Director Peter Jackson is hoping to deliver an innovation that will catch on in the same manner James Cameron did by resurrecting 3D with Avatar by shooting The Hobbit in 48fps (frames per second). The typical film is shown at 24fps and doubling that results in a much smoother, though maybe too life-like, look and feel. Early impressions from those who have seen particular scenes of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 48fps have been largely negative with the most common comparison being made that it looks like a television soap opera. Jackson believes however it will take some time for viewers to adjust and seeing individual scenes isn’t the proper way to judge how it will be received.
The 48fps won’t be available everywhere – primarily big cities and accounting for only 450 of the 4000+ screens – and otherwise moviegoers will get to pick and choose the way in which they see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Standard viewings, 3D in 24fps, and then the 3D in 48fps which apparently won’t be charged extra for over the typical 3D prices. Here is a look at all the Regal theaters and all of the AMC theaters that will have the 48fps showings.