First Look of Bilbo in The Desolation of Smaug

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December 22, 2012 · 2:22 pm

Just some Hobbity Fun

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December 21, 2012 · 7:06 pm

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in 48fps (HFR)

HFRI went for my fourth viewing of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at Inox, Nariman Point, Mumbai, today at 8pm. I didn’t really know what to expect and was wondering if the action scenes within the movie would appear too fast – the earlier reviews that I read coloured my opinion quite a bit and I was feeling quite ambivalent about the HFR version. But it was after all, the chance to see The Hobbit once again and I was not complaining at all.

Was I complaining after the movie? Not one jot. In fact the experience was wonderful. The HFR as a friend explained later is a more fluid experience instead of stacks of images being shown together. It was the difference of watching something on CD and Blu-ray for instance, or watching something on an LCD screen and then on an LED screen.

The colours were vibrant. The landscapes take on a whole different look and it is a lovely one indeed. Then there is the scene with the eagles that looks just ethereal. Even Sting looks less like a lightsaber and more like glowing steel. Last but not the least I must comment on the last lines of my earlier review.

When I watched the earlier 24fps version, Smaug looked too dark. In this version, I could see the red-gold scales atop the crest of his eye and they look quite lovely. I also wonder if the theatre I saw the 24fps version in did not have a proper contrast scheme, but I would know only if I saw the movie in a different theatre in the 24fps version. I guess I will have to do so in order to find out if I suspect correctly – all right, yes, it will be another chance to see it again.

The action scenes in Moria look much, much better in this version. Without a doubt, they do. The action is not staccato and the figures do not look jarring as they accomplish death defying stunts all over rocks and other sharp objects.

Overall, I would thoroughly recommend the 48fps to everyone who has a chance to watch the movie in a HFR version.

For a full review of the movie click here.

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The Hobbit – Production Video #10

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PJ’s Cameo and a small note McKellen gives on the upcoming DVDs.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey drew large crowds on Friday and set a new December opening day record with an estimated 37.5 million from 4,045 locations.

In Empire’s recent video interviews with the cast of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Peter Jackson revealed a couple of interesting titbits about his intentionally mysterious cameo in the film.

If you haven’t seen it already, it’s probably best if you don’t know – but if you have seen the first Hobbit movie already, here’s where he was hiding: in Erebor, dressed up as a dwarf, high-tailing it away from Smaug as the wicked wyrm blasted his particular brand of firey halitosis all upside The Lonely Mountain.

But as most dwarves in the film are bearded, helmeted and armoured, it’s very difficult to make him out without knowing where he’ll be in advance.

The question is then why he chose that role – why did Peter “Carrot Chomper” Jackson hide himself away from the limelight this time around?

“I didn’t have a great deal of choice,” he explains. “There weren’t any human characters in this film, and there weren’t any hobbit roles I could play… and I’m not an elf.”

Also news on the DVD given directly by Sir Ian McKellen in an interview with Empire:

There is one scene that is missing (from the theatrical version of The Hobbit) that i helped to write: just a suggestion to underline as to why Gandalf picked Bilbo to go on the quest with the dwarves.  It’s because he has met Bilbo when he was a little boy. There was a scene in which I played with him and pulled a toy dragon out of my sleeve – precursing events to come. That is gone; but, peter assures me, it is in the extended dvd version – which he has already made and cut. It’s already waiting!

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