Reports started circulating immediately after the film's world premiere in New Zealand that the increased 48 frames per second format used by Peter Jackson for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has made people physically ill (dizzy and/or nauseous) during preview screenings. The New Zealand Herald cited unnamed Lord of the Rings fans as saying it caused migraines, made them sick to their stomach, and that their eyes couldn't take everything in. In response to the claims of sick Hobbit moviegoers, New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures issued the following statement:
"We have been screening the full-length HFR 3D presentation of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY extensively, and feedback has been extremely positive, with none of thousands who have seen the film projected in this format expressing any of the issues described by two anonymous sources in media reports. We share the filmmakers' belief that by offering filmgoers the additional choice of HFR 3D, alongside traditional viewing formats, they have an opportunity to be part of a groundbreaking advancement in the moviegoing experience, and we look forward to having audiences everywhere share in this new way of storytelling."
The Hobbit starring Martin Freeman, Andy Serkis, Ian McKellen and Richard Richard Armitage opens in theaters on December 14th.
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