The Hobbit: 2 Versions, 2 Releases: DNews Nugget

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"The Hobbit" to Screen in 48 Cinemas: The highly anticipated film, "The Hobbit," has two versions and while both will be released this Christmas, the special version will only be shown in 450 theaters — as opposed to the 4,000 for a normal release of this magnitude, reports The Verge.

It is all rather technical, but in essence there will be two versions of "The Hobbit" in theaters this Christmas, one that looks like a normal movie, and one that looks more real than real. But what does that mean?

Well, Peter Jackson's prequel/follow-up to the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy was filmed in 4K and at 48 frames per second. The term "4K" alludes to the number of horizontal lines of picture on the screen; 4K has 4096 lines where HD has only 1920. When you take width into account this means 4K has SIX TIMES more picture than HD — simply put it's SUPER clear (it's even bigger than IMAX). Add to this that most films are shot at 24 frames of picture per second (or fps), "The Hobbit" is filmed at 48 fps — twice as many.

Why would you film it this way? Clarity. More frames mean less blur when things move.

This might not interest you at all, but to get to the brass tacks: both of these versions will be the same film, but one will be super clear. Do you care? Which would you like to see? Let us know in the comments below. via The Verge

Find a theater showing the 48 fps version.

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