"The Hobbit" gambles on new cinema tech

12/5/2012 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

Parting from 90 years of films being shown at 24 frames per second, Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" will introduce moviegoers to twice that rate, producing much sharper images. Some find the result enriching; others say the effect is jarring. "When you have something new, you want to make sure it works; this is unique, it's different, and we'll have to see how people adjust to it," said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Pictures' president of domestic distribution.

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