The Hobbit 48 FPS Version Getting Extra Limited Release

While a good portion of the American movie-going population is still trying to come to terms with the Hollywood 3D movement, filmmaker Peter Jackson has blown right past that and is messing with our beloved framerates. As many know, his upcoming adaptation of The Hobbit was filmed at 48 fps, double the normal framerate of 24 fps. The 48 fps version was never expected to get a wide release, but now it looks as if it’s going to be an even smaller release than originally thought.

The 48 fps version of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will only be released in around 450 theaters in North America (including Canada). Advance tickets have already gone on sale for the December 14th release, but unless you live near a major theater, expect to watch the film in 24 fps like a caveman.

It’s not just about who’s willing to show the 48 fps version, but a theater also has to be equipped to display the higher framerate. Theaters in smaller cities usually don’t possess that sort of technology.

via The Verge

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