia will work out quite well for them.

by Anonymousreply 1112/07/2012

I've seen it twice in 48fps. This is bullshit. No headaches, which I normally get with 3d.

Great fun movie.

Press are making shit up again.

by Anonymousreply 1212/07/2012

The film is getting really mixed reviews. Studio cannot be happy.

by Anonymousreply 1312/07/2012

Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B+

by Anonymousreply 1412/07/2012

So would taking Dramamine help at all?

by Anonymousreply 1512/07/2012

Will little Martin Freeman be enough to hold the attention of the prancers, or will little Elijah Wood stage a resurgence?

by Anonymousreply 1612/07/2012

Dramamine drama queen

by Anonymousreply 1712/07/2012
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